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Impact of 2019 budget proposals on Dutch’s buyout sector

The Dutch government published important tax measures in its 2019 budget proposals with a potentially significant impact on the Dutch buyout sector. Some of these measures may result in a higher effective tax burden if appropriate action is not taken…

The meaning of occupation in the context of business rates

By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

CJEU allows full deduction of VAT on aborted transactions

VAT on abort costs in case of an unsuccessful takeover bid is deductible, provided the buyer intended to supply management services for consideration to the target company. This was ruled by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in the Ryanair case (C-249/17) issued on 17 October 2018. Facts of the case Ryanair […]

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Insolvency reform under threat as Mandy departs

The future of insolvency law reform is in doubt after the abrupt departure of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Peter Mandelson. Insolvency lawyers are questioning whether planned reforms will take place in spite of Mandelson’s departure. Mandelson planned to reduce the burdens of insolvency. The fate of the proposed moratorium for smaller companies […]

Threesomes make uneasy bedfellows

What is it about tripartite mergers? Despite numerous attempts, only ex-Tory minister Lord Hunt of Wirral seems to have been able to pull one off. And the Beachcrofts and Wansbroughs merger is not really a three-way deal. Poor little Vaudreys up in Manchester was always a tiddler which Wansbroughs had decided to swallow, long before […]

In brief: Hempsons

Hempsons is accused by the Medical Defence Union (MDU) of negligence. The claim comes in a writ issued last week against the law firm, which alleges it was negligent in its handling of a libel action brought by Dr Peter Bixon against Channel 4 in 1994. The writ accuses the firm of negligence and breach […]

In-house calls the shots

Since the end of the recession – a watershed period for legal businesses – in-house lawyers have called the shots on fees. Private practices were bending over backwards to provide companies with competitively-priced services. But they weren’t bending far enough, according to the findings of our survey. Fees are still a big bone of contention. […]

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