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Hogan Lovells joins war for data privacy talent with new hire

Hogan Lovells has made a bid to remain at the top of the data protection boom, with a new hire in its privacy and cybersecurity practice. Privacy partner Nicola Fulford has been brought in to join the firm’s 12-strong team from Kemp Little, four years after the launch of Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity practice. […]

Mark Shaw

Wildgen opens first international office with London launch

Benelux firm Wildgen has opened its first overseas office with the hire of former hedge fund in-house lawyer Mark Shaw to head up its UK operations. The firm has set up a small one-partner office in Mayfair, though will look to move into space in the City once it begins to expand. Speaking to The Lawyer, […]

Aitken

HMRC’s Gill Aitken exits after four years

HMRC is set to kickstart the hunt for a new general counsel as top lawyer Gill Aitken prepares to leave after four years. Aitken joined HMRC in 2014 to lead the Solicitor’s Office and legal services, advising HMRC and HM Treasury on all aspects of tax law and leading a large litigation practice safeguarding tax […]

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Lisa Osofsky confirmed as next SFO director

After weeks of delays, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed that former FBI in-house star Lisa Osofsky will be its next director. Osofsky, who is currently the managing director and European head of investigations at Exiger, will replace interim director Mark Thompson on 3 September. Osofsky, who The Lawyer tipped to replace the outgoing David […]

Ex-Slaughters litigation head tipped for FRC role

Former Slaughter and May dispute resolution head Elizabeth Barrett is set to join the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) enforcement division, The Lawyer understands. It is expected that Barrett – who led Slaughters dispute resolution practice between 2004 and 2008 – will be brought in after the appointment of interim executive counsel and director Claudia Mortimore. Gareth Rees […]

Analysis

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Star legal writers: regulatory and competition

This week’s top briefings writers from TheLawyer.com cover the regulatory and competition sectors, including how philanthropic fundraising through crowdfunding can clash with insurance claims, new UK public procurement rules, and Ukraine sanctions law.

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Crossing the divide: cross-border work and the Finance Team of the Year award

Cross-border work and political tensions are dominating this year’s entries for Finance Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards. A complex sanctions and regulation landscape in Europe underpins many of the finance and banking work throughout the past year, with transactions impacted by international disputes and stringent regulatory requirements. This year, some of the […]

digital world internet

From in-house counsel to business partner: what you need to know

A study published recently by PwC looking at the global state of information security shows that many organisations lack both clear leadership and strategies for tackling the security threats they face. Indeed, not only do many fail to know how many security breaches they suffer, but the annual survey of business executives reveals they feel […]

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Demystifying e-discovery: the art of the possible

Given the growth in the amount of data businesses create and store, it’s a good point in time to determine how companies and law firms are working with eDiscovery and computer forensics. in association with  The Lawyer Research Service and Grant Thornton teamed up to survey over 300 private practice lawyers and in-house counsel in […]

Featured Briefings

The Romanian Competition Council never rings twice

By Georgiana Badescu, Mona Banu, Volker Weiss This is how it all starts: with a ring at the door We can only imagine how big the surprise must be when you find out that your Belgium-based office is being raided in an investigation by the Romanian Competition Authority. But it is a fact that the […]

E-mobility market in Portugal – An overview

By Manuel Santos Vitor, Catarina Cortez Gamito Historical and legal background One of the main national priorities in what concerns the Portuguese electricity sector is the development and full implementation of a strong electric mobility (‘e-mobility’) market. This priority largely results from the government concerns associated not only with the environment (ie, reduction of greenhouse gas (GhG) […]

New Jersey LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers

By Matthew Shaxson Jersey’s new LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers to build on the £169 billion of US assets and funds already administered here, says Ogier partner Matthew Shaxson. The Island’s legislature gave final approval to the new LLC structure, which largely mirrors the existing Delaware model, last week. With a significant […]

Cayman Grand Court hands down decision on master-feeder fund structures

By Giorgio Subiotto, Tim Cone The Cayman Grand Court has handed down a decision that has significance for Cayman master-feeder fund structures. Funds and their advisers should review the redemption provisions in master fund articles of association and partnership agreements to ensure that, operationally, redemptions are being effected in accordance with such documents. Background In the matter […]

Reduction of partial transition compensation for working hours by Supreme Court

By Lucas Hoogervorst, Maureem in Poel The Supreme Court ruled last Friday that, in short, a partial amendment of an existing employment contract in circumstances that have to be borne by the employer, may result in the payment of a partial transition payment. This concerns the special case that, due to circumstances, is forced to proceed […]

Prinsjesdag- Tax plan 2019

The government submitted the Tax Plan 2019 and related legislative proposals to the House of Representatives. A number of parts of these legislative proposals that may be relevant include: 1. Change of rates in corporation tax, income tax and VAT 2. Limiting depreciation possibilities buildings in own use 3. Limitation periods for loss settlement in corporation […]

Prinsjesdag 2018- Indirect taxes

The government submitted the Tax Plan 2019 and related legislative proposals to the House of Representatives. A number of elements of these legislative proposals that may be relevant include: 1. Increased VAT rate reduced from 6% to 9% 2. Extension of VAT sports exemption 3. Implementation E-commerce Directive 4. Modernization small entrepreneur scheme

2019 Dutch budget

The 2019 Dutch Budget (the Budget) includes a proposal to abolish the existing dividend withholding tax, replacing it with a withholding tax on dividend payments to related entities in low-tax jurisdictions and in cases of abuse as of 1 January 2020. In a separate proposal, implementing the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD1) new rules are […]

Developments in the Swiss securitisation market in 2017-18

By Lukas Wyss In July 2017, BMW (Schweiz) AG closed a new public Swiss auto lease ABS transaction. The transaction features the issuance of €325m Class A Floating Rate Notes via BMW’s Luxembourg platform Bavarian Sky Europe S.A. (acting in respect of its Compartment Swiss Auto Leases 2). This was one of the first Swiss public […]

KYC circular enables relaxation in compliance

By Siddharth Shah, Divaspati Singh, Khusboo Agarwal This is with reference to our newsflash titled “NRIs: Not Really for Indians? SEBI tightens FPI Norms” dated 17 April 2018 (Newsflash). The Newsflash analysed the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) circular dated 10 April 2018 (SEBI Circular), which disallowed Indian / Non-resident Indians from being beneficial […]

GST- Highlights of recommendations made in 28th GST Council

By Rashmi Deshpande, Ankit A. Shah, Pranay Sahay, Divya Gupta The GST Council recommended amendments in the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Act 2017, Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Act 2017, Union Territory Goods and Services Tax (UTGST) Act 2017 and the GST (Compensation to States) Act. The aforesaid recommendations will be placed before […]

Revised guidelines on state aid for international financial institutions in Ukraine

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine published new guidelines on state aid dated 6 September 2018 that clarify the AMC’s approach to financing provided by international financial institutions and to state and municipal guarantees securing the obligations in respect of such financing. On 17 September 2018, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (the “AMC”) published new guidelines […]

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