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EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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Morgan Lewis to launch white-collar crime team

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is launching a French white-collar crime practice with the hire of former Rambaud Martel partner Thierry Dalmasso. Dalmasso joined the US firm’s Paris office on 16 January along with three associates. He was previously a partner at independent firm Rambaud Martel, which broke up after Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe announced that […]

McGrigors raid for energy team cuts Ledingham in half

McGrigors is poised to make a stunning entry into the oil and gas market by launching a raid that splits Scottish rival Ledingham Chalmers in two. The Scottish heavyweight is in the advanced stages of talks to acquire the entire Aberdeen-based energy team and the energy-related corporate and property teams, including some from Ledingham’s recently […]

Sutherland and Freshfields land BNFL roles on £2.8bn Toshiba deal

US firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have scooped instruction from British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) on the pending US$5bn (£2.8bn) sale of its US subsidiary Westinghouse to Japanese congolmerate Toshiba. BNFL’s in-house legal director Alvin Shuttleworth and UK general counsel Sue Quaint have led the deal along with Atlanta-based firm Sutherland Asbill […]

West Midlands merger creates top 100 UK firm

West Midlands firms Cartwright & Lewis and Challinors have announced they will merge, in a partnership that is expected to push the new firm into the top 10 in the region. The agreement will come into effect from April 1, with 34 partners and 120 fee earners set to join the new firm, Challinors Incorporating […]

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