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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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Ashfords’ new chief exec vows to develop Bristol office

South West firm Ashfords has named head of commercial litigation Ian Daniells as its new chief executive after Chris Hawkins retired. The firm has moved to new premises in Bristol and Daniells vowed to build the team up to become the firm’s largest office. Daniells said: “We’re looking to expand the Bristol office further. We […]

Reed Smith guides Napo through first-ever US primary listing on LSE

Reed Smith guides Napo through first-ever US primary listing on LSE” />With a transatlantic merger with Richards Butler looming on the horizon, Reed Smith has bagged a lead role on the first-ever primary listing of a US company on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Partners Donald Reinke in San Francisco and Giles Beale in London […]

Morgan Lewis bags SunGard in-house chief

The chief legal officer of SunGard Data Systems, Larry Gross, has joined US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius after the software house was bought by a private equity consortium for $11.4bn in April. Gross was SunGard’s general counsel from shortly after its public offering in 1986 until the beginning of 2005, when he became chief […]

UK businesses need to beware the long arm of US law

The angst surrounding the cases of the NatWest Three and Ian Norris has raised awareness of the new risks facing businesspeople from US prosecutors. US criminal jurisdiction is extraordinarily wide. To take an important example, the Sherman Antitrust Act (relating to cartels) applies to any activity that is in restraint of trade in the US […]

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