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Green QC, David – Serious Fraud Office

A tumultuous 2017 for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) provided new opportunities to shine for director David Green QC. In his last full year in charge of the body, critics and admirers alike have cited his more “muscular” approach to litigation as a sign of the body’s ongoing success. Securing the future of the SFO […]

VdA enters exclusive partnership in Chad

Vieira de Almeida entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Cabinet BASSOUNDA & Partners – BP Partners, a Chadian law firm lead by Sylvanus Bassounda and Beti Kolossoum Nodjitan. BP Partners is one of the most prestigious law firms in Chad, with a widely acknowledged expertise in OHADA Law, Tax, Employment, Finance and Litigation. Chad […]


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The Lawyer Awards 2014 Shortlist: Private Wealth Team of the Year

In our first in-depth look at our awards shortlisters, the private wealth contenders show how they have shined in the face of globalisation and tougher legislation The trend running through this year’s Private Wealth Team of the Year entries for The Lawyer Awards, sponsored by Duke and Rawson, is internationalisation. Of the five shortlisted entries, three are […]

Giving to the full

Changes to the Government’s policy on philanthropy are in the spotlight as the Big Society agenda takes shape, say Christopher Groves and Alana Lowe-Petraske With a new philan-thropy strategy in place and the ­Government’s ’Giving’ green paper released in December 2010, followed by the Budget in March this year and the ’Giving’ white paper on 23 May, […]

Remains of the pay

A recent pension law upgrade could be a game-changer in terms of advising clients on how their wealth is transferred. By Julie Hutchison The alterations to pension law that came into effect on 6 April have changed the game when it comes to estate planning advice for clients. Pension wealth can now be inherited more […]

Error alert

Professional trustees can no longer rely on the Hastings-Bass principle as a cure-all for their mistakes. Michael Alden and Sue Savill report Professional trusteeships can be a very lucrative area of work. Many solicitors advising on trusts and estate planning encourage clients to appoint a professional in the role of a trustee or executor, knowing […]

Michael Wistow

BLP hiring spree and tax umbrella policy paves way for City supremacy

Benjamin Franklin was famously quoted as saying: “The only things ­certain in life are death and taxes.” Given this assurance, should year-on-year double-digit revenue and profit growth in Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) broad-based tax department, which includes everything from corporate tax to estate planning for ultra-high-net-worth ­individuals, be taken for granted? Or does the explanation lie elsewhere? The […]

Tax attack

The forthcoming tax regime will certainly have a lightening effect on partners’ pockets. David Furst examines the various ways to mitigate the impact

Featured Briefings

Introduction of the Luxembourg VAT group regime

By Bruno Gasparotto and Claire Schmitt On 13 April 2018, the Luxembourg Government introduced the bill of law n°7278 before the Parliament. This bill will implement the VAT group into Luxembourg VAT law with effect from 31 July 2018…

A Swiss perspective on the taxation of initial coin offerings

By Marius Breier, Peter Hongler, and Maurus Winzap Recently, start-ups and even well-established companies have become increasingly interested in issuing coins or tokens as a new way to finance their business activities. In an initial coin offering (ICO), also called a token sale or token-generating event, the issuer raises funds from investors based on a […]

Polish tax evasion rules – Impact on escrow agreements

To counteract tax evasion, Polish authorities have recently introduced legislation and digital systems allowing tax authorities to analyse banking systems, search for potential fraud, and block suspicious bank accounts. Effective 30 April 2018, the new rules may have an adverse effect on escrow accounts, M&A closings, and real estate transactions in Poland. This client alert […]

Global BEPS report 2017

The objective of this deck is to provide a summary of the impact to date of the OECD’s BEPS project on local legislation and audits / tax enquiries…

HMRC change to tax status of EMI options

Last week HMRC unexpectedly announced (with just two days’ notice) that the Government’s current State Aid approval governing the operation of EMI option schemes would expire on 7 April. This means that the tax status of any EMI options which are granted on or after 7 April is not known…

EMI Options – awards made after 6 April 2018

EU state aid approval for the tax reliefs associated with EMI will not be renewed in time for 7 April 2018, according to an HMRC bulletin published on 4 April 2018. The tax reliefs which EMI options benefit from are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission. The current […]

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