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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

Was 2017 another difficult year for Kazakhstan?

In this article, Shaimerden Chikanayev outlines some of the key legal developments and challenges faced by the Islamic finance market in Kazakhstan in 2017 and provides an overview of some of the major factors that will shape the Islamic finance industry’s growth and trends in Kazakhstan in 2018…

Netherlands: Term of validity 30%-ruling reduced from eight to five years

The Dutch government intends to reduce the term of validity of the 30%-ruling from eight to five years as from 1 January 2019. The proposal applies to both new and existing situations. It was accepted by the Cabinet on a proposal from the State Secretary of Finance. Acceptance of the proposal by the Dutch Parliament […]

Luxembourg introduces VAT grouping regime

Take away: Bill of law: following existing VAT grouping regimes in other EU Member States, the Luxembourg Government has now proposed the adoption of a VAT grouping regime in Luxembourg. The relevant bill of law, still subject to discussions and voting in the Parliament, is expected to enter into force on 31 July 2018. Potential […]

At-a-glance guide to launching a fund in Jersey

Jersey as a funds domicile: • Is a centre of excellence for investment funds with a skilled workforce and a proportionate regulatory regime • Is outside the EU but enjoys access to EU investors via member states’ National Private Placement Regimes • Is tax neutral–it does not impose domestic tax on the investment fund or […]

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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 […]

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