The 12 days of legal market Christmas

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Newsflash: Canary Wharf Brexit frustration dispute settled

By Gwendoline Davies, Martin McKeague We reported, in February this year, the High Court’s decision in Canary Wharf v EMA [1] that Brexit will not frustrate (and therefore effectively terminate) the European Medical Agency’s lease at Canary Wharf. The High Court’s decision was generally welcomed because, had the High Court found for the EMA, countless leases and commercial contracts […]

A new energy and carbon reporting framework is in force

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson A new energy and carbon reporting framework applies from 1 April 2019, following abolition of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the introduction of corresponding increases in rates of climate change levy. The Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations […]

Directors’ remuneration: New regulations are in force

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson The Companies (Directors’ Remuneration Policy and Directors’ Remuneration Report) Regulations 2019 have come into force. The regulations introduce new requirements in relation to a company’s remuneration policy and remuneration report. The Companies (Directors’ Remuneration Policy and Directors’ Remuneration Report) Regulations 2019 (2019 Regulations) came into […]

Consultation launched into corporate transparency and reform of the Companies Register

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson On 5 May 2019 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a consultation on proposals to increase the transparency of UK corporate entities and to enhance the role of Companies House. The potential reforms would amount to the biggest changes to the UK […]

New proposals to make disclosure of distributable reserves mandatory

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson Concerns are mounting that the capital maintenance regime is being undermined and that the time has come for the disclosure of distributable and non-distributable reserves to be mandatory within a company’s audited accounts. Over the last few months there have been numerous reviews and consultations […]

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Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Hogan Lovells have taken the lead roles as global asset manager BlackRock merges its UK property fund with Deutsche Bank’s real estate fund group RREEF to form what the parties describe as the UK’s largest property unit trust. Under the terms of the deal, which closed at the end of […]

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Herbert Smith Freehills has boosted its Asia dispute resolution practice with a partner from Thai firm Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor. Chinnawat Thongpakdee will join Herbert Smith Freehill’s Bangkok office as a partner, advising local and international companies on Thai disputes, as well as on arbitrations involving Thai parties. Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Thongpakdee was […]

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Lord Phillips to challenge government on Supreme Court admin appointments

The former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, will challenge the right of the government to appoint the court’s chief executive in a proposed amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill this week. Lord Phillips has tabled the amendment alongside Blackstone Chambers peer David Pannick QC calling for the recently appointed Justice Secretary, Chris […]

A&O and Allens land roles on mammoth Australian LNG project financing

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Allens Linklaters both landed roles helping secure the $20bn (£12.3bn) project financing for the Ichthys liquified natural gas project in Australia’s Northern Territory. The Ichthys LNG project will produce and process gas from a field 230km off the shores of western Australia and then transport it to Darwin for extraction. […]

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Akin Gump and Linklaters lead on ExxonMobil-Rosneft Siberian JV

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Linklaters have landed mandates as Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft and America’s ExxonMobil sign an agreement to jointly explore tight oil reserves in the far reaches of western Siberia. Two companies are set to establish a joint venture to run the project in which Rosneft will own a […]

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