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Impact of 2019 budget proposals on Dutch’s buyout sector

The Dutch government published important tax measures in its 2019 budget proposals with a potentially significant impact on the Dutch buyout sector. Some of these measures may result in a higher effective tax burden if appropriate action is not taken…

The meaning of occupation in the context of business rates

By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

CJEU allows full deduction of VAT on aborted transactions

VAT on abort costs in case of an unsuccessful takeover bid is deductible, provided the buyer intended to supply management services for consideration to the target company. This was ruled by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in the Ryanair case (C-249/17) issued on 17 October 2018. Facts of the case Ryanair […]

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US practices struck by defections

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster and New York firm White & Case have been hit by the departures of top-level partners and assistants. A five-partner team and 12 associates left the Manhattan office of Morrison & Foerster to join 83-partner New York firm Chadbourne & Parke. And 14 lawyers exchanged the litigation department of […]

Couple sues firm for severe 'disruption' of lives

A FIRM is being sued over a property deal which allegedly caused a couple to live and work from a hotel for a month and twice postpone a holiday to Italy. The writ, drawn up by Islington-based Bolt Burdon, has been issued against Chesham firm Richardson Smith & Co. Richardson Smith partner Linda Wood says […]

In brief: UK top of the league in energy stakes

British firms have taken the top five places in an international league table based on knowledge of world energy laws. Allen & Overy came first for the second year running in the energy finance awards run by Petroleum Economist magazine. Slaughter and May came second, Clifford Chance third, Linklaters & Paines fourth and Herbert Smith […]

Firm rolls out the barrel

With the alternative investment market (AIM) opening for business this month, Theodore Goddard has produced a spoof prospectus. Its intention is to demonstrate the workings of AIM, its rules and potential difficulties. The spoof details the operations of a fictitious brewery called Spoofbrew plc, looking to raise money through an issue of shares to be […]

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