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Parliamentary group proposes a Financial Services Tribunal

Kevin Hollinrake MP (Co-Chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking) has published his report titled “Fair Business Banking for All: How to improve access to justice for businesses in financial services disputes” (the Report). Following the APPG’s responses to the FCA’s consultation on expanding the FOS’s jurisdiction (CP18/3), the Report sets out various recommendations […]

Draft legislative proposal introduces a minimum price for CO2

The Dutch government has published a draft legislative proposal for consultation that introduces a minimum price for CO2. The minimum price is introduced by way of a tax levied on electricity producers. The tax is levied per ton of CO2 emission. In the proposal, the tax rate per ton CO2 is calculated each year as […]

Adoption of unregistered land as highway

By Paul Weeks Unregistered land in unknown ownership can cause a headache on development and the extent of the issue will often depend upon what the land is needed for…

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Akin Gump merger partner loses top insurance team

A team of nearly 30 lawyers is leaving a Los Angeles firm that is merging with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to join Howrey Simon Arnold & White. A third of the lawyers from Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey will join Howrey’s California offices. The firm claims that the moves make it the […]

Real Estate and Projects

Gemplus makes euro430m (£271.7m) initial public offering, including a listing on the Premier Marché of Euronext Paris and a NASDAQ quotation. Gemplus advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Peter Darrow, Andrew Bernstein, Robert Bordeaux-Groult, Jay Modrall).

Ex-Shearmans partner joins European fund

Shearman & Sterling’s former head of European acquisition finance has resurfaced, acting on a new debt fund venture for private equity player CapVest. Stephen Mostyn-Williams, who left the US firm at the end of last year (The Lawyer, 4 December) will be working alongside two former investment bankers as a managing director on a euro1bn […]

White & Case loses partners to Shearmans

US law firm White & Case is losing two of its German partners to rival firm Shearman & Sterling. Roger Kiem and Jost Kotthoff will both join the M&A department at Shearmans’ Frankfurt office. Kiem has advised national and international clients on crossborder M&A and is experienced in telecommunications, energy, public utilities and financial services. […]

Beazer slashes UK property legal panel

Construction company Beazer Homes is cutting its property legal panel by more than half as it reaches the final stages of its proposed merger with Bryant. At present the company uses six external firms, including Davies Arnold Cooper, Ward Hadaway, Hammond Suddards Edge and Eversheds, throughout its regions, which are broken down into the North, […]

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