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Spanish legal regulations on Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign direct investment (FDI) (Inversión Extranjera Directa) involves the transfer of capital by economic entities from one country to another country, with the intention of establishing businesses or subsidiaries there, as well as acquiring or obtaining a relevant shareholding in foreign companies.

British Virgin Islands – Voluntary liquidations for first half-year companies

As annual British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) Registry fees are now payable for those BVI companies that were incorporated or registered in the first half of the year, it is time to start planning the liquidation of those entities that have reached the end of their life cycle, to ensure that unnecessary Registry fees are not incurred.

IR35 rules now extended to private sector businesses

The IR35 rules were extended to cover all medium and large organisations in the private sector. Under the reforms these businesses are now responsible for determining whether their contractors fall inside or outside the scope of IR35, rather than the workers themselves.

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Baker McKenzie chair Paul Rawlinson is to take a step back from day-to-day management of the firm “in response to medical issues caused by exhaustion”. The firm announced today that executive member Jaime Trujillo will serve as the firm’s acting chair for the interim. Trujillo is Bakers’ current Latin American chair and is an M&A lawyer […]

Osborne Clarke reels in Bird & Bird’s UK tax head

Bird & Bird’s head of UK tax Mathew Oliver has joined Osborne Clarke’s London office; the latest in a string of new recruits to the latter’s City operations. Oliver has been at Bird & Bird since 2005, joining as a partner from Lovells where he was an associate for three years. He was a tax […]

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NFU Mutual cuts three firms from panel

The National Farmers Union’s (NFU) insurance arm has cut its panel firms from seven to four, with DWF among those winning a place. DWF has been added to the line-up for NFU Mutual, while DAC Beachcroft has retained its place. The two other firms on the roster are Scottish-based BTO Solicitors and Belfast-headquartered John McKee […]

Landmark ruling upheld as DWF loses data breach appeal for Morrisons

DWF has lost its appeal for Morrisons in the High Court today, as it was ruled that the supermarket is legally responsible for an enormous data breach affecting over 100,00 employees. Three senior judges, including the Master of the Rolls, upheld the original decision against the supermarket, issued in December 2017. In what was the UK’s first data protection class […]

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