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‘Tax Day’ – government continues its campaign to tackle non-compliance

In the UK’s first ever ‘Tax Day’ on 23 March 2021, the government released more than 30 consultation documents relating to the future landscape of the UK tax regime. Whilst these documents scrutinised how taxes should be paid, opportunities for simplification and the potential of digitalisation, it was tackling non-compliance which was firmly in the spotlight once again. Tax & estate planning Partner, James Austen, gives his opinion on the proposed measures.

Fraud in the sub line market – should we be concerned?

In recent weeks, news of the JES Global Capital fraud committed by fund manager Elliot Smerling has come to light. Unfortunately, we live in world where fraud, much like death and taxes, is inevitable.


Saudi Arabia

Clifford Chance and Bakers secure $5bn deal to create third largest Saudi bank

Clifford Chance and Baker McKenzie have advised in Saudi British Bank’s (SABB) $4.9bn takeover of Alawwal Bank, creating the third largest lender in the Kingdom. Clifford Chance  acted for SABB in Dubai, with a team led by M&A corporate partner Mohammed Al-Shukairy and senior associate Daniel Boyle. Bakers advised Saudi Arabian-listed bank Alawwal Bank alongside its association firm […]


Freshfields takes charge for Mars on Lavazza coffee deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won its third significant M&A mandate from Mars in the last few months, advising the manufacturing giant  on the sale of its coffee division to Italian company Lavazza. Over the summer, the magic circle firm represented the company’s petcare division in two linked transactions that saw it acquire European business AniCura […]

predictive analytics

DLA Piper brings in academics to assess deals data

DLA Piper is collaborating with Imperial College London on a series of projects aimed at extracting value and generating insights from historical deals data. The initiatives, called Data Spark projects, are led by the firm’s EMEA and Asia Pacific director of innovation Adam Hembury and are designed to improve ways of working based on in-depth […]

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