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Tax ruling by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe franchising did not involve illegal state aid- European Commission

On 19 September 2018, the European Commission concluded that a tax ruling granted by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe Franchising did not constitute illegal State aid. The Commission acknowledged that Luxembourg had correctly applied the Luxembourg-United States tax treaty. While this decision concerns an individual case, it suggests that State aid rules are not an appropriate […]

Energy tax matters – Prinsjesdag 2018

The Budget Day Package 2018 contains a separate bill (‘Fiscal greening measures 2019’) with measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The proposal includes, among other things, the following changes in energy tax: Promoting electrification: shifting energy load from natural gas to electricity. The tariff in the first disc for natural gas is increased by EUR 3ct / m2, […]

UK real estate and competition law – An insight

By Samuel R Beighton On 18 September 2018, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) announced that Heathrow airport (“Heathrow”) will pay a fine of £1.6 million in relation to an infringement of UK competition law arising from a restriction included within a commercial lease. Importantly, this case marks the first occasion that the CMA […]

Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

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10,000 US lawyers to attend year 2000 conference despite logistical nightmares

THE AMERICAN Bar Association is forging ahead with its plan to despatch more than 10,000 US lawyers to London for its millennium conference despite fears it could prove an administrative nightmare. Both the immediate past president of the ABA, Lee Cooper, and new president Jerome Shestack, who took up the post at the IBA conference […]

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As Simmons & Simmons links up with New York’s Fried Frank, Bradford Hildebrandt analyses how to make alliances work. For those of you in the midst of final alliance negotiations with another firm, this article may be too late. But if you are considering joining or even starting an alliance, think again. Participants in strategic […]

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ABA urges UK to join human rights crusade

Newly-appointed American Bar Association president Jerome Shestack has asked the Law Society and Bar Council to help the ABA form a loose federation of Bars dedicated to fighting international human rights abuses. The move has caused unease among some in the international legal community who fear lawyers are being asked to push US values onto […]

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