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EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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Fitzgerald to take helm at Winston & Strawn

Winston & Strawn has appointed tax partner Thomas Fitzgerald as the firm’s new managing partner, replacing James Neis who will step down in August. Neis has served as managing partner since 1993, seeing the Chicago powerhouse firm’s revenues grow to $575m (£329m) in 2005 and increase in size to almost 900 lawyers. He is expected […]

Slaughters in high-yield coup

Slaughter and May and Shearman & Sterling have just completed roles on one of the largest ever European high-yield bond issues. Petrochemicals business Ineos issued around EUR2.5bn of high yield bonds to refinance a funding package that helped it to acquire BP subsidiary Innovene in October 2005. Ineos paid $9bn for Innovene and the deal […]

Bingham bolsters NY with three-partner MoFo raid

Bingham McCutchen has scooped a three-partner team from Morrison Foerster (MoFo) for its New York office. The three-lawyer team includes the former head of MoFo’s New York financial transactions group Mark Joachim. He joins along with partners Katherine Weinstein and Sandra Lee Montgomery into Bingham’s bank, commercial and structured finance group. Joachim and Weinstein will […]

Willkie Farr raids Shearman for five-partner funds team

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has raided US rival Shearman & Sterling to hire a five-partner investment management team, the largest group it has ever brought onboard. Barry Barbash joins as a partner to head up Willkie’s investment management practice. He joins the Washington DC office along with partner Karrie McMillan. Partners Maria Gattuso, Joel Goldberg […]

Latham posts record results

Latham & Watkins has posted a 14 per cent rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) off the back of a 17 per cent rise in gross revenues for 2005. Average PEP increased from $1.4m in 2004 to $1.6m, while revenues grew from $1.2bn to $1.4bn. London managing partner David Miles told The Lawyer […]

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