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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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Mirza Ahmed: Birmingham City Council

Mirza Ahmed leads the charge at the UK’s largest local authority, Birmingham City Council. By Jon Parker Heading the legal team at the largest local authority in the UK takes a lot of confidence. Fortunately, Birmingham City Council’s Mirza Ahmed has plenty. “We’ve succeeded, so the idea of challenges is relative,” he says. Field marshal […]

City of San Diego sues Vinson & Elkins

Vinson & Elkins is facing a $10m lawsuit from former client the City of San Diego over claims it failed to properly conduct an independent inquiry into allegations of financial wrongdoing by City Hall officials. The case is reminiscent of the Enron debacle in which Vinson is still a defendant in a multi-billon dollar lawsuit […]

May the source be with you

As attitudes towards outsourcing become more refined, lawyers need to ensure they are up to speed. Michael Chissick and Belinda Doshi report It is not often that outsourcing hits the BBC’s 10pm news. But that is exactly what happened in June when Powergen announced that it would be closing its Indian call centres and moving […]

Latham scoops former MBRM securitisation star

Former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw securitisation star Mark Nicolaides has resurfaced at Latham & Watkins to spearhead its drive into the European asset-backed securities market. Christopher Hall, vice chair of Latham’s global finance department, told The Lawyer: “In London we have a footprint in leveraged finance, project finance and debt restructuring. Mark’s practice is […]

Clifford Chance and Permira link up for pro bono initiative

Clifford Chance is strengthening its relationship with client Permira by teaming up with the private equity house to offer free legal advice. Clifford Chance is strengthening its relationship with client Permira by teaming up with the private equity house to offer free legal advice. The initiative follows on from the magic circle firm’s similar pro bono link-up […]

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