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W&I Insurance: Exclusions and Solutions for Private Equity

How can deal teams capitalise on the latest trend in the deal insurance market to improve bid success? By Richard Butterwick, Paul Davies, David Walker, Michael Green, Aoife McCabe, Harry Redford, Catherine Campbell, and Amy Watkins The emergence of contingent risk insurance policies, which address known risks that would otherwise be excluded from coverage under traditional W&I insurance, is … Continue Reading

Unilever – Too Big to Pay?

The Court’s decision rested on whether the patents provided outstanding benefit to the employer’s undertaking.  By Deborah J. Kirk and Catherine Marie Hughes On 23 October, the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) handed down its highly anticipated ruling in Shanks v Unilever [2019] UKSC 45 — the conclusion to an extensive campaign by Professor Shanks to … Continue Reading

Market Participants Welcome Clarity on German Real Estate Transfer Tax Reform

Federal Ministry of Finance publishes draft tax bill outlining new measures effective 1 January 2020. By Tobias Klass The Federal Ministry of Finance has released its first draft tax bill on the contemplated real estate transfer tax (RETT) reform, setting out the general framework to which market participants must conform. German political debate has focused … Continue Reading

Real Estate Transfer Tax: Putting an End to Share Deals?

The Conference of the German Ministers of Finance has announced measures against so-called share deal structures following the conclusion of the respective technical federal-state working group. By Tobias Klass Background So-called share deal structures have been the focus of German political debate about real estate transfer tax (RETT) for some time. The coalition agreement already … Continue Reading

US Tax Reforms Fuel M&A Activity

By William Lu and Jiyeon Lee-Lim The fundamental US tax reforms brought in this year by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) have changed the tax landscape for M&A more significantly than any other legislation in the modern era. Businesses and tax advisors will be considering the various opportunities created and threats posed by … Continue Reading

French Employment and Tax Reforms Set to Boost Private Equity Buyouts

By Matthias Rubner, Denis Criton, Olivia Rauch-Ravise and Bénédicte Bremond President Macron recently unveiled employment and tax reforms to increase France’s appeal for deal makers. While France ranks highly as an investment destination for private equity firms, complex and inflexible French employment laws have been perceived as a hindrance — perpetuating the belief that France can … Continue Reading

UK Government Focuses on Real Estate and the Digital Economy in Autumn 2017 Budget

By Karl Mah and Sean Finn Against a stormy backdrop of government instability and Brexit uncertainty, the 2017 Budget was always unlikely to rock the boat. The Chancellor chose not to launch a sweeping attack on “tax avoiders” in light of the public outrage over the Paradise Papers, instead targeting announcements in this area at specific perceived abuses. … Continue Reading

M&A Deal Terms in 2017: What Can Deal Teams Expect?

By Nick Cline, Robbie McLaren, Katie Campbell Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in June 2016, coupled with the election of Donald Trump as US president in November 2016, gave dealmakers plenty of pause for thought last year – but ultimately did little to derail strategic M&A. Encouraged by the post-Brexit decline in the … Continue Reading

2015 UK Autumn Statement – Business Tax Update

By Karl Mah This year’s Autumn Statement proved to be rather quiet on the corporate tax front, contrasting with the recent OECD/BEPS led activity in the international arena. Perhaps this was in part due to the relatively recent Summer Budget and the fact that the Chancellor had benefitted from an unexpected revenue windfall driven by … Continue Reading
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