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A court can only give a provision commercial common sense if original wording is ambiguous

Macfarlanes rounds up key developments of interest for M&A lawyers, including a recent case that emphasises that a court, applying normal contractual principles when interpreting constitutional documents, can only give the provision commercial common sense if the original wording is ambiguous.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 01 October 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

Copy that: the new copyright regulations on quotations, parodies and personal use

On 1 October, two new regulations will come into force that amend the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CPDA) by adding further exceptions to the current copyright regime. These hanges reflect the need for the CPDA to keep up with the times and embrace the digital age, as Macfarlanes explains.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 25 September 2014 | Practice Area: Copyright

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Immigration cap approaching limit - the impact for employers

The immigration cap, which applies to non-EEA nationals coming from overseas who are being sponsored to work in the UK, is now regularly approaching (and has even exceeded) its monthly limit. In this briefing, Macfarlanes explains why employers should be reviewing their recruitment processes.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 24 September 2014 | Practice Area: Immigration

Difficulties in determining completion accounts - the application of accounting principles

Macfarlanes rounds up key recent news for M&A lawyers, including a case which draws attention to the difficulties in determining completion accounts, proposed revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code, and a new Takeover Panel consultation on post-offer undertakings and intention statements.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 22 September 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Charity and philanthropy update - tax avoidance, social investment and political activity

In this briefing, Macfarlanes looks at a number of important issues of interest to charities and philanthropists, including recent developments in relation to tax avoidance, the introduction of tax reliefs for social investment, and questions concerning political activity by charities.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 19 September 2014 | Practice Area: Enforcement and Regulation

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An expanding market - the appeal of UCITS for alternative investment managers

The market for UCITS is expanding rapidly as investors seek an alternative model to access traditional hedge fund strategies. The tighter regulatory regime around UCITS may initially be a challenge, but there are significant potential benefits, as this Macfarlanes briefing explains.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 18 September 2014 | Practice Area: Collective Investment Schemes

Accessing privileged information - what can the holder of a single share obtain?

This briefing looks at an interesting case involving Nottingham Forest, which illustrates that a holder of a single share in a listed company has a powerful right to obtain privileged information. Given current scrutiny of shareholder activism, it is crucial that companies are aware of such issues.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 17 September 2014 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Entry requirements for ISDX Growth Market under review - M&A update

This weekly update from Macfarlanes looks at key developments of relevance to M&A lawyers, this week focusing on the ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange's announcement that it is reviewing the entry requirements and rulebook for the ISDX Growth Market.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 15 September 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Compliance

The employment law implications of international secondments - how to avoid being caught out

Many businesses operate across multiple jurisdictions, with employees dividing their time between various international offices, and it is vital for employers to consider the employment law implications to avoid being unwittingly caught out by local rules, as this Macfarlanes briefing explains.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 12 September 2014 | Practice Area: Immigration

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Landlords to be required to carry out tenant immigration checks - real estate legal update

In this briefing, Macfarlanes looks at the implications of the Immigration Act 2014, which, as of October this year, will impose new requirements for landlords of residential properties to ensure that tenants have a “right to rent” before granting a tenancy.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 11 September 2014 | Practice Area: Landlord and Tenant

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