Business Shapers


  • Tax issues arising out of holding shares

    Today, private individuals who hold shares in private trading companies (or the holding company of a trading group) have a number of tax issues to consider when they are thinking about holding the shares, either directly or through personal pension arrangements.  SIPPs (Self Invested Pension Plans) allow shares to be held through personal pension arrangements,… Read more

  • Deal Insights – Mishcon Corporate

    Market conditions are improving.  We are seeing a lot of M&A activity.  If we are not at 2005/2006 levels we are certainly approaching those levels. Right now economic conditions are favourable; we have a low interest rate environment, capital gains tax on any sale can be 10% whether that changes next year with the election… Read more

  • Rights and privileges

    Individuals are entitled to ask organisations to provide them with information relating to personal data held about them, under a subject access request (or a SAR).  That right, under the Data Protection Act, is subject to a limited number of exemptions.  One of those exemptions relates to personal data for which Legal Professional Privilege (LPP)… Read more

  • The new Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

    Last week, the UK Government published emergency legislation designed to allow the interception and storage of communications data.  This follows an April decision by the European courts outlawing existing European law.  Communications data is, as the home secretary put it in the limited Parliamentary debate, the ‘who, where, when and how’ of communications, not its… Read more

  • Transparency and Trust proposals now in Parliament

    In my last post on 21 May, I reported on reaction to the Government’s proposals to fight corruption by increasing the accountability and transparency of those who really own and control UK corporates.   At the time of writing, it was not clear whether the proposals would go ahead, but last week they had their first… Read more

  • The draft data protection regulation – too soon to be forgotten?

    Last week’s European Parliament elections have thrown a spanner into the works of the already troubled and delayed passing into law of the proposed new General Data Protection Regulation.  At present, the 28 member states have adopted variations of the existing Data Protection Directive (which was passed back in 1995 before the internet was widely… Read more

  • Transparency and Trust reactions: tackling an information void or just increasing the regulatory burden?

    Reforming transparency of corporate ownership as a means to fight corruption and tax avoidance is still very much in the news.  Yet one month on from the Government’s confirmation that it would push ahead with proposals to require public disclosure of who really owns and controls UK corporates (see my post dated 24 April), there… Read more

  • Transparency & trust in UK corporates: who really owns and controls them

    Confirming plans for a register of companies’ beneficial ownership and to increase accountability of directors, the Government this week published a response to its paper ‘transparency and trust: enhancing the transparency of company ownership and increasing trust in UK business’. Vince Cable is reported to have said that “..for consumers, investors and the wider public to… Read more

  • As corporate PR plunges into digital and social media, does it still need the traditional press?

    While budgets in news organisations are tighter than ever, big corporations – especially in finance and law – have the cash to invest in their own rich communications. The websites of  big law firms such as Mishcon de Reya are full of media content; a TV channel and blogs on fashion and lifestyle (Lawfully Chic) and… Read more

  • Legal risks in the conversion of social to real-money

    It is widely predicted that significant revenues will be made by those who are able to convert social gamers into real-money gamblers. Stuart McMaster, a Partner at Mishcon de Reya, considers the legal implications in the UK of turning a casino-style social game into a real-money gambling product, and whether social games will retain their… Read more

  • UK IPOs head for best year since crisis

    On the 20 September, Mishcon de Reya published a briefing discussing the return of the IPO exit. Please click here to view the briefing. The article below was originally published by The Financial Times on the 22 September. Growing confidence in the economy and support from US investors is turbocharging British initial public offerings, with stock market… Read more

  • Act now to ensure your business is not caught out by AIFMD

    AIFMD will be transposed by EU Member States on the 22nd July 2013.  If you are an existing fund manager, you have 12 months from this date to get your house in order. Please click here for our guide to determining whether AIFMD applies to your business or your future business. IF YOU’RE WORKING WITHIN THE SCOPE… Read more

  • “But will anyone like me?”

    In today’s highly competitive world, being a confident and effective networker sets you apart from the crowd. You become more visible, always feel in control and will always create more business opportunities than the average.
    99% of people dread this vital activity. Why?