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The European Unified Patent System – An Overview

 
The European Unified Patent System – An Overview

Following many years of debate, an agreement on a unified patent package was reached by 25 EU member states on 19 February 2013. The agreement provides for the establishment of a single system for the registration and enforcement of patents across participating states. To enter into force, it needs to be ratified by at least 13 states, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

OECD Plans For The Automatic Tax Information Exchange Worldwide

 
OECD Plans For The Automatic Tax Information Exchange Worldwide

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) recently unveiled plans for a new single global standard for the automatic exchange of tax information, following calls from G20 leaders to increase pressure on those evading taxes and to create trust and fairness in the international tax system.

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Legal Entity Identifiers – What Are They & What Is Their Purpose?

 
Legal Entity Identifiers–What Are They

What Are Legal Entity Identifiers?

Legal Entity Identifiers (“LEI”) are global reference codes used to identify the following legal entities engaged in financial transactions:

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Luxembourg Introduces New Limited Partnership

 
Luxembourg Introduces New Limited Partnership

In July 2013, Luxembourg enacted new corporate legislation tailored to private equity and real estate fund clients. The new legislation was included in the same law as that which transposed the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and has significantly enhanced the limited partnership regime in Luxembourg for regulated fund and non-regulated investors.

The Single Euro Payments Area – What You Need To Know

 
253 The Single Euro Payments Area What You Need To Know

The Single Euro Payments Area (“SEPA”) is an EU initiative which will change electronic payment processing across Europe from 1 February 2014. SEPA will cover payments between 28 EU member countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland.

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EU Financial Transaction Tax - Key Features Of The Proposed Directive

 
234 EU Financial Transaction Tax Key Features Of The Proposed Directive

This is a guest post written by Ruth Skehan of Fitzwilliam Tax Consultants.

Room For Improvement In the Battle To Increase Female Representation on Boards

 
Room For Improvement In the Battle To Increase Female Representation on Boards

There has been an increase in female representation on the board of directors of listed companies in the UK over the past two years according to a recent report issued by Lord Davies for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. However, the report suggests that there is much still to do in order to achieve a gender balance on the boards of listed companies.

Ireland Wins EU VAT Grouping Case

 
Ireland Wins EU VAT Grouping Case

This is a guest post written by Ruth Skehan of Fitzwilliam Tax Consultants.

Beneficial European Influences On Irish Tax

 
Beneficial European Influences On Irish Tax

There are many beneficial European influences on Irish tax law. The purpose of this blog is to give the reader a flavour of the more important of such effects.

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EU 4th Money Laundering Directive

 
EU 4th Money Laundering Directive

On 5 February 2013 the European Commission adopted two new proposals in the fight against money laundering, tax evasion and terrorist financing. One of these proposals was a directive on the prevention and use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing – the Fourth AML Directive.

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