Insights: February 2013

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Colour trade marks: the future is purple for Cadbury

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The High Court has upheld Cadbury’s right to trade mark the colour purple on its chocolate products. In 2008 the UK Trade Mark Registry granted Cadbury’s application to protect the colour purple for its chocolate product packaging. The trade mark gave Cadbury the right to prevent other people using the colour in respect of “Chocolate […]


Fladgate has advised AIM listed Roxi Petroleum on US $40m investment

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Fladgate LLP has advised AIM listed Roxi Petroleum plc (Roxi) on a US$40 million equity investment by Kazakh businessman Mr Kairat Satylganov. Mr Satylganov has also joined the Roxi board. Roxi has interests in a number of oil and gas licences in Kazakhstan and the investment will provide sufficient funding to allow Roxi to focus […]


Fladgate advises Kilburn Holdings Limited on acquisition

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Fladgate LLP has advised on the acquisition of the Argo Business Centre in Maida Vale for Kilburn Holdings Limited with the benefit of planning for a large scale residential development. Kilburn Holdings Limited were advised by a cross-departmental team led by real estate partner Stephen Lewis and included construction partner Alan Erwin and planning partner […]


Letters of intent

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Letters of intent are like smoking. Your doctor/lawyer warns against them but, somehow, you cannot give them up. You possibly have a suspicion that the flexibility or vagueness of a letter of intent is of some advantage, or that a signed contract is an unnecessary luxury if the works are proceeding satisfactorily. Let a salutary […]


Employment newsletter - February 2013

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Updates for HR professionals.  


Fladgate sponsors Constructing Excellence Awards 2013

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Fladgate is delighted to sponsor The Constructing Excellence in London and the South East Awards 2013. These awards are open to the whole construction sector from buildings to infrastructure, all parts of the supply and demand chain, all disciplines, professions and trades. With a closing date of 11 March 2013, submissions are sought from projects, […]


Construction newsletter - February 2013

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Legal updates for those involved in the construction industry.


High value UK residential property: Capital Gains Tax changes announced

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On 31 January 2013, the Government published draft legislation for inclusion in the Finance Bill 2013 which affects companies (whether UK resident or non UK resident), partnerships with at least one corporate partner and collective investment schemes (Non Natural Persons) owning an interest in UK residential property in excess of £2,000,000. As from 6 April […]


Fladgate advises Kampmann GmbH on UK subsidiary

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Fladgate LLP has advised Kampmann GmbH, the leading German heating, cooling and ventilating systems company on the setting up of their UK subsidiary Kampmann UK Limited, the contribution of the Kampmann business to it as well as shareholder arrangements with UK management, which has taken a minority stake. Fladgate corporate partner Alex Kaufmann advised Kampmann […]


Match-fixing and doping scandals - the potential fallout

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Europol, Europe’s intelligence-sharing agency, has announced it is currently investigating match fixing in football “on a scale that has not been seen before”. The investigation which started in Germany, Finland and Hungary has since been extended to include Slovenia and Austria. It has been running for 18 months and, in that time, Europol has identified […]


Fladgate advises a Bermuda fund on US $85m acquisition

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Fladgate LLP has advised Globex Fund Limited, a Bermuda fund, managed by a UK Plc, investing in a Dubai property through a Bermuda SPV, on the US$85m acquisition of a property for a hotel project in the Burj Khalifa District, Dubai. Our advice included the structure for the purchase, dealing with the incorporation of a […]


A rare piece of good news for offshore structures

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What is happening? Under pressure from the EU, the UK government is narrowing the scope of two key anti-avoidance measures that affect the taxation of offshore structures (e.g. non UK companies and non UK resident trusts). A further draft of the proposed new legislation was released on 11 December 2012. The rules will come into […]