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Review of the UK Listing Regime - December 2020

Neil Vickers |

Chancellor Sunak has established the Hill Review to consider reforms to the FCA’s Listing Rules It has not taken the UK Government long to look for possible areas of divergence from the EU’s regulatory landscape. The Hill Review aims to tailor the FCA’s Listing Regime more precisely to the needs of companies, investors and the […]


To SPAC or not to SPAC?

Neil Vickers |

Pros and cons of reversing a business into a listed shell or to IPO directly on the LSE Standard List or AIM markets Recent trends Much comment has been generated by the increase in the number and scale of US technology and other IPOs this year. Much of this has been driven by a new […]


Football waits for the chips to fall on gambling law reforms

Thomas Edwards, Alan Wetterhahn |

The Culture Secretary for the UK Government has announced a wide-spread review into the UK’s gambling laws (notably the Gambling Act 2005), to ensure that the laws are fit for purpose in the digital age. The review, which closes at the end of March 2021, could have a devastating economic impact on the UK’s professional […]


The prudent trustee: Non-UK trusts and CGT reform

Jonathan Riley, Helen Cox, Helena Luckhurst, Mark Spash |

14 December 2020 The UK Government is considering recommendations that have been made to reform Capital Gains Tax (CGT).  The recommendations were made in a report last month by the government appointed Office of Tax Simplification.  We reported in July and November that trustees should consider taking a number of steps in view of possible […]


The post-Brexit shakeup of the English football transfer market

Thomas Edwards, Alan Wetterhahn |

A new plan for the recruitment and transfer of international football players has been announced which could have a huge impact on the dominance of the English Premier League (EPL). The plan is to be introduced after the UK formally exits the EU and the transition period ends on 1 January 2021 and will apply […]


CMA decides to investigate the UK’s Electric Vehicle Charging market

Alex Haffner, Sam Tye |

On 2 December, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced the launch of a ‘market study’ into the UK electric vehicle (EV) charging market.[1] The CMA’s announcement comes against the background of an amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008 in 2019  giving the force of law to the UK’s commitment to have net zero […]


Fladgate advises Krantz GmbH (part of the STEAG Group) on the purchase of Krantz Limited.

Alex Kaufmann, Ashleigh Brinklow |

Fladgate have advised Krantz GmbH (part of the STEAG Group) on the purchase of Krantz Limited. Krantz develops, designs and manufactures air distribution systems, cooling and heating systems for ceiling and facade installations as well as exhaust gas filtration, dampers and clean air solutions.  The target is the sole distributor in relation to its products […]


GDPR within the EdTech sector – key issues to consider

Michelle Waknine, Tim Wright, Alex Haffner, Ravi Goonesena |

The rise in prominence of the EdTech sector in recent years is undeniable. In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to this more recently, as most educational institutions have either adopted a fully virtual educational experience or a hybrid model with a mix of virtual and in-person learning. EdTech inevitably uses personal data of its […]