Insights: Legal Updates - September 2012

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Potential new route to the London IPO market for high-growth companies

Paul Airley |

On 20 September 2012, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced that it had developed a set of proposals with the London Stock Exchange to introduce a new route to the UK IPO market for high-growth companies, particularly internet and technology companies, aimed at providing a “launch pad” for companies seeking a full […]

Consultation on Vulnerable Beneficiary Trusts


On 17 August 2012, the government set out their proposals on vulnerable beneficiary trusts in a new consultation. The consultation seeks views on (i) how best to define a vulnerable beneficiary for tax purposes and (ii) proposed changes to remove inconsistencies between different tax regimes in the qualifying conditions for vulnerable beneficiary trusts. What are […]

Rethinking software licensing

Eddie Powell |

The recent Oracle judgment could trigger a radical change of approach to the resale and licensing of computer software, with implications going beyond narrow technology circles. If you are not intimately acquainted with copyright law and competition law, then it is possible that you may have missed the decision of the European Court of Justice […]