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Digital Due Diligence: Uncovering Violations in China


The strong correlation between economic instability and corruption is a worrying reality for China’s already challenging legal environment. Digital due diligence can be of huge value in uncovering violations, as long as it is utilised correctly.


An Overview of The US Exit Tax Regime


Daniel J. Bell

The US Federal Register reveals a record number of expatriations in recent years, topping over 1.000 a quarter. What is often overlooked are the potential tax ramifications of expatriating. Are all expatriates the same? What is the US exit tax? Which expatriates are impacted and why? The answers to these questions are often surprising…


Germany Enacts Law on Mandatory Quota for Women in Business


Dr. Sandra Urban-Crell | Bettina Holzberger

On 6 March 2015, the German Bundestag passed a law (the Frauenquote) that aims to ensure the equal participation of women and men in the management of businesses and public office. The Frauenquote entered into force on 1 May 2015.


CJEU Rules on Standard-Essential Patents, Injunctions and Abuse of Dominance


Wilko van Weert

In its recent decision in Huawei v ZTE C 170/130, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has set forth the legal test applicable to injunctions involving standard-essential patents (SEP).


FOCUS ON PRIVATE EQUITY

The Impact of Regulatory Changes on Private Equity Firms


Eleanor West

Private equity firms globally have faced a clampdown from governments and regulators worldwide over what many see as overly favourable tax treatment. The industry has also come under increased commercial pressure of the estimated US$1.1 trillion (and rising) they have accumulated, and to provide transparency on fees and expenses.


Taking Advantage of the Consequences of Delisting or Downlisting in Germany


Dr. Nikolaus von Jacobs

Since a 2013 decision by the German Federal Court of Justice, the number of delistings at German stock exchanges has increased significantly. The decision simplified the requirements that need to be fulfilled by a company when revoking its admission to the stock exchange-regulated market. This simplification has, however, had far wider implications than anticipated.


Equity Bridge Facilities and the French Private Equity Market


Pierre-Arnoux Mayoly

Although they only appeared on the French market 2012, the use of equity bridge facilities (EBFs) by French Funds has increased progressively. There are a number of reasons why this financing tool is so popular.


Will Private Equity Bet on the Price of Oil?


Lisa O'Neill

With the oil market facing one of its worst ever crises, could private equity be the financial knight in shining armour that some in the industry are looking for?