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The Journal December 2017

An Example Of a Small Italian Enron

Gilberto Gelosa

The Italian magistrates are investigating over a suspicious exchange of confidential government information between Susanna Masi, Treasury official and Ernst and Young, EY, the important Professional Services and Accountancy Company.  Prosecutors in Milan have brought forward dynamic allegations on the profound basis of intercepted telephone calls and also exchange of important emails.

New Experiences, New Retail Opportunities

George W. Evans

Despite all of the noise about the rise of e-commerce and omni-channel distribution and the demise of brick-and-mortar, 85% of retail sales are still made in physical stores, and physical stores will continue to be at the core of retailers’ efforts to enhance their brands and drive sales. That said, in light of the increased competition from e-tail, retailers have increasingly been turning to “experiential retail” as a way to leverage the value of their physical stores.

Value Added Tax (VAT) in United Arab Emirates: What You Need to Know

Maria Evangelou

Following the implementation of VAT from January 1st, 2018 in UAE, The Ministry of Finance (MoF) of United Arab Emirates has updated the Value Added Tax (VAT) FAQ section, which provides an official confirmation of the information given in the workshops awareness delivered a few months ago. Please find below a selection of some useful information you need to know about the VAT.

Conveyancing Chains: The Ties That Bind

Charlie Davidson

One of the more stressful aspects of the conveyancing process is what is known as ‘the chain’. A conveyancing chain is simply where there is more than one buyer and seller involved – e.g. you are selling to someone who in turn is selling to someone else and so on. A chain of conveyancing transactions usually does make things more complicated, because everybody has to get their own transaction ready, and they all have to wait for the slowest person to come up to speed.

MAPIC 2017

Mandeep Johal

For the 5th consecutive year, Manubens Lawyers were once again in attendance in Cannes, France at MAPIC – the leading International Retail Property Market Exhibition. It allowed us once more to rub shoulders with international like-minded professionals all under one roof over the course of two jam-packed days. Our team were on hand to advise and explain to senior professionals about the key business and legal challenges in Spain and how best to successfully overcome them.

The European Blacklist Has Been Approved: 17 Country Included

Federico Rossi

The Council of the European Union has issued its own black list of non-cooperative states and territories. It’s a list that, although with a dissuasive effectiveness towards these states probably not high, represents a first step for the integration of the various lists of states, not often coordinated since they take into account different parameters.