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Considering an overseas acquisition?

Expanding overseas can take multiple forms, but an increasingly popular approach is to acquire an existing business and “fast-track” market entry.  Clearly there are many issues to consider which add...

Written on: 8 Feb 2018


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International Private Equity and Venture Capital Newsletter

In this issue of our International Newsletter, we look at current sector developments and the outlook for 2018 across the most active PE and VC jurisdictions in Europe, as well...

Written on: 7 Feb 2018


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Venture capital and private equity in the USA | Outbound investments

When considering the state of the global VC market, we often use the US as a benchmark (or perhaps the most active market) in order to provide an indication of...

Written on: 6 Feb 2018


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Private equity and venture capital in the USA

When considering the state of the global VC market, we often use the US as a benchmark (or perhaps the most active market) in order to provide an indication of...

Written on: 1 Feb 2018


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GDPR: Are you on track?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in full from 25 May 2018. The GDPR will significantly change and update the data protection regime across the EU. Every business...

Written on: 24 May 2017


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Are you ready for GDPR compliance?

The long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on 25 May 2018. The GDPR constitutes the biggest change to the data protection regime in the EU since the 1995...

Written on: 28 Apr 2017


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[Infographic] Are you ready for GDPR compliance?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on 25 May 2018. The GDPR constitutes the biggest change to the data protection regime in the EU since the...

Written on: 22 Mar 2017


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Changes to the UK’s tax efficient EMI stock option arrangements

Companies operating tax-advantaged enterprise management incentive (EMI) stock option arrangements for their UK employees need to be aware of some recent changes in HMRC policy. Restrictions on shares An EMI...

Written on: 7 Mar 2017


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Private Fund Limited Partnerships: the UK’s new flexible real estate investment structure for 2017

Over €50 billion of capital is expected to be invested in global real estate during 2017, with North American investors on target to grow their global real estate allocation from...

Written on: 7 Feb 2017


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Private equity and venture capital in the USA (outbound investment)

As we consider the state of global investment activity, we can look back at the statistics of 2016 which show a reasonable year for cross-border investments, an increasing confidence of...

Written on: 31 Jan 2017


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Article 29 Working Party issues guidance on key aspects of EU General Data Protection Regulation

Following its December 2016 meeting, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has published guidelines together with FAQs on three key areas of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes...

Written on: 20 Dec 2016


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The world is your oyster…

Globalization is a word that has become part of so many business objectives today.  Not just for those larger corporations planning to conquer the world but also for earlier stage...

Written on: 24 Aug 2016


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The EU-US Privacy Shield has finally been approved – now what?

On 12 July 2016 the European Commission finally approved the much debated EU-US Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield replaces the invalidated Safe Harbor regime as the new framework for transfers...

Written on: 14 Jul 2016


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Opportunities for US companies after Brexit

The last couple of weeks have seen unprecedented media coverage, social media commentary and at times light hearted jabs at the Brits, who on June 23rd voted to leave the...

Written on: 11 Jul 2016


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The UK is out of the EU

As you may recall from my previous post as well as the increased media coverage over the last week, the UK People voted in a Referendum and have decided to...

Written on: 24 Jun 2016


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Transatlantic data flows: yet more legal uncertainty

The finding of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in October 2015 that the “Safe Harbor” mechanism for legitimising data transfers to the US was invalid has...

Written on: 7 Jun 2016


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Am I a ‘data controller’ or a ‘data processor’, and why is it important anyway?

Introduction The extent to which an organization is subject to obligations under EU data protection law depends on whether or not they are a ‘data controller’. Generally speaking, a party...

Written on: 31 May 2016


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Investing in Europe

Osborne Clarke’s dedicated team of international expansion specialists are the ideal partner for companies expanding into new markets. We are among the leaders in global expansion legal advice and have...

Written on: 10 May 2016


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Osborne Clarke’s International Expansion Team and our Fixed Fee Approach to Expanding into Europe

We are experts in global growth Osborne Clarke’s dedicated team of international expansion specialists are the ideal partner for companies expanding into new markets. We are among the leaders in...

Written on: 9 May 2016


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International expansion: taking it to the next level

Congratulations! You’re now an international company. You’ve done the basics in setting up overseas and putting your first people on the ground and for these purposes let’s assume you did...

Written on: 9 May 2016


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Why your unlimited vacation policy may be of limited use in Europe

It is no longer unusual to see US companies using unlimited vacation policies. What was perceived as a public relations coup when first announced by the likes of Netflix and...

Written on: 28 Apr 2016


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Brexit: what is it and should we panic?

The first question is straight forward: it is the name that has been given to the UK’s possible exit from the European Union. The question will be put to the...

Written on: 16 Mar 2016


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Driverless cars: What’s happening in the UK?

Everybody seems to be at it these days, everyone’s into driverless cars. It seems that if you’re a tech company without an autonomous vehicle strategy then you’ll have one soon....

Written on: 9 Mar 2016


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EU-US Privacy Shield texts published: is there any more certainty on the legality of EU-US data flows?

On 4 February 2016, we reported that political agreement had been reached on a new framework for transatlantic data flows, called the EU-US Privacy Shield. At that stage, limited information...

Written on: 7 Mar 2016


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Buying a business in Europe is just like in the US – right?

A recent conversation with a US M&A lawyer flagged to me that whilst many people consider corporate transactions to be familiar both sides of the Atlantic, there are a number...

Written on: 17 Feb 2016


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International Venture Capital and Private Equity Newsletter – January 2016

In this International Venture Capital and Private Equity Newsletter, we look at current sector developments and the outlook for 2016 across the most active PE and VC jurisdictions in Europe,...

Written on: 10 Feb 2016


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EU-US Privacy Shield: an important step in the right direction?

On 6 October 2015, we reported that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) had declared the long-standing U.S. Safe Harbor scheme invalid in the case of Maximillian...

Written on: 4 Feb 2016


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10 things US investors and parent companies need to know about the UK’s new PSC register

Do you have an investment in a UK corporate or have a UK subsidiary in your group? If so, from 6 April 2016, your details – or your investors’ details...

Written on: 4 Feb 2016


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Venture capital and private equity in the USA: Outbound investments

  <!-- try{Typekit.load({ async: true });}catch(e){} --> Venture capital sector developments Whilst Silicon Valley is without doubt the birthplace of venture capital and continues to dominate the globe in terms...

Written on: 27 Jan 2016


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New Year, new market!

Firstly, happy new year! I hope that 2016 is successful for you and your business. We often find that with the new year brings new budgets and strategies, which often...

Written on: 19 Jan 2016


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The Holidays are coming…so beware EU law!

With Black Friday behind us…or even more significantly Cyber-Monday and with millions of dollars, euros and pounds being spent on gifts for the upcoming holidays, I thought I’d give some...

Written on: 21 Dec 2015


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Do People Matter?

Of course they do! However, it’s surprising how many businesses fail to recognize their “Human Capital”. In this post, I consider some of the issues to prioritize when working with...

Written on: 3 Dec 2015


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What’s all the fuss about privacy in Europe?

Anyone who carries on business in the EU must have heard about the end of Safe Harbor (at least in it’s current form). For those unfamiliar with it or for...

Written on: 18 Nov 2015


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Safe Harbor: calming the stormy seas?

Following the recent decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidating the adequacy of the EU-US Safe Harbor framework, the EU’s Article 29 working party has issued...

Written on: 28 Oct 2015


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So Safe Harbor is invalid: What are the next steps?

Whilst there is some uncertainty as regards the timeline for potential enforcement activity, companies should start considering alternative compliance tools and put things in motion until a more satisfactory cross-border...

Written on: 27 Oct 2015


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How Best To Expand Your Business

In my last post I considered some of the challenges and opportunities for US businesses expanding across borders.  This time round, I’m considering HOW to expand.  Not surprisingly there are...

Written on: 28 Sep 2015


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The World is Your Oyster: Expanding into International Markets

Globalization is a word that has become part of so many business objectives today. Not just for those larger corporations planning to conquer the world but also for earlier stage...

Written on: 27 Aug 2015


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Protecting IP rights in Europe

For many companies intellectual property rights form a large part of their assets. This can be the patent that protects the main product of a company, the specific design that...

Written on: 9 Jun 2015


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Smart cities: the view from Silicon Valley

Continuing on from Osborne Clarke’s smart cities event series, on 17 March at a round table event held in OC’s Silicon Valley office, a group of industry experts gathered to...

Written on: 25 Mar 2015


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Businesses entering the UK: getting it right, out of the box

Overseas companies coming to the UK find an environment conducive to business, with a stable regulatory environment and business-friendly policies. However, as with every new market entry, it is important...

Written on: 16 Feb 2015


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Happy “Cookie Sweep Day”! : The impact for US businesses

The use of cookies on websites in Europe raises data privacy concerns. Following an announcement by the CNIL (the French data protection authority), “Cookie Sweep Days” will take place across...

Written on: 9 Sep 2014


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