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April 24, 2020

With the spread of Covid-19 bringing the UK housing market to a standstill and shaking financial markets across the world, families who have lost loved ones leading up to the outbreak of the pandemic, could be seeing some of their assets plummet in value. If inheritance tax has already been paid on those assets on the basis of their higher values in the pre-Covid world, an inheritance tax rebate could be due.

With the spread of Covid-19 bringing the UK housing market to a standstill and shaking financial markets across the world, families who have lost loved ones leading up to the outbreak of the pandemic, could be seeing some of their assets plummet in value. If inheritance tax has already been paid on those assets on the basis of their higher values in the pre-Covid world, an inheritance tax rebate could be due.

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March 24, 2020

Sir James Matthew, the 19th century Anglo-Irish judge, is reputed once to have said: “In England, justice is open to all, like the Ritz Hotel.” That may be the hope of Sir Frederick Barclay, who, with his daughter Amanda, recently began proceedings in the High Court in London alleging that their private discussions in the hotel had been bugged for months by children and at least one grandchild of Sir Frederick’s estranged brother, Sir David.

February 18, 2020

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

January 6, 2020

This small Mediterranean country—known as the perfect blend of gorgeous coastline and dramatic mountains—has much more to offer than meets the eye.

This small Mediterranean country—known as the perfect blend of gorgeous coastline and dramatic mountains—has much more to offer than meets the eye.

In terms of the business climate, significant progress has been made in the last couple of years towards streamlining business start-up procedures. Many investors have entered the market which has resulted in a remarkable rise of foreign direct investment. But, is there perhaps a development opportunity which might have been overseen? Does Montenegro have the potential to become a regional IT hub?

December 17, 2019

We are all familiar with the platitudes about trusts: great things if used right, offering potential solutions to asset protection, probate, tax and family issues. The concept of moving the legal ownership of an asset to an unrelated party while still retaining the benefit of it is useful in many contexts.

We are all familiar with the platitudes about trusts: great things if used right, offering potential solutions to asset protection, probate, tax and family issues. The concept of moving the legal ownership of an asset to an unrelated party while still retaining the benefit of it is useful in many contexts.

December 3, 2019

The year 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of the landmark UK Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino. This means that 10 years have passed during which wealthy individuals have had the opportunity to contract out of the notoriously generous divorce jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts. Whilst nuptial agreements existed prior to Radmacher, there was no certainty they would be upheld if they were challenged in court.

The year 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of the landmark UK Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino. This means that 10 years have passed during which wealthy individuals have had the opportunity to contract out of the notoriously generous divorce jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts. Whilst nuptial agreements existed prior to Radmacher, there was no certainty they would be upheld if they were challenged in court.

January 18, 2011

Family-controlled investment company Wendel said that it would appeal a €1.5 million fine imposed by the French market regulator AMF, as it attempts to bolster its reputation.

Family-controlled investment company Wendel said that it would appeal a €1.5 million fine imposed by the French market regulator AMF, as it attempts to bolster its reputation.

In a statement on 17 January, the Paris-based company said: "Wendel will appeal this ruling at the Paris Court of Appeal, which will hear in fact and law the evidence and key arguments presented by the group in order to demonstrate that Wendel has complied with the law and the regulations in force at the time."

May 16, 2008

A behind-the-scenes feud between second-generation members of the Kwok family has burst into the open.

A behind-the-scenes feud between second-generation members of the Kwok family has burst into the open. The Hong Kong-based Kwoks, owners of Sun Hung Kai Properties, have been arguing over who should run the $45 billion company. At the centre of the dispute is a fierce power struggle between the three Kwok brothers – Walter, Thomas and Raymond.

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