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20 January 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate, Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Death of a company director – what happens next?

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Succession planning is critical for any company. In the unfortunate event that a director dies, often the surviving directors are able to step in and run the company, sharing out the responsibilities of the deceased director between them. But what happens if a sole company director dies and the company’s articles of association do not set out a procedure for what happens next?

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Business Book Club: The Busy Person’s Guide To Great Presenting

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Join us to discuss The Busy Person’s Guide To Great Presenting

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18 November 2019 0 Comments Posted in Corporate, Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Share Sales: Are your constitutional records in order?

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You’ve done the hard work. You’ve spent years building a successful business and have reached the stage where you are looking for a potential exit. To assist with a smooth sale process, we recommend conducting a review of the company’s history to identify any areas that may be detrimental to the transaction and cause concern to a potential buyer. A very common issue that can delay a sale or potentially cause it to abort are inconsistencies with the company’s filing history, statutory registers and share capital.

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Open Banking: new regime for Secure Customer Authentication (SCA)

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The British Retail Consortium estimated that an amazing 75% of UK retailers were unaware that the EU’s new rules on Secure Customer Authentication (SCA) came into effect on 14 September 2019.

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28 February 2019 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Management buyouts: a management team’s perspective

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A client recently commented that the posturing (or as some might say strategic negotiation) going on between the UK government and the European Union at the moment reminded him of the negotiation (or some would say strategic posturing) he witnessed during the negotiation of a management buyout (MBO) a few years ago. On the surface both parties were extolling the virtues of quickly coming to an acceptable, profitable and commercially viable agreement. Behind the scenes however, each party was working hard to gain small but potentially significant concessions in order to tilt the balance of the transaction paperwork and terms in its favour.

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European Banking Authority warns preparations for a no-deal Brexit by financial institutions are inadequate

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The European Banking Authority (“EBA”) has published an opinion in response to the current status of the Brexit negotiations. The opinion cites significant concerns regarding the preparation of financial institutions that will be affected by Brexit, particularly the impact of the potential loss of passporting rights, and highlights the potential for disruption if financial institutions are not adequately prepared for a no-deal Brexit.

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24 May 2018 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

On the Hunt – a failure to declare as a person of ‘significant control’

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Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has been reported to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards following a failure to declare his 50% interest in a property development company and the Company’s failure to register him as a person of “significant control” (“PSC”) with Companies House. But what is a PSC and what are the consequences of non-compliance?

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New changes to the PSC requirements which affects UK companies and LLPs

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It’s been over a year since UK companies and LLPs have been required to keep a Register of Persons with Significant Control (PSC Register). Since the rules came into force, all companies and LLPs should have been through the process of identifying their PSCs, drafting their PSC Register and notifying Companies House accordingly. However, recent changes to the notification requirement means that you may need to revisit this process again.

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14 September 2016 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, News

Bristol technology company sold to international buyers

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A leading provider of cloud unified communications and enterprise voice services based in Bristol has been acquired by a UK subsidiary of a French company owned by NTT Communications Corporation, following complex cross-border negotiations. Applicable Limited, which has a large …

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Bath financial services firm Fidelius acquires rival Money Wise with legal advice from Withy King

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Bath’s leading financial services firm Fidelius has merged with Money Wise for an undisclosed sum. The Bath offices of law firm Withy King and accountants Bishop Fleming advised Fidelius on all aspects of the deal including the purchase of shares …

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8 September 2015 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Oxfordshire Economic Question Time – Video Interviews

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Oxfordshire Economic Question Time

Royds Withy King recently hosted it’s third Economic Question Time event in conjunction with HSBC and Shaw Gibbs at the SAID Business School.

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