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Who’s Who Legal brings together Michael Schler of Cravath Swaine & Moore, Michael Honiball of Webber Wentzel, Jennifer Fuller of Fenwick & West and Jean-Blaise Eckert of Lenz & Staehelin to discuss the impact of increasing inter state collaboration on tax avoidance, competition from accountacy firms, and the continued emphasis of governments on tax disclosure and transparency on their practices.

The Future of Tax Planning


Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi of TozziniFreire Advogados explores the future of tax planning in light of the increasing focus on tax transparency by governments around the world: "Tax has always been on government agendas, but the current debate is about more than what taxes will be created or changed. What’s now being discussed is the fundamentals of each tax system, and how limits might be established for companies to have less flexibility to decide where and how to operate."

Business Regulation in the UK: A Changing Landscape


Rod Fletcher of Herbert Smith Freehills analyses the recent developments in UK business regulation and the consequences that follow for the business crime defence market. “The cumulative effect of these developments is undoubtedly increased risk exposure on the part of both corporates and individuals. Key to proactively managing this risk is a good understanding of the potential liabilities which can arise.” 

Trends in Corporate Criminal Liability in the UK


Louise Hodges and Jonathan Grimes of Kingsley Napley take an in-depth look at the trends in corporate criminal liability in the UK, notably the creation of deferred prosecution arrangements: “In reality many of the corporate fraud investigations are cross-border and may involve prosecutors from a number of jurisdictions. It is very possible therefore that the UK DPA may come into its own as a way of contributing to a global settlement agreement.”

The Belgium Real Estate Market - Current Trends


Didier De Vliegher of NautaDutilh takes an in-depth look at key trends in the Belgium real estate market. "While the public sector dominance in Brussels gives the city a reputation as a stable office market, Belgian real estate costs are 25.5 per cent higher than the European average. In this regard, the main concern is the higher costs compared to our Dutch neighbours."

Real Estate Roundtable: 2014

Who’s Who Legal brings together Jay Epstien of DLA Piper, Susan Talley of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann and Javier Canosa of Canosa Abogados to discuss levels and types of activity, domestic and foreign investment trends and the potential impact of changes in interest rates on the real estate market.  

The Changing US Real Estate Market


Abe Schear of Arnall Golden Gregory analyses the developments in the US real estate market and discusses the impact this will have on firms practising in the sector: “Attorneys and firms can of course remain local (or regional) and each firm should follow its business plan, but failing to think globally and anticipate changes will likely in some instances result in lost opportunities.”

In-house Q&A


Tim Clare, head of due diligence at  ENVIRON, speaks exclusively to Who's Who Legal about his role, recent developments in the environmental field and some of his experiences of working with solicitors in this discipline. "The lawyers who have impressed me the most have also been those who are really proactive, and not shy about speaking up and suggesting an innovative or unorthodox course of action if they think it’s in their client’s best interests."

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