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Italian new Flat Rate Tax Scheme for High Net Worth Individuals

Italy’s new tax strategy aimed at attracting wealthy foreigners will seriously dent the advantages offered by other countries.  The new flat rate tax, unveiled in Italy’s 2017 budget in March, is set at the rate of €100,000 per annum...

Barcelona and Madrid capitalise on Pink Euro resulting in a Significant Financial Impact

Although a predominantly Catholic country, Spain is regarded as one of the most LGBT-friendly nations in the world. According to the results of a poll recently conducted by the Pew Research Centre , focusing on the perception of topics such as marital...

Wills must be Respected, as the Supreme Court ruling on the Challenge by Heather Ilott reminds us

The well documented case of Heather Ilott and her attempt to overturn her Mother’s will appears to have come to an end with the Supreme Court ruling that, whilst she may have be granted some money from her Mother’s estate, it is a far smaller sum...

The Spanish Supreme Court has upheld the rights of home buyers

This striking recognition obliges the Spanish banks to return the money anticipated by the clients who have purchased houses that were not constructed or delivered. Law 57/1968 establishes that real estate developers who receive funds as a deposit for a...

Legal Opinions - Giambrone's Competence and Capacity Recognised

The distressing events which played out on the beach in Sousse, Tunisia in 2015 were brought back into sharp focus in the UK with the conclusion of the seven week inquest into the British deaths and coroner Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith’s decision in...

New statistics suggest that China has overtaken the United States as Germany main trading partner

Destatis (the German Federal Statistic Office), has reported that for the first time in history China has overtaken the United States of America to become Germany’s main trading partner.  The reports have also shown a 4% increase in the volume of...

Divorce in the English Courts for Foreign Nationals

Each year there are 24,000 divorces heard in the courts in England and Wales which involve a foreign national.  Divorce in England and Wales is often considered more favourable to women as it favours the weaker party in the divorce which is frequently...

Property Purchasing in Italy for Foreign Citizens: a guide to property buying and selling

Despite the fluctuations in the markets across Europe in recent years, statistics suggest that there is an increase in investment in the Italian real estate market on the part of foreign investors.  Italy has always had a powerful charm, enticing people...

Moving your Business forward with a Cross-Border Merger

During the course of 2016 there were approximately 144 mergers and acquisitions (M&As) of UK businesses by foreign companies and around 104 mergers and acquisitions by UK companies of foreign businesses.  A merger or acquisition frequently provides...

The Perplexing Problem of who can Stay and who must Go when Brexit Bites

There are fears in Brussels that the UK immigration system will be unable to define who has the right to stay and who must leave when Brexit finally bites.  There is no means of tracking EU nationals when they enter or leave the UK.  There is a...
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