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2015 was a banner year for Lester Aldridge LLP, which saw the department gain a number of new clients including C4L Group Holdings, International Currency Exchange and Langham Industries. The ‘approachable and pragmaticGrant Esterhuizen has particular expertise advising clients in the software development, licensing, manufacturing and export sectors. David Ashplant and healthcare specialist Susan Cowan are also recommended.

Tim Stone and Craig Hardman at Steele Raymond LLP are ‘strong commercially, with a can-do attitude’. The team acted for the selling shareholders in the disposal and management buyout of BOFA International.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF’s six-strong team is led by the ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ Sam Freeman. In 2015, it advised on a management buyout, a portfolio disposal, a share disposal and an acquisition.

At Wilsons, Stephen Whitmore advises charitable and not-for-profit companies on commercial contracts, and an increasing number of media companies on corporate matters.

Neil Cook at Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP has ‘a great understanding of how care home sector clients want their commercial work undertaken’.

At Frettens LLP, Matthew Fretten is noted for his sports sector expertise, and counts AFC Bournemouth as a client.

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    The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act 2010, enacted on 18 March 2010, imposes a new US withholding tax and reporting regime, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA regime applies generally to payments made after 31 December 2012, except on obligations (to be defined in future guidance) outstanding on 18 March 2012. Substantial effort is required by foreign entities to bring their worldwide operations and policies into compliance with the FATCA rules as of the effective date.

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