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Browne Jacobson LLP’s team is led by the ‘very flexible and responsiveMatthew Woodford, who handles a mix of multi-jurisdictional merger control and behavioural competition work. As well as continuing to advise a client in relation to the CMA’s ongoing investigation into the bathroom fittings sector, Woodford advised Cromwell Group on the application of multi-jurisdictional merger control rules to its £310m sale to WW Grainger. The team wins praise for its ‘high level of professionalism’.

At Gowling WLG, Bernardine Adkins was active advising a client on a major cartel investigation by the CMA and was also involved in a number of litigation matters, including acting for Dixons in its multimillion-pound claims against MasterCard relating to damages suffered as a result of MasterCard’s multilateral interchange fee rate. The team also undertakes merger control work. Thai Airways International and AstraZeneca are clients.

Gateley Plc’s practice is led by Andrew Evans, who focuses on merger control and anti-competitive agreements and practices, state aid and anti-dumping investigations. Evans also has experience in cartel investigations, particularly in the construction and homebuilding sectors.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Giles Warrington is known for acting for blue-chip corporates on the full range of cartel and dominance investigations, and also regularly represents clients in merger control proceedings. Clients include IMI and Polypipe.

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  • US rules regarding offshore accounts

    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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