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Spring Statement 2022: Key Tax Announcements

The Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement on 23 March 2022. Mr Sunak attempted to strike the difficult balance between delivering measures which will ameliorate the current cost of living crisis at a time when economic uncertainty and increased security spending as a result of the war in Ukraine is adversely affecting the public purse.

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 and the Register of Overseas Entities: who really owns this land?

On 15 March 2022, the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill (the "Bill") received Royal Assent, and is now known as the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (the "Act"). As explained in our recent briefing on the Bill, the Act introduces a register of beneficial ownership information for overseas entities that own or buy UK property ("the Register"), as part of the government's package of sanctions against Russia and in order to progress its longer-term strategy of combatting economic crime.

Budget 2022

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Sanctions Update: Further measures taken by UK, EU and US in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including the UK's new Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act

On 15 March 2022, the UK's new Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act (the "ECA") received Royal Assent. The legislation contains a number of important provisions, including the introduction of a new 'Register of Overseas Entities' and reforms to unexplained wealth orders.

Qualifying asset holding company regime and infrastructure investors

In a bid to bolster its attractiveness to the asset management sector, the UK is introducing a new tax efficient vehicle: the qualifying asset holding company (“QAHC”, pronounced “quack”). The elective regime will be introduced in April 2022 and, by providing a simplified basis of taxation and a host of generous tax benefits, should allow the UK to compete with Luxembourg and other competitor jurisdictions.

Asset Management Tax Checklist - March 2022

There is a lot going on in the world of tax which will be of interest to those in the asset management sector. Relevant developments include international projects (such as the ongoing push to implement the OECD’s Pillar One and Pillar Two proposals and the publication of the EU’s shell entity proposals) but the domestic UK position should not be overlooked, with several exciting initiatives in train.

Size matters – guidance on climate-related disclosures for large companies and LLPs

At the end of last month BEIS published non-binding guidance for large companies and LLPs on the obligation to make climate-related financial disclosures in their annual accounts. In-scope entities will have to prepare for the new obligations and ensure that their governance structure and financial planning and reporting processes are fit for purpose. 

Radical prospectus reform: A step closer

Earlier this week HM Treasury published the outcome of its UK Prospectus Regime Review. As proposed in the July 2021 consultation paper, the government will be replacing the current prospectus regime it inherited from the EU Prospectus Regulation. The main aims of the reform are simplifying regulation in this area; making it more agile and dynamic; facilitating wider participation in the ownership of public companies and improving the quality of information received by investors.

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