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Travers Smith advises Ancala Partners on completed €136.2 million acquisition of aerial emergency services businesses from Babcock International

Travers Smith LLP has advised long-standing client Ancala Partners LLP (Ancala), the critical mid-market infrastructure investor, on the €136.2 million acquisition of aerial emergency services businesses from Babcock International Group plc (Babcock) in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

The future for UK environmental initiatives: CMA's green light to be part of the solution?

In line with its public commitment to promote environmental sustainability and help accelerate the transition to a net zero economy, the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") has recently published its draft guidance on the application of the Chapter 1 prohibition to environmental sustainability agreements ("Guidance"). If implemented, the Guidance will provide business with greater comfort in assessing the legality and risk profile of their environmentally focussed agreements – at least in the UK.

The UK's new competition regime for digital markets: to remedy a gap in the CMA's toolkit

The Government has promised to introduce a new Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill in this session of Parliament, which is expected to have a significant impact on how competition law is enforced in the digital space. In this briefing, we therefore take a look at what recent CMA activity tells us about the rationale for the new legislation once it is in force, and how it has highlighted a desire for key reforms to the UK competition law regime.

Spring Budget 2023: Pensions tax changes

The Chancellor announced major changes to pensions allowances with the aim of encouraging the over 50s to remain in, or return to, work. This is particularly pertinent to high earning senior clinicians in the NHS.

Spring Budget 2023: R and D Relief

Further announcements were made in the Budget today in relation to changes to R&D relief. These announcements follow on from the recent consultations in relation to R&D relief and the changes made in recent fiscal statements.

Spring Budget 2023: QAHC

In today's Budget, the government has confirmed that it will make welcome amendments to the UK's rules for qualifying asset holding companies (QAHCs).  Several of the key reforms were announced on "L Day" last July, including proposals to improve access to the regime for corporate funds and where parallel and aggregator funds are used.

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