EU proposes rules to simplify and digitalize business across borders

Will companies be formed online everywhere in the EU? If it is up to the European Commission, the answer is yes. As part of its 'Company Law Package', the Commission recently proposed two directives, one of which promotes the digitalization of company law.

This directive would require all member states to offer the possibility of forming and registering a limited liability company fully online. Currently, only 17 member states offer an online procedure.

Nine tips to improve post-acquisition integration

In our January and April newsletters, we presented our first six tips to improve post-acquisition integration:

  1. Have internal staff and outside advisers work closely together
  2. Do due diligence
  3. Establish how to combine local companies
  4. Secure an optimal pre-integration structure
  5. Anticipate directors' departure
  6. Keep the waiting periods in mind

Here are our final three tips.


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Topics draw on issues spanning various areas of law, including fintech, banking, enforcement, corporate, disputes, technology, competition, IP and tax. Blockchain applications such as coin offerings, cryptocurrencies and others will also be explored.


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