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iDeals update July 2018

2018 has been a very busy year for MBM with a significant number of deals being completed for clients.   In addition to the many investment and company sale deals that we regularly work on it is worth noting that in recent months we have been involved in a range of high profile university ‘spin-out’ deals, the formation of a new hospitality focussed VC fund, several acquisition deals and an increasing number of larger VCT investment and international deals. We can’t list all of the deals we have been involved with since our last iDeals update in December 2017 but some...
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Getting to grips with GDPR

The 25 th May 2018 will be forever etched in the minds of many people, following the myriad of emails they received in the weeks leading up to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), reminding them of this important date. Now that it has passed and the GDPR is in force, the way that data protection is regulated across Europe and beyond has changed, affecting both EU citizens who it is designed to protect and organisations required to comply with its terms. For some, the “big day” was perhaps a little anticlimactic. Teams of regulators did not...
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MBM Economic and Investment Round-up

Are we attractive? A superficial question perhaps at first glance, but a question all start-ups will understand is essential to attracting an investor. The attractiveness of an economy, of a country and even a region, is a key consideration to starting a new business and investing in an on-going one. In June EY published its Attractiveness Survey for both the UK and for Scotland. The reports can be found here [ https://www.ey.com/uk/en/issues/business-environment/ey-scotland-attractiveness-survey-2018 ] What stands out as immediately clear is that London and Scotland remain the UK's most attractive locations for foreign direct investment, according to EY’s reports. The survey...
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Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT)

When Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (‘LBTT’) came into force on 1 April 2015 to replace Stamp Duty Land Tax on property transactions in Scotland, it brought with it a completely new regime of 3 yearly tax reviews for commercial leases. Instead of a single return and, if applicable, payment of tax being made by a tenant at the start of a lease, LBTT requires a further return to be made every three years during the term of a lease (as well as on every occasion a notifiable lease is assigned or comes to an end). The purpose of the...
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Five Factors to Build a Strong Sales Team in the US

The US market offers great opportunities for the sale of a start-up’s products, but the American dream can become a nightmare without adequate planning. In order to succeed, the international development of your product or service has to be well thought out. The five factors below provide guidance on building a strong sales team in the US. Timing and Preparation - International expansion should be thoroughly prepared beforehand, including the recruitment process, marketing and budgeting. The right time to develop internationally is not the same for all start-ups, but the need for a product or service ready to be commercialised...
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