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Increasing role of renminbi ‘will boost financial integration’, says ECB board member

The setting up of renminbi clearing arrangements in Europe and worldwide “will play an important role in facilitating cross-border payments, as well as closer integration and relations between economies”, a senior member of the European Central Bank (ECB)... 21 Nov 2014

AbbVie: "risks and uncertainty" of US tax policy behind decision to drop Shire bid

US pharmaceutical company AbbVie dropped its proposed £54 billion acquisition of UK rival Shire as a direct result of changes to the way in which authorities in the US treat cross-border mergers for corporate tax purposes, it has confirmed. 21 Oct 2014

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Big data a growing factor in competition assessments, says expert as Facebook receives sign off for WhatsApp takeover

The access to and control of personal data that a business would have following a merger and the market power the merged business is to obtain as a result is likely to be subject to increased scrutiny by competition authorities, an expert has said. 03 Oct 2014

HMRC provides guidance on when holding companies can recover VAT

Holding companies that hold shares in or on behalf of subsidiary companies can recover VAT if their costs from those arrangements are incurred when pursuing an economic activity, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has said. 30 Sep 2014

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