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Research at Oxford, conducted by Roger Undy, assessed the efficacy of 68 transfers and 45 amalgamations of British trade unions and deeply affected the merger strategies of three unions: the IPMS (Institute of Professional, Managers and Specialists); UNIFI (Banking and Finance Union); and PTC (Public Services, Tax and Commerce Union). Each of these unions participated in the research and commissioned associated studies which examined, inter-alia, the relative advantage of the status quo as against a merger; the merits of different merger partners; and the post-merger organization of the new union. By 2012, these unions, assisted by this research, had radically changed their job territories, and internal organization, via a series of mergers. Subsequently, Unionen (Sweden‟s largest union) made improvements in its services, benefits, and bargaining power thanks to Undy‟s research. This impact continues to take effect across other unions, demonstrating the progressive and cumulative effect, and the national and international reach, of the impact of this research.
On December 13, 2013, two days after its IPO, Hilton hotels traded above $22 a share. This meant that the 2007 take-private transaction of Blackstone had produced the largest gain ever in private equity at about $10 billion. In addition, Hilton had become the largest hotel group in the world by number of rooms up from 4th position 6 years previously, when Blackstone bought the company. How can such success occur with a cyclical business during the worst financial crisis since 1929-1933? Somebody definitely deserves a big box of chocolates; but who? The answer is surprising and offers a detailed insight into the life-cycle of real estate private equity transactions.
This is the data on corporate income tax systems that has been collected by the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and is now made publicly available on the CBT website. The briefing note (see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/centres/tax/Pages/Reports.aspx), which refers to the state of the database as of July 2012, provides detailed information on all the variables available, the country and year coverage. Since the development of the database is ongoing, more information will become available over time (see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/centres/tax/Pages/Reports.aspx for further updates in the future). The information in this database for the years 2002 – 2012 has been used in the CBT Corporate Tax Ranking 2012. The database includes raw data variables such as corporate tax rates, aspects of the legal definition of the corporate tax base (depreciation rates and types), and inventory valuation methods. It also includes measures of EATRs and EMTRs as used in the CBT Corporate Tax Ranking 2012. The database covers G20 and OECD countries over the period 1983 – 2012 (in some case 1979 – 2012).