Tightening the net: defamation reform
Internet service providers have frequently been caught in the cross-fire in defamation claims, with claimants increasingly targeting them to get comments removed quickly. This, combined with a low harm threshold and ease of establishing jurisdiction in the UK has, according to the government, had a “chilling effect” on freedom of speech. The new draft Defamation Bill plans to change all this.
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Jurisdiction of the Hong Kong Courts re winding up and unfair prejudice petitions — offshore companies
Hong Kong law contains a number of provisions designed to protect the interests of minority shareholders, including the “unfair prejudice” remedies under section 168A of the Companies Ordinance and the Ordinance’s “just and equitable” winding-up provisions.
The EU’s banking union proposals, consolidating the European regulatory supervision of credit institutions
On 12 September 2012 the European Commission adopted legislative proposals, including a draft EU Regulation, to establish a single supervisory mechanism for banks which is to be led by the European Central Bank.
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Shearman & Sterling is making its presence felt in the City, squaring up to magic circle firms and looking to muscle in on key relationships. Private equity house Bridgepoint is one outfit that has had its head turned by the US firm.
Imagine you’re the general counsel of London-based private equity investor BC Partners. You’re sipping on your coffee, hashing out the details of your imminent £382m investment into UK-based business publishing company Mergermarket.