Ogier Luxembourg and Jersey recently acted on a portfolio sale by a significant UK real estate and private equity real estate fund manager of its European assets with a deal value of £50m.
Ogier Luxembourg are currently acting on the structuring and launch of an AIFMD authorised SIF investing in UK real estate.
Ogier Luxembourg is currently acting for two separate US fund managers structuring global investment acquisition and financing through Luxembourg vehicles.
Hostile divorce case shows an application to surrender discretion to the Court should not be undertaken lightly.
Classic cars, wine, bloodstock, art and gold are some of the more glamorous stock options available, but these are not for the faint-hearted or ill-informed.
The majority of listed companies incorporated in Guernsey are investment funds.
The Jersey Financial Services Commission’s figures for the second quarter of this year consolidate the positive position for the Jersey funds industry shown in the first quarter figures.
Under new EU rules, Regulation S, Category 3 securities can now be settled electronically.
Kazakhstan's accession to the WTO download
Kazakhstan has signed a protocol on accession to the WTO and will be an official member of the WTO on the 30th day after the ratification by Parliament of Kazakhstan.
Reform will bring UK into line with other jurisdictions in providing more flexibility in fund structures.
The CSSF has published the ninth update of its FAQ concerning the application of the Law of 2013, in particular giving guidance on reverse solicitation and marketing.
The government has published a further consultation relating to the recent wide ranging judicial review reforms.
Schillings’ Reputation Resilience report has established that when it comes to the investment community, a crisis is not necessarily viewed as a sign of weakness.
The final word on The Federal Republic of Brazil & Anor v Durant International Corporation & Ors download
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has handed down a landmark judgment concerning the doctrine of tracing.
Jersey companies may (contrary to the default position) be treated as exclusively tax resident in jurisdictions other than Jersey pursuant to Article 123(1)(a) of the Income Tax (Jersey) Law 1961.
Guernsey has received yet another positive endorsement on its tax co-operation status within Europe.
The question of whether (and how) to equalise guaranteed minimum pensions as between male and female members of occupational defined-benefit pension schemes has troubled pensions professionals for many years.
Stakeholders will have a very short transition period.
Welcome EFG judgment shows Court’s willingness to take a pragmatic approach to managing cases.
Bermuda and the AIFMD download
Island takes steps to satisfy third-country requirements
Foreign entities must first define the nature of their business activities on the island.
The available remedies.
The investment funds team at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has acted on half of the IPOs and significant secondary issues for listed investment companies in the first half of 2015.
Of interest to trustees in relation to transfers from a non-Jersey trust to a Jersey trust.
Cypriot Alternative Investment Funds as fundraising platforms.
The lawyers shortlisted for Funds Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards have shown great flexibility in the face of intensified regulation.
ESMA has concluded that ‘no obstacles exist to the extension of the passport to Guernsey and Jersey’.
Extension of the AIFMD passport download
ESMA delivered advice to the Commission, Parliament and Council of the EU on the extension of Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passports to non-EU jurisdictions.
The Treasury has issued a consultation document that clearly signals its recognition of the value to the UK economy of the private funds sector (including private equity and real estate funds).
A ‘white list’ of permitted management activities is one of the changes to ensure structure remains the market standard.
Mishcon de Reya co-head of funds and financial services group Eve Ellis is set to join O’Melveny & Myers in London.
Risk mitigation measures required in bank crisis law.
A stark reminder to trustees of the limitations of exoneration clauses.
Guernsey: removal of a protector download
…after loss of trust and confidence. Including four practical points for professionals
An important opportunity to comment on fundraising practices.
The Thames Valley region is open for business – that was the message from a recent roundtable event, held in association with B P Collins, to Japanese businesses.
International tax update download
The main recent changes to Luxembourg and international tax law.
New rule sets out timeframe in which funds must apply to CIMA to cancel a licence or certificate.
As Prince George turns two it is fortunate that there are tax-efficient gift-giving measures for the rich.
Also: a wrongly paid legacy; a big trust fund dispute; and more
Some things borrowed, some things new: the DFSA consults on the regulation of property and money market funds in Dubai download
The lawmakers and regulators in the DIFC have established a strong legal and regulatory framework for those wishing to establish collective investment funds in or from the DIFC.
Consultant – compliance and strategy
The construction of the MEI TA Industrial Co plant in Obrenovac, providing 1,400 new jobs, will be finished by mid-2016.
Jersey Expert Funds download
These funds are aimed at institutional and high-net-worth investors
Jersey Listed Funds download
This regime was introduced in Jersey for listed closed-ended companies
’Organisational effectiveness’ to be a mandatory function
Protecting insolvency practitioners from personal liability ensuring the adequacy of ATE and funding agreements download
Becoming the appointed liquidator of a business that has pending litigation poses both opportunity and risk.
Schoenherr has advised Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) on its acquisition of four wind parks in the Austrian state of Lower Austria from ImWind.
It has taken 15 years for Jersey’s authorities to prosecute for failing to report potential money laundering under its proceeds-of-crime legislation.
Collas Crill has strengthened its Guernsey corporate and commercial team with the appointment of experienced consultant David Moore.
Cayman's new AIFMD regime download
Concept of an opt-in designation as a regulated ’EU Connected Fund’ introduced.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has hired DLA Piper’s London head of investment funds Gawain Hughes, as the firm continues to grow in London.
Schoenherr has advised immigon portfolioabbau and ERGO Versicherungsgruppe on the sale of shareholdings to BONUS Pensionskassen Aktiengesellschaft.
The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority is delaying the implementation of its new approach until October.
Luxembourg assumes a position as one of the worldwide leaders in the fund industry and has developed in recent years alternative and innovative solutions for each asset class including hedge funds, real estate funds and private equity vehicles.
Q&A makes it clear that intermediaries are responsible for mapping of products.
Norton Rose Fulbright and Carey Olsen represent solar investment fund Bluefield on planned flotation
Norton Rose Fulbright and Carey Olsen have advised Bluefield European Solar Fund (BESF) on its intention to raise €200m on its flotation on the London Stock Exchange.
Temasek Holdings, an investment company based in Singapore, has invested into the rights offering of Dufry and subsequently further increased its stake in the retailer.
’Base cost shift’ removed; taxation of managers’ rewards takes another hit.
The Bill will regulate the servicers of credit rather than the owners of the credit, creating a new category of regulated business in Ireland – credit servicing.
Independent directors with experience bring something extra to the table; and protecting yourself from uncertainty.
Also: profit-shifting; Investment Association statement; and more.
Aim is to unlock additional financing of at least €315bn for investment.
Tansfer of loan portfolios now possible among financial institutions.
A vehicle designed for securitisations and other transactions where an insolvency-remote vehicle is required.
Collas Crill’s Fiduciary Team has advised on the first ever migration of a foundation from Jersey to Guernsey.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) regulatory partner Gregg Beechey has become the latest lawyer to exit the firm this week, set to join Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in London.
Khaitan & Co has advised SeQuent Scientific Ltd in relation to its qualified institutions placement for $62.4m approximately.
The Commencement of the Mutual Recognition of Funds (MRF) scheme has set the tone for further potential boosts to Asian fund passporting schemes.
Eversheds partner Adrian Toutoungi has commented on the news that Boris Johnson is supporting the formation of a £10bn megafund to support life sciences companies in London.
Italy, as many other countries in the western world, is facing a deep economic and financial crisis, which has affected the loan market and the ability of businesses to obtain bank financing.
This edition of ‘Evolving investment management regulation’ focuses on the regulatory pulls and pushes that the industry is facing.
The UK has retained its position as the top European destination for foreign investment, after attracting a record number of projects.
Expect to see investors ask more frequently about a fund’s cash management solution.
Offshore firm Harneys has hired a three-strong funds team from rival Appleby in the Cayman Islands, including former funds head Ian Gobin.
IoM signs tax agreement with Italy download
Isle of Man shows dedication to implementing OECD directives.
Stress on individual accountability and firms’ collective responsibility to avoid recurrence of “ethical drift”.
Helping ultra-high-net-worth individuals manage their wealth.
The Central Bank of Ireland has published a Consultation Paper on Corporate Governance Requirements for Investment Firms (CP94).
Decision highlights a potential uncertainty in the proper scope of a freezing order.
UCITS should look at counterparty risk in respect of the clearing members they use.
Positive signal for entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals.
Opportunities for European and US asset managers, depositaries and custodians.
Wrongly added to EU list of international tax havens considered non-cooperative.
Organisations need to move quickly to appease investors and shareholders who were promised growth.
Tark Grunte Sutkiene has advised Mezzanine Management, an independent investment advisory firm, on the €23.3m investments to support the growth of Mogo Finance, a non-bank car financing provider.
Eversheds partner Fabien Aepli will speak about privacy and confidentiality matters in the banking and finance sector at the 30th Anniversary Conference of Transcontinental Trusts 2015.
Twenty-two years after her death, Audrey Hepburn’s sons are said to be battling over memorabilia left to them by their mother.
New BVI hedge fund products download
Easing the process of establishing incubator funds and approved funds.
Also: will Better Regulation for Better Results work?; private enforcement in antitrust; and more.
From 15 June, the Saudi stock market will therefore allow qualified foreign investors to access the Saudi stock market.
Financial institutions to be subject to “cross-sectorial regulation”.
Any changes that materially affect the information filed in the offering document or MF1 be filed with CIMA within 21 days.
Ukraine: stabilising the FX market download
Some restrictions relaxed by central bank.
The major re-working of Bermuda’s partnership product further enhances the overall appeal of Bermuda as a premier domicile for partnership formation.
With the creation of the Special Purpose Insurer vehicle Bermuda has become the dominant jurisdiction for the majority of all new cat-bond transactions.
An ELTIF is a new type of collective investment vehicle that will allow investors to put money into companies and projects that need long-term capital.
The Swiss Merger Act (MA) entered into force on 1 July 2004.
Baker & McKenzie and FenXun Partners enter into a Joint Operation in China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone
Baker & McKenzie and FenXun Partners recently announced that they have become the first international and PRC law firms to enter into a Joint Operation in the China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone.
New SIV and PIV regime – opportunities for fund managers, platform operators and dealer groups download
Austrade and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have announced the new framework for complying investments for significant investor visa (SIV) and premium investor visa (PIV) applications.
Cayman Islands Court of Appeal rules on rights of non-registered investors to enforce shareholder rights download
The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal (CA) considered whether a beneficial owner of shares in a fund could seek to prove in the liquidation of that fund in respect of rights granted under a side letter.
Weavering litigation – Cayman hedge fund directors’ duties and indemnity/exculpation clauses back in the spotlight download
The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has issued its much-anticipated decision in Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund Limited (In liquidation) vs Stefan Peterson and Hans Ekstrom
Workers in rural tourism affected by changes to Belarus social security rules; and more
Finance litigation briefing, May: declaration ‘not worth the paper it was written on’; and more download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s finance litigation experts bring you the latest on the cases and issues affecting the lending industry.
There are no death duties, estate duties, inheritance taxes, capital gains taxes or value added taxes on foreign-domiciled estates.
The BVI has published the Securities and Investment Business (Incubator and Approved Funds) Regulation. These Regulations introduce two new funds products into the BVI’s funds offering,
Foreign investors in Australian property are subject to legislative requirements at both the Commonwealth and State levels.
Kirkland & Ellis is understood to have lost three private funds partners to Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, less than a year after the firm’s London head Graham White made the same move.
Doing business in Kazakhstan download
The government has introduced a number of financial support measures for businesses.
Doing business in Uzbekistan download
A foreign legal entity may establish a representative office to represent its interests; and all other aspects of doing business in the country.
There are benefits to having a separate Channel Islands Will.
Barclays’ former general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) investment has joined alternative fund management company BlackRock.
The Advocate General of the CJEU has further defined VAT exemptions applicable to collective investment funds
Astana centre will include a new court for financial and investment disputes, using English law.
The investments target critical issues in the areas of risk, performance and growth where data-driven actionable insights can power more informed decision making.
This month’s roundup of developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds.
The ASX has amended its operating rules to enhance disclosure requirements and facilitate the expansion of exchange traded funds.
BVI launches two funds products download
The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission has introduced two new funds products, the ‘Incubator Fund’ and the ‘Approved Fund’.
Interim ‘relief’ (or ‘measures’) cover a variety of different orders that may be made pending the outcome of an arbitration. Whether such measures are available depends on a number of factors.
Khaitan & Co advised IPCA Laboratories Ltd in relation to obtaining FIPB approval for increase in aggregate limit of investment by SEBI registered FIIs and their sub-accounts in the equity share capital of IPCA Laboratories Ltd.
The 28 Q&As in this briefing include: do retail funds have to be licensed and; is hedge fund regulation reform on the cards?
Comprehensive briefing includes 28 questions and answers covering all aspects of investment funds in Jersey…
Recent events in Jersey, Guernsey and Singapore are covered in this update
Several mechanisms and arrangements are available for someone who wants to conceal his involvement in a transaction.
Q&A on funds directive updated download
Reporting and the calculation of leverage are among new Q&As in the European Securities and Markets Authority’s paper.
Innovation, regulation and growth are destined to draw more attention from investors.
Clarification on a liquidator’s authority in relation to anti-suit injuctions and more.
Reverse solicitation and AIFs download
Although non-EU alternative investment funds managed by non-EU AIFMs are not permitted to market their products or services in the EU, there is just the slightest room for manoeuvre with reverse solicitation.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s investment funds team has advised AEW UK REIT Plc on a fundraising worth £100m.
They must now inform the regulator about new funds they take on.
Fawaz Elmalki, director and head of Conyers’ MENA investment funds practice in Dubai, has been named to the MENA Fund Manager’s Fund Services Power 30 List for the fourth consecutive year.
Changes in the taxation of trusts and the possible effect of Labour proposals on non-doms’ IHT position.
Audit extensions in Cayman download
In what circumstances will the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority grant a registered mutual fund an extension of time to file its annual statements?
Mothercare’s general counsel Tim Ashby is leaving the company in September for FTSE 100 real estate investment trust Land Securities.
Dacheng Beijing-based senior partner Yang Guisheng has assisted in the restructuring of investment in Ethiopian Nankai Mining Co Ltd.
Courts will only imply a duty of good faith into a commercial contract in very limited circumstances so if the parties intend it to contain such a duty it should be expressly set out.
Luxembourg opens the door to China with approval of R-QFII UCITS funds.
Luxembourg, EU and international developments in tax regulation, including the double tax treaty network.
What makes Jersey so attractive to companies? (And there’s more to it than tax.)
Private equity newsletter, Spring 2015: managers' liabilities; signing documents properly; and more download
Several modifications to enterprise tax reliefs were announced in the 2015 Budget. Wragges explores the proposed changes and what they mean to investors and qualifying companies.
Travers Thorp Alberga (TTA) has strengthened its corporate and funds team with the hire of former Herbert Smith partner and FourWinds Capital Management general counsel Louise Freestone.
The new tax-free allowance for interest distributions will change the savings landscape, and other developments.
The Investor Money Regulations and the Client Asset Regulations 2015: implications for investment funds and MiFID firms download
Breaches of the IMR or the CAR can attract various penalties.
There has been talk of a Gulf Co-operation Council ‘funds passport’, but a regulatory framework has yet to be drafted.
Financial Regulatory Developments, 24 April: the end of too-big-to-fail; £13m reporting fine; Al Qaida sanctions; and more download
Also: EU adopts money laundering directive introducing national registries of ownership, and more.
This article provides a reminder of the impending deadlines and action that is required for those BVI entities that are classified as ‘foreign financial institutions’ for the purposes of FATCA.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s tech team has helped new client Breezie to secure investment from the Ziegler Link•Age Longevity Fund.
Start-up clients should keep an organised record of all legal documents – anticipate due diligence and plan accordingly.
Decision in Re MF Global UK could prevent a repeat of complex, evidence-heavy cases such as Lehman Bros FSD.
Given two similar opportunities, investors will head for the one that is easiest to understand.
The key elements of the new funds that are intended to boost longer term investment in the EU economy.
The government has fulfilled its pledge to balance its books after seven years of deficit largely by dipping into its contingency fund, cutting spending, and selling off assets.
Bill is a clear signal of the intent of the Indian government to tackle the issue.
Canada: Federal Budget 2015 overview download
Containing editorial comments regarding the tax proposals announced in the 2015 Federal Budget.
The impact of AIFMD download
It has now been more than 10 years since the Luxembourg law of 22 March 2004 on securitisation (the Securitisation law) was adopted
Dacheng attorneys Gu Yingbin and Yang Guang from Dacheng’s Nantong office acted as legal advisers for the issuer.
Foreign investment limit in the insurance sector has been increased from 26 per cent to 49 per cent, and other changes.
Although a buyback can be fairly easy to effect, if the strict legal requirements are not followed you may find that the buyback did not take place at all.
Employer-instigated transfers will require the employer to pay the cost of the advice, and other refinements to the draft guidance.
Interest from overseas investors in Jersey property is a having a positive effect on the island.
PRC legal counsel was provided by a team led by Shanghai-based senior partner Wu Chenyao and partner Qiu Pei.
ICG Europe Fund VI has held its first close, having raised €2.5bn (£1.8bn) to date.
Funds update: AIFMD implementation under fire; European agreement on beneficial ownership registers; and more download
Also: new Jersey accounts documentation and recent case law.
Mining issuers have their qualified persons (QPs) and occasionally legal counsel review technical disclosure, including news releases and technical reports, to ensure they comply.
“Resources are not reserves”, and other findings of a review of investor presentations on mining issuers’ websites.
Only a small minority of pension savers have plans to spend their whole pot on luxury items, following recent retirement reforms.
Aspects of MiFID II of particular interest to asset managers including: commissionss; phone call recordings; costs disclosure; client categorisation; and more.
Certain sums that arise to investment fund managers for their services will be charged to income tax.
The rules are likely to change soon. Managed investment trust deeds and distribution mechanisms should be amended to qualify under the new attribution rules, and other tips.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s banking and finance team have advised the North West Evergreen Fund on its £15m investment to Allied London to part-fund the development of No.1 Spinningfields in Manchester.
Ogier’s team in Luxembourg has been recognised for its ‘good and efficient service’ by Legal 500 in its Europe, Middle East & Africa 2015 edition.
One of the key features of Jersey’s funds industry is the range of structures and regulatory approaches that can be used.
Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund is a new Guernsey fund focused on the economic infrastructure sector.
In Fisker, an investor’s right to credit bid its $168m debt claim was capped at only US$25m, the amount the investor paid for the debt.
Dentons offers a brief discussion of the WARN Act, including the legal test generally employed by courts to determine whether ‘single employer’ liability applies.
There are some questions in pensions law that are frequently asked; it is often stated that trustees have a duty to act in members’ best interests – but what exactly does that mean?
Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD), April 2: new mortgage rules; Solvency 2; and more download
Latest developments in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Clarifying the depositary regime provided for in the UCITS law.
Accountability, April 2015: expert witness alert; Bannerman Disclaimer upheld; ADR and costs; and more download
Legal and industry news affecting accountants and other financial professionals on a range of liability risk management issues.
Friulia Veneto Sviluppo SGR, a management company founded from the partnership between the regional financial companies Veneto Sviluppo and Friulia, completed the first subscription of the new private equity fund named Fondo Sviluppo PMI.
A summary of the key changes to the Investment Canada Act recently announced by the government of Canada.
If so, it is important to act quickly to ensure you keep your options open
The Collective Investment Schemes Act underwent a major revision in 2013. The transitional provisions relating to this ended last month.
The Cayman Automatic Exchange of Information Portal is now open and a user guide is available to help smooth the process of making filings.
Registered collective investment schemes may be offered direct to the public in Guernsey for the first time.
The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority launched its online portal for the automatic exchange of tax information.
The FCA’s new business plan reveals that financial crime is now one of its most important areas of focus.
The new Foreign Investment Industries Guidance Catalogue will supersede the current 2011 version from April 10 2015.
Questions addressed include: which authorities have primary responsibility; what requirements apply to managers; and can an overseas manager work without authorisation?
Dishonest assistance in Jersey: trust company held liable to compensate victims of client who had defrauded them, even though that company did not carry out the frauds.
Useful guidance on whether Jersey law recognises the existence of a former trustee’s equitable lien
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s investment funds team has advised Empiric Student Property plc on an £85m fund raising, exceeding its target of approximately £75m.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has welcomed Oliver J Simpson to the Dubai office as an associate.
Addendum consultation paper on MiFID download
Final official technical advice and a consultation on the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.
Family offices defy generalisation download
Family offices are highly differentiated and need advisers who can understand the variety of needs inherent in looking after wealthy and entrepreneurial families.
How national authorities supervise and enforce MiFID provisions relating to investment firms’ obligation to provide best execution.
Clients often ask questions including: Is a green bond the right financing solution for us? How do we set robust criteria? What type of assurance should we consider? This paper provides some answers.
On 15th December 2008, changes were made to the regulation of investment funds in Guernsey. This briefing note analyses the differences between the two regimes.
Ogier says one of the main drivers for managers to choose the BVI has been the extension of the scope of the regime to enable approved managers to manage non-BVI fund structures.
ICAV is a new corporate vehicle designed for Irish investment funds and came into force on 12 March 2015.
The final tranche of the Investment Manager Regime (IMR) concessions have at last been released for comment.
Jersey is one of the world’s major international finance centres.
The Israel Tax Authority has expressed a view that could jeopardise, or at least complicate some basic hedging tactics.
UK property still a good investment download
The UK property market continues to attract significant interest from investors around the world.
Regular overview. Also includes latest developments on the borrower-lender-supplier agreement exemption, crowdfunding and card payment schemes.
Ogier are sponsoring and attending the IBA 16th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds 2015, the leading annual funds industry event for funds professionals in London, 8-10 March.
Austrade and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) are developing a new framework for the Significant Investor Program (SIV) visa.
SCS and SCSp are transparent for corporate income tax and municipal business tax purposes.
UCITS V: remuneration download
UCITS V regulates the remuneration policy of UCITS management companies.
The FCA has now completed its thematic review of asset management firms and the risk of market abuse (TR 15/1), which it announced in its 2014/15 business plan.
Eversheds has advised Coalfield Resources Plc on its acquisition of 75.1 per cent of the shares in Harworth Estates Property Group Ltd that it does not already own from the Board of the Pension Protection Fund.
Eversheds has announced the appointment of leading HMRC tax and funds expert, John Buckeridge, who joins the firm as a consultant.
Asia Region Funds Passport: draft rules a step towards a regional market for managed investment funds download
The Asia Region Funds Passport will create a regional market for managed investment funds and give Australian fund managers an opportunity to increase their presence in Asia.
The Reserve Bank of India’s bi-monthly policy statement took a cautious approach to foreign portfolio investment in corporate debt by imposing additional conditions on this investment avenue.
Shelagh Mason, is currently acting as a consultant to Collas Crill has been appointed as The Channel Islands Property Fund’s (CIPF) new chairman.
Herzog Fox & Neeman advised a foreign fund in its $5m investment in Israeli technological healthcare company Entera Bio, towards the IPO of Entera Bio’s shares in the US.
Khaitan advised Piramal Fund Management Private in relation to the issuance of secured and rated non-convertible debentures by Adarsh Haven of some $33m.
The General Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled on the possibility of registering an advertising slogan as a trademark.
Luxembourg’s advantages for companies considering locating their business here and insight into the country’s legal regime for enterprises.
To promote easier reporting for foreign direct investmen transactions the Reserve Bank of India has amended the process of filing certain returns.
Offshore Case Digest: issue 8 download
A high-level summary of the major commercial cases decided in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.
How funds can qualify as an ELTIF under new European Commission rules.
Finance litigation briefing February 2015: report and review on the latest cases and issues download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s finance litigation experts bring you the latest on the cases and issues affecting the lending industry.
PPF determination for 2015/16 will require schemes to confirm that they have taken legal advice to support their status as a ‘last man standing’ scheme.
An important judgment has been handed down that deals with the remedies available to members of the IBM Project Waltz scheme.
Carey Olsen associate Jamie Oldfield has been admitted as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey and called to the Guernsey Bar.
Wragges’ investment funds team has advised Gabelli Value Plus Trust on a fundraising worth £100m.
On 30 January 2015, the Europen Commission republished a draft RTS on the own funds requirements for firms based on fixed overheads. How will this affect asset managers?
Scottish firms Burness Paull and Levy & McRae are facing legal action from the liquidators of Heather Capital over their involvement in the collapse of the $400m hedge fund.
Bermuda has historically been and remains an attractive jurisdiction for lenders involved in the financing of the acquisition of both private and commercial aircraft.
How secure are your DC assets? download
This alert provides a guide for trustees embarking on a review of the security of their DC assets.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Sunshine 100 China Holdings Ltd on the issue of $100m 12.75 per cent senior notes due 2017.
Extension of the list of individuals and entities subject to a travel ban and/or an asset freeze download
The restrictive measures targeting individuals and entities for threatening or undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity have been extended.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has reaffirmed its public sector credentials with an appointment to the national legal services procurement framework for Local Government Pension Scheme Funds.
This article looks at the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) new requirement for certification by trustees on the strength of guarantors underwriting Type A contingent assets.
MiFID 2: communicating with clients download
The changes MiFID 2 will make to the way firms deal at a high level with their customers and clients.
Outsourcing for asset managers download
Recent regulatory developments that apply to fund managers when outsourcing functions such as investment operations, fund administration, transfer agency or corporate actions.
InVest – February 2015 download
This month’s roundup of developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds sees: the EU Commission and EIB launch a new advisory service on financial instruments and the Government response to the DECC consultation on new criminal offences for manipulating the energy market.
Federal Law 488-FZ ‘On Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation’, to become effective on 30 June, regulates relations between legal entities and businesspeople operating in the industrial sector.
In a judgment dealing with the collapse of the Arch Cru funds the High Court has re-examined and clarified the law applying to investment managers.
The selling of gift vouchers by distressed retailers such as Comet, Jessops and HMV in the run-up to going into administration has been the subject of much adverse comment.
Public or government procurement in CETA, the economic and trade agreement between Canada and the EU download
The Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement provides a range of measures to make doing business between Canada and the EU easier.
The EC has announced proposals that would allow the UNCITRAL rules on transparency in investor-state disputes to be applied to treaties already in place to which EU member states are parties.
Draft legislation raises concerns that many normal carried interest and co-investment structures could be within the scope of new income tax rules.
Fund managers and investors now have a single point of reference in the event that problems occur in relation to the safekeeping of assets or the performance of oversight functions.
Minter Ellison has been shortlisted in three categories for the 2015 Financial Review Client Choice Awards.
Irish firm Arthur Cox has appointed the general counsel of exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Source, Adrian Mulryan, as a partner in its London funds team.
AIFMs must now make additional information available to investors.
FCA update on Annex IV reporting download
The FCA has issued an urgent reminder on ensuring AIFMD Annex IV transparency reports are completed correctly in GABRIEL (GAthering Better Regulatory Information ELectronically).
Ogier is attending MIPIM 2015, the annual real estate event for property professionals, at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, 10–13 March.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been honoured as Best Offshore Law Firm – Client Services at the third annual MENA Fund Manager Fund Services Awards.
Reporting requirements for authorised and registered AIFMs in Ireland: deadline approaching download
This article provides some pointers for the preparation of Annex IV Reports and, looks at what the information contained in filed AIFM reporting templates might reveal.
Budget 2014 and pensions download
The Budget statement delivered on 19 March 2014 promised some of the most radical changes to pension savings for a generation. Are you ready?
Ogierhas recently advised on the £680m sale of the Jurys Inn hotel group to US private equity firm Lone Star.
Eaglewood Europe has hired former Sidley Austin associate Dipali Sahni as its first general counsel.
Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass plans to take on some of the world’s largest drug producers by challenging the patents that protect their top products.
Firm launches practical guide to closing out ISDA contracts in response to creditor concerns about exposure.
This briefing sets out some high level issues to consider on a global M&A deal where the target is an Australian company or business or where downstream Australian subsidiaries are involved.
Jiang Bin and Zhang Suixia from Dacheng’s Guangzhou office recently advised on the formation of the Guangzhou Sino-Israeli Biotech Industry Venture Investment Fund.
Schoenherr has advised AIM Software Group on investment by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
This article examines a recent trend in EU competition law whereby it has become increasingly common for parent entities to be fined for the violations that were perpetrated by their subsidiaries.
This briefing explains the attractions for international managers, sponsors and investors of the Cayman Islands as the jurisdiction in which to domicile a private equity fund.
We have led the way into the Middle East, becoming the first Singaporean law firm to set up an office in Abu Dhabi.
The energy & infrastructure dinance team at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised longstanding client Primrose Solar on two inflation-linked financings.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised Riviera Travel on a significant investment made into the company by private equity firm, Phoenix Equity Partners.
Reporting requirements for authorised and registered AIFMs in Ireland: deadline approaching download
The vast majority of registered or authorised AIFMs should be preparing for the first filing of their Annex IV Reports with the Central Bank of Ireland.
The Pension Protection Fund has published its appendix and guidance on valuing and certifying ABCs for levy purposes.
This update looks at employer insolvency risk, last-man-standing schemes and contingent assets, following the publication of the Pension Protection Fund’s Levy Estimate for the 2015–16 levy year.
llinois has jumped ahead in the movement to increase employee retirement savings.
InVest: ESMA's new consultation on MiFID; the EBA's decision on admissibility of appeals under ESMA regulation; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has published this month’s round-up of developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds.
Ogier in Jersey has acted for Moorfield Real Estate Fund in connection with the exchange of contracts to sell a diversified real estate investment portfolio to Lone Star Real Estate Fund III.
Trust lawyer Michael Goulborn has joined the Carey Olsen litigation team as of counsel in the Jersey office.
Carey Olsen is the only Jersey legal adviser to significantly increase the number of funds it advises for the year ending 30 June 2014, according to a report.
CSSF publishes updated AIFMD FAQ: guidance for the notifications under Articles 25 and 37 of the AIFM law download
The Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier has published an updated version of its FAQ on the AIFMD.
Can my customer hedge its bets? download
This case highlights the importance of funders completing sufficient due diligence on their customers to be comfortable that those customers have the legal capacity to enter into derivative transactions.
NCTM has helped out in the sale of LA Nazione HQ.
Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Moorfield Real Estate Fund on the sale of its diversified real estate investment portfolio to Lone Star Real Estate Fund, represented by Allen & Overy (A&O), for £1bn.
Ogier in Jersey has acted for Northwood Investors in connection with the acquisition of more than 7.1 million square feet of office and industrial properties.
Loyens & Loeff has appointed Gerard Blokland, Bastiaan Cornelisse, Tom van Helmond, Natalie Reypens and Michael Scott as partners, effective from 1 January 2015.
DLA Piper has advised on the largest LIC IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange since late 2006.
DLA Piper’s role encompassed a full due diligence review of the target group, advice on the auction process and subsequent completion of the acquisition.
Protected cell companies download
Guernsey was the first jurisdiction to introduce the concept of a protected cell company but the Companies Law has effectively modernised it.
Financial Regulatory Developments — EP agrees MLD 4 progress; FCA pleased with post-RDR review; and more download
Dentons has released the 22 December 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
Katie Hooper was sworn in before the Royal Court of Jersey on 1 December and Matt McManus was admitted as a solicitor on 18 December.
Stichting Shell Pensioenfunds v Krys download
The decision in Stichting Shell Pensioenfonds v Krys and another clarifies a liquidator’s authority in relation to antisuit injunctions.
The International Who’s Who Legal Private Funds 2015 identifies law firms and practitioners who stand out on an international level on the basis of votes from clients, in-house counsel and peers.
An exemption from the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 allows hedge fund managers to operate managed accounts for non-fund clients alongside fund clients.
AIFMD Luxembourg implementation download
Luxembourg has now fully implemented the AIFMD. This will reinforce the country’s position as a global investment fund hub.
Financial Regulatory Developments — Commission comments on Basel assessment; FCA publishes Davis review; and more download
Dentons has released the 12 December 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
Mourant Ozannes is voted Best US Offshore Law Firm by the readers of Hedge Funds Review.
Latest Who’s Who Private Funds research names Mourant Ozannes partner as one of top global offshore funds experts.
Schoenherr has been awarded Austrian M&A Legal Adviser of the Year at Mergermarket’s European M&A Awards 2014.
The European Commission has finalised a Delegated Act setting out how credit institutions will pay into national resolution funds.
On 7 December the final report was issued by Australia’s Financial System Inquiry. This briefing is a summary of the key points relevant to innovation.
Dacheng has been named 2014 China VC/PE RMB Fund Raising Legal Advisor of the Year.
Croatia is in its sixth consecutive year of recession.
InVest: FCA publishes thematic review of wealth management firms and private banks; Council of the EU considers regulation on securities financing transactions; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has published this month’s round-up of developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds.
DLA Piper has represented Regent Properties in its fundraising of $300m in equity commitments.
Financial Regulatory Developments — council encourages movement on MLD; EIOPA consults on solvency; and more download
Dentons has released the 5 December 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
Jamie Cooper-Hohn has been awarded what legal experts think is the largest-ever divorce settlement recorded in Britain.
A snapshot of the investor-state dispute settlement framework in Australia’s Asian free-trade agreement trifecta download
On 17 November 2014, Australia and China concluded negotiations over the China-Australia free-trade agreement.
The Euromoney International Debt Capital Markets Handbook 2015 — regulatory overview in Luxembourg and recent trends download
Luxembourg is a renowned financial centre and is particularly active in the debt segment of the capital markets.
InCredit — new rules on credit broking fees and financial promotions; CML responds on FPC direction powers; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard’s weekly publication provides information on current retail finance issues, regulatory and legislative developments, market watch and ASA adjudications.
The double tax treaty between France and Luxembourg contains a favourable tax regime for capital gains on shares of real-estate companies.
A team from Dacheng has been admitted into a pool of PRC law attorneys for China Minsheng Investment Corporation.
The government has published its eagerly anticipated National Infrastructure Plan 2014 (NIP).
Dominic Lacey, partner and infrastructure expert at Eversheds, has commented on plans for significant development of the UK roads network.
China’s State Council issued a new edition of The Catalogue of Investment Projects Subject to Governmental Approvals on 31 October 2014.
Sector insight: oil and gas download
With extractive industries forming the basis for many of the world’s economies, it’s no surprise that they make fertile ground for disputes.
The placing agreement was signed on 30 November 2014, pursuant to which Morgan Stanley will place an aggregate of 594,056,000 new H shares.
Arendt & Medernach has advised ICBC (Europe) SA throughout the process leading up to the approval of its first Luxembourg R-QFII UCITS.
Mourant Ozannes advises Big Yellow Group, Cable & Wireless, Informa and Workspace Group on equity placings
Mourant Ozannes has advised four FTSE 250 companies on their recent equity placings, which have raised in a total in excess of £495m.
Khaitan & Co has advised Cigital in relation to the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of iViZ Techno Solutions.
In the African tax sphere, the trend remains for headline tax rates to continue to remain stable or decrease.
The DIFC has released a month-long public consultation on its draft rules relating to succession and inheritance matters for non-Muslims with assets in Dubai.
DLA Piper has advised Catella Real Estate on the acquisition of a residential and commercial building in Munich.
An exemption from the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998 has been introduced for regulated hedge-fund managers who want to operate managed accounts for their non-fund clients alongside their fund clients.
Carey Olsen has been awarded Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year in the Cayman Islands in the 2015 Corporate International Legal Awards.
An exemption has been introduced that will enable Jersey-regulated fund managers to service qualifying segregated managed accounts (QSMAs) without the need for further regulation in Jersey.
Dacheng has advised Ping An Asset Management Co on the issuing of its investment plan, the Ping An-China Enterprise real-estate debt investment plan.
Dacheng has advised Danyang Investment Group on the issuance of the first tranche of private placement notes for the year 2014.
Joe Andrew, Dentons global chairman, was a featured speaker at the Atlantic Council’s summit in Istanbul.
Smarter fundraising download
Collyer Bristow provides 10 pointers to help you to engage alumni and encourage/manage donations.
Paying school fees with ease download
For many families, choosing the right school for their children is difficult. Once this decision is made, families should think about how they will fund that education.
Guyana: all gold and bounty download
Guyana looks set for a boom in production and export of its natural resources and commodities. Now this South American underdog needs to polish up its lacklustre risk profile.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised real-estate investment trust Empiric Student Property on a £65.6m secondary fundraising.
Shoosmiths has advised real-estate investment trust McKay Securities on the acquisition of a £8.75m mixed-use leisure scheme in Woking.
The lawyers of Colibri Kazakhstan possess innovative experience in supporting infrastructure and industry projects in Kazakhstan since the moment of the development of PPP mechanisms in the country.
Colibri Kazakhstan’s team supports oil and gas projects using its practical experience and excellent knowledge of the industry.
Our experience in the mining sector allows us to support clients in projects of any complexity.
Simmons & Simmons has announced plans to launch a five-partner office in Luxembourg to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s funds industry.
Colibri Kazakhstan’s financial practice includes various projects of major investment banks, national and international companies, and international financial institutions.
The main theme of the forum was the importance of attracting private investment in infrastructure and other sectors.
The CISX is licensed to operate as an investment exchange under the Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 1997.
RPL brought claims against former advisers in relation to its admission to trading on AIM in 2006. 7KBW barrister Christopher Butcher QC acted for Grant Thornton.
BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises — several interesting reports about the role of trustees; and more download
Bates Wells Braithwaite has released the 20 November 2014 issue of its BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises.
DLA Piper has represented Rioprevidencia and the State of Rio de Janeiro in a 144A/Reg S $1.1bn securitisation of oil royalties.
Dentons will be giving a seminar on distressed real estate with a focus on Western Canada at its office in Toronto on 20 November.
Ruth Ormston was named ‘Champion of Justice’ at the LLST Awards, while the law firm also won an award recognising its support of the LLST walks.
Andy Moseby, corporate partner at Kemp Little, has been re-elected to the executive committee of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA).
Ristev lectured on the comparative analysis of public-private partnerships and strategic partnerships between private investors and the state in the sector of mining in Serbia.
DLA Piper has been jointly appointed to the panel of Green Africa Power alongside Stephenson Harwood.
InVest — November 2014: FSB publishes final report on foreign exchange benchmarks; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has published this month’s round-up of developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds.
Focus: loans to enterprises by insurance companies — amendments to Regulation 36/2011 approved by IVASS download
Law Decree no. 91 of 2014 has added a new provision to paragraph 2 of article 114 of Legislative Decree no. 385 of 1 September 1993.
The World Oil Council is the world’s largest business event for the oil and gas sector.
This newsflash provides information on the obligations under the BCL Regulation as amended by Regulation 2014/N17.
We have built a strong reputation in both domestic and cross-border finance transactions, working together with our own offices in other locations or with reputable firms.
Bär & Karrer has advised Partners Group on its acquisition of the ‘Helvetica I’ portfolio on behalf of its clients in a secondary transaction.
Nabarro has advised South Street Asset Management on the establishment of an £89m UK student accommodation fund.
Member states of the EU were due to implement the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive 2011/61/EU (AIFMD) by 22 July 2013.
Boris Martor, partner and Africa law expert at Eversheds, has commented on news that three African economic blocs will merge into a new 27-nation free-trade zone.
GRATA representatives presented reports on the investment climate in Kazakhstan, the practical aspects of doing business in Azerbaijan and the Eurasian Economic Union.
Last month, there were two positive regulatory updates relevant to the domestic funds industry.
Attorney Zhu Huiting from Dacheng’s Inner Mongolia office was recently appointed as a member of a legal advisory group for overseas Chinese-funded enterprises.
Jan Golaszewski, a dispute resolution and litigation specialist, has been promoted to partner in Carey Olsen’s Cayman Islands office.
Edward Huang and Joe Zhou attended the event and spoke with the premier of Northern Cape about the importance of legal services in promoting the economic development of the region.
Partner Chen Jie and attorney Zhang Yindi from Dacheng’s Xi’an office advised the company on the issuance.
Mourant Ozannes has advised to Brockton Capital Fund III and Dunedin Property on real-estate transactions totalling £146.5m.
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposed amendment to the 2014 foreign direct investment policy in the construction development sector.
Abhimanyu Bhattacharya has joined as a partner in the capital markets practice and Iqbal Khan has been promoted to an associate partner in the M&A and private equity practice.
Shoosmiths is the appointed legal adviser to the UK’s only pop music genre-based literary festival, Louder Than Words.
A shot in the arm for investment funds? Tax pass-through status for a contributory trust, regarded as revocable transfer download
The Bangalore Bench of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal has provided much needed clarity on the scheme of taxation of investment funds structured as trusts.
Dacheng’s Wu Ming has represented clients in an international trade dispute and an offshore anti-money laundering investigation in the UK.
RMF Market Neutral Strategies (Master) v DD Growth Premium 2X Fund represents a victory for common sense and for the Cayman Islands funds industry.
Eversheds has advised the independent directors of Waterlogic on the proposed £122.6m takeover by Poseidon Bidco.
New platform for capital raising: TSX Private Markets service to provide access to capital for private and public companies download
The initial phase of the TSX Private Markets offering encompasses a dealer-to-dealer voice-brokered service complemented by an informational website.
The banking litigation team has been named Law Firm of the Year by Mortgage Finance Gazette in recognition of its investment in its specialist legal expertise.
The Romanian Law no. 121/2014 is intended to increase energy efficiency in the country, with the aim of reducing energy consumption by 19 per cent by 2020.
Despite Myanmar being one of the world’s oldest oil and gas producers, its upstream oil and gas sector is considered to be relatively underdeveloped.
Investors are increasingly looking to hedge-fund owners to identify threats and protect their investments.
Beneficial ownership of assets is coming under scrutiny in hedge fund divorce cases, requiring the disclosure of great swathes of confidential information.
The firm has experience in representing specialised clients active in this market, including regional energy service providers and national energy regulators and authorities.
Voicu & Filipescu’s attorneys advise the Romanian government, international banks and strategic and financial investors on privatisation transactions.
Voicu & Filipescu’s specialised attorneys provide legal advice in all areas of insurance law to both corporate and insured individuals.
Australia ‘stands to become a world leader in initiatives for funding the global infrastructure deficit’ following the G20 summit in Brisbane this weekend.
M&A diligence: marking a document ‘without prejudice’ may not be enough to prevent admission to court download
Marking a document ‘without prejudice’ will not necessarily be a conclusive factor when a court decides whether the document is admissible in evidence.
The IPO prospectus of Xurpas shows revenue growth of 75 per cent on average per year since 2011 and enviable margins of 42 per cent average earnings before tax.
For companies looking to move to the Main Market, there has been a concern as to whether there will be sufficient liquidity in the market for shares in companies with standard listings.
PPF levy — the future download
The consultation period on the PPF’s plans for the levy over the three years from 2015–16 ended on 9 July 2014.
The Brisbane summit provides an opportune moment for policymakers to reflect upon two key questions for regulatory reform.
Voicu & Filipescu is active in the banking, finance and capital markets sector and its lawyers have expertise in many transactions and regulatory matters.
KPMG International’s ‘Infrastructure 100: World Markets Report’ highlights key trends driving infrastructure investment around the world.
CVC Capital Partners general counsel Richard Perris is swapping roles to head the legal department at sister company CVC Credit Partners.
Fitmums and Friends runs adult running and walking groups in Cottingham, east Hull, Beverley and Hedon.
1st Hornsea Scout Group has used the donation to buy extra helmets, buoyancy aids and oars.
Amendments to the NPS Law, which entered into force on 23 October 2014, would significantly affect further development of the Russian payment infrastructure.
Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, lawyers think Kazakhstan is benefiting.
DLA Piper has represented Avalara in its financing round of $100m from an affiliate of private equity firm Warburg Pincus.
Wildgen has launched a toy drive and fundraising for the profit of Luxembourg charity associations working for the wellbeing of disabled and underprivileged children.
Dominic Lacey of Eversheds has commented on news the government is set to invest billions in the UK roads network by the end of the decade.
The Central Bank of Ireland has published Consultation Paper 86 on Fund Management Company Effectiveness — Delegate Oversight.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s BVI office has been given top rankings in three key industry awards this year from Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR1000.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised UK REIT client and primary care property investor and developer Assura Group on its acquisition of 11 medical centres.
BWB has welcomed a ruling by the High Court that the Warburg Institute’s sole trustee is obliged to maintain the institute as an ‘independent unit’.
The Community Infrastructure Levy is still in its infancy. Forty-five authorities are charging; 19 are in the twilight zone between examination and adoption.
The High Court has rejected the University of London’s claims that all additions to the Warburg Institute since 1944 belong to the university.
Outer Temple Chamber’s Tim Green has advised a group of retail investors in their challenge to a refusal by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Investors, their spouses and unmarried children under 21 can become US permanent residents by creating (or saving) jobs for US workers through investment.
Financial Regulatory Developments — EIOPA consults on product governance; ECB takes over banking supervision; and more download
Dentons has released the 7 November 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
20 Essex Street has a strong reputation as a leading arbitration set. It has a team of 18 leading international arbitrators from around the globe.
Ogier is expanding in Jersey with the recruitment of partner Matthew Shaxson from Mourant Ozannes.
Mourant Ozannes has announced three internal promotions to group partner with effect from February.
Eversheds has appointed established funds and real-estate tax lawyer Cathryn Vanderspar as the new head of its London tax team.
DLA Piper has taught a week-long Special Economic Zone Course for the fourth consecutive year at the University of the Western Cape this week.
DLA Piper has announced that Arleen Nand has joined the firm’s corporate and finance practice as a partner in Minneapolis.
The Home Office has announced that changes to the UK Immigration Rules are due to come into force on 6 November 2014.
Conyers has provided advice to Mitsui & Co in connection with its investment in Tsit Wing International Holdings by way of a minority shareholding in Tsit Wing.
Austria: Ministry of Finance publishes its view on certain aspects relating to private equity funds download
The Austrian Ministry of Finance has published its view on certain aspects relating to private equity funds.
BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises — draft of the Protection of Charities Bill has been published; and more download
Bates Wells Braithwaite has released the 6 November 2014 issue of its BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises.
Tier 1 (Investor) category changes download
The Tier 1 (Investor) category caters for high-net-worth individuals making a substantial financial investment to the UK.
Addleshaw Goddard has cycled 1,342km as part of this year’s Breast Cancer Care’s Tour De Law.
Channel Islands firms Mourant Ozannes and Ogier have each hired a senior Jersey funds lawyer from the other firm.
Kazakhstan possesses significant reserves of oil and gas. Therefore, the tax system in this sector needs to provide stability, transparency and progressivity.
InVest — government consults on fair and effective markets review recommendations; and more download
InVest features a round-up of developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds.
KWL has successfully defended approximately €350m in claims brought by UBS relating to the sale of complex derivatives products by UBS.
The government has announced new funding which is designed to put more planning power in the hands of local communities.
Resolution No. 685 of the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine dated 30 October 2014 has introduced changes to Resolutions No. 540 and No. 597.
The establishment of a new €6.8bn Irish strategic investment fund is expected to be of interest to national and international investors and fund managers.
Investments — Nabarro’s top 10 tips download
Nabarro offers its top 10 tips when taking investment into your start-up.
A Dacheng team has been retained by SITC to advise it on the introduction of strategic investor and registered capital increase.
Beijing-based senior partners Liu Haiping and Liu Fei, partner Dong Wan and Kunming-based attorney Xin Yajie, all from Dacheng, worked jointly on the project.
Claude Kremer, one of the founding partners of Arendt & Medernach, has been elected to the board of directors of the IIFA.
This briefing summarises some key characteristics of such structures.
Karolina Stawowska, tax adviser and partner in charge of the tax advisory practice at Wierzbowski Eversheds, has been recognised by Women in Business Law.
Sovereign immunity vs commerciality: enforcing a foreign judgment against a nation state in Australia download
The recent decision in Firebird illustrates the complex considerations involved in enforcing a foreign judgment against a foreign state under Australian law.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been recognised as a top-tier firm in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Paul Christopher, Hong Kong managing partner at Mourant Ozannes, recently joined a delegation from Guernsey Finance in China.
On 16 October 2014, GRATA Law Firm took part in the 18th session of the Kazakh-British Trade and Industry Council in London.
Dentons has announced its sponsorship of the FounderFuel Demo Day on 2 December 2014 at the Théâtre Rialto.
As part of the higher-education funding reforms announced in the 2014–15 budget, the government announced that existing price caps on university fees will be removed.
John Elias and Struan Lloyd share insights into how the new regime will apply to Australian entities and some of the issues that are likely to arise.
New governance standards for money purchase schemes are to be introduced in April 2015. They focus on the design and monitoring of default investment arrangements.
The court has considered an application for judicial review of a decision made by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to entertain a complaint against the applicant.
It is clear that the Renewable Energy Act has succeeded in attracting more investment in solar PV than Japan’s grid can handle.
Lord Justice Christopher Clarke held litigation funders liable for the costs of successful opponents in Excalibur Ventures v Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd.
Mourant Ozannes has again been named ‘Best Offshore Law Firm — Client Service’ at the HFMWeek US Hedge Fund Services Awards 2014.
Ogier Guernsey and Ogier Jersey have been recognised for their corporate and finance and investment funds expertise by IFLR.
Study reveals SME funding concerns download
Just one in four of the UK’s small and medium-sized firms think the government and lenders are offering enough funding support to them.
Shanghai-based senior partner Wang Enshun and partner Qiu Pei from Dacheng recently attended the launch ceremony of a ‘one-button-solves-it-all’ platform.
Li Hao and Wei Chuande and paralegal Cai Rongjie provided legal counsel for the group.
The draft CPR Report proposed guiding principles for a new intergovernmental agreement to establish choice and competition principles in human services.
The AGM followed the completion of a funding package for Point and Sandwick Power in September to fund what will be the largest community-owned wind farm in Scotland.
The UK Bribery Act has been in force for almost a year. The difficulties facing companies wishing to implement a robust response to the act should not be underestimated.
In Avonwick, David Richards J had to consider whether correspondence marked by litigation lawyers ‘Without Prejudice & Subject to Contract’ was privileged.
This briefing provides an outline of the procedures for the assessment and evaluation of acquiring transactions in Ireland.
The forum presented investment opportunities in Almaty and new schemes for financing projects.
Examining the effect of the final Dodd-Frank credit risk retention rule upon the student loan finance industry download
The Dodd-Frank Act’s required credit risk retention rules were finalised and adopted by US regulators last week.
Purpose trusts have become an increasingly important part of the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (as amended).
The guidelines are directed at premium-listed Main Market companies — although AIM companies are encouraged to adhere to the guidelines as best practice.
Subrogation is a remedy allowing a party to step into the shoes of another party assuming the benefit of any rights that second party may have in relation to a liability.
Mourant Ozannes has recruited Tim Morgan to its funds practice. Morgan has worked in the specialist funds and offshore corporate sectors for more than a decade.
Qatar has recently introduced Law No 6 of 2014 ‘Regulating Real Estate Development’, the first piece of substantial real-estate legislation in a decade.
Eversheds has advised Daisy Group on a £494m buy-out by a consortium of Matthew Riley (Daisy’s chief executive), Toscafund and Penta Capital.
The following areas are covered in this article: banks and finance; state procurements; medicine and pharmaceuticals; and customs law.
Khaitan & Co has advised Omidyar Network on the India leg of the transaction in relation to its investment in Scroll Media USA.
Eversheds’ Vaida Cesnuleviciute has participated in a meeting that discussed the challenges and opportunities in foreign, security and defence policy that the EU is currently facing.
Since February 2009, Wierzbowski Eversheds has provided pro bono legal support for the Wybrani w Górach Association in a dispute with Poland’s Ministry of Regional Development.
Mongolia’s new Petroleum Law now in effect — key points of its investor-friendly incentives download
In the latest effort by the government of Mongolia to increase foreign investment and accelerate economic activity, the Great Khural has adopted the Law of Mongolia on Petroleum.
The changes announced on 16 October 2014 by the Home Office to the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa route come into effect on 6 November 2014.
Financial Regulatory Developments — ESAs publish joint work programme; ESMA speaks on PRIIPs and MiFID 2; and more download
Dentons has released the 17 October 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
A leading authority in retail property has joined the panel of speakers set to present at Property 2014 — a networking event sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn.
King & Capital partners Gong Piguo, Zhou Zhenguo and Huang Yonghua attended the conference.
China Law Society and the African Legal Affairs Center of King & Capital have co-hosted a seminar on China-Africa investment and trade law in Beijing.
Kemp Little has become a 2015 FinTech50 partner. FinTech50 recognises businesses in Europe’s technology sector for their innovation.
Attorneys Vaida Cesnuleviciute Inga Malinauskaite and Tomas Jakubauskas have participated in an international business conference in Lithuania.
Addleshaw Goddard has acted for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on a deal to voluntarily terminate the PFI contract at Hexham General Hospital.
Doing Business in the United States download
Doing Business in the United States is an introductory guide for non-US businesses that may be interested in doing business in the US.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Pershing Square Holdings Ltd on all Guernsey-related aspects of its conversion from an open-ended to a closed-ended registered fund.
The Romanian real-estate market shows signs of recovery, especially due to the increased number of office projects and transactions with agricultural lands.
Addleshaw Goddard has strengthened its real-estate practice in Leeds through key promotions, relocations and new appointments — increasing the team by 11 per cent.
Conyers has advised Bermuda Community Foundation, a local not-for-profit Bermuda company, on its conversion to and registration as a segregated accounts company.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been recognised as a leading financial and corporate law firm in the most recent edition of IFLR1000.
Khaitan & Co has advised GA Global Investments in relation to the sale of 6,500,000 equity shares of IndusInd Bank by way of a block trade for approximately $66.3m.
Kyiv Tax Newsletter — improvement of the investment activity taxation; and creation of the free economic zone Crimea download
Dentons has released the 14 October 2014 issue of its Kyiv Tax Newsletter.
Insider trading tightened up download
By judgment no. 15224 rendered on 3 July 2014, the Supreme Court has extended the boundaries of the prohibition on insider trading.
Shoosmiths has boosted its corporate offering in the north west by bringing in a new senior associate and two further lawyers into its growing Manchester office.
Arendt & Medernach has announced the appointment of a new counsel and six new senior associates.
Circular 37 simplifies the SAFE registration process for Chinese residents seeking offshore investments and financings and it liberalises cross-border capital outflow by Chinese residents.
King & Capital has co-hosted the ‘Seminar on the Law in Sino-African Investment and Trade’.
Jersey’s new charities law download
The law will, once in force, be a quantum leap forward in the development and clarification of many aspects of the law relating to charities and their regulation in Jersey.
Khaitan & Co has advised Pragati India Fund in relation to its venture capital investment in DCDC Health Services for approximately $4.3m.
Financial remedies are where the court looks to determine how fairly to distribute assets between former spouses or civil partners following a divorce or dissolution of the civil partnership.
B P Collins is co-sponsoring an upcoming fundraising event on 20 November on behalf of local charity Scannappeal, featuring celebrity MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace.
Financial Regulatory Developments — Council publishes unfinished business table; ESMA consults on EMIR measures; and more download
Dentons has released the 10 October 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
The Regulations seek to provide a specialised regulatory framework for the establishment and operation of REITs and InVITs in India.
The government of Cayman has enacted the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014, which regulates directors of certain entities established in Cayman.
BDK senior partner Vladimir Dašic has given a presentation on overcoming the legal challenges that investors face in south-eastern Europe.
Investment funds in Guernsey download
This briefing provides a concise outline of the regulation of investment funds in Guernsey and an overview of the structures available and their tax treatment.
School children in Hull will soon be learning how to cook a healthy meal as part of a project that has received the backing of the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust.
Doing Business in Australia download
This guide provides sound, practical advice on the relevant laws and regulations for foreign companies looking to invest in Australia.
Mongolia’s new Petroleum Law now in effect — key points of its investor-friendly incentives download
In an effort by Mongolia’s government to increase foreign investment and accelerate economic activity, the Parliament has adopted the Law of Mongolia on Petroleum.
MiFID 2: implications for BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey (and other third country) firms download
MiFID is a European Union law that aims to harmonise the regulation of investment services across the member states of the European Economic Area.
Winckworth Sherwood has announced it is sponsoring the London Property Summit on 19 November 2014.
On 6 October, Eversheds Saladžius launched the School of Legal Excellence, which has been organised in co-operation with Vilnius University Faculty of Law.
Victoria Lee, a partner in DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley office, has been named to The Recorder’s list of Women Leaders in Tech Law for the second consecutive year.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been recognised as a top-tier firm in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500 UK.
According to The Legal 500, following the merger of Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham in May 2014, the firm has ‘more strength and depth as well as wider international coverage’.
Dentons has announced that it is sponsoring TiECon Canada 2014, which will take place at the Ottawa Convention Centre on 20–21 October 2014.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s corporate team has advised longstanding client Business Growth Fund (BGF) on its £10m investment into Victoria plc.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Investec Asset Management Guernsey on the migration and re-domiciliation from Ireland to Guernsey of Investec International Funds.
Sanctions — is your deal bankable? download
If a stakeholder commits to an entity which becomes (or whose business becomes) affected by sanctions, this could have a number of adverse consequences.
Practical implications of the JOBS Act changes to private placements: Rule 506(c), crowdfunding and Reg A+ download
Two key features of the JOBS Act, when combined with certain advantages enjoyed by issuers in Rule 506 offerings, open up a new category of ‘publicly offered private offerings.
Aspiring stage star Holly Lewis has been awarded a £1,000 grant from the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust to help fund her place at the American Musical Theatre Academy.
At the heart of tax integration in Canada is the refundable tax and dividend refund mechanism in subsection 129(1) of the Income Tax Act.
The Law Commission has called on the government to create new rules giving trustees of charities the explicit, statutory power to make social investments.
The new release of The Legal 500 UK has ranked Carey Olsen in tier one across all of its 16 practice categories in the Channel Islands.
Financial Regulatory Developments — ESMA updates AIFMD FAQs; Treasury consults on more benchmarks for regulation; and more download
Dentons has released the 3 October 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
Specialist corporate lawyers at Walker Morris have advised Westhouse Securities on the share placing by cloudBuy to raise £4.3m.
Ogier has appointed three new partners across the Jersey and Luxembourg offices. The appointments are effective from 1 October 2014.
The Alliance Associates Weekend is now an annual event focused on growing the international prospects of aspiring associates and senior associates.
Gateley has advised on a deal that saw investment vehicle Ensco 1070 invest in Oxford United Football Club.
The rise of specialist portfolios: a look at trends and opportunities in distressed property download
For a certain breed of investor, distressed property portfolios — often referred to as ‘zombie’ assets — are starting to look less cadaverous.
DLA Piper has advised the global alternative asset investment firm Carlyle Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Expereo Holding.
Conyers has provided Cayman and BVI advice in connection with the issue by Yingde Gases Investment of $250m 7.25 per cent senior notes due 2020.
The Royal Court has declined to strike out proceedings brought by the successor trustee and manager of three unit trusts against the former trustee and manager of those unit trusts.
Jo Coleman, partner and charity lawyer at IBB Solicitors, has discussed the possibility of charities protecting their best fundraising ideas in an article on Third Sector.
Boris Martor has commented on the news that the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is attempting to increase the number of listings of African companies in the UK.
DLA Piper has advised ASX- and AIM-listed Ceramic Fuel Cells on its pro rata renounceable rights issue to raise a maximum of approximately $13.7m (£8.5m).
Laura Harper and Karen Proctor from Shoosmiths in Manchester are heading to Washington DC as part of a delegation of top north-west business people to sell the region to US companies.
The framework for Ireland’s new Loan Origination Fund Structure will transform investment funds from asset management vehicles into asset creation vehicles.
Making a brain injury compensation claim: how to obtain adequate funding for rehabilitation and loss of earnings download
Brain injury, unlike physical injury, is not always easy to see, and thus the full impact of such an injury is not necessarily appreciated by others.
GRATA counsel Yerbolat Yerkebulanov recently spoke at a seminar on measures to improve the investment climate in Kazakhstan.
Eversheds’ payments processing experts set the key findings in this report and what they mean for UK firms.
The Australian Securities Exchange has released an updated version of Guidance Note 17 to the ASX listing rules. This article sets out some of the changes to the original note.
A report from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner regarding the impact of cuts to legal aid last year states that vulnerable, at-risk teenagers are being deprived of justice.
Financial Regulatory Developments — FSB reports on Cairns plenary; EBA consults on early intervention; and more download
Dentons has published the 26 September 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
Will the Scottish independence referendum affect Chinese enterprises? Answers from attorney Edward Huang download
The Scottish independence referendum has drawn attention worldwide, including that of Chinese people.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised PIC on its £114m investment in the University of London’s flagship student accommodation project in central London.
Barnea & Co offers a comprehensive service to lenders, borrowers, advisers and other intermediaries. We represent financial institutions both in Israel and abroad.
The Cayman Islands Companies Law sets out a non-exhaustive list of what constitutes ‘establishing a place of business’ or ‘carrying on business’ in Cayman.
The initial wave of appeal decisions under a government regime that allows developers to challenge affordable housing obligations contains some pointers on how the system is shaping up.
Khaitan & Co has advised Apax Partners in relation to its subscription to compulsory convertible preference shares of CIFCL.
Memery Crystal has advised Lancashire County Cricket Club on the issue of its first-ever retail bond to support development of its Emirates Old Trafford ground.
Worrying new reports have highlighted a mounting financial crisis across the NHS — as UK hospitals struggle to manage a relentless increase in the demand for care.
Carey Olsen lawyers from the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey have been recognised as leaders in their fields by this year’s Who’s Who Legal guides.
DLA Piper has advised Blackstone on the acquisition of a pan-European portfolio of 18 logistics assets from SEB Investment.
Shoosmiths and the MMF are to host a music industry finance event that will examine the funding options open to musicians, managers and independent labels.
Interpretation of tradable financial instruments — textual analysis vs the iterative approach download
The High Court and the Court of Appeal have considered and applied the principles for the interpretation of a contract in the context of a tradable financial instrument.
Shoosmiths has advised McKay Securities on the purchase of Station Plaza, Theale, a major office development in the heart of the Thames Valley town.
Financial Regulatory Developments — Commission plans Level 2 programme; FCA publishes mobile payments review; and more download
Dentons has published the 19 September 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
GRATA Law Firm managing partner Rashid Gaissin has attended the InvestPro — Kazakhstan 2014 conference, which was held in Almaty.
Franchising is a proven route to the successful international co-operation between F&B businesses and local real-estate investors.
£4m boost to UK’s cyber security download
A new £4m funding programme will boost the UK’s cyber security, while making it easier for companies to thrive online, it is hoped.
Eprivateclient’s ‘Top 35 Under 35’ list recognises Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co private capital associates Alistair Robertson and Katie Coles.
The recent Modern Law conference provided fascinating insights into the divergent routes taken by different law firms.
In this briefing, Baker Tilly takes a look at the funding issues for firms in all the professions.
This paper is a high-level overview of developments concerning the Maldives.
This paper is a high-level overview of recent special economic zone (SEZ) developments in Myanmar.
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Door-to-door selling of financial instruments: recent clarifications by the Court of Cassation download
The interpretation of the scope of application of the investor’s right to withdraw from any contracts for the placement of door-to-door financial products has again captured the attention of all players.
King & Capital’s lawyers can provide timely and high-quality legal services to the high technology information and media industry at home and abroad.
A recent High Court case has emphasised the need for investors to ensure that confidentially clauses in shareholders’ agreement are drafted correctly.
King & Capital’s Edward Huang has attended ‘Tanzania Theme Day’, which was held by the Tanzanian embassy in China.
The department dealing with private equity, trusts and mergers and acquisitions is one of King & Capital’s most active teams.
This department was one of the first opened by King & Capital. Our securities lawyers have practised for more than 10 years on average.
The legal risk management department targets enterprise safety and heightens enterprise value by providing our clients with practical legal risk management services.
The energy and environment department at King & Capital provides a wide range of legal services.
The much anticipated tie-up between Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Bingham McCutcheon’s London office closes only one chapter of speculation over the fate of the US firm.
Conyers has provided BVI law advice to Ziraat Bank on a new financing of $1.65bn to fund the redemption by CFI of security granted in favour of Alfa Telecoms Turkey.
Young people in Hull are being given the opportunity to learn life skills at a newly established drop-in centre set up with funding support from the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust.
This briefing summarises some of the areas frequently encountered in relation to equity structuring choices.
Ogier has announced that Caroline Bormans joined the Luxembourg office as a partner on 15 September 2014.
Global Financial Markets Insight — the case for a better-functioning securitisation market; the cost of holding ABS; and more
DLA Piper has released the latest version (issue 4, Q3 2014) of its Global Financial Markets Insight publication.
LK Shields Solicitors has appointed Trevor Dolan as a partner in its growing financial services group. Dolan’s appointment is intended to increase the strength and capability of the firm’s financial services offering.
In the China Business Law Journal annual selection, Dacheng picked up a China Business Law Award and a 2013 Deal of the Year award.
Gateley has been instructed by a surety syndicate in what the firm describes as the UK’s largest-ever surety bond syndication deal.
Amendments to the recently passed draft PPP law have been approved by Jordan’s Lower House Investment Committee.
Fixed overheads under Capital Requirements Regulation clarified: impact on AIFMs and UCITS managers download
The European Commission has published a draft regulatory technical standard on own-funds requirements for firms based on fixed overheads under article 97 of the CRR.
DLA Piper’s Darryl Steinhause has been named one of the ‘Top 100 Lawyers in California’ by the Daily Journal.
Nabarro is acting for FTSE 250 international PPP infrastructure investment company John Laing Infrastructure Fund on its placing to raise up to £50m.
The SEC has announced a mass action against 34 defendants for alleged violations of federal securities laws regarding reporting of stock holdings.
This briefing summarises some key characteristics of such structures.
Here is a list of frequently asked questions regarding EB5 escrow intended to help regional centres, developers and foreign investors.
India presents significant business opportunities. However, those doing business within India have often complained about the perception of a culture of bribery and corruption.
On 23 July 2014, the US Securities and Exchange Commission published its Money Market Fund Reform Rules.
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The Arendter — September 2014: private foundations; MiFID II; cross-border AIF distribution; and more
Discover the second issue of Arendt & Medernach’s magazine The Arendter. This publication will give you a quick overview of key topics related to your daily business.
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KPMG has revealed that 58 per cent of family businesses are currently seeking external financing to fund their plans, but finding the right strategic partner can be challenging.
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Shepherd and Wedderburn has announced the first in its series of wealth management briefings, which will run in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
This article focuses on the reforms affecting the generation of electricity, which is a regulated sector in the UK and the EU.
On 5 September 2014, the Luxembourg and French finance ministers signed a fourth amendment to the Luxembourg-France Double Tax Treaty dated 1 April 1958.
Africa may ultimately prove to have benefited from the global financial crisis.
Much needs to be rebuilt and renewed in Myanmar, including its legal system.
Bruce Dear from Eversheds has commented on the news that Chinese property developers are borrowing at a record pace.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda legal advice to The Carlyle Group in relation to the acquisition of Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics.
Eversheds has announced the appointment of corporate finance partner Alison Starr, who joins from Pinsent Masons where she was a partner.
Multinational investors must be keenly aware of the potential implications of their dealings in China under the Anti-Monopoly Law 2008.
This team provides comprehensive and clear advice on what is often a challenging and complex area of law to clients around the world.
Employers, pension managers, pension fund chairs and independent trustees all choose our award-winning pensions team for a tailored service.
We have one of the UK’s largest real-estate practices: a broad-based practice acting for institutions, investors, developers and occupiers.
We are a 60-strong team advising clients ranging from the world’s leading financial institutions and public companies to private businesses and entrepreneurs.
DLA Piper has represented Shanghai-based investment group Fosun International in its equity investment in US insurer Ironshore.
Boyanov & Co advises financial institutions on high-profile and big-ticket finance transactions, banking M&A deals, debt restructurings, note issuance and regulatory matters.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced that it has hired finance litigation expert and partner Richard Clayton, who joins the London office as a partner from TLT.
A favourite context for the use of the word ‘reasonable’ is in loan and other funding agreements that contain negative undertakings.
On 1 September 2014, Ewa Szlachetka became a partner at Wierzbowski Eversheds, where she will head the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice.
Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the latest projections for UK manufacturing growth.
Throughout the years, the real-estate and construction practice has been deeply involved in practically all major deals that have taken place in Bulgaria.
Boyanov & Co provides advice in connection with wealth management, tax planning, business and personal relocation, family law matters and employment law advice.
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This review is effective as of 30 July 2014 and focuses on areas including banks and finance, state procurements and the investment climate.
DLA Piper has advised MoboTap on an investment transaction with Changyou.com for nearly $100m.
A company registered in a foreign jurisdiction can migrate from its home jurisdiction to Jersey provided the laws of the foreign jurisdiction allow it to do so.
Mansfield District Council received grant money from the European Regional Development Fund for two development projects relating to town-centre improvements.
Publication of the UCITS V Directive download
The UCITS V Directive has been published in volume L 257 of the Official Journal of the European Union.
The Pensions Regulator’s financial support direction case against various companies in the Lehman Brothers group has settled.
Time to conserve your energy? Minimum energy performance standards for commercially rented property download
In July, DECC published its consultation paper on the proposed Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations (Non-Domestic).
The Supreme Court has held that plaintiff stockholders, who make a showing of good cause, can inspect documents concerning a corporation’s internal investigation.
Budget 2014: legislation published download
Hot on the heels of the government’s response to consultation in July, we now have a draft Taxation of Pensions Bill.
PwC’s award-winning corporate finance practice provides independent financial advice to corporates, institutional investors and governments.
Welcome to PwC Legal LLP, a member of the PwC international network of firms.
Leading trade organisations have criticised plans outlined by George Osborne to allow HMRC to take taxes directly from taxpayers’ bank accounts.
Licensed issuers can now issue and trade covered warrants on exchanges outside the free zones in the UAE.
Dentons is a silver sponsor of the Mining & Investment Latin America Summit, which will take place on 27–28 October 2014 in Lima, Peru.
Limited supply allocated to EB5 investors born in mainland China is now exhausted and no further supply will be available until 1 October 2014.
Youung people are increasingly funding their leisure activities by a traditional route of borrowing from friends.
Asset management and funds boutique MJ Hudson has launched in Hong Kong, creating the firm’s third office alongside London and Jersey.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised the owners of Kennet Equipment Leasing on its sale to a new fund raised by STAR Capital Partners.
Lessons from Lehman download
The Pensions Regulator has reported that a settlement agreement had been reached in respect of the Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967 under the framework of the ‘three pillars’ of regional co-operation
Dacheng has advised the government of Hangzhou and Zhejiang Cybernaut Investment Management Co on the creation of the Hangzhou-US Silicon Valley incubator.
Eversheds has advised Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council on the latest milestone in their £950m long-term waste management PPP contract.
Khaitan & Co has acted as fund counsel to Quadria Investment Management, which has set up the India Build Out Fund-II.
Following a year of fundraising activity, Gateley’s Leicester office has raised more than £800 for local charity Leicester Animal Rescue.
A cross-office team from Gateley has advised on a deal that saw Dublin-based One51 acquire Straight for £10.7m.
Eversheds has appointed Mark Latimour as a pensions partner in the firm’s London office.
Khaitan & Co has advised Religare Credit Advisors in relation to setting up of the Religare Credit Opportunities Fund, a scheme of Religare Credit Investments Trust.
Financial Regulatory Developments: Office for Science to examine FinTech; FCA publishes credit application checklists; and more download
Dentons has released the 22 August 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
DLA Piper was the principal legal adviser on the largest LIC IPO to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) post global financial crisis.
Ogier has provided Guernsey legal advice to Burford Capital on the raising of $150m through an issue of retail bonds on the London Stock Exchange.
Eversheds’ Robin Johnson has commented following news from the CBI that British factory orders grew faster than expected in August due to a rise in overseas demand.
In this fourth briefing on the draft bills, Bär & Karrer analyses the regulation FIDLEG provides in relation to the enforcement of rights by investors.
While the use of crypto-currencies such as bitcoin have increased in popularity in Australia, there has been little clarification in relation to its legal status.
DLA Piper has advised KKR on its venture with Abacus Property Group to purchase 70 per cent of the World Trade Centre in Northbank, Melbourne, from Asset 1.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency reports faster processing times for immigrant investors in the US under the EB5.
In this first briefing on the draft bills, Bär & Karrer examines the scope of FIDLEG and the proposed regulation for rules of conduct for financial intermediaries.
New rules on prospectus and basic information sheet consultation for FIDLEG and FINIG — part II download
In this second briefing on the draft bills, Bär & Karrer examines the new rules on prospectuses and basic information sheets.
Supervision of financial institutions and registration requirements: consultation for FIDLEG and FINIG — part III download
Bär & Karrer examines the new supervisory regime for financial institutions and the registration requirements that apply to client advisers and foreign financial service providers.
With a diverse client base and varied work load, the property team has an unusual breadth of vision and understanding.
What’s in a name? Nothing, if there’s a number — what if the name and the BIC/account number don’t match? download
Since 2007, all the major UK clearing banks have processed and routed electronic payments on the basis of sort code (or bank identifier code — BIC) and account number.
Our charity and social enterprise team works with more charities than any other law firm in the country.
DLA Piper has advised Etihad Airways on its entry into a transaction implementation agreement with Alitalia.
BWB’s legacies and probate disputes team is made up of experienced lawyers from a range of disciplines.
BWB advises on finance issues for a broad range of clients, both for those providing finance and to those receiving it, be that in the not-for-profit or commercial sectors.
We provide our clients with practical, commercial advice for marketing campaigns across all media and are ranked as leading advertising and marketing lawyers.
Tech companies taking longer to IPO download
The latest report on venture capital funding in the tech sector from CB Insights has revealed an interesting trend in the nature of tech businesses coming up to IPO.
On 6 August, the Union Cabinet of India approved 100 per cent foreign direct investment in railway infrastructure.
UK: ESMA paper on calculation of counterparty risk by UCITSs for OTC transactions subject to clearing obligations download
On 22 July 2014, ESMA issued a discussion paper on counterparty risk calculation methods for UCITSs subject to central clearing.
The new amendments to the Russian Civil Code will only apply to legal relationships that emerge after 1 July 2014.
BDK Advokati/Attorneys at Law has advised Resource Partners on its acquisition of Serbian gym and fitness chain World Class.
Walker Morris has been appointed by Sustainable Development Capital Ltd (SDCL) to provide specialist legal advice on its energy-efficient investments.
Parmjit Singh, head of the food and drink group at Eversheds, has commented on Coca-Cola’s investment in Monster Beverage Corp.
Khaitan & Co has advised Yes Bank in relation to the securitisation of portfolio of priority sector loans of an aggregate amount of $78.2m.
This briefing outlines the general procedure for repatriating funds from a subsidiary in China.
On 31 July 2014, the Council of the European Union adopted Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, which implements Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP of 31 July 2014.
Khaitan & Co has advised RapidValue IT Services on the Series A investment by Helion Venture Partners.
Pillsbury has announced the opening of its Beijing office. This is Pillsbury’s second office in the People’s Republic of China, along with its office in Shanghai.
We have a proven track record of working within the highly competitive leisure and hospitality sector.
Credit providers seek to monitor customers’ performance over the lifespan of a funding transaction.
With a flurry of reading material and a hailstorm of new acronyms, the draft Taxation of Pensions Bill has been published for consultation.
The new EU sanctions against Russia — key points to know, key steps for companies with business interests in Russia download
The EU has adopted economic sanctions against Russia — the latest step relating to the protection of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
SMEs continue to hunt for credit download
SMEs have found it notoriously difficult to obtain secure funding during the downturn with a trend of the banks refusing to lend.
We advise our clients on all matters related to investment products, working closely with Swiss representatives of foreign collective investment schemes and with our extensive international network of law firms.
Shoosmiths has advised Palatine Private Equity and Bridgepoint Development Capital on the successful exit of their investment in Hallmark Hotels Group.
Austria: German Supreme Court enacts duty for banks to disclose internal commission payments — but only for future cases download
The banking law senate of the German Supreme Court stipulates far-reaching disclosure obligations for banks with respect to internal commission payments for investments.
DLA Piper has announced that Geoffrey M Ossias has joined the firm’s corporate and finance practice as a partner in the Phoenix office.
This client update contains an analysis of the policy issues arising from the current situation in Ukraine.
The Bank of England introduces new Clawback Rules: Code Staff face seven-year clawback on bonuses download
The Bank of England has published new Clawback Rules setting out the standards that banks have to meet when setting variable remuneration for their staff.
Ogier Legal has acted as Guernsey legal adviser to Mid Europa in relation to the establishment of Mid Europa Fund IV, which closed at €800m.
EU sanctions update download
Are your policies and procedures adaptable enough to deal with future changes if the crisis in Ukraine is unresolved?
In the case of McDonald and Others v McDonald, a married couple borrowed money by way of mortgage from a third party in order to acquire premises.
The Mayor of London has launched London’s first long-term infrastructure plan that aims to deliver London’s infrastructure needs between now and 2050.
Insurance-linked securities download
These are investment instruments whose value is directly related to insurance risk and whose performance is therefore not correlated with other asset classes.
Ogier Legal in Jersey has acted for Moorfield Real Estate Fund II and SEGRO.
Eversheds has commented on news that London’s iconic Gherkin is to be sold.
Eversheds has advised Bangor University on the procurement of a new multi-million-pound student accommodation development.
Kazakhstan — law and practice download
Kazakhstan is a unitary state, and every piece of legislation adopted by relevant bodies of the state applies within its entire territory.
Accountability — July 2014: expert witnesses must disclose all potential conflicts of interest; and more download
Accountability highlights the legal and industry news affecting accountants and other professionals on a range of liability risk management issues.
LK Shields Solicitors’ financial services team discusses a new form of Irish corporate fund structure, as proposed by the Irish minister for finance.
Entries for this year’s Lawyer Awards Funds Team of the Year saw innovative structures and many firsts for good causes
In Fons Hf v Corporal Ltd & Anor, the Court of Appeal held, in the context of a specific agreement, that ‘debentures’ included loan agreements.
Reference banks: a dying breed? download
Since July 2013, LIBOR contributing banks have been subject to a code of conduct.
The government has recently announced that it will remove the £5,000 upper limit on fines imposed in the magistrates’ courts.
Since the beginning of 2014, several critical pieces of EU legislation have reached milestones. Dentons summarises the major developments.
NCTM has represented BD Group Industries — a worldwide energy solutions provider — in the acquisition of a majority stake in Sagemis International.
The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) places reporting and risk mitigation requirements on pension scheme trustees entering into derivative contracts.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has over the past three months acted on seven high-profile transactions that have raised more than £700m in aggregate.
Addleshaw Goddard’s Manchester M&A team has acted on key north-west deals totalling more than £860m in the last three weeks alone.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced a review of competition in the wholesale financial markets.
The UCITS V Directive focuses on three main areas — which are presented in this briefing from Wildgen.
The Prudential Insurance Company of America recently completed a large longevity risk transfer transaction, having reinsured longevity risk of the BT Pension Scheme.
On 15 July 2014, Dacheng senior partner Gao Mingfei, who is based in Beijing, was interviewed by Global Times in connection with crowd funding.
How might future UK infrastructure investment decisions be influenced by Crossrail?
Michael Hughes reports on the decision of Justice Davies in the Federal Court of Australia refusing ASIC’s application to remove liquidators appointed to two companies.
The government has launched a consultation on stamp duty land tax rules for property authorised investment funds and co-ownership authorised contractual schemes.
InVest — July 2014: round-up of developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the July 2014 issue of its InVest publication.
With many legal and regulatory developments still to come in 2014, it is important for financial institutions to consider and understand these changes.
MiFID 2 is likely to have significant consequences in Switzerland, in particular among Swiss banks, securities dealers and independent asset managers.
DLA Piper has advised long-standing client Investa Commercial Property Fund on its full acquisition of the Maritime Trade Tower at 201 Kent Street, Sydney.
DLA Piper has represented Clarion Partners in its sale of LMF Frisa Comercial, a commercial real-estate joint venture, to partner Frisa.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has announced the results of its legacy firms Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham for the financial year to 30 April 2014.
New CSSF Circular regarding the protection of investors in case of a material change to an open-ended UCI download
The CSSF requires that sufficient time shall be provided to the investors in case of a material change to an open-ended UCI.
The CSSF has issued a new circular 14/587 applying to UCITS depositary banks and to the UCITS themselves regarding their relationship with their depositaries.
SAFE has announced reforms to its foreign exchange administration in order to make it easier for Chinese individuals and companies to invest abroad.
On 24 June 2014, Governmental Decree no. 91/2014 (the so-called ‘Competitiveness Decree’) was published in the Italian Official Gazette.
UK: investing in UK infrastructure download
The government department for UK Trade and Investment and HM Treasury have jointly published a guide detailing opportunities to invest in UK infrastructure.
Eversheds’ Claire Carroll has commented following news that several websites have been frozen as part of a campaign against pension liberation schemes.
In an effort to jump-start a weak economy, the Indian government’s Union Budget adopts several new measures while taking a balanced approach.
Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Cayman and BVI legal advice to Jinmao (China) Investments Holdings Ltd on its $500m IPO.
Shoosmiths has grown its real-estate team in Birmingham with the appointment of senior associate Brian Hession.
FATCA requires financial institutions globally to report on their US taxable account holders or suffer a 30 per cent withholding tax on US source income.
Swallowfalls v Monaco Yachting provides further support for the construction of contracts in the manner most consistent with ‘commercial common sense’.
Eversheds senior associate Muhammad Anum Saleem has commented on the opening of the Saudi Arabian stock market.
The Manchester office of Addleshaw Goddard has advised The Hut Group on a significant investment in group by a consortium led by KKR.
Allen & Overy has said that Deutsche Bank’s €355m multi-loan CMBS transaction points to improving conditions within the European CMBS market.
The special asset management scheme administered by Wanjia Gongying Assets Management Co has successfully raised RMB100m.
Peng Xuefeng, chairman of Dacheng, has travelled to Portugal, Finland and Sweden to introduce the investment environment in China and relevant legal issues.
The UCITS V Directive is adopted download
After the publication of the CSSF Circular 14/587 on UCITS depositaries last week, it is now the European legislator’s turn to adopt new rules on UCITS depositaries.
In an LMAA charterparty dispute between Sun United and Kasteli, owners’ claims had been secured by money paid into an escrow account in the name of charterers’ solicitors.
CSSF has received a total number of 773 applications submitted according to the law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs).
Ince & Co has worked with Jefferies in advising a group of ship owners with vessels on long-term charter to Israeli box line ZIM on its $3bn restructuring.
Corporate real-estate specialist Stewart Womersley has joined Addleshaw Goddard’s London corporate team, from Nabarro, as a partner.
GRATA Law Firm’s Eldar Ziatdinov has spoken at a seminar entitled ‘Ways to effectively conduct business with Kazakhstan: secrets of success’.
You don’t have to look far to see infrastructure investment in the north is not at the level it should be.
DLA Piper has acted for Greencoat UK Wind on the acquisition of Maerdy Wind Farm, an operational wind farm project in Wales.
Dentons Warsaw lawyers have co-authored the ‘BNP Paribas Real Estate Guide to Investing in Poland 2014’.
Shoosmiths’ Adam Dowdney has advised the shareholders of Softbox Systems on the strategic majority investment by US private equity firm Great Point Partners.
KKR has agreed to acquire a 49 per cent stake in Ringier’s subsidiaries Scout24 Schweiz and Omnimedia. Bär & Karrer is acting as legal adviser to KKR.
This year is expected to be a bumper year for pension risk transfer in the UK.
The summer edition of Eversheds’ UK Pensions Agenda is out. It summarises 10 key issues affecting UK pension plans and plan sponsors.
Bates Wells Braithwaite’s charity and social enterprise team provides highlights of this week’s charity website announcements.
Care Act 2014 download
The Care Act 2014, which received royal assent on 14 May 2014, will impose new obligations on local authorities in respect of the provision of social care.
Measures to improve the business climate in Benin have been taken, which relate to business creation, licensing, cross-border trade, enforcement of contracts and more.
The Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) circular 14/587 was issued on 11 July 2014.
CSSF updates its AIFMD FAQs download
On 18 July 2014, the CSSF has updated its FAQ document concerning the Luxembourg Law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers.
Private equity funds are set to benefit from updates to the Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership law.
After launching the Shanghai pilot free-trade zone nine months ago, the Shanghai government has released the 2014 Negative List.
This article describes in general terms when such Australian tax could arise and, if an assessment does arise to a foreign investor, how to deal with it.
New figures released by the Health and Safety Executive have indicated that the number of cancer deaths in the UK caused by asbestos exposure is continuing to rise.
The CSSF publishes the article 42 AIFMD information form: non-EU AIFMs can notify CSSF of intention to market in Luxembourg download
The CSSF has published guidance on the notification to it by non-EU AIFMs of their intention to market their EU and non-EU AIFs to professional investors in Luxembourg.
DLA Piper has represented cloud mitigation company Racemi in a $10m investment deal.
Stephenson Harwood has advised Sanditon Asset Management on the launch of its first investment trust.
Many landlords hold their properties personally. This means that income received on rental properties is charged at income tax rates of up to 45 per cent.
Gateley has advised on the sale of retail development site Albion Place in Skipton town centre to independent fund management business Mayfair Capital.
Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) — 18 July 2014: FSB proposes recommendations on forex fix; and more download
Dentons has released the 18 July 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
Allen & Overy has advised Samena Capital on the acquisition of 30.58 per cent of the share capital of RAK Ceramics PJSC from His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi.
The Cayman Islands dominates the offshore world, but can it maintain its leading position?
Perspectives — Supreme Court rejects presumption of prudence for ESOP fiduciaries; and more download
This issue of Perspectives focuses on recent ERISA fiduciary and tax decisions, which have special importance to plan sponsors and plan fiduciaries.
The CSSF has released a new circular aimed at clarifying the provisions applicable to Luxembourg credit institutions acting as depositary for UCITS.
AIFM toolbox — July 2014 download
The AlFM toolbox aims to provide reader-friendly access to the EU legislation relating to the AIFMD level-one measures as well as the AIFMR level-two measures.
Shoosmiths has advised SAL and REC shareholders on their sale to Concept Life Sciences.
Collyer Bristow’s real-estate group continues to maintain its position as a leading full-service team.
Ogier Corporate Administration has received approval to its variation of regulatory permission application to act as a trustee or depositary of an AIF.
Addleshaw Goddard has completed two flagship transactions, one of which represents the largest in the capital to date.
Each EU member state has been given until 22 July 2013 to implement the AIFMD into national law.
Real-estate investment in Australia download
Australia offers a platform that allows new foreign investors to embrace the globalisation of real-estate capital with confidence.
There has been a recent trend towards lock-up agreements being waived by the bank in whose favour they are given before the stated expiry date. The ABI has expressed concerns about the recent increased frequency of such waivers.
Eversheds is advising state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation on its investment in the £16bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the recent conflicting UK manufacturing output figures.
DLA Piper has represented Rioprevidencia and the State of Rio de Janeiro in a 144A/Reg S $2bn securitisation of oil royalties.
More insurance companies with a physical presence and long-term plans to grow are forming in Bermuda, according to Conyers Dill & Pearman.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Canadian investment holding company Endiang Holdings on its acquisition of ARC Group.
Ogier Legal has acted as Jersey legal adviser for Index Ventures in relation to the establishment of its latest fund, Index Ventures VII, which recently closed at €400m.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised Empiric Student Property on its admission to the UKLA Official List and trading on the London Stock Exchange.
Major changes ahead as Congress takes on the highway trust fund crisis — and looks to comprehensive tax reform download
Over the next two weeks, major decisions will be made affecting the legislative tax agenda for the rest of this session of Congress and, in the case of tax reform, for 2015.
Luxembourg is one of the leading domiciles worldwide for international investment vehicles.
The UK has a flexible, secure and transparent property market offering a wide range of investment structures.
Banning assignment bans download
Factoring and invoice discounting are forms of asset-based funding structures that enable businesses to ease cash flow and fund growth.
The Financial Report — Canadian securities regulators propose gender diversity amendments; and more download
DLA Piper has released the latest version (Volume 3, No.13) of The Financial Report, featuring news and analysis from across the financial sector.
Carey Olsen has promoted seven lawyers, including three in Guernsey, one in London and three in Jersey, with effect from 1 July 2014.
The CRA has provided some guidance on how it will administer the Income Tax Act (Canada) in respect of the income and losses arising from Ponzi schemes.
Investment in US real estate by non-US investors is increasing.
Mourant Ozannes has advised venture capital firm Emerald Technology Ventures on the addition of three new investors to the Emerald Cleantech Fund III.
Corporate News: ICSA Registrars Group guidance on articles of association and dividend distributions; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has published the June 2014 edition of Corporate News.
On 7 July 2014, the government published details of the first wave of Growth Deals.
It is now more difficult for a non-resident to acquire agriculturally zoned land suitable for the cultivation of soil and the raising of livestock.
DLA Piper has announced that Kevin Finger and Jeffrey Torosian will join the firm’s litigation practice as partners in the Chicago office.
Gateley’s banking and finance team has advised on a recent deal that saw Bridgnorth Aluminium secure £62m in funding from the Birmingham office of Lloyds Banking Group.
Pillsbury has announced the appointment of 10 partners to firm-wide practice and industry leadership posts.
Islamic finance is booming. Sharia law essentially prohibits investments in certain sectors considered as illicit (‘haram’) and the payment and receipt of interest (‘ribha’).
A new derivative reporting regime will commence in Australia in 2015.
Investment Management Update — 4 July 2014: FCA Handbook Notice 13; ESMA updates Q&As on AIFMD; and more download
Macfarlanes has released the 4 July 2014 issue of its Investment Management Update.
The Law Commission has issued its report on the fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries. The focus of the report is on pension scheme trustees.
The dispute has given rise to a number of decisions touching on recognition and assistance to foreign insolvency practitioners, receivers and government agencies.
The Exempted Limited Partnership Law 2014 was enacted on 2 July 2014. The changes in the new law are designed to confer greater contractual flexibility upon partners.
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Mirna Lalic-Milanovic, in co-operation with Karanovic & Nikolic B&H, has been elected as the president of the board of governors of AmCham in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Karanovic & Nikolic’s Stevan Dimitrijevic participated in a panel of experts dealing with matters relating to regional energy projects at the Balkan Legal Forum in Vienna.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Heritage Oil on its takeover by Energy Investments Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Mirqab Capital SPC.
Nabarro has advised Oriel Securities, a long-standing client of the firm, on the initial public offering (IPO) of Secure Income REIT.
The Exempted Limited Partnership Law 2014 is a major re-working of the now repealed Exempted Limited Partnership Law (2013 Revision).
In this briefing, Nabarro’s Deborah Lloyd looks at the general issues that apply to all types of funds.
Finding a solution to the crisis is both a high economic and political priority, especially with congressional elections just four-and-a-half months away.
Corporate governance update: handling of confidential information — briefings and unannounced corporate transactions download
In this corporate governance update, DLA Piper sets out some of the key findings and recommendations as they relate to listed companies.
The background to the Pensions Regulator’s Code of Practice is the new statutory objective ‘to minimise any adverse impact on the sustainable growth of the employer’.
Gateley has announced one hire and two promotions across the Leicester and Nottingham offices.
As spending on pharmaceutical R&D continues to soar, executives, shareholders and analysts alike are entitled to ask: what value are we getting for our investment?
This briefing has been prepared for the assistance of investment managers primarily considering carrying on investment management from Guernsey.
Tax-efficient borrowing download
Businesses should aim to pay the lowest rate of interest when borrowing from banks, as well as ensuring any financing is structured tax efficiently.
CSRC recently gave approval to an application for private placement filed by Guangdong Highsun Group Co (hereinafter referred to as Highsun Group).
The California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District has affirmed the Superior Court ruling in Ocean Avenue LLC v County of Los Angeles.
Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of Orion Clinical Services on its merger with Simbec Research.
Andrew Henderson has commented on news that the EU’s markets, banking and insurance watchdogs could be funded from a direct levy on the sector.
Dacheng has advised ZhongyueHuatai Investment Management (Beijing) on the formation of a fund named ‘Caiyunzhi nan’ (‘South of the Cloud’).
Dacheng has advised Guangdong Highsun Group on its registration of ¥600m worth of private placement notes.
One of the biggest economic challenges facing governments and developers around the world is how to meet the growing demand for infrastructure development.
BVI approved managers regime download
The Investment Business (Approved Managers) Regulations 2012 provides an attractive ‘regulatory light’ option for qualifying investment managers and advisers.
Conyers has provided BVI law advice to HICKIES Corp on three rounds of financing, including funding led by the venture arm of one of the global footwear brands.
Allen & Overy has advised the book-running lead managers on Yes Bank’s QIP of shares to fund the bank’s future expansion.
DLA Piper has appointed Catherine Pogorzelski as a corporate partner in its Luxembourg office. She joins from Arendt & Medernach.
Arrangements between shareholders are often drafted to include ‘drag-along’ provisions, a mechanism by which majority shareholders can require minorities to join in a sale to a third party.
The High Court has delivered its highly anticipated decision in Williams v Commonwealth of Australia  HCA 23 (Williams [No. 2]).
Property prices are rising again and this time Ireland’s lawyers are confident it is no bubble, while talk of an early wind-up for Nama hints at austerity’s end
The South African National Treasury has published proposals for a carbon offset scheme.
Eversheds has announced the appointment of Dani Kabbani as managing partner of the firm’s office in Qatar.
Comment on UK/China summit download
Trade deals are expected to be announced following the meeting between Chinese premier Li Keqiang and UK prime minister David Cameron.
On 3 June 2014, a delegation of the Brazilian Bar Association, led by Luiz Tarcisio Teixeira Ferreira, visited the head office of Dacheng.
Addleshaw Goddard has promoted Manchester-based managing associate Vicky Niescier to partner with immediate effect.
AOTS, advised by DLA Piper, has signed construction contracts with supporting guarantees for the development of its project to construct a large oil terminal facility.
Investing in the future — how megatrends are reshaping the future of the investment management industry download
The world in which we live and work is changing rapidly, driven by a number of deeply rooted forces — megatrends.
Paul Simpson has joined Gateley’s Nottingham office as corporate senior associate. In addition, William Cursham has been promoted to construction associate.
Attorneys Zhai Jian and Wang Feng from Dacheng’s Shanghai office have won a lawsuit for a client accused of misappropriation.
First R-QFII manager based outside Greater China to obtain CSSF approval for a R-QFII UCITS-compliant product download
Earlier this year, Ashmore became the first manager based outside Greater China to be granted a R-QFII licence by the authorities of the PRC.
The Pensions Regulator published the revised version of its new code of practice on funding defined benefits on 10 June.
Asset-backed contribution arrangements have become an increasingly popular tool for reducing pension scheme deficits.
This is the second in a series of three briefings examining the hot topic of fund exits.
The Treasury of the Australian government has released a consultation paper on providing certainty for contractual loss absorption provisions in regulatory capital.
The global asset management industry will radically transform over the next 15 years due to seismic shifts in client demographics and other factors, according to KPMG.
Khaitan & Co has advised Sophos UK in relation to the acquisition of a 100 per cent stake in Cyberoam Technologies from its existing shareholders.
LK Shields has advised its OASIS Group, a records and information management firm, on a €30m acquisition finance facility with Goldman Sachs.
LK Shields Solicitors advises banks, asset managers and multinationals on regulated, domestic and unregulated funding structures in Ireland.
Nabarro is advising Main Market-listed PXP Vietnam Fund on a placing and open offer issue to raise up to $134.56m (before expenses).
ASIC cuts highlight the need for better financial planning self-regulation, according to Richard Batten from Minter Ellison.
Bruce Dear, head of London real estate at Eversheds, has commented on what could potentially be Europe’s largest property IPO.
By now, any ‘financial institution’ would need to have had its head in the sand in order not to be aware of the impact of FATCA and its need to comply with this new regime.
Many investment structures, particularly in the private equity, venture capital and property asset classes, are now caught within the scope of the AIFMD.
An updated code of listing requirements and procedures for investment funds was released by the Irish Stock Exchange in July 2013.
The new list contains all the Indonesian business sectors that are subject to foreign ownership restrictions or closed to foreign investment altogether.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised investment firm MxP Partners on its £80m private equity buyout of Amber Taverns.
Priority of security is important where a borrower becomes insolvent and its assets are insufficient to discharge all its liabilities.
The US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water has approved fiscal year 2015 funding for the DoE, the Corps of Engineers and related agencies.
Collyer Bristow has announced that Janine Alexander has been promoted to partner, bringing the number of partners in the firm’s financial services disputes group to three.
This report considers the FCA’s decision to fine Invesco Perpetual for failings relating to fund management and for exposing investors to high levels of risk.
Luxembourg legal update — June 2014: market abuse; the theft of intangible assets; and more download
Arendt & Medernach has released the June 2014 issue of its Luxembourg legal update.
We work across the full range of competition law and regulatory regimes and have a strong track record in: mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and public offers; cartels; and monopoly infringements.
Stephenson Harwood has advised on the launch of the UK’s first listed investment fund dedicated to investing in peer-to-peer loans and related credit assets.
EU competition law: private equity firms can be liable for companies in their asset portfolio download
The European Commission will hold parent companies jointly liable for the competition law infringements of their subsidiaries when the parent exercises a ‘decisive influence’ over the subsidiary.
At the launch ceremony of the Shanxi Investment Fund Industry Association in Taiyuan, Dacheng’s Wei Haisheng was elected vice-president.
Corporate and finance lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Finance Yorkshire on its £400,000 investment in a distributor of detergents and fabric softener.
Global Financial Markets Insight: post-acquisition high-yield bond exits; CRA3; securitisation in Belgium; and more
This year continues to see significant activity in high-yield issuance with a large number of funding and refinancing deals involving exchange offers and consent solicitations.
Conyers Dill & Pearman was named Offshore Law Firm of the Year at Asian Legal Business’ (ALB) 10th annual SE Asia Law Awards.
Mourant Ozannes has been voted the Best Offshore Law Firm for the second year running at the 2014 Hedgeweek USA Awards.
Dacheng senior partner Yu Hui has won the bid to advise China Life, a life insurance company in China, on the formation of an industry investment fund.
Alison Wright, senior litigation executive in IBB’s personal injury and clinical negligence team, discusses ‘conditional fee agreements’ to fund personal injury claims.
Mourant Ozannes has advised APG on its purchase of a 20 per cent stake in Chinese warehouse firm e-Shan.
Mourant Ozannes has acted as Jersey counsel to the joint lead managers of the States of Jersey’s debut £250m bond issue.
Better business reporting is needed to support better investment decision making, according to a KPMG survey.
Allen & Overy has announced that Maura Rezendes has joined the firm’s global economic sanctions practice as a senior counsel in the Washington DC office.
The Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament on 4 June, outlining the intended legislative programme for the 2014–15 session.
Concerns have been raised about the risks of investing in ‘coco’ bonds (contingent convertible bonds).
On 4 June 2014, the Cayman Islands government brought into force the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014.
Mourant Ozannes has advised CVC Capital Partners, a private equity and investment firm, on the launch of its latest Asia-Pacific fund.
Stephenson Harwood and Travers Smith took key roles on the launch and flotation of peer-to-peer (P2P) loans business P2P Global Investments (P2PGI) on the London Stock Exchange’s main market.
The telecom industry has traditionally been highly regulated and restricted in terms of foreign investment in China.
Tax seems to spawn acronyms and we may, at least in a mainland European (if not the UK) context, soon have to get used to a new one: FTT, or financial transaction tax.
BVI law imposes a number of ongoing obligations on BVI regulated funds. The main continuing obligations for BVI private and professional funds are set out in basic detail below.
On 21 May 2014, as part of its state aid modernisation programme, the European Commission adopted a revised state aid General Block Exemption Regulation.
FATCA — FAQs download
This briefing from Macfarlanes presents answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about FATCA.
This is the first in a series of three briefings. This briefing covers the typical issues for exiting a closed-ended fund.
KPMG and Rothstein Kass, a professional services firm in the hedge fund industry, have entered into an agreement by which most of the employees of Rothstein Kass will join KPMG.
Budget 2014 limits the scope for obtaining tax relief on investments in renewables projects, but it also opens up a new relief, of which some renewables investors may be able to take advantage.
Ten major differences between real-estate investing in China and real-estate investing in the US download
Commercial real estate is an approximately $26tn (RMB 162tn) global industry.
The corridor of uncertainty diminishes following another pro international arbitration judgment from the Indian Supreme Court download
There is a critical issue for international parties who have contracted with Indian counterparties and agreed to refer disputes to international arbitration.
The NDRC of China has issued the Administrative Measures for the Verification and Approval and Filing of Foreign Investment Projects.
Mourant Ozannes has been voted Best Offshore Law Firm for the second year running at the 2014 Hedgeweek USA Awards.
European Court of Justice judgment on the exemption of foreign investment funds from CIT in Poland download
The ECJ has issued a judgment concerning the authority of Poland to grant a corporate income tax exemption to investment funds depending on where their registered offices are located.
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Opportunity to claim refund on WHT overpayment on dividends received by non-EU investment funds from Europe download
The European Court of Justice has confirmed that investment funds based outside EU should benefit from the free movement of capital rule regarding investments in Europe.
Routes to financial redress against banks, investment advisers, insurers, mortgage advisers and product providers download
Susanne Muth discusses some pertinent and recurring themes encountered in the commercial and chancery area of practice.
The British Virgin Islands is one of the most popular offshore jurisdictions for investment funds. Here are some reasons why.
US District Court reaffirms distressed debt funds not eligible assignees under loan agreement download
The US District Court for the Western District of Washington found that certain distressed debt funds were not ‘financial institutions’ under the definition of ‘eligible assignee’.
Fund manager Andy Thomas details what the Greater Manchester Loan Fund (GMLF) is, who it is aimed at and the benefits associated with the fund.
Allen & Overy has been named the De-risking Consultant of the Year at the FT Pension and Investment Provider Awards 2014.
Pillsbury has announced that for 2014, Chambers USA has ranked 86 individual Pillsbury lawyers, with 12 partners recognised in two or more categories for a total of 98 individual lawyer rankings.
Ogier Legal in Guernsey has advised X2 on the launch of its natural resources venture X2 Resources Partners LP, a Guernsey closed-ended investment vehicle.
Collyer Bristow took part in the 10km London Legal Walk on 19 May.
DLA Piper has advised shareholders on the equity investment by Equistone to establish a new company, Performance Interactive Alliance for Digital Marketing.
Dentons’ Kansas City office will host a briefing on bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the US and the Republic of Macedonia.
Law 106-FZ has changed the procedure for accreditation of branches and representative offices of foreign legal entities in the Russian Federation.
Explore is DLA Piper’s magazine for the mining sector, which provides a selection of insights from the global mining team.
Investment Management Update: FCA thematic review of clarity fund charges; ABI guide to unit-linked funds; and more download
Macfarlanes has released the 22 May 2014 issue of its Investment Management Update.
BDK Advokati/Attorneys at Law has advised private equity fund Blue Sea Capital on its acquisition of Milos Klinika.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Al Khabeer Capital on the formation and launch of the Alkhabeer US Real Estate Income Fund.
Dacheng’s Yu Hui discussed the latest ruling regarding a VAM arrangement case at the recent China Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCPEA) conference.
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Counsel has handed down its decision in the trial of certain preliminary issues in Fairfield Sentry Ltd (in Liquidation) v Migani and Others.
New York Department of Financial Services proposes stricter standards in reviewing life insurance acquisitions download
The New York Department of Financial Services is proposing to extend stricter standards to acquisition deals across the life insurance industry.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided advice to Adenium Capital on a $26m solar investment by Adenium and Bright Group Investments in Jordan.
NCTM has acted as legal adviser for a project financing transaction related to a 9MW solar park in Vittoria, Sicily, developed by Cogip.
Mourant Ozannes has advised HitecVision, a prominent private equity investor for the oil and gas industry, on the launch of its latest fund based in Guernsey.
Minter Ellison’s Andrew Rentoul has predicted more infrastructure deals across Australia along the lines of the successful leasing of the Port of Newcastle by the NSW government.
A firm of solicitors has found itself on the hook for a fraud in which it was not involved, but in which its substandard conduct had played a part.
DLA Piper has advised Transfield Services on a major global refinancing.
Khaitan & Co has advised Piramal Enterprises Ltd (India) and IndiaReit Fund Advisors Pvt Ltd in relation to formation of a debt fund platform.
Winckworth Sherwood has announced that tax partner Simon Newsham has been elected to the London branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).
Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has created a dedicated City-based asset management group with the hire of two new partners.
Nabarro has announced that it will open a Manchester office following the lateral hires of three real-estate partners: Mark Haywood, Nathan Jansen and Monica Brij.
The Australian government released its 2014–15 Budget on 13 May. Karen Payne and Adrian Varrasso highlight a number of issues that will affect corporate Australia.
A team from Gateley has advised on a private-equity-backed buy-in/buy-out that saw Foresight Nottingham Fund make a £1.5m investment into CWE.
Karanovic & Nikolic has advised Mid Europa Partners, a European private equity firm, on the sale of SBB/Telemach Group to KKR.
Conyers has provided Bermuda legal advice to The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of the Industrial Packaging Group from Illinois Tool Works for $3.2bn.
Anthony Thompson of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has been named as lawyer of the year at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2014.
Any investment of public money in a private undertaking has the potential to be unlawful state aid if it gives that undertaking an economic advantage over its competitors.
The government of Indonesia has informed the Netherlands that its bi-lateral investment treaty with Indonesia will be terminated from July 2015.
Dacheng senior partner Yu Hui has won a lawsuit on behalf of Fuhui Fund, an investor in a valuation adjustment mechanical (VAM) arrangement.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a policy statement containing its final rule changes on the use of dealing commission.
Eversheds is supporting the European Business Angel Congress 2014, and will also be attending the conference to discuss insights on the Irish start-up and entrepreneurial market.
Allen & Overy has been presented with the 2013 Deal of the Year award by the US Ex-Im Bank at the bank’s 39th Annual Conference.
Khaitan & Co has advised Peninsula Brookfield Real Estate Fund in relation to an investment of $40m in Inesh Realtors Private.
The new rules considerably increase the protection of investors vis-à-vis managers of UCITS funds and their depositaries.
The Consolidated FDI Policy was released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on 17 April 2013.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has recently issued prospectuses for new funds to deliver housing.
Investment Management Update: FCA expectations for investment managers on dealing commission; and more download
The Financial Conduct Authority has published Policy Statement PS 14/7 on changes to the rules on use of dealing commission.
Jan Golaszewski has joined Carey Olsen’s Cayman Islands office as counsel in the dispute resolution and litigation department.
We advise on all aspects of commercial projects, residential projects and retail spaces, including contracts, regulatory issues and so on.
The funds team at Khaitan & Co advises clients on fund formation and structuring (both onshore and offshore), investments and advisory.
This practice area has two broad verticals: advisory and transactional.
Our capital markets clients instruct us for a whole host of domestic and international fundraising.
Privy Council hands down judgment in claim against redeemed investors by liquidators of Fairfield Sentry download
The Privy Council has handed down judgment in the claim brought by the liquidators of Fairfield Sentry against a number of redeemed investors.
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One of the most valuable assets of the Hellenic Republic is the Piraeus seaport, the largest port in Greece and one of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea.
ATHEX: the place of opportunities download
Athens Exchange (ATHEX) is the only official market for shares, derivatives, products and bonds trading in Greece, both for private and institutional investors.
Dacheng senior partner Zhang Lei has been elected deputy head of the Economic Law Committee of All China Lawyers Association (ACLA).
Dacheng senior partners Ping Yunwang and Zhang Lei and partner Liu Tao have advised Chengtun Mining on a private placement.
Conyers has advised AerCap Holdings in connection with the sale by AerCap International Bermuda of the class A common shares in GFL to GFL Holdings.
Dentons has advised the UK government on its funding of a FEED contract that has been awarded to Shell UK in relation to the Peterhead CCS project.
Fawaz Elmalki, a director in Conyers’ Dubai office, has been named to the MENA Fund Manager Service Provider Power 30 list for the third consecutive year.
The NSW Government Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (NSW Trade and Investment) has released the 2014 Crown Lands Legislation White Paper.
New law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co was launched on 1 May.
Minter Ellison has advised NSW Treasury on the lease of the Port of Newcastle to a consortium comprising Hastings Funds Management and China Merchants.
Nabarro has announced the appointment of Candice Blackwood, a partner who will join the firm’s real-estate practice and who has expertise in the healthcare sector.
Shoosmiths has acted for McKay Securities PLC on two key property acquisitions in London and Surrey.
Mills & Reeve has announced four new internal partner appointments, bringing the partnership to 118 across the firm’s six UK offices.
Memery Crystal has partnered with the London Stock Exchange on the ELITE programme for ambitious, high-growth private businesses.
QFII, R-QFII and Luxembourg funds download
The first Luxembourg R-QFII UCITS allowing for a 100 per cent China A-Shares strategy has been approved by the CSSF.
Complete revision of the Kremer-Lebbe book on collective investment schemes under Luxembourg law download
The Luxembourg financial centre is the second largest in the world for investment funds in terms of assets managed.
The second chamber of the Swiss Parliament, the Council of States, decides on 2 June 2014 on two pending motions for a tightening of the Lex Koller.
It can be difficult for shareholders of private established companies to sell shares without the company being quoted on an exchange.
Investment funds in Guernsey download
The investment funds industry in Guernsey has achieved significant growth in recent years.
European Commission’s public consultation on investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement in the TTIP download
The European Commission has opened its three-month public comment period on investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement in the TIIP.
AIFMD: private placement update download
The AIFMD will soon be fully in force for EU fund managers and for non-EU fund managers marketing their funds into the EU.
Mills & Reeve has advised private equity house Key Capital Partners on its investment in educational caterer Alliance in Partnership (AIP).
Ogier Fiduciary Services has announced the promotion of Charles Le Cornu to director. The firm has also welcomed new directors Simon King and Jon Barratt.
In a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal has clarified what is meant by ‘exclusive jurisdiction’ and ‘forum for administration’.
On 16 April 2014, the Privy Council issued a welcome decision in the Fairfield Sentry case.
Arendt and Medernach’s quarterly tax update is dedicated to the main changes that have occurred over the last three months with regard to Luxembourg and international tax law.
Eversheds’ Spotlight briefing includes developments in Italian derivatives case law and an overview of the amendments made to Spain’s insolvency regulation.
Carey Olsen has appointed three lawyers in its BVI office in a move that extends the law firm’s banking, corporate and investment funds client offering.
The appointment of a Financial Services Ombudsman in Jersey came a step closer on 1 April 2014 when the States of Jersey approved the Financial Services Ombudsman (Jersey) Law 201.
These are contractual terms between shareholders that are usually included in the articles of association.
The AIFMD and the relevant Jersey-implementing legislation have been in force for more than six months.
The venture capital investors in an investment round normally require that certain actions cannot be taken without the consent of the holders of a majority of their class or series of shares.
If the company makes any future share offering, a venture capital investor will require the right to maintain at least its percentage stake in the company.
On 4 April, Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau held a fundraising Golf Day at North Worcestershire Golf Club, which was sponsored by No5 Chambers.
Eversheds partner Stuart Andrews has commented on the publication of a garden city prospectus by the UK government.
Eversheds has advised Verlinvest, a family-owned investment company based in Brussels, on its investment in Genius Foods.
Drag along or bring along download
Taylor Wessing’s Simon Walker explains the terms ‘drag along’ and ‘bring along’.
Gateley has advised on LDC’s investment to support the acquisition of Prism UK Medical from Prism Medical.
Stephen Kitts, Asia managing partner at Eversheds, has commented on news that a Chinese consortium is buying Glencore Xstrata’s copper mine in Peru.
Voting rights download
Venture capital investors will have certain consent and voting rights that attach to their class of shares.
The ECJ has confirmed that investment funds based outside the EU should benefit from the EU free movement of capital rule regarding investments in Europe
On 2 April 2014, ENS gave a lecture at Dacheng on investment opportunities and risks in South Africa and the African region as a whole.
Dacheng senior partner Gao Mingfei has accepted a mandate from Crowdfunding (Shanghai) Assets Management Co to act as its standing legal counsel.
Minter Ellison partner David Pratley and special counsel Michael Ward have advised Permira on the tax aspects of an agreement to sell Renaissance Learning.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published its recommended best-practice approach to lock-up agreements.
The Economics Committee conducting the inquiry into the performance of ASIC will address the role, structure and responsiveness of the regulator.
Venture capital investors will agree with the company in which they intend to invest on a valuation for the company prior to the new investment round.
Marshalling is an equitable principle that aims to prevent one secured creditor arbitrarily depriving another secured creditor of his only security.
Ian Bridge from No5 Chambers has been instructed by Keith Wood of Lewis Nedas in several cases involving applications for the committal of alleged contemnors.
Jeffrey Sullivan, arbitration partner at Allen & Overy, was recently invited by the ICSID secretary-general to speak at the Energy Charter Treaty Conference.
There are a few developments in this year’s Budget that are of particular interest for those operating in the life sciences sector.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Qannas Investments on its acquisition of interests in ADCM SPEF and SPE Qannas C.
Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades download
A recent article focused attention on ‘activist’ investors and stock analysts who ‘tip’ other investors about planned campaigns and their accumulation of long/short positions.
Asset managers continue to face significant regulatory challenges and 2014 marks the first full year of operation for many new regulations.
Investment Management Update: FCA’s 2014 Risk Outlook; consumer complaints fall; European Parliament draft agenda; and more download
The FCA has published its risk outlook for the year. The outlook is split into two parts entitled ‘drivers of risk’ and ‘the evolving risk landscape’.
The Jersey Financial Services Commission has confirmed its position in relation to the licensing of Jersey law LLPs to conduct certain classes of ‘fund services business’.
The AVCA conference was held in Lagos, Nigeria, at the beginning of this month. Here are Dentons’ top five takeaways from the conference.
Financial Regulatory Developments — update on G20 on Brisbane Summit preparations; Ukraine warning; and more download
The FSB has sent the G20 finance ministers and Central Bank governors a letter outlining the work it is carrying out ahead of the Brisbane Summit.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has promoted six attorneys to the role of partner or director.
The liquidators of Bernard L. Madoff feeder fund Fairfield Sentry, represented by British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm Forbes Hare and Macfarlanes, have lost two key points before the Privy Council in an important judgment.
Withers has announced that it has been shortlisted as the leading tax team in a law firm at the annual Lexis Nexis Taxation Awards.
Deadlines coming for multinationals’ retirement plans and US taxpayers with foreign financial interests download
In 2010, the US enacted a sweeping change in enforcement of its tax laws on foreign financial interests, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
In this video, Elizabeth Moeller discusses how developments in US water policy may lead to a new wave of investment spurred by public-private partnerships.
We welcome the Financial System Inquiry (FSI) and the opportunity to offer detailed insights and recommendations to the inquiry via this written submission.
A Dacheng team has guided Shandong Yanzhou Huimin Urban Construction Investment Co through the process required for approval from the NDRC.
The State Council Decision, together with the Company Law Amendments, have been in effect since 1 March 2014.
Allen & Overy has advised BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank London Branch and Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking in connection with the issue of a €300m convertible bond.
A recent US case could have been designed to tick as many ‘topical’ boxes as possible, ranging over the financial sector, big data and the possibly anti-competitive use of technology.
This briefing note summarises the availability of public funding for individuals during the inquest process.
The range and depth of capabilities of Minter Ellison’s team across Australia has been recognised by the 2014–15 list of Best Lawyers.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Vision Knight Capital Partners on the launch of its second China private equity fund, Vision Knight Capital (China) Fund II LP.
The China (Shanghai) pilot free-trade zone was launched in September 2013 with the promise of significant reforms in a number of areas.
This agreement in principle concludes almost a decade of negotiations, and marks Canada’s first FTA in the Asia-Pacific market.
In the past three years, Myanmar has been enjoying a hotel boom, driven by surging tourist arrivals as the country opens up to economic and political reforms.
Weekly Newsletter Italy: 31 March to 6 April 2014 — Jobs Act; more controls of project workers; and more download
Eversheds has released its Italy newsletter, which contains information on HR consultancy, litigation and dispute management and financial services and markets regulation.
The Treasury and the Department of Industry have released a discussion paper setting out options for implementing the proposed scheme.
Nabarro has advised Hermes Real Estate on a joint venture with The Co-operative Group to deliver the £800m NOMA scheme in Manchester City Centre.
Investment in agribusiness is about supporting Asian partner objectives, says Minter Ellison senior partner Adam Handley.
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Whatever you need, we will provide sound advice and negotiate finance arrangements to meet your business requirements.
Our specialist team has established a reputation for advising and assisting on a range of issues relating to personal injury trusts, capacity and deputyships.
Carey Olsen has been named Guernsey Law Firm of the Year 2014 for the fourth time by Who’s Who Legal.
Stephenson Harwood has advised Ambience Ventures on its acquisition of a stake in the national rail operator of Kenya and Uganda, RVR, from TransCentury.
According to Allen & Overy’s latest M&A Index, all the ingredients for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity to prosper are now in place.
In this video, Jay Gould, partner at Pillsbury, discusses operational and capital raising considerations for hedge funds in 2014.
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The FCA has updated its AIFMD Latest News. The regulator is advising firms to submit applications as soon as possible, ideally no later than 22 April 2014.
In a recent decision, the European Commission confirmed that investors can be found liable where they exercise ‘decisive influence’ over a company and its decisions.
We advise on all aspects of property, tax, corporate, commercial and dispute resolution law for the full spectrum of real-estate transactions.
In December 2012, ESMA published its guidelines on exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and other Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) issues.
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The recently published FCA business plan and risk outlook for 2014 contain some instructive pointers for institutions on both the buy-side and the sell-side.
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Changes in the law should make it easier for victims of domestic violence to access public funding to obtain legal advice and assistance.
The Full Federal Court has issued its judgment in Commissioner of Taxation v Resource Capital Fund III LP  FCAFC 37, overturning the Federal Court’s judgment.
Parmjit Singh, head of the India business group at Eversheds, has commented following Sun Pharmaceuticals’ acquisition of Ranbaxy.
The FCA’s newly published business plan envisages Thematic Reviews in a number of areas relevant to investment management
The continuing obligations of Cayman Islands regulated funds are set out in the Companies Law and Mutual Funds Law (as amended).
The Cayman Islands is one of the world’s leading offshore jurisdictions for the establishment of investment funds.
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Clothingsites.co.uk is set to create more than 100 jobs after securing investment from Bridges Ventures in a deal advised by Addleshaw Goddard.
Addleshaw Goddard has acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland and M&G Investments on the first own-name debt capital markets issue by a Scottish registered social landlord.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised investment management services provider Rathbone Brothers on three transactions.
A series of interviews conducted by KPMG highlights that the current IFRS model of mandatory annual impairment testing of goodwill is due for a rethink.
Hogan Lovells has provided legal support in the creation of Youth Business Spain (YBS).
The FCA is encouraging all alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) to submit their applications for permission to manage an AIF before 22 April 2014.
This paper explains the attractions of the Cayman Islands as a destination for managers wanting to establish offshore hedge funds.
Sam Karim from Kings Chambers was part of a recent delegation on a business mission to Brazil to promote barristers’ expertise in international dispute resolution.
Our residential conveyancing solicitors provide professional legal advice on all aspects of buying and selling property.
At IBB, our commercial property solicitors understand the specific challenges faced by property developers, investors, occupiers and lenders.
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At IBB Solicitors, our Residential Development and Regeneration team is recognised as one of the best and most experienced in the business.
Financial Report: SEC chair speech at SIFMA seminar; cross-border implementation; consultation on bonus clawback; and more download
DLA Piper has released the latest version (Volume 3, No.7) of The Financial Report, featuring news and analysis from across the financial sector.
The tax rollercoaster download
This year commenced with contradictory new provisions in the tax field. Popovici Ni?u & Asocia?ii will briefly address only the high and the low of the ride.
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Whether you’re planning an acquisition or a sale, entering into a joint venture or considering a corporate restructure our M&A lawyers can help.
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Before it disappeared into the wide blue yonder, the OFT published its merger decision in the acquisition by IP Group of Fusion IP.
The first Luxembourg R-QFII UCITS2 allowing for a 100 per cent China A-Shares strategy has been approved by the Luxembourg CSSF.
The Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC) has released a broad discussion paper to review the establishment and management of schemes.
In order to be a UK alternative investment fund manager, you need to be carrying on the regulated activity of ‘managing an AIF’.
This short note summarises what the EU is working towards when it comes to securities financing and rehypothecation transactions.
Mourant Ozannes has been named Best Offshore Law Firm for Client Service at the HFMWeek European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2014.
Nabarro has announced that three associates have been promoted to the partnership. The promotions will take effect from 1 May 2014.
On 24 March, DLA Piper hosted its second Israeli Global Real Estate Conference in Tel Aviv.
China has published a series of conforming amendments to certain existing regulations governing foreign invested entities in China.
The Energy Company Obligation Order provides a sizeable potential source of funding to developers carrying out redevelopment or improvement works on housing stock.
Asset freeze: Ukraine sanctions download
Heads of state on both sides of the Atlantic recently condemned the Russian Federation for its actions in Ukraine.
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Withers BVI has been acting for a group of companies in connection with the litigation between former husband and wife Martin Coward and Elena Ambrosiadou.
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The FCA has published its final rules on the regulation of crowdfunding. This article provides further detail relating to the new rules in this area.
Crowdfunders: don’t be an April Fool download
The FCA has issued a policy statement confirming that many of the proposals from its original consultation paper will now be implemented with effect from 1 April 2014.
The DfE is making a grant available for small groups of schools, mainly primaries, to collaborate to employ a school business manager in a leadership role.
Allen & Overy has advised the trustee of the ICI Pension Fund on the largest-ever bulk annuity insurance policy (or buy-in) arranged by a UK pension scheme.
Serbia business shape 2014 download
Serbia greatly welcomes foreign investment, as is shown by the Law on Foreign Investments, which prescribes certain exemptions and freedom exclusively assigned to foreign investors.
Auction time for investor visas? download
Currently, to come to the UK as a Tier 1 investor, an investment of £1m, £5m or £10m must be made in the UK.
The claimant, Wellesley, retained Withers to draft an agreement with a Bahrain bank, Addax. Addax was to invest £2.5m or $5m in exchange for a share of the business.
On 19 March, there were some rather significant announcements affecting the tax and personal finance landscape.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s British Virgin Islands office has recently added four attorneys to its corporate and litigation practices.
On 10 March 2014, the draft law implementing the Alternative Investment Funds Managers Directive 2011/61/EU (AIFMD) was submitted to Belgian parliament.
NCTM has assisted with the the closing of the complex restructuring of Edilmonte Roma, a company owned by the Ferro family.
DLA Piper has advised Dulles-based SummitIG in its equity investment from ORIX Ventures and Columbia Capital.
Allen & Overy Amsterdam has introduced a series of breakfast meetings called ‘Early Birds’, which is organised by the firm’s Amsterdam financial regulatory team.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised ADCM on the formation and certain legal documentation of a Cayman-domiciled real-estate acquisition vehicle.
Allen & Overy has advised the Flemish Region and PMV/Via-Invest Vlaanderen NV on the development of the A11 highway in Belgium.
At a time when well-known names are disappearing from the high street as a result of retailers going into administration, the spectre of corporate insolvencies has never loomed larger.
The purpose of this brief note is to help market participants make contingency plans where the political crisis involving Ukraine results in sanctions and embargoes.
Wragge & Co’s projects team has advised on a £500m public-private-partnership (PPP) scheme to upgrade and extend the Scottish motorway network.
President Obama has signed an executive order authorising additional sanctions against persons the US has deemed to be contributing to the ongoing situation in Ukraine.
In his Budget, the chancellor of the exchequer has announced a number of changes that will affect the SEIS, the EIS and VCT schemes.
The amended California custody rule will come into effect on 1 April 2014.
NCTM has assisted Ferrari in a licensing agreement with PortAventura Entertainment that will allow the development of a theme park called Ferarri Land, in Spain.
The Garnet litigation highlights the potential repercussions for banks and financial institutions in reporting suspicion and a resulting refusal of consent by the FIS.
The EU Council has decided to impose restrictive measures against individuals identified as being responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds and/or human rights violations.
Financial Services Regulatory Update — FCA’s fourth quarterly consultation; FCA thematic review; and approval of final text of UCITS V download
The Financial Conduct Authority has published its fourth quarterly consultation (CP14/4) in which it proposes amendments to certain parts of the FCA Handbook.
A recent High Court case highlights the risk in deriving comfort from FCA guidance and the importance of reviewing the underlying legislation.
Minter Ellison is advising two global investment banks on Kingsgate’s AUD59.4m institutional placement and accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer.
Conyers has advised on the Cayman Islands and BVI legal aspects of the acquisition by HM MOS International of Millennium Offshore Services Superholdings.
Budget 2014 download
Following the 2014 Budget, Taylor Wessing has set out a summary of some of the main announcements.
Eversheds tax expert Ben Jones has commented on the taxation measures announced in the 2014 UK Budget.
Luxembourg: developments in remuneration policy for banks, investment firms, UCITS management companies and external AIFMs download
The preceding weeks have been busy in terms of legislative and regulatory work in the field of remuneration policy.
Wierzbowski Eversheds has advised the Insurance Guarantee Fund on a multilateral agreement on gathering and providing access to information in the Polish insurance industry.
DLA Piper has acted for PwC, which was the administrator for eight companies in the Opal Property Group.
Conyers provided Bermuda law advice to Castlelake, an institutional alternative investment firm specialising in aircraft, in connection with its $515.6m aircraft securitisation.
DLA Piper has appointed Paul Gray as a partner in the real-estate finance team, part of the finance and projects group.
Beijing Huinong Capital Management has signed an agreement with Dacheng to engage senior partners Zhu Zhongyou and Liu Yang from the finance practice as legal advisers.
Dacheng has advised the Institute of Advanced Technology at the University of Science and Technology of China on the successful launch of the Saike Fund.
Taylor Wessing has advised Cahill Energy on its historic agreement with the Barbados government to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant on the island.
On 17 March 2014, the CSSF issued an updated version of its FAQs relating to the Luxembourg law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers.
Dacheng attorneys have undertaken advisory work for clients to help them acquire securities investment fund sales qualification.
An employee share option plan reserves and allocates a percentage of the shares of the company for share option grants to current and future employees.
Sometimes there is a prohibition on the payment of any dividend, which may be for a limited period of time.
Investors will want to protect the value of their shares from dilution in the event the company issues new shares. This article examines the formulas they use to achieve this.
Where venture capital investors hold a preferred class of shares and it is permitted to convert these to ordinary shares, they generally require the right to convert them at any time.
Explaining investment terms: exit download
Simon Walker looks at under what circumstances an investor may be qualified to leave the company.
The liquidation preference is a right that can be required by venture capital investors in recognition of the risk they bear on their capital contribution.
The right of redemption is the right to demand under certain conditions that the company buys back its own shares from its investors at a fixed price.
Last week, Nabarro partner Ciaran Carvalho took part in a lively MIPIM panel discussion chaired by Estates Gazette editor Damian Wild.
Wragge & Co has been appointed to advise Birmingham City Council on the sale of the NEC Group, which owns venues including the NEC, the ICC and the NIA.
Compared with other topics that relate more to specific industries (for example investment access), the topic of forex control liberalisation is of a more generic nature.
DLA Piper has released Issue 15 of its Real Estate Gazette, which focuses on the topic of sustainability.
Franchise systems have been, and continue to be, sought-after investment and acquisition targets.
The Employment Rights Act 1996 makes it unlawful for an employer to subject a worker to a detriment on the ground that he or she has made a ‘qualifying’ and ‘protected’ disclosure.
Dacheng has won two China Business Law Journal awards in technology, media and communications and private equity and venture capital.
FATCA imposes due diligence, information reporting and control burdens on a range of non-US financial intermediaries and investment entities.
BDK is a market leader in the field of energy and natural resources, having advised on the most prominent transactions in the region in various contexts.
We have experience in a wide range of disputes, spanning from investment and commercial contracts to specific niches such as product liability or insolvency claw-back litigation.
In October 2013, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper setting out its proposed approach to the regulation of crowdfunding platforms.
Nabarro partner Martin McKervey discusses the public/private funding of Sheffield’s planned new retail quarter.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Jadara Capital Partners on the formation and launch of the Jadara Frontier Fund, a concentrated long/short hedge fund.
DLA Piper has advised Synergia Capital Partners on a share issue investment to Res2 BV.
Dacheng senior partner Li Shoushuang has advised JD Capital on the formation of a new US dollar fund, the Jiuding China Growth Fund II.
Luxembourg legal update — March 2014: enforcement of 2013 financial information, criminal settlement for Luxembourg and more download
Arendt & Medernach has released its Luxembourg legal update for March 2014.
From 15 March 2014, Hungarian law will recognise the concept of trust, and the problems with securing syndicated loans under Hungarian law seem to be solved.
DLA Piper has advised Oakley Capital Private Equity and its fund OCPE II Master LP on the acquisition of a majority stake in NTG.
Eversheds has appointed pensions lawyer Steven Hull as a partner in its London headquarters.
Walker Morris has advised Welcome Financial Services on the sale of Shopacheck Financial Services to Rcapital, a London-based private investment company.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has further bulked up its finance group with the hire of Simmons & Simmons partner Philip Abbott.
In January 2014, the FCA issued guidance on proportionality in the operation of certain remuneration provisions.
In February 2014, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Q&A document regarding the application of the AIFMD.
Case update — performance bonds download
A court has reinforced the position that the primary liability to pay under a performance bond is separate from the relationship between the parties to the underlying contract.
A representor has been held liable for its negligent misrepresentation to another party other than the party that was later induced to conclude the contract.
Gateley’s Manchester corporate team has advised on a recent deal that saw oncology business Incanthera acquire University of Salford spin-out Onco-NX.
Real estate has a lifecycle from site identification, through planning, development funding and construction, to occupation, use and eventual sale.
The cost and headache of operating client accounts can be a significant drain for solicitors — so why do it?
The City of London Law Society Land Law Committee has released a protocol for discharging mortgages of commercial property.
Finance lawyers from Walker Morris have advised budget gym operator Xercise4Less on securing a £5.5m finance package from Lloyds Commercial Banking to facilitate expansion.
Financial Services Regulatory Update — the FCA’s notes for AIFMs, managing the risks of financial incentives and more download
Marfarlanes has released the 7 March issue of its Financial Services Regulatory Update.
The real-estate practice group is highly regarded across CEE/SEE. It enjoys high visibility in the region’s largest and most important transactions and projects.
Partner and co-head of the shipping group Oliver Rossbach will participate in a panel discussion at INSOL Hong Kong about shipping insolvencies and restructurings.
Allen & Overy has hired Karan Dinamani as a partner in its London corporate group. The appointment underlines the firm’s commitment to growing its private equity practice.
Ukraine sanctions download
Companies should assess their business operations and relationships in Ukraine.
The recent re-codification of Czech civil law has introduced a new legal instrument called a trust fund or simply a trust.
The FCA has published its policy statement on the regulation of crowdfunding. This follows its consultation paper in October last year.
Nicholas Scott discusses bilateral investment treaties and their role in protecting the interests of mining companies from detrimental actions taken by host countries.
In the current market, private equity sponsors are increasingly looking at initial public offerings (IPOs) as a real exit option for their portfolio investments.
Steve Webb has confirmed that the government is ‘actively exploring’ if it can amend the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) legislation in regard to employer insolvency.
The ability of a private limited company to purchase its own shares is an extremely useful tool.
It is common in mortgage fraud for lenders to lose advances where their solicitors are innocently duped by fraudsters.
Taylor Wessing private equity partner Ed Waldron meets with Rob McCombie, investment director at CBPE Capital.
DLA Piper has assisted Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group in its equity investment in Anytime Fitness, a co-ed fitness franchise.
Mourant Ozannes has announced the promotion of three litigation lawyers in the Cayman Islands to senior positions within the firm.
This note summarises the attractions of the Cayman Islands for prime brokers wishing to establish a prime brokerage business outside their home jurisdictions.
The Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 does not preclude class action lawsuits asserting state law claims in connection with the notorious Ponzi scheme.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed Tom Platts as a partner in its corporate practice in Singapore. Platts has been based in Singapore for three years.
The information that a company is required to maintain about its directors within its registers can be key, especially when relationships with a director turn sour.
This article considers the important distinction between breaches of trust and breaches of a trustee’s duty of care.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the latest version of its InVest publication, which focuses on developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds.
Mourant Ozannes has been voted the ‘Best Offshore Law Firm’ at the Hedgeweek Global Awards.
Partner Nathan Cahill, senior associate Robyn Coote and consultant Elizabeth Mifsud from Minter Ellison have advised Quadrant Private Equity on the closure of its seventh fund.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been recognised for its expertise in the Asian legal market, being named ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2013 China Business Law Awards.
The recent changes introduced in Luxembourg to its limited partnerships make it a desirable jurisdiction in which to establish alternative investment funds.
Minter Ellison’s international managing partner, Mark Green, has been elected chairman of the Australia-Mongolia Business Council.
Finance and real-estate lawyers at Walker Morris have advised Evans Management on a funding deal worth £175m to assist with investment and acquisition opportunities.
DLA Piper has appointed Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, Laurence Rogers and Neville Wright to its real-estate team. The three partners join the firm from BLP.
The deadline for certifying or re-certifying contingent assets, in order to secure a PPF levy reduction, is 17:00 on 31 March 2014.
DLA Piper has advised Fosun International on its ¥210.5m investment in and strategic partnership with food and beverage chain Secret Recipe.
Wragge & Co’s banking and finance team has assisted long-standing client Sanctuary Group in the securing of a £350m loan from the European Investment Bank.
Pension schemes providing benefits on a salary-related or DB basis — including ‘final salary’ pension schemes — have been in the news for several years.
Mourant Ozannes has been voted best Guernsey law firm for 2013 in the Service Provider Awards for the global fund management website FundDomiciles.com.
MAC has published a report on the Tier 1 investor visa, which focuses on whether the investment thresholds of the current scheme provide sufficient economic benefits to the UK.
An important message to all tax planners: the European Commission’s directorate-general for competition has declared war on ‘fiscal optimisation’.
FINRA has issued a notice on a proposed new regulatory structure for firms that limit their activities to advising companies on capital raising and corporate restructuring.
Anina Boshoff, a finance partner at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, is joining Hogan Lovells on 1 March 2014 to head up the banking and finance department in Johannesburg.
A long-term holder of securities may wish to enhance the yield provided by such securities by lending in exchange for collateral and a fee.
Cayman Islands Law Update: the Exempted Limited Partnership Bill and the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill download
Following extensive consultation in both the public and private sectors, the Exempted Limited Partnership Bill 2014 was gazetted on 21 February 2014.
The New York Court of Appeals, in K2 Investment Group, LLC v American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company, has vacated its own prior decision.
Royal Court clarifies limits of customary law exception in respect of time-barred breach-of-trust claims brought by incoming trustee download
Where a newly incorporated PTC recently appointed as successor trustee seeks to bring claims for breach of trust against predecessors, it will not be able to benefit from empêchement d’agir.
The Migration Advisory Committee has released its much-leaked report on the Tier 1 (investor) visa route.
The private equity team at Wragge & Co has advised Mobeus Equity Partners on a £6m investment in the management buyout of Entanet International.
With more charities being urged to merge to cope with reduced funding, we take a look at the potential advantages in merging and the legal points to consider before going ahead.
CSSF updates FAQs on AIFM Law download
The CSSF has issued an updated version of the FAQs relating to the Luxembourg Law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers (the AIFM Law).
DLA Piper’s 2014 European Acquisition Finance Debt Report has revealed that the market landscape is changing dramatically.
Eversheds has advised NewRiver Retail, a UK REIT specialising in value-creating retail property investment and active asset management, on its latest £85m equity fundraising.
Allen & Overy has been recognised as the ‘Best Overall Law Firm in Islamic Finance’ for the third consecutive year at the annual Islamic Finance News Awards ceremony.
Dacheng has advised Sundiro on offshore funding and joint venture formation in relation to a project with Italy-based yacht maker Sanlonrenzo.
The Second Circuit has broadened the SEC’s power to seek civil disgorgement of profits from insider trading violations, even where an individual did not personally profit.
There is an increasing focus on defined-contribution investment issues.
While much has been written about the Volcker Rule’s restrictions on banking entities, less attention has been paid to its impact on asset managers who are not banking entities subject to the rule.
The Authorised Collective Investment Schemes (Class B) Rules 2013 came into operation on 2 January 2014, replacing the Collective Investment Schemes (Class B) Rules 1990.
This article looks at what prompted the Law Commission’s consultation on the fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries, what it is focused on and what might come next.
ESMA has published a Q&A on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).
Eversheds has advised Flybe Group, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, on raising £150m by way of a firm placing and open offer.
Attorneys from Dacheng’s Changsha office have advised Kingdom Auto-Control Tech (Changsha) Co on its NEEQ Listing.
A team of attorneys from Dacheng’s Wuhan office has advised Ferguson (Wuhan) Biotechnologies on its application for a listing at the NEEQ system.
HMRC has issued a keenly awaited announcement in response to the CJEU’s ruling in PPG Holdings BV (C-26/12).
In these video briefings, Pillbury partner Mike Sullivan takes on four key issues that entrepreneurs commonly contend with in the early days of their start-up efforts.
The CSSF has published on its website the fourth update of its Frequently Asked Questions document regarding Luxembourg’s law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers.
Luxembourg’s CSSF has issued a circular that aims to clarify technical details of how alternative fund managers should comply with reporting obligations.
SEC provides expanded no-action relief from broker-dealer registration for intermediaries in private M&A transactions download
The staff of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets issued a no-action letter on 4 February that provides guidance on how intermediaries may effect securities transactions.
There has been an increase in the number of investment treaty arbitrations brought by investors seeking to enforce their rights against states.
A term sheet is a document that outlines the key financial and other terms of a proposed investment.
Fundraisings of early-stage life science companies can be complicated affairs from the point of view of actually securing the funds from investors in the first place.
The articles of association are a contract between the company and each shareholder and between the shareholders themselves.
A life sciences company raises funds either by issuing shares or by borrowing money from individuals, venture capital bodies or lending institutions.
A number of life sciences industry bodies have jointly published a report entitled ‘From vision to action: delivery of the strategy for UK life sciences’.
All the existing shareholders and the company should be a party to the agreement, although it may not be practical for all minority shareholders to be a party if there is a large number of them.
It is common in investments for life sciences companies for a term sheet to be put in place between the investors and the founders that sets out the key terms of the investment.
While a business founder may have come up with a brilliant invention, he or she may be totally unfamiliar with even the most basic corporate concepts.
The long-awaited judgment in Clark v In Focus was handed down at the Court of Appeal on 14 February, allowing the appeal.
Registering as a financial institution via IRS FATCA portal and the role of the responsible officer download
Ogier has compiled the most frequently asked questions regarding the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regulations.
Croatia: recent news highlights — Strategic Investment Act and proposed new act on maritime goods and sea harbours download
The new act on strategic investment in Croatia has achieved its goal of reducing administrative procedures and ensuring the speedy realisation of strategic projects in Croatia.
A further tranche of tax legislation to exempt ‘IMR foreign funds’ from Australian income tax has been released for public comment.
The government’s announcement in December 2013 that subsidies for solar energy are to decrease may have an impact on investment trends in the renewables market.
Education is vital in bridging the gap between lawyers, funders and clients, according to Nick Rowles-Davies, a consultant at Vannin Capital.
Allen & Overy has advised Citigroup in its capacity as co-arranger with HSH Nordbank in relation to a secured refinancing transaction of HSH Nordbank.
DLA Piper has advised China Shipping Terminal Developments on its acquisition of approximately 24 per cent of issued shares in APM Terminals Zeebrugge.
There has been unanimous support from the European Parliament’s Economic and Financial Affairs Committee for the agreement on the proposed CSMAD.
InVest — February 2014: banking download
The European Commission published its plans for structural reform of the banking sector on 29 January 2014.
This post outlines what a fund is, who the main parties to a fund are and how the fund is formed.
The continuing obligations of Cayman Islands regulated funds are set out in the Companies Law and Mutual Funds Law (as amended).
On 16 January 2014, the Financial Conduct Authority published its finalised guidance on supervising retail investment advice.
This section of InVest includes an update from the Financial Conduct Authority on the Retail Distribution Review post-implementation review timetable and more.
Three years after investing in Discovery Holiday Parks, Next Capital, Allegro Funds, Macquarie Funds and management have sold the majority of the business to Sunsuper.
Mills & Reeve has assisted IVF clinic Bourne Hall on the agreement of a deal with Mobeus Equity Partners to raise a £3.5m equity investment.
This video report explores some of the key factors underpinning Asian investment in the Australian real-estate market.
This article explores profit and loss allocations by partnerships, the special rules for AIFMs and the disposal of assets through partnerships that lead to a tax advantage.
This note provides a brief summary of Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s Statement of Guidance for Regulated Funds — Corporate Governance.
Welcome to Taylor Wessing’s analysis of clean energy investment activity in the fourth quarter of 2013.
JPM’s banking and finance clients include major banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions, as well as corporate local borrowers and lenders.
DLA Piper has published an interactive report looking at the flow of Asian real-estate capital into Australia. It examines the views of five experts within the market.
Dacheng partner Liu Jiawang has been elected as vice-president of the Internet Society of Yunnan.
Stephenson Harwood has hired Yann Beckers as a partner in its Paris banking and finance department. He joins the law firm from Clifford Chance.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised China Huarong Asset Management Co on phase one of the Huayuan 2014 CLO securitisation trust scheme.
Limited changes: Luxembourg’s introduction of the AIFMD law consolidates its leading position in the private equity sector download
On 12 July 2013, the Luxembourg parliament transposed Europe’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive into the national legislation (AIFMD law).
Marfarlanes has released the 7 February issue of its Financial Services Regulatory Update.
Governance of Cayman Islands regulated mutual funds has received a great deal of focus recently, including from the CIMA, the Cayman Islands Courts and the market at large.
DLA Piper has advised St James’s Place UK and the St James’s Place Property Unit Trust on the purchase of Richmond Riverside from a fund owned by JP Morgan.
Eversheds has appointed financial services lawyer Andrew Henderson as a partner in the London office.
Mourant Ozannes has assisted lead adviser Clifford Chance in advising Electra Private Equity on its £180m acquisition of Ogier Fiduciary Services.
The Pension Protection Fund has recently published an explanatory statement entitled ‘Restructuring and insolvency: the PPF approach’.
Last month Iranian president Hassan Rouhani attended the World Economic Forum and encouraged the international community to ‘come and visit Iran to see the investment opportunities’.
The date by which existing managers had to submit their authorisation/registration applications to the FCA has now slipped.
This report provides an introduction to the range of opportunities available in UK core cities, together with representative market transactions.
Ince & Co has announced the appointment of Hugh O’Donovan, who will join the firm’s aviation group as head of commercial aviation on 21 February 2014.
Withers has been named ‘Law Firm of the Year — Hong Kong’ at the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards.
No5 Chambers has released the first edition of its Commercial & Chancery Bulletin for 2014.
The Chinese government has taken a big step towards liberalising the Chinese outbound investment regime.
Mourant Ozannes has announced the promotion of a number of lawyers to senior positions within the firm.
The LSE has published AIM Notice 38, which announced its consultation on proposed changes to the AIM Rules for Companies and the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers.
A number of Hogan Lovells partners have been listed as All-Stars in the 2014 BTI Client Services All-Star report.
Adequacy of due diligence of investment advisers recommending alternative investments and their managers download
SEC issued a risk alert highlighting key observations from examinations of due diligence processes that investment advisers use to select alternative investments and their managers.
The FCA has published finalised guidance on inducements for product providers and advisory firms following its consultation (GC13/05) in September 2013.
This briefing describes the general offence/what constitutes prohibited conduct; and highlights the extent of ASIC’s recent activity in prosecuting insider trading and market misconduct offences.
The end of law firm funding? download
Maurice Blackburn has formally abandoned its novel attempt to have a related entity fund a class action in which it acts for the applicant.
Pension risk — market update download
Last year was a ground-breaking year. The longevity swap market broke previous records with £8.9bn of liabilities being passed to providers.
Binder Grösswang has appointed attorneys Dr Stephan Heckenthaler and Dr Markus Uitz as partners in the firm, effective 1 February 2014.
Arendt & Medernach partners Claude Kremer and Gilles Dusemon have been identified as leading lawyers in the field of private funds by the International Who’s Who Legal.
JP Morgan settlement reinforces the requirement for strong AML controls and effective transaction monitoring download
The action by the Attorney Office is a further example of the enhanced regulatory expectations in relation to the AML programmes being administered by financial institutions.
OMB publishes final uniform guidance governing grants, co-operative and other funding agreements with federal agencies download
The OMB has published a series of significant reforms to the government’s policies relating to grants and co-operative agreements.
The Polish parliament has passed a governmental bill to reform the private pension fund sector in Poland despite receiving strong criticism from many economists and experts.
This may be the year that swap market counterparties face the full effect of dual US and foreign regulatory requirements for cross-border swap activities.
Taylor Wessing has advised global investor Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (together with its affiliate KKR) on its strategic partnership with Hertha BSC & Co.
The government has released further exposure draft legislation for the long-awaited final ‘third’ element in the investment manager regime (IMR).
Luxembourg has entered into 68 comprehensive double tax treaties based on the OECD model tax convention on income and capital.
Offshore firm Ogier has sold its fiduciary business in a management buy-out backed by private equity company Electra Partners, which values the business at £180m.
NCTM has launched a capital markets and financial intermediaries department under the direction of Prof Alberto Toffoletto.
Ogier has advised Infinity Cross Border Acquisition Corporation on the BVI legal aspects of its proposed business combination transaction with Glori Energy.
The Treasury has released exposure drafts of amendments to the Corporations Act and Corporations Regulations to implement the government’s proposed changes to the FoFA regime.
Crowdfunding as a way of securing investment is beginning to gain ground on both sides of the Atlantic. What are the current regulatory requirements and how is this likely to change?
What are the obligations of a global custodian service provider in giving investment advice to its clients? download
In Första AP-Fonden v Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV and Others, the Commercial Court considered the advisory obligations of a global custodian service provider.
An updated version of the frequently asked questions relating to the Luxembourg Law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers has been issued.
This client update focuses on the examination priorities that are most relevant to investment advisers to private equity and hedge funds.
Lack of political consensus has led to yet another hiatus in the passage of the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill into law.
As from April 2014, new legislation will take effect to change the rules for partnership taxation with a view to shutting down certain perceived abuses.
It took a while for activity to pick up on AIM last year, but there is no doubt that there has been an uptick in activity in recent months.
The investment landscape in Africa has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Not only have the demographics of the continent altered, but so has its constitution.
AMAC has announced a provisional regulation requiring the registration of domestic Chinese private equity fund managers and filings by domestic Chinese private equity funds with AMAC.
Tax Update — January 2014 download
In this Tax Update, Arendt & Medernach focuses on both Luxembourg and international news.
The Eversheds Africa Law Institute has welcomed five new member law firms at the inaugural EALI Summit in Paris.
DLA Piper has announced the appointments of Mark Fairbairn and Ashley Bell to the firm’s restructuring group from O’Melveny & Myers.
We often come up against the argument from defendant professionals that the lender would not have acted differently even if it had been properly advised.
Wragge & Co’s real-estate team has advised a consortium of developers on a major land purchase earmarked for the development of a new market town.
InVest — January 2014: banking download
The banking section of InVest includes information on CRD developments, the Banking Reform Act receiving royal assent, the FCA quarterly consultation and more.
Employee and executive incentives: an overview of incentive arrangements in the Middle East download
This briefing highlights the benefits of trust-based plans and illustrates the fact that plans can be tailored to meet specific employer or country requirements.
The enforcement and financial crime section of InVest includes information on plans to suspend individuals during enforcement cases blocked by MPs.
The general developments section of InVest includes information regarding the Autumn Statement 2013 and private equity in Africa in 2014.
The investments and funds section of InVest includes information regarding the Volcker Rule, AIFMD developments, outsourcing and more.
The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has formally issued its long-awaited statement of guidance on corporate governance for regulated mutual funds.
Arendt & Medernach has been named ‘Best Advisory Firm’ for the second year running at the 2014 MENA Fund Manager Fund Services.
Stephen Kitts, Asia managing partner at Eversheds, has stated that the short-term dip in demand is no bad thing over the long run.
Taylor Wessing asked lawyers across its restructuring and corporate recovery team to describe how things might develop in this market during 2014.
CSSF clarifies its position on AIFM download
The CSSF has issued its updated version of the frequently asked questions concerning alternative investment fund managers.
Investment management company CBRE Global Investors has promoted its deputy EMEA general counsel Anja Ijlstra to the position of general counsel for the EMEA region.
Francois Barker of Eversheds has said the delay in imposing a cap on DC default fund charges will ‘hopefully give the government time to get it right’.
UCITS V Proposal Directive download
On 3 July 2012 the European Commission published a ‘Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending the UCITS IV Directive’.
DLA Piper’s Africa group has expanded in northern, southern and eastern Africa with the addition of three new member firms.
Inward investment to Ireland is rising, just the tonic for its law firms
Shameer Jasani has been appointed as a partner in the Cayman Islands office while Ray Ng joins the BVI and Asia office as partner and head of litigation.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been named Best Offshore Law Firm at the second annual MENA Fund Manager Fund Services Awards.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised FTV Capital on its $40m investment in Credorax, a company that processes credit and debit card payments.
Allen & Overy’s Corporate Funding Monitor underlines the extent to which corporates have sought to diversify their funding mix.
Eversheds Bianchini and Tremonti Vitali Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati advise PEP on the legal and tax aspects of its agreement with Keyhaven Capital.
The final Volcker Rule has relaxed the proposed restrictions on the ability of a non-US bank to engage in transactions with certain investment vehicles.
Hogan Lovells summarises Spanish tax issues to be considered both in the purchase of distressed debt and in connection with any restructuring of such debt.
Mourant Ozannes’ Gavin Farrell has been recognised as one of the top 10 most highly regarded offshore lawyers in the world.
Stephenson Harwood has announced that four of its upcoming cases have been included in The Lawyer’s 2014 ‘cases to watch’.
M&A Index — China’s merger controls download
The power of MOFCOM is being felt at home and abroad, and investors must potentially be prepared to confront some significant and costly hurdles.
The Allen & Overy Corporate Funding Monitor looks at loan, bond and equity issues to non-financial corporates over the past decade.
Conyers has announced that Linda Martin has joined the firm as a director in its London office, where she will advise on Cayman Islands law.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a webpage on the implementation of COLL 4.2.5R(3)(ca).
Concerns had been raised by stakeholders in relation to the Financial Conduct Authority’s proposed deadline of 22 January 2014.
NCTM has assisted L Capital in the closing of a contract for the purchase of a 30 per cent stake in Vicini Spa, a company led by Giuseppe Zanotti.
SEC and FINRA release priorities for SEC’s examinations of investment advisers and investment companies and FINRA’s examinations of broker-dealers.
The CSSF has published a fourth update of its frequently asked questions on the law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment fund managers.
Derivative Services, an affiliate of Allen & Overy, is updating its Rulefinder Shareholding Disclosure service with enhanced content.
Mills & Reeve has acted for Low Carbon Innovation Fund on a series of investments totalling approximately £12.5m in just nine months.
The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s recently published statement of guidance on matters of fund governance takes effect on 13 January 2014.
ASIC issued Class Order [CO 13/1621] on 7 January 2014 to exempt responsible entities from the application form requirements of section 1016A.
DLA Piper advised on more than 20 significant inbound and outbound US transactions that closed last year on behalf of Israeli institutional investors and companies.
Employees from law firm Walker Morris have raised £1,989.49 through charity fundraising efforts for the NSPCC.
Nabarro has advised the winning consortium, led by infrastructure fund Equitix, on the £83m bond-financed Brunswick (Manchester) social-housing PFI project.
The BVI’s approved manager regime for investment managers and advisers has had a successful first year, becoming popular for its straightforward application process.
During 2013, Goodman Derrick’s technology group had lead roles in relation to three equity fundraisings for technology companies.
We have expertise across all levels of call in this complex and constantly evolving area of law. Our members have appeared in some leading cases in the field.
Back to 2013 — Luxembourg newsflash download
Arendt and Medernach has released a short flashback intended to enable you to keep track of the main legal trends that marked 2013.
This update presents an in-depth analysis of the covered funds aspects of the final regulations and their implications for affected institutions.
Mourant Ozannes has acted for Premier Oil, a FTSE 250-listed international oil and gas exploration and production company, on the Jersey aspects of its recent fundraisings.
DLA Piper has hired Tim Tan as a partner in the corporate group of the Bangkok office. Tan joins from O’Melveney & Myers.
In the midst of its rapid economic development, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has finally determined to change its domestic currency market.
Eversheds is one of a number of organisations sponsoring a new OHADA law diploma at the universities of Panthéon-Assas and Paris 13.
Private equity funds (and their managers/advisers) are subject to various types of regulation under US federal law, in particular under the Dodd-Frank Act, and non-US law.
Corporates and investors have access to capital again and are more willing to consider growth by acquisition. The financial services sector has been particularly active.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has acted for the sponsors on a cash transaction involving the purchase of BMC Software by a private investor group.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Luxoft Holding, a European IT service provider, on all British Virgin Islands (BVI) law aspects of its secondary public offering.
For the first time, capital rules will apply through a single piece of legislation to all EU banks and investment firms.
Catalogue of investment projects subject to government verifications overhauls Chinese outbound investment regulatory regime download
The State Council promulgated on 2 December 2013 the Catalogue of Investment Projects Subject to Governmental Verifications (2013).
Five US federal agencies have issued final rules to implement section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Volcker rule).
Conyers has provided Bermuda law advice to Aircastle in connection with a joint venture to invest in leased aircraft with an affiliate of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
Addleshaw Goddard is increasing its capability in Hong Kong following the appointment of a third partner in its associated local law firm.
This autumn, the people of Australia elected a new federal government, presenting a number of potential opportunities for investor-state arbitration in Australia.
DLA Piper has advised Europe Virgin Fund, a private equity fund sponsored by Dragon Capital, on the acquisition of the majority stake in Portmone.com.
The treasurer has announced his conditional approval of a $7.5bn foreign investment application from State Grid Corporation of China.
Dacheng chairman Peng Xuefeg recently embarked upon a speaking tour of Europe, which took in a range of nations including Spain, Portugal and Romania.
The energy reform proposed by Mexico’s Peña Nieto administration has been approved by the Mexican Congress and by a majority of the Mexican state legislatures.
Mills & Reeve has advised on a deal designed mainly to fund capital investment programmes at 18 Cambridge colleges.
Attorney and deputy beware download
What are the duties of an attorney under a property and affairs LPA and a deputy under a deputyship order when it comes to the investment and management of money?
In accordance with its usual practice, ASIC has now reported on the findings of its latest review of financial reports.
Pensions Update — December 2013 download
Nabarro has published its Pensions Update for December 2013. The publication covers the Autumn Statement, same-sex marriage, lifetime allowance and more.
Cayman Islands boutiques Travers Thorp Alberga and Paget-Brown are merging in early 2014, just a year after the former enticed ex-Maples and Calder managing partner Anthony Travers back to practice.
Arendt & Medernach has released its Luxembourg legal update for December 2013.
InVest — December 2013 download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the December 2013 issue of InVest, a round-up of developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds.
Mills & Reeve has merged with George Davies Solicitors, increasing its national insolvency and recovery team by 50 per cent.
Mills & Reeve, alongside a number of other law firms, has advised GB Group on the financing of its new hotel development at Portland Crescent.
Kabbani and Bruton of Eversheds have commented following news that the Gulf Cooperation Council has seen record growth in the number of industrial companies and workers.
On 4 December 2013, the government published the latest version of the National Infrastructure Plan, which was referred to by the chancellor in his Autumn Statement the following day.
The Volcker Rule — an overview download
Federal banking agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have adopted final regulations to implement section 13 of the ‘Volcker Rule’.
DLA Piper has released the latest version (Volume 2, No. 22) of The Financial Report.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Haier Electronics on a strategic investment agreement with Alibaba Group.
Minter Ellison has worked with Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) on the establishment of the Indigenous Real-Estate Investment Trust.
The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has produced the Statement of Guidance on Corporate Governance for Mutual Funds.
Australia treasurer Joe Hockey has announced the removal of foreign investment conditions placed on Yanzhou in relation to its holding in Yancoal.
Cross-border investment and M&A between China and Europe in the clean energy sector was quiet in 2013.
Federal regulators have voted to approve the ‘Volcker Rule’, more than two years after the rule’s proposal in 2011.
The Academies Capital Maintenance Fund is available for academies to improve the condition of their school buildings and expand their facilities.
Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham are set to merge, forming a new firm — Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co — from 1 May 2014.
DLA Piper has advised BTG Pactual as arranger and placement agent of a $132.8m project bond offering by Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the November 2013 edition of InVest. This section focuses on investment and funds.
On 29 November, the US and the Cayman Islands signed a ‘Model 1’ intergovernmental agreement on FATCA.
The Tribunal has upheld the FCA’s decision to fine Westwood Independent Financial Planners £100,000 for communications and suitability failings.
Autumn Statement 2013 download
Following the release of the Autumn Statement, Taylor Wessing has summarised some of the main announcements.
Legal treatment of matters related to securing debts (in the old terminology, ‘securing obligations’) will be significantly changed by the new Czech Civil Code effective from 1 January 2014.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced that its new $43.7m next-generation market surveillance system has become operational.
Emma Edhem, barrister at No5 Chambers, has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and The Economist on matters of bilateral trade and investment between Turkey and the UK.
No5 Chambers’ Emma Edhem has received an award from Eduplus in Turkey for leadership in her field.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has announced that Christopher Page has relocated to the firm’s Singapore office to further support the expansion of its practice in Asia.
The FCA has updated its webpage on the AIFMD to clarify how AIFMs can comply in a proportionate way with the AIFMD’s Article 15(1).
How to avoid the bonus cap — FCA update for investment firms that may qualify to remain under BIRPU rules from 1 January 2014 download
The FCA has published a webpage for investment firms that may qualify to remain under BIRPU rules from 1 January 2014.
The FCA has published a Consultation Paper (CP13/17) on the use of dealing commission rules for investment managers.
The FCA has published a report summarising its thematic work on outsourcing in the asset management industry.
The FCA’s chief executive recently gave a speech that focused on conduct and ethics within firms.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been named among the leading law firms in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.
Choosing the domicile of an investment fund is not an easy task. A fund promoter has to consider the available vehicles, investment strategies and the reputation of the domicile.
ASIC has released its updated Information Sheet 155, ‘Complying with requirements for superannuation products and simple managed investment schemes’.
The federal government has released a discussion paper seeking feedback on measures to improve super fund governance.
The AIFMD is the outcome of a G20 consensus for closer regulatory oversight of systemic risks emanating from certain players and activiries in the alternative investment funds sector.
ASIC is proposing to update and broaden its current employee share scheme class-order relief and regulatory guidance in response to developments in market practice and the need for clarity.
This guide provides readers with an overview of Australia’s business rules, from foreign investment guidelines to taxation, consumer protection, intellectual property and the employment law system.
DLA Piper is set to expand its German corporate practice with partners Dr Jan Schinköth and Dominik Stühler.
Binder Grösswang has appointed Maurizia Anderle-Hauke as an attorney at law. She specialises in the fields of banking and capital markets law.
The Commercial Court has ruled on a number of key legal issues concerning the duties owed by Lloyd’s brokers to remit funds promptly to clients and reinsurers.
Who’s Who Legal’s website recommends 13 lawyers from Ogier in Guernsey and Jersey, which is reportedly more than any other Channel Islands law firm.
Ogier in Cayman has announced that US fund managers participating in the 2013 Hedge Funds Review Service Provider Rankings have ranked as Ogier number one.
Eversheds has commented on the announcement that China and the European Union will begin talks on a landmark treaty aimed at boosting investment.
Partner Jeffrey Greenbaum says the PRIPs hearings have been a step forward in creating a more level playing field among investment products.
Ogier has been named Best Offshore Law Firm of the Year at the AsianInvestor 2013 Service Provider Awards.
While the majority of the Stronger Super reforms have now commenced, a number of changes are due to come into effect at the end of 2013.
The Great Hural, Mongolia’s Parliament, has ratified a new investment law, already in effect since 1 November, that dramatically alters the investment landscape in Mongolia.
KWM has advised Pacific Asset Management Co (PAMC) on setting up an asset-backed scheme for a special funding project through raising insurance funds.
DLA Piper has represented northern Virginia-based CustomInk, an online T-shirt company, in a $40m (£25m) investment by private equity fund Revolution Growth.
Jersey Court of Appeal confirms rights of non-trustee fiduciaries to an indemnity out of the trust fund download
On appeal from the Royal Court, the Jersey Court of Appeal held that a fiduciary in relation to a trust had an identical right of indemnity in equity out of the trust fund as a trustee.
KPMG has welcomed the International Accounting Standards Board’s new general hedge accounting standard — IFRS 9 Financial Instruments (2013).
In the third update of 2013, Wragge & Co’s private equity specialists comment on key issues and recent developments affecting the sector.
Conyers Dill & Pearman is co-sponsoring the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s upcoming seminar, The Pros and Cons of Offshore Centres.
Guy Flynn, chair of DLA Piper’s Maryland real-estate practice, has been honoured with a 2013 Leadership in Law award by The Daily Record.
Should your company reach out to Silicon Valley? If so, what do you need to know?
Boutique funds firm MJ Hudson has added to its team with the hire of a duo of senior lawyers, including legacy SJ Berwin partner Graham Nicholson.
A review of the demand-driven funding system for higher education has been announced by the minister for education.
The federal government has announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the funding of public infrastructure.
Nabarro’s annual legal seminar highlighted new legal topics affecting the funds and real-estate sectors. This is part two of a two-part series dealing with the topics covered in the seminar.
On 7 November, the Luxembourg VAT authorities published a circular on the VAT treatment applicable to risk management for investment funds.
On 5 October 2013, the government of Ecuador announced that it has established a commission to audit the majority of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) to which it is party.
Allen & Overy will be presenting a client seminar on 10 December called ‘Contracting with foreign states or state-owned entities: what are the risks and how can they be managed?’
Welcome to Taylor Wessing’s analysis of clean energy investment activity in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13).
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has secured a place on the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of China’s inaugural legal panel.
KPMG Capital is an investment fund created to accelerate innovation in data and analytics that will help clients of member firms unlock tangible value of their big data.
Following the entry into force of some risk mitigation techniques, the second obligation under EMIR, i.e the reporting obligation, will start in February 2014.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised the first Class A-exempt fund to be registered in Bermuda under the new funds regime.
Eversheds has advised Eagle Ride Investments on the HKD270m public takeover bid for shares of Radford Capital Investment.
Argentina has agreed a settlement relating to five investment treaty arbitration awards, made between 2005 and 2008, pursuant to which it was ordered to pay a total of over $450m.
Winners of the British Fashion Council award will receive business and mentoring advice from DLA Piper.
Ogier has been promoted to a top-tier firm in Guernsey and continues to hold top slots in Jersey in the Chambers UK 2014 rankings.
The Luxembourg Supervisory Authority for the Financial Sector has clarified its position in relation to the definition of ‘securitisation special-purpose entities’.
The Directive aims to introduce a harmonised regulatory framework across the EU for EU-established managers of alternative investment funds.
FCA tackles crowdfunding download
In publishing CP13/131, the FCA sets out a proposal for the regulation of crowdfunding, covering both peer-to-peer lending and investment-based crowdfunding platforms.
A briefing on the changes to Ogier’s annual billing cycle and the changes its customers will notice on their annual invoices, the potential impact of FATCA and the work which they have done to date to prepare to assist you with its introduction next year.
AIFM toolbox — October 2013 download
The AlFM toolbox aims to provide reader-friendly access to the EU legislation relating to the AIFMD Level 1 measures as well as the AIFMR Level 2 measures.
Karanovic & Nikolic’s Dejan Nikolic and Patricia Gannon presented investment opportunities in Serbia at an in-house business breakfast yesterday.
A High Court decision gives some useful guidance about the extent of a facility agent’s duties and a warning of the potential risks if a facility agent acts outside the scope of those duties.
Pillsbury has been recognised for the second time as the Best Onshore Law Firm — Hedge Fund Start-Ups at the 2013 HFMWeek US Hedge Fund Service Awards.
DLA Piper has advised the shareholders of R Griggs Group, the parent company and licensee of the Dr Martens brand, on its disposal of Griggs to an investment vehicle.
Ogier Fund Services has been highly commended in the 2013 Fund Services Awards for the category of Best Specialist Fund Service Solution.
Offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes was named Best Offshore Law Firm — Client Service at HFMWeek’s US Hedge Funds Services Awards in New York on 17 October.
Ogier has released the latest version of its Funds Legal and Regulatory Update, which focuses on the AIFMD among other topics.
The OFT is keen to understand how reform has affected the competitive landscape of the higher-education sector.
The Cayman Islands Stock Exchange (CSX) is a leading offshore exchange for the listing of specialist debt securities, Eurobonds and insurance- and risk-related securities.
ESMA guidelines introduce new standards for alternative investment managers, some of whom are not currently subject to any remuneration requirements.
Hogan Lovells has advised the general partner of Trophy Property Development on a restructuring of the fund’s underlying real-estate assets in China and its internal management.
Linklaters has moved quickly to replace private equity partners Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw by relocating Stockholm-based corporate partner Roger Johnson to London and appointing corporate partner Nick Rees as head of the group.
Hedge fund managers making significant investments to comply with global regulatory changes: industry survey download
A global survey of hedge fund managers reveals that they are making significant investments in their firms’ infrastructure to comply with new regulatory requirements.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released class order relief for AQUA market exchange traded funds.
Nabarro’s annual legal seminar highlighted new legal topics affecting the funds and real-estate sectors. This is part one of a two-part series dealing with the topics covered in the seminar.
The recent case of Torre Asset Funding v RBS reiterates that the contract is king, especially in the context of complex structured asset finance facilities.
King & Wood Mallesons has assisted Wolong Electric Group Co in its major assets restructuring and thereby materialised the securitisation of overseas assets on the A-share market.
The next two days in Congress will be characterised by fast-moving developments on the government shutdown/debt ceiling issues.
Taylor Wessing has announced the hire of Matthew Jones to its construction and engineering group.
Stephen Kitts of Eversheds has commented on the UK’s preparations to cement stronger trade and investment relations with China.
The International Financial Law Review 2014 edition has promoted Ogier to a top-tier firm for its investment fund and corporate and finance practices in Guernsey.
The DoE has not issued a schedule indicating when funding will run out, but it seems clear that some programmes have far more limited ‘carryover’ funding than others.
Hedge fund definition download
The new ‘hedge fund’ definition as set out in ASIC’s Class Order 12/749 (as amended from 3 October 2013) is set out in this briefing.
Ogier in Guernsey has advised on the launch of a new investment vehicle, DP Aircraft I, which has raised $113m through a placing.
Mourant Ozannes has acted as Guernsey legal adviser on the launch of Chenavari Capital Solutions.
Mourant Ozannes has maintained its position with top-tier rankings in the latest IFLR1000 rankings.
Stephenson Harwood has been appointed to two of the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF’s) new legal panels.
Ports Botany and Kembla — a case study in optimising price and risk outcomes in a competitive sale process download
Much has been written about the NSW government’s stunning result from its 99-year lease of Port Botany and Port Kembla earlier this year.
NCTM has acted as a legal adviser to GCI in the transfer of 15 real-estate assets, valued at €635m, to an investment fund managed by Morgan Stanley SGR.
Bermuda’s Investment Funds Act 2006 has been amended in a move to enhance Bermuda’s offering of investment fund products.
Following its May consultation on the AIFMD reporting guidelines on 1 October, ESMA published its final report on the same containing the procedure on reporting obligations.
The federal government shutdown, now in its fourth day, appears likely to continue a while longer as the list of issues under discussion becomes longer and more complex.
Minter Ellison’s funds management team is experienced in establishing and advising funds management clients across a range of asset and industry sectors.
Karanovic & Nikolic managing partner Patricia Gannon attended the World Business Forum in New York this week.
Arendt & Medernach has announced the appointment of 11 new senior associates with effect from 1 July 2013.
With the re-launch of the franchising system and a return to shorter franchises, the spotlight returns to how operators and investors can be incentivised to invest on a long- term basis
DLA Piper partner Victoria Lee has been named by The Recorder on its list of ‘Women Leaders in Tech Law’.
London, some say, is a first-rate city trapped in a second-rate country, and its massive real-estate investment inflows are seen as the new (and long-term) ‘normal’.
With the changing political, social and regulatory environment in Myanmar, Chinese investors must consider new strategies to ensure the long-term success of their investments.
The CISX commenced operations on 27 October 1998 with the intention of providing recognised facilities for the listing and trading of a broad range of debt securities.
Ogier has improved its Guernsey rankings and maintained top positions in Jersey in Legal 500 2013.
Funds placement and secondaries advisory business Campbell Lutyens has appointed Clifford Chance associate Michael Lampshire to its in-house team as regulation hits the industry.
This note gives a very broad overview of some of the matters that Asian-based managers should be aware of when structuring the boards of their offshore fund entities.
Instigating innovation: fund management entrepreneurs can take long-term opportunities from theory to reality download
The investment industry has proved adept at seizing opportunities and developing new products. In other ways, though, the industry has been overly conservative.
Richard Clayton QC from Kings Chambers has been instructed to intervene in Kennedy v Charity Commission.
Shoosmiths has advised Octopus Investments on its further funding of Calastone, the independent cross-border transaction network for the global funds industry.
DLA Piper advised a consortium of banks under the leadership of UniCredit Bank Austria on the funding of a hydroelectric power station in the Tyrolean valley Stanzertal.
DLA Piper has appointed James O’Donnell as a partner in the investment funds team in London.
Hogan Lovells has announced that Cameron Cosby has joined the firm as a partner in its tax practice.
It is important for foreign investors to consider the impact of the new Coalition government’s Foreign Investment Policy on their business.
The DFSA and the ESCA have each entered into 26 supervisory co-operation agreements with EU and European Economic Area securities regulators.
There’s good news and more clarity for pension funds reviewing their derivatives investment strategy in the light of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation.
This briefing from Mourant Ozannes about AIFMD contains case studies regarding the Channel Islands.
This briefing from Mourant Ozannes about AIFMD contains case studies regarding the Cayman Islands and New York.
The AIFMD is a framework to govern the alternative asset management industry in the European Economic Area.
Asset management boutique MJ Hudson and Jersey firm VerrasLaw have agreed to merge, in a bid to become a global alternative asset law firm.
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive will have a major impact on the asset management sector.
Ogier Fund Services has been shortlisted for the Unquote British Private Equity Fund Advisory Administration award.
Hogan Lovells has announced that Gérard Neiens will join its new Luxembourg office as a tax partner.
The UK Privy Council, the highest court for the BVI, has agreed to hear a further appeal that will provide final determination concerning the validity of the Sentry redemptions.
ESMA has published an opinion on the AIFMD rules covering late transposition.
The Royal Court of Jersey has delivered a very significant judgment concerning certain of the provisions in the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998.
Walkers has picked up a partner from Maples and Calder in a boost for its Cayman islands investment funds team.
It remains to be seen whether proposed changes to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) compensation regime will lead to increased PPF levies.
Hogan Lovells’ third annual Wii Bowling Championship, which took place on 8 August, raised more than $40,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
Update on disclosure reforms download
Here we provide a brief update on disclosure reforms relating to hedge funds and other retail-structured products that are deemed to be complex.
The Full Federal Court has unanimously upheld ASIC’s appeal against the approval of the settlement of the Storm Financial class action against Macquarie.
The alternative investment fund managers directive has arrived and co-operation agreements shaken hands on. Now comes tricky implementation
As publicly funded bodies, both academy trusts and governing bodies of maintained schools will need to comply with the provisions of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the first federal appellate court to hold that a private equity (PE) fund can be a ‘trade or business’.
The now iconic song of 1969 aptly describes the insurance regulatory activity we are seeing in the summer of 2013.
Start-up fund managers in the UK download
Any person who carries on a regulated activity in the UK by way of business must be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority or be exempt.
DLA Piper has welcomed the recently introduced Direct Investment Promotion Law in the State of Kuwait (Decree Law No. 116 for 2013).
Speechly Bircham has hired SJ Berwin consultant Victoria Younghusband, who joined as a partner in the firm’s financial services and funds team on 1 August.
Nabarro has advised wealth and investment manager Walker Crips on the creation of a regulated short-term lending fund.
Luxembourg legal update — July 2013 download
The July 2013 issue of Arendt & Medernach’s Luxembourg legal update is available now.
The case involved two groups (the Nortel group and the Lehman group) each of which contained occupational pension schemes with substantial funding deficits.
Curar Animal Therapeutics has secured investment of £265,000 to help fuel its growth. This investment was overseen by Sintons and RMT Accountants and Business Advisors.
Such dispute resolution mechanisms provide investors with protection against adverse host government action
Closed-end funds that satisfy prescribed criteria are now classified as collective investment schemes.
Changing the balance of protection for non-professional investors — the SFC’s proposals with regard to client agreements download
In October 2012, the SFC published a report that considered the appropriateness of the use of so-called ‘exclusion’ clauses in client investment agreements.
Luxembourg’s financial regulator has published practical guidance for alternative fund managers becoming registered or authorised under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.
On 27 June, governor Jerry Brown signed SB 73 into law as part of the state budget package. The bill established a Clean Energy Job Creation Fund.
AIFMD update — Cayman Islands download
The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has entered into co-operation arrangements with the securities regulators of 25 European countries.
AIFMD update — Bermuda download
The Bermuda Monetary Authority has entered into co-operation arrangements with securities regulators from 26 EU member states.
Lord Justices Beatson, Rimer and Floyd have made a unanimous decision that is important for all individuals whose assets are subject to a freezing order.
The government is making available £20m of funding for ‘innovative and ambitious’ Green Deal projects put forward by local authorities.
Jurisdiction Update — Issue 4 download
Conyers Dill & Pearman has released the fourth issue of its Jurisdiction Update, covering Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius.
Hogan Lovells has advised Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure SICAV on its successful placing, open offer and offer for subscription raising £85m.
In an unusual move, the High Court recently wound up a credit union on its own motion.
The date 22 July 2013 is important for AIFMs that fall below one of the de minimis exemptions of the AIFMD.
Consent payment or solicitation payments have become a relatively common way in which debtors undergoing a restructuring can incentivise bondholders to vote in favour of the restructuring.
Hogan Lovells will be opening an office in Luxembourg on 1 August as part of its strategy to continue to grow its funds and tax practices.
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is now law in the UK.
On 10 July 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the long-awaited amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933.
The second issue of King & Wood Mallesons’ KWM Connect publication is available now.
The AIFMD is due to come into force on 22 July 2013 and introduce new requirements for marketing funds to investors in the EU.
On 11 May 2013, SAFE released the Provisions on Foreign Exchange Administration of Inbound Direct Investment by Foreign Investors.
Luxembourg newsflash — 19 July 2013 download
The CSSF requires any person established in Luxembourg that potentially qualifies as an AIFM to perform a self-assessment as to whether it (i) qualifies as an AIFM and (ii) is subject to authorisation or registration requirements.
Maree Martin has relocated to Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Singapore office to further support its Cayman Islands legal practice.
Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised AIM-quoted Avacta Group on its equity placing to raise £4.7m.
Ogier has published a list of continuing obligations faced by private and professional investment funds in the British Virgin Islands.
The government of India has announced measures to encourage investment by liberalising foreign direct investment norms.
The question of how investors make their investment decisions has been at the forefront of the regulator’s attention for a number of years.
For the purpose of the 12 July 2013 law on alternative investment fund managers, numerous definitions apply.
The law of 12 July 2013 on alternative investment funds implements in Luxembourg the provisions of the Directive 2011/61/EU of 8 June 2011 on alternative investment fund managers.
European legislation is often opaque and poorly drafted and has unintended consequences. The AIFMD is a particular offender in this regard.
The purpose of this investment memorandum is to provide an overview of the investment vehicles that Luxembourg offers to (foreign) entrepreneurs and managers.
The legislation transposing the European Union’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive into Luxembourg law, approved by the grand duchy’s Chamber of Deputies last Wednesday 10 July, has come into force.
The Financial Services Commission of the BVI has entered into co-operation arrangements with the securities regulators of 25 European countries.
The European Securities and Markets Authority has approved co-operation arrangements between EU securities regulators.
Corporate lawyers at Walker Morris have advised the management team on its buy-out of Buoyant Holdings.
The Tax Authority recently audited the Turkish subsidiaries of several multinational pharmaceutical companies to review five years’ worth of their accounts.
On 10 July 2013, the SEC adopted a final rule lifting the ban on general solicitation and advertising for certain private offerings of securities.
The CFTC and the EC have announced a high-level joint understanding regarding the approach to the cross-border regulation of OTC derivatives.
AIFM Toolbox — July 2013 download
The AIFM toolbox aims to provide reader-friendly access to the EU legislation relating to AIFMD.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published on 24 May its final report on guidelines for key concepts under the AIFMD.
ESMA has consulted on the reporting regulations in the AIFM Directive.
The Luxembourg parliament has adopted the bill of law on alternative investment fund managers, which transposes the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) into Luxembourg law.
CSSF announces transitional measures for Luxembourg managers and funds under AIFM Directive download
The CSSF has published a series of FAQs to provide managers with greater clarity on the impact of AIFMD.
Authorisation requirements of Luxembourg investment advisers to Luxembourg funds (i.e. SIFs, UCITS, etc.) download
Advisers to collective investment funds are henceforth included in the scope of application of the 1993 financial services legislation and must hold an investment adviser authorisation issued by the Finance Ministry, the CSSF has announced, following the entry into force of the law of 21 December 2012.
The draft legislation transposing the European Union’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive into Luxembourg law was approved by the grand duchy’s Chamber of Deputies.
Allen & Overy has advised Social Ventures Australia on an AUD7m social benefit bond issuance for the funding of the UnitingCare Burnside Newpin Program.
Chevalier & Sciales has a strong expertise and an in-depth knowledge in the field of investment and asset management.
A&L Goodbody is strengthening its funds team with the hire of Maples and Calder partner Elaine Keane, who was previously an associate at the Irish firm.
Nabarro has released its Compliance Clarified publication for June 2013.
ASIC has released new Class Orders that apply to operators of IDPS and IDPS-like platforms.
MySuper regulations made download
On Friday last week, the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Measures) Regulation 2013 was made.
Class Action — Q2 2013 download
In this issue of Class Action King & Wood Mallesons reports on recent judgments and happenings of note in the class action space.
The State Council has issued the Opinions on Encouraging and Guiding the Healthy Development of Private Investment to promote private investment activities.
The FCA has published its final rules implementing the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).
Hogan Lovells has advised Powerhouse France, an investment vehicle organised and managed by TwentyTwo Real Estate, on the acquisition of Financière SELEC.
This briefing contains a round-up of the hot topics in the funds and real-estate sectors, including Nabarro’s practical comments for each.
The media has been shining a spotlight on SEC insider trading cases, but in recent years the SEC has brought nearly three times as many cases against investment advisers.
CEO Sleepout raises awareness of homeless services.
Clifford Chance has hired Latham & Watkins’ head of investment funds in the Middle East and Africa Kai Schneider for its Singapore office.
New Belgian Royal Decree exempts banking and investment services from general performance conditions for public procurement contracts download
The New Belgian Royal Decree exempts banking and investment services from general performance conditions for public procurement contracts.
Who are the top private equity lawyers rated by clients and lawyers, and what are the secrets of their mysterious art? The Lawyer can reveal all
At a recent conference, Josip Marohnic and Danijel Pribanic, Croatian attorneys in association with Karanovic & Nikolic, spoke about the legal implications of Croatia’s accession to the EU.
Luxembourg newsflash — CSSF publishes guidance on the implementation of AIFMD in Luxembourg download
On 18 June 2013 the CSSF published guidance on the implementation of the AIFMD in Luxembourg.
The CSSF issues FAQs on draft law on alternative investment fund managers.
Ogier’s investment funds team provides offshore legal advice on fund formation, structuring, regulation and advice to investment funds and managers.
The European parliament and council has approved a new proposed regulation for managers of European venture capital funds.
Video: roundtable discusses emerging markets, jurisdictions, structures, investor sentiment and the future for private equity video
Partners from The Lawyer Awards Funds Team of the Year shortlisted firms discuss key issues facing the sector.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued its second-ever whistleblower award. The award went to three anonymous individuals, each of whom will receive five per cent of the monetary sanctions ultimately collected in a case against hedge-fund manager Locust Offshore Management and its chief executive officer, Andrey Hicks, who allegedly defrauded investors of $2.7m (£1.7m), and who have been ordered to pay $7.5m in disgorgement and penalties.
Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate finance team in Manchester has advised 2ergo on its £3.1m placing of shares.
Representatives of The Lawyer Awards Funds Team of the Year shortlist gathered in London recently to debate the hottest topics in the sector
Hogan Lovells has been recommended by the Legal 500 US 2013 edition in 35 practice areas, including seven rankings in the Tier-1 category.
Winckworth Sherwood has strengthened its corporate and commercial team with the appointment of a partner and an associate.
Mourant Ozannes has been voted Best Offshore Law Firm at the Hedgeweek USA Awards 2013.
Shoosmiths’ Shaun McCabe has acted as part of a team of experts advising on NorthEdge Capital’s acquisition of a majority stake in Jigsaw24.
ASIC has finalised its amended regulatory guidance on the content requirements for registered managed investment schemes.
On 18 February 2013, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal released its judgment in Re FIA Leveraged Fund.
AIFMD update — Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands and Mauritius: approval of third country co-operation arrangements with ESMA download
The ESMA has approved co-operation arrangements between Bermuda, the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius and the securities regulators responsible for the supervision of AIFs.
Alternative fee agreements, funding and insurance: why they are risky to ignore.
It’s official. Third-party litigation funding will not infringe the laws against champerty and maintenance and will not be contrary to the Code of 1771.
This briefing describes how the Cayman Islands have prepared in order to enable Cayman AIFMs and AIFs to continue to market actively to professional investors in the EEA from 22 July 2013.
The BVI get ready for AIFMD download
This briefing describes how the BVI has prepared in order to enable BVI AIFMs and AIFs to continue to market actively to professional investors in the EEA from 22 July 2013.
Jersey gets ready for AIFMD download
This briefing describes how Jersey has prepared itself to enable Jersey AIFMs to continue to actively market to professional investors in the EEA beyond 22 July 2013.
Guernsey gets ready for AIFMD download
This briefing describes how Guernsey has prepared itself to enable Guernsey AIFMs to continue to actively market to professional investors in the EEA beyond 22 July 2013.
In these challenging times, with change around every corner, invoice financing offers a way for businesses to manage cash flow and free up working capital.
Nabarro has announced that eight associates have been promoted to the partnership.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Fawaz Elmalki has been recognised in the 2013 MENA Fund Manager Service Provider Power 30 list.
Chambers USA 2013 recognises Hogan Lovells’ practice areas and lawyers.
DLA Piper has received 177 individual lawyer and 64 practice rankings in the latest annual Chambers USA.
Simmons & Simmons is set to add a fourth partner to its low-cost Bristol base with the hire of Burges Salmon funds specialist Mahrie Webb.
Harneys has hired a pair of senior lawyers from Ogier to continue its expansion in the Cayman Islands.
Mills & Reeve has advised Sphere Fluidics on its recent £1.65m series A funding from a syndicate of investors.
This briefing deals with the regulation of late payment of commercial debts.
Conyers establishes insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund.
Shoosmiths comments on access to TSB fund.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has snared a key Clifford Chance funds senior associate with close ties to private equity houses Apax Partners and BC Partners.
Alternative investment funds: scope of implementation of the AIFM directive in national law download
The scope of the AIFM-D comprises the regulation of AIFM and the marketing of AIF within the EU to professional investors.
UAE: liability of banks and financial institutions for fund transfers when financial sanctions are involved download
International political and economic factors may result in sanctions against certain countries or entities that affect the transfer of funds across borders.
SFC test cases — such as SFC v Tiger Asia — have sought to use section 213 of the SFO as a third route of market misconduct enforcement.
AIFM toolbox — May 2013 download
The AIFM toolbox aims to provide reader-friendly access to the EU legislation relating to AIFMD.
Dacheng is at the cutting edge of two relatively new fields of law: private equity investment and investment funds.
Our team advises asset managers, investment funds and institutional investors on all legal, regulatory and tax aspects of the asset management industry.
Nabarro has considered the practical implications of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) on businesses.
On 18 February 2013, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal released its judgment in Re FIA Leveraged Fund. The judgment will be of interest to directors and managers of investment funds.
Draft MySuper regulations released download
The exposure draft Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Measures) Regulation 2013 sets out a number of proposed requirements.
Hogan Lovells has advised Mashreqbank and a syndicate of Islamic and conventional banks on an AED2bn Islamic and conventional facility made available to GEMS Education.
Mourant Ozannes has been named Best Offshore Law Firm at the HFM European Hedge Fund Services Awards.
Supreme Court holds proof of materiality not needed to certify securities fraud class action download
The Supreme Court has held that plaintiffs in a Rule 10b-5 securities fraud class action for damages need not prove materiality to obtain class certification.
US firms Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Proskauer Rose have advised on a duo of funds amassing close to £4bn that indicate the mixed success of private equity houses’ fundraising efforts.
Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised private equity firm NorthEdge Capital on its investment in Help-Link.
Barney Lee will be joining Mourant Ozannes as a partner in the Guernsey corporate practice.
Management services provided to a fund in which the assets of defined-benefit pension schemes are pooled for investment purposes are not exempt from VAT.
Will the Cyprus bailout be enough to end the island’s appeal as an offshore financial centre for Ukrainian businesses?
Conyers Dill & Pearman has released issue three of its Jurisdiction Update for 2013, covering Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. Topics include insurance developments in Bermuda, a new ‘approved manager’ regime in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands master funds and more.
Clifford Chance is hiring Ashurst’s French fund formation chief Xavier Comaills and a team of lawyers to lead the firm’s Paris private funds group.
Conyers is regularly involved in the largest, most innovative and complex corporate transactions involving companies in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius.
This briefing examines a number of issues that arise on the redemption of shares by an investor in a BVI investment fund that may lead to disputes between the investor, the fund and other investors.
Mishcon de Reya has beefed up its private equity practice with the hire of Dundas & Wilson partner duo Simon Sale and Nadim Meer.
Sponsored academies download
Underperforming schools are being asked to work with sponsors to provide vision and support.
School expansion projects in England download
The number of pupils in England is rising and there are high levels of demand for pupil places, which local authorities are struggling to meet.
An independent review published in April 2011 looked into the way that capital is spent on schools in England and recommended a complete overhaul of the system.
The Australian government has released the draft legislation for final ‘third’ element in the Investment Manager Regime (IMR) — being ‘IMR 3’ or the ‘full’ IMR.
On 19 March 2013, the FSA (now the FCA) published its second consultation paper on transposing the AIFMD into UK law (CP2).
The ‘Jackson reforms’ on civil costs and funding will become law on 1 April 2013, but much ambiguity remains around a number of key issues, according to Hogan Lovells.
The Cayman Islands Government confirmed on 25 March its continuing implementation of measures that will ensure that the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority will be ready for the implementation of AIFMD.
AIFMD: challenges and opportunities download
Emmanuelle Entringer and Bishr Shiblaq of Arendt & Medernach explain the impact of the AIFMD on fund managers in the Middle East and North Africa.
Taylor Wessing has set out a summary of some of the main announcements of the 2013 Budget.
DLA Piper has released a summary of all of the firm’s rankings and editorial commentary in Chambers Global 2013.
A new bill before Parliament would require trustees of superannuation funds to merge multiple superannuation accounts held by the same member.
Luxembourg legal update — March 2013 download
Arendt & Medernach has released its Luxembourg legal update for March 2013.
Luxembourg legal update, March 2013: AIFMD implementing measures — the delegated regulation download
The delegated regulation supplementing Directive 2011/61/EU.
Luxembourg legal update — March 2013: the ESMA guidelines on sound remuneration policies of AIFMs download
The ESMA guidelines on sound remuneration policies of AIFMs.
Regulation of Jersey fund offers download
The extent to which an offer document for a Jersey fund is regulated depends on the type of fund and how widely the offer document will be circulated.
This briefing considers the circumstances in which regulatory consent is required by a non-Jersey fund for the circulation of an offer document or other marketing activities in Jersey.
Servicing non-Jersey funds in Jersey download
In most cases, a Jersey entity that wishes to carry on fund services business in relation to a publicly offered non-Jersey fund will be able to do so entirely under its FS Law registration acting in accordance with the FSB Codes.
In 2008, the government introduced tax breaks for UK property funds. Now, five years on, we are seeing authorised investment funds being launched as property authorised investment funds.
The Cayman Islands is one of the world’s leading offshore jurisdictions for the establishment of investment funds.
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This paper explains the attractions of the Cayman Islands as a destination for hedge fund managers.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has released the March 2013 edition of its Cayman Islands AIFMD implementation update.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has released an implementation update focusing on AIFMD and Bermuda.
Paul Christopher, Hong Kong managing partner, talks to Asian Legal Business about increasing interests for private trusts in Asia.
Our investment funds practice area serves the whole investment management value chain. We offer comprehensive legal services for the structuring and formation of both regulated and unregulated investment funds.
Withers has appointed a partner from offshore firm Appleby to set up a pan-European investment funds practice.
Mourant Ozannes partner Alex Last is set to participate at the HFMWeek Asia Operational Leaders Summit in Macau on 26 February 2013.
Macfarlanes has continued to invest in its funds group with the hire of Akin Gump partner Simon Thomas
Goodwin Procter adds Travers Smith partner Paul Lyons to its growing London office.
The Curtis Investment Management group has been counselling investment managers and investors on a global scale for close to half a century. Our clients include domestic and international financial institutions, fund managers and their sponsors and principals.
Australian and offshore fund operators, investors and providers depend on King & Wood Mallesons’ full-service capability.
This month’s round-up of developments affecting banks, wealth managers, brokers and funds.
The regulatory regime in the Cayman Islands requires certain open-ended investment funds to register with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) as regulated mutual funds.
Guernsey Foundations download
The basic structure of a Guernsey foundation may feel very familiar to those accustomed to dealing with private foundations in other jurisdictions.
This briefing explains the attractions for international managers, sponsors and investors of the Cayman Islands as the jurisdiction in which to domicile a private equity fund.
Our funds and indirect real-estate team is acknowledged as a leader in the indirect sector.
Private equity house HgCapital has appointed former Clifford Chance senior associate Andrew Jessop as its general counsel in a move that sees former legal chief Alison Hampton move to a compliance role.
Mourant Ozannes has an international reputation in offshore investment funds.
The private equity funds market in London has been raided and invaded by US firms of late, so what has been the impact?
An overview of the legal and regulatory considerations when establishing an open-ended fund in Guernsey.
An overview of the legal and regulatory considerations when establishing a closed-ended fund in Guernsey.
The court has sought to establish the duties of directors of Cayman Islands open-ended funds.
The alternative investment funds industry is shortly to be subject to European authorisation and conduct of business requirements for the first time.
The Securities and Commodities Authority of the United Arab Emirates (ESCA) in July 2012 published regulations relating to investment funds that significantly increase the regulation of both foreign and local investment funds active in the United Arab Emirates.
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced on 23 January 2013 that it has been working closely with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) to provide for the mutual recognition of retail funds authorised in Mainland China and Hong Kong.
Wakala contracts are agency agreements that are widely used in Shari’ah compliant Islamic finance transactions.
Subscription credit facilities have become a popular form of financing for private equity and real estate funds.
The FSA published the first of two consultation papers yesterday, setting out how the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will be implemented in the UK.
The FSA published the first of two consultation papers on implementing the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). This briefing sets out more detail following our recent alert.
The wait is over. The European Commission published the implementing regulation (Regulation) for the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) on 19 December 2012.
Hot on the heels of the release of the FSA discussion paper on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) recently published a short discussion paper tackling some of the key issues on scope.
The FSA recently published a discussion paper setting out its provisional thoughts on how to implement the Alternative Investment Fund Managers’ Directive (AIFMD or the “Directive”) in the UK. Firms should now be taking steps to ensure they are “AIFMD-ready”.
Askan Denstaedt, the London-based general counsel for Europe at New York hedge fund GoldenTree Asset Management, has one of the broadest remits in the investment management field.
Almost three years ago Solomon Wifa made his mark in the legal community as he became the youngest-ever managing partner of O’Melveny & Myers in London at the age of 37.
A new year brings not only (the potential for keeping) New Year’s resolutions, but also a new set of obligations and undertakings for many investment advisers.
In a bizarre twist to the case of the money market fund that broke the buck, the investment adviser to the Reserve Primary Fund and its principals sued the fund’s independent trustees, laying the blame for the fund’s spectacular 2008 collapse squarely at their feet.
Chinese ruling changes landscape for value adjustment mechanisms in onshore private equity transactions download
The Supreme People’s Court of China rendered its final judgment on 7 November 2012, in the Haifu Investment Co., Ltd. v Gansu Shiheng Nonferrous Resources Recycle Company Limited.
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the Directive) aims to create a harmonised European regulatory framework for managers of alternative investment funds (AIF).
On 27 December 2012, the Spanish government approved Law 16/2012, which provides for long-awaited reform of the current legal and tax regime for Real Estate Investment Trusts.
In many respects, 2012 was another year of aggressive SEC enforcement. The SEC’s Division of Enforcement again logged a near record number of enforcement actions.
The elimination of the exemption from registration under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Advisers Act), for advisers with fewer than 15 clients resulted in the registration of approximately 1,500 additional investment advisory firms.
The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), an international organisation of securities regulators, recently published its Policy Recommendations for Money Market Funds.
On 19 December 2012, the European Commission published its proposed delegated regulation on exemptions, general operating conditions, depositaries, leverage, transparency and supervision under Directive 2011/61 on alternative investment fund managers.
In this issue: Unitranche in a time crunch; protect your valuable brands.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Hogan Lovells have taken the lead roles as global asset manager BlackRock merges its UK property fund with Deutsche Bank’s real estate fund group RREEF to form what the parties describe as the UK’s largest property unit trust.
Exemptions and no-action relief help funds navigate year-end CFTC registration requirements download
Changes to the US Commodity Exchange Act made by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 subjected a large number of fund sponsors, including sponsors of non-US funds with US investors, to the jurisdiction of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission for the first time.
For the past year, top officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have repeatedly identified the valuation of illiquid assets held by registered funds and private equity and hedge funds as one of the regulatory agency’s top five areas of enforcement focus. And, true to its word, the SEC has been actively pursuing such investigations.
This Commentary highlights some of the principal calendar and year-end reporting requirements for employee stock plans that US companies most commonly encounter when offering these programs to their employees in selected jurisdictions worldwide.
The UK Financial Services Authority publishes consultation paper on implementation of AIFMD download
On 14 November 2012, the UK Financial Services Authority published the first part of its long-awaited consultation paper ‘CP 12/32 Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive Part 1’.
The Financial Services Authority is shortly to embark on a thematic review of asset managers.
Since its launch in 2002, the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor program has been the principal means for foreign investors to invest directly in the securities markets of Mainland China.
Lawyers gathered in London last week to hear why Luxembourg offers such big potential for investors. In association with Wildgen
FSA-authorised asset managers required to attest compliance with conflicts of interest rules download
The FSA has issued a ‘Dear CEO’ Paper “Conflicts of interest between asset managers and their customers: Identifying and mitigating the risks”.
On 12 October 2012, in response to the recent AIJ scandal, the Financial Services Agency of Japan published a draft amendment to certain rules intended to revamp the regulation and supervision of discretionary advisory businesses.
Appleby has hired two funds partners from offshore rival Walkers, six months after Walkers lost a 10-lawyer funds team to Maples and Calder.
Simmons & Simmons has entered into an alliance with US firm Seward & Kissel to do hedge fund and asset management work.
An ASEAN funds passport? download
This briefing examines recent developments in Southeast Asia that may bring us closer to an ASEAN-centric approach to the distribution of funds in Asia.
The weeks leading up to the summer vacation saw a flurry of UCITS activity, including the publication of an ESMA report and guidelines on UCITS, the unofficial release of the draft UCITS V Directive and the publication of a consultation paper on UCITS VI.
SJ Berwin and US firm Paul Hastings have joined forces to lead private equity group Patron Capital through the closing of its latest fund.
California has adopted a new exemption from the state’s investment adviser registration requirements.
The European Commission and European Securities and Markets Authority recently published additional guidelines for Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities funds and launched further consultations on the UCITS regime.
The German Ministry of Finance on 20 July 2012 published the draft of a bill to implement the Directive 2011/61/EU on Alternative Investment Fund Managers into German law.
UAE investment funds regulations download
On 22 July 2012 the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority issued the much anticipated new UAE investment fund regulation.
There is less than a year to go before the alternative investment fund directive comes into force. Here are the salient points still to be discussed
Euro crisis: a UCITS perspective download
The economic uncertainties facing the Eurozone make it increasingly important for investment managers and investment fund boards of directors to anticipate and prepare for the impact of a ‘Euro event’, such as the exit of a country from the Eurozone.
O’Melveny & Myers and offshore firm Ogier have won roles advising private equity group Coller Capital on the closing of its $5.5bn (£3.5m) secondaries fund.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has boosted its corporate practice in London with a funds specialist from Nabarro.
Linklaters capital markets partner Brigid Rentoul has left the firm to join Winton Capital Management as legal chief amid a restructuring of the West End hedge fund manager’s in-house team.
Over the last decade, the UCITS (Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities) product has enjoyed tremendous success globally.
In February 2010 the National Assembly of Kuwait passed Law No. 7 of 2010 on Establishing a Capital Markets Authority and Regulating Securities Activities.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently entered into a settlement agreement with a European-based asset manager for an alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran.
The US Treasury Department recently issued proposed regulations interpreting sections of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) commonly referred to as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
Simmons & Simmons has hired DLA Piper’s head of investment funds in the UK as a partner in its financial services team.
This paper seeks to identify, as a matter of contingency planning, legal issues which might arise for asset managers as a result of a contraction or restructuring of the eurozone.
Maples and Calder has raided offshore rival Walkers for a 10-strong investment funds team that includes seven partners.
Ropes & Gray’s new funds team has received an early boost, with the firm snatching the role for Nordic Capital on its latest €4.3bn fundraising from White & Case mid-matter.
White & Case is set to lose a second member of its City funds practice, with global securitisation head Richard Reilly joining DLA Piper in the US.
Former Proskauer Rose funds partner William Yonge has joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius’s London office in the latest in a string of moves in the City funds market.
Weil Gotshal & Manges’ new City funds team has snatched a role for private equity giant BC Partners on its $8.6bn (£5.5bn) fundraising, one of the firm’s first major funds mandates since its four-partner raid on Clifford Chance last year.
Ropes & Gray is set to become the latest US firm to launch a London funds team with the hire of White & Case partner and practice head Matthew Judd.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has boosted its London funds group and English law capabilities with the hire of two financial services partners from Simmons & Simmons.
SJ Berwin is set to lose its grip on one of its biggest-billing clients following the defection of a two-partner funds team to Proskauer Rose.
Macfarlanes has made a significant addition to its funds practice with the hire of a nine-strong team from a West End hedge fund boutique.
Regulation from the EU is just one of several concerns for the funds industry, according to in-house and private practice lawyers
Offshore firm Harneys is relocating funds partner Jonathan Culshaw to its Hong Kong office as Asia continues to be a focal point for the sector.
In a case involving fair valuation of structured notes, the SEC signaled that when investment company fund boards delegate the responsibility to fair value portfolio securities, they must provide “meaningful substantive guidance” and continuously review the appropriateness of valuation methodologies.
SNR Denton has given its London financial services and funds team a boost with the addition of a hire from Dechert.
Offshore firm Walkers has appointed a new managing partner for its Hong Kong office while boosting its presence in the region with the relocation of its global funds head.
New rules concerning funds were the hottest topic at The Lawyer’s second Funds Summit. Joanne Harris reports
Eversheds is advising two property companies that have joined forces to create a £150m build-to-let fund aimed at giving institutional investors the chance to make large investments in the private rented sector.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has won the battle to hold on to star funds associate Stephen Fox after a secondment at private equity house Apax Partners threatened to stall his move from Clifford Chance to the US firm.
Edinburgh-headquartered asset manager Martin Currie has appointed Jeremy Hill to the newly created role of general counsel.
Weil Gotshal & Manges’ new City funds team may have to start life without star associate Stephen Fox if the Clifford Chance hire does not return from a secondment at Apax Partners.
SJ Berwin has made up four funds partners to plug the gap left following the exit of partners Nigel van Zyl and Oliver Rochman to Proskauer Rose.
Clifford Chance has moved to rebuild its depleted funds practice with a senior hire from Debevoise & Plimpton.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is launching a City funds practice with the hire of partner Stephen Sims from Macfarlanes.
Eversheds has advised the Amber Green Consortium on its appointment to manage the £100m London Energy Efficiency Fund (LEEF) on behalf of the Mayor’s London Green Fund (LGF).
Proskauer has continued its raid on SJ Berwin’s funds talent with the recruitment of six associates, who are set to join funds partners Nigel van Zyl and Oliver Rochman who defected to the US firm’s London office in July.
Dublin-based firm Dillon Eustace has expanded its Asian presence by opening a new office in Hong Kong.
Sovereign wealth funds’ investments are based not on politics but sound economic factors, say Dale Gabbert and Olivier s’Jacob
Fund arrangements are being forced to become more flexible as the investors start to call the shots, says Bridget Barker
Up-and-coming funds star Nigel van Zyl has quit SJ Berwin for the City firm’s former merger suitor Proskauer Rose, bringing fellow funds partner Oliver Rochman with him.
SNR Denton has appointed Robert Bostrom, formerly general counsel of scandal-rocked American corporation Freddie Mac, as the new co-head of its global financial institutions and funds sector.
Private client specialist Maitland has made a trio of lateral hires in London and Cape Town, including a partner from Withers.
Clifford Chance funds associates Stephen Fox and David Irvine have quit the firm to join Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
Norton Rose has hired SNR Denton’s financial institutions and funds co-head as part of an asset-based lending push.
Clifford Chance has upped the stakes in the highly charged situation surrounding the quadruple exit of its funds team by threatening to take action against some of the group for breach of fiduciary duty.
Clifford Chance will need a canny strategy to maintain its PE funds credentials, says Catrin Griffiths
Osborne Clarke has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) funds partner Tim Simmonds as a partner in its Bristol office.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has raided magic circle firm Clifford Chance for a four-partner funds team.
Welcome to this discussion paper, the first in a quarterly PwC Valuation Index series.
Pinsent Masons has boosted its partnership with the addition of a lawyer from SJ Berwin’s fund formation team.
Failed firm Halliwells owes creditors a total of around £200m, a letter from its joint administrators has revealed.
The UK has struggled to make its mark in the competitive world of Ucits funds. Stuart Martin argues the case for the jurisdiction
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have landed the lead mandates advising on Henderson’s purchase of fellow fund manager Gartmore.
Hogan Lovells and Mourant Ozannes have won roles on the largest London IPO of a Guernsey company this year.
Attendees at The Lawyer’s funds summit gear up for reshaped environment. By Joanne Harris
Fund lawyers from the in-house and private practice spheres are turning their attention to regulation as the investment industry undergoes a shift in focus.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has launched an investment funds practice in its London office with the hire of UBS in-house counsel Lucy Frew.
SJ Berwin’s Paris funds team has secured the lead role acting for BNP Paribas-backed Antin Infrastructure Partners (AIP) on the close of a e1.1bn (£0.95bn) fund.
Baker & McKenzie today opens its 68th office, launching a base in Luxembourg as it looks to capitalise on the expected boom in investment fund activity in the country.
Dechert has continued its European investment funds expansion with the capture of SJ Berwin’s head of German financial markets.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that hedge funds whose money was not properly ringfenced when Lehman Brothers went into administration will have access to client money deposited with the UK division of the bank, Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE).
Clifford Chance London head of private funds Jason Glover has left the firm to establish a UK funds practice at white shoe firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Former SJ Berwin private equity partner Matthew Hudson has launched his own practice with backing from private equity house Coller Capital.
SJ Berwin has moved to bulk up its infrastructure funds practice with the hire of Babcock & Brown general counsel Michelle Thomsen as partner.
The head of legal at Invesco Perpetual is leaving the fund management house to join Dechert’s fledgling Dublin office.
SJ Berwin has ramped up its merger talks with Proskauer Rose, with the two firms setting up a series of get-togethers between practice groups following a partnership meeting at the City firm last month.
SJ Berwin’s funds team has advised on its second closure this month with the launch of Wheb Ventures’ £105m Clean Technology Investment Fund.
After Orrick rejection, SJ Berwin targets global private equity via US tie-up
EU investment restrictions and tough regulations are only a matter of time.
SJ Berwin and Slaughter and May have landed mandates on the listing of the Fidelity China Special Situations investment trust, the new launch from veteran fund manager Anthony Bolton.
Protesters angry at Dechert’s representation of so-called vulture funds held a demonstration outside the firm’s City office yesterday.
Offshore firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune has hired an investment funds partner from local rival Maples and Calder, as the firm seeks a bigger market share in the Cayman Islands.
Offshore firm Ogier has won a mandate to advise on the launch of one of the first funds to focus on investing in companies with a high number of women in senior roles.
They’ve been blamed for the financial crisis, but hedge funds now face their biggest challenge. By Kit Chellel
McGrigors and Erskine Chambers have helped the Iraqi government recover millions of dollars tied up in a UK trust for nearly 20 years.
Norton Rose has boosted its investment funds team with a raid on DLA Piper, taking on partner Michael Newell.
The London office of Baker & McKenzie has advised on the establishment of a $100m (£68.35m) turnaround fund in Egypt.
Kirkland & Ellis and Maitland Chambers have secured a High Court ruling that has clarified the position for creditors of Financial Services Authority (FSA)-regulated companies that deal with client money.
Linklaters has seen off competition from Slaughter and May to advise platinum miner Aquarius on its $191m (£134.67m) fund-raising and all-share offer for rival Ridge Mining.
SJ Berwin has won a mandate from the Government to advise on the establishment of its Capital for Enterprise fund.