New European regulation clarifies the status of extra-European bilateral investment treaties
On 12 December 2012, the European Union issued Regulation (EU) No. 1219/2012 (the Regulation) establishing transitional arrangements for bilateral investment treaties (BITs) between Member States and third countries. The Regulation, which entered into force on 9 January 2013, provides investors with some clarity regarding the status of BITs entered into by EU Member States and non-EU States following the Lisbon Treaty.
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Jurisdiction of the Hong Kong Courts re winding up and unfair prejudice petitions — offshore companies
Hong Kong law contains a number of provisions designed to protect the interests of minority shareholders, including the “unfair prejudice” remedies under section 168A of the Companies Ordinance and the Ordinance’s “just and equitable” winding-up provisions.
The EU’s banking union proposals, consolidating the European regulatory supervision of credit institutions
On 12 September 2012 the European Commission adopted legislative proposals, including a draft EU Regulation, to establish a single supervisory mechanism for banks which is to be led by the European Central Bank.
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Shearman & Sterling is making its presence felt in the City, squaring up to magic circle firms and looking to muscle in on key relationships. Private equity house Bridgepoint is one outfit that has had its head turned by the US firm.
Imagine you’re the general counsel of London-based private equity investor BC Partners. You’re sipping on your coffee, hashing out the details of your imminent £382m investment into UK-based business publishing company Mergermarket.