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Policies for streamlining operations of PSCs

On 18 July 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved policy framework for streamlining operations of production sharing contracts (PSCs) for increased domestic production of hydrocarbon resources (Policy). By way of background, the Government of India had awarded 28 exploration blocks (13 offshore and 15 onshore) to private companies between 1980. This was prior […]

Amendments to IBBI Regulations, 2016 – CIRP Regulations

By Ashwin Bishnoi, Shruti Singh, Charu Chitwan The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) notified the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018 (Amendment Regulations) on 4 July 2018 to amend the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016 (CIRP Regulations) for the third time this year. Primarily, the […]

Why Offshore for Fintech?

Fintech is changing the way banking and financial services businesses are operating at an incredible pace. There are many challenges and opportunities that face financial institutions, business, investors and start-ups. As with much new technology, the speed of change frequently outstrips the legal and regulatory landscape and fresh approaches are often required to adapt. With […]

Cayman Islands investment funds – Changes to the AML Regime

A number of significant changes to the anti-money laundering regime applicable to Cayman Islands investment funds were introduced towards the end of 2017. The key changes are: • Unregulated investment funds will be subject to the Anti- Money Laundering Regulations, 2017 (as amended, the “AML Regulations”) from 31 May 2018 • The Cayman Islands Monetary […]

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Client launches anti-Hogan ad campaign

There may be no place like home, but for Hogan & Hartson partner Ty Cobb a change of address uncorked a heap of trouble recently. The vitriol reached a peak last week when a former Hogan client, Denver-based General Steel, launched an extremely high-profile and ferocious advertising campaign lambasting the firm. The company put out […]

Fasken chosen to act on £25.2m Vestpa purchase

Albany Capital’s AIM-listed special purpose vehicle Vestpa has acquired Singaporean and Chinese food company Full Fortune Holdings for £25.2m in a reverse takeover structured by Anglo-Canadian firm Fasken Martineau Stringer Saul. Albany was advised by Fasken head of corporate June Paddock, while Stephenson Harwood partner Matthew Gorman acted for the target in Singapore. Nominated adviser […]

CC and Lovells navigate Egyptian law on Abraaj acquisition

Clifford Chance and Lovells played lead roles on a major refinancing in the Middle East and North Africa. Lovells, led by global head of Islamic finance Rahail Ali, advised Middle East private equity firm Abraaj Capital on its $424m (£205.85m) refinancing of Indo Egyptian Fertiliser Company (EFC). Earlier this year (11 June) The Lawyer reported […]

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