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Overseas companies and UK property – all change in 2021

By Maria Connolly At the end of July, the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill was published. The intention is that, from 2021, overseas entities wanting  to deal in certain UK property will have to register in the overseas entities register (OER). Why will overseas entities have to register?

Hackitt review: Response suggests further extension of the regime

By Adrian Mansbridge As outlined in our previous articles covering what lies ahead for high rise regulation and the proposed ban on flammable cladding the legislative programme to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review and to address broader concerns is already underway. However, as anticipated, political concerns have already led to these proposals being “beefed up”…

Use of behavioural biometrics brings privacy issues under GDPR

By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…

Supreme Court rules a ‘right to litigate’ cannot be assigned to a third party

By Rebecca MacCann What happens if you assign your right to litigate to a person or company that is unconnected to the event that creates the right to litigate? In the recent Supreme Court case of SPV Osus Ltd v­ HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited & Ors [2018] IESC 44, the Supreme Court held […]

Portugal: Fund management 2018

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Ricardo Seabra Moura and Carlos Filipe Couto How is fund management regulated in your jurisdiction? Which authorities have primary responsibility for regulating funds, fund managers and those marketing funds?

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Keir Starmer QC appointed DPP

Doughty Street Chambers’ joint head Keir Starmer QC has been appointed the next director of public prosecutions (DPP), the attorney general Baroness Scotland announced today (25 July). Starmer, who was called to the bar in 1987 and took silk in 2002, will take over from Sir Ken Macdonald QC, previously of Matrix Chambers, on 1 […]

Clifford Chance and Lovells close blueprint SIV restructuring

Clifford Chance and Lovells bagged lead roles on the restructuring of the distressed $6bn (£3bn) Cheyne Finance structured investment vehicle (SIV), as it was formerly known. The restructuring, which completed on 22 July, has been termed a “firesale” by commentators but could act as a blueprint for restructurings of other SIVs that are in similar […]

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Simpson, Weil, Cravath on KKR’s landmark dual listing

The world’s elite firms are jostling for position on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’s (KKR) landmark dual listing in Amsterdam and New York. A team from longstanding advisers Simpson Thacher & Bartlett led by partner Alan Klein is advising KKR on the listing, which is expected to raise between $15bn and $19bn and will see KKR merge […]

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