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Significant Beneficial Ownership: MCA Releases Amended Rules

On 8 February 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) released the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners) Amendment Rules, 2019 (New SBO Rules) to revise and amend the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners), 2018 (Old SBO Rules). The New SBO Rules have once again kick-started the process of requiring significant beneficial owners to start the reporting procedures. […]

Bermuda’s beneficial ownership registers and privacy: status update and further observations

Bermuda companies, limited liability companies and partnerships have until 30 April 2019 to update or verify beneficial ownership information under Bermuda’s ‘beneficial ownership legislation’. Bermuda’s central register of beneficial ownership information is held on the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) “Integra portal”, a secure online registration and filing system. Currently, under Bermuda law, the information on […]

Trusts vs. Foundations: What are the deciding factors?

Trusts have been around for a long time. Their use in the context of succession and wealth planning as well as philanthropy is well established. Foundations, on the other hand, are relatively new (certainly to common law jurisdictions such as Jersey) and as a result there are fewer of them. However, they are being increasingly […]

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Dickinson Dees associate Deborah Kirtley (right) advised Barclays on its funding and development of the £42m redevelopment of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. Andrew Price, Newcastle United’s director of legal affairs and Bruce Bentley of Dibb Lupton Alsop acted for the club.

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Mark Kingston and Huw Witty of Nabarro Nathanson acted for DGI, the management company of Deutsche Bank’s Open Ended Property Fund on the sale of its leasehold interest in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development headquarters at 1 Exchange Square, Bishopsgate, for over £200m. The purchaser, British Land was advised by Stephen Wilson of […]

In brief: PI motorbike specialist joins Manchester firm

Personal injury lawyer Philip Shuker has joined five-partner Manchester firm Cottrill Stone Lawless. Shuker (pictured immediate right with new fellow PI partners Ian Lawless – seated – and Philip Mogg – far right) is a specialist in motorbike accident claims. He set up his own practice in 1994 after leaving Furness Evans Oates.

In brief: Mears attacks Government child support plans

Former Law Society president Martin Mears has launched a strong attack on the Government’s Green Paper on child support, “Children First”, in a paper published by a newly formed group of lawyers called Jurisconsultus. He described the plans as “fundamentally flawed”.

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