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Guernsey’s Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing revised

On 12 March 2019, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) published the final version of the revised Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing(the Handbook). The revisions to the rules and guidance in the Handbook, together with the revised legislation (the new Schedule 3 to the Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, […]

Activities requiring data protection impact assessment under Luxembourg law

By Anne-Gaëlle Delabye, Bertrand Géradin, Tara Kapur The Luxembourg National Data Protection Commission (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, CNPD) has published a list of processing operations which require a mandatory data protection impact assessment in accordance with article 35 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What is a data protection impact assessment […]

New property transfer tax law

By Branimir Rajšić As of 1 January 2019, a new Property Transfer Tax Law is applicable for the transfer of property in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, and the entire Sarajevo Canton (published in the Official Gazette of the Sarajevo Canton no. 28/18). The new law regulates tax issues on real estate transfers, as well […]

Contribution regulation for company managers

By Branimir Rajšić Under the new Contributions Act, mandatory insurance now covers management board members, executive directors and liquidators in companies, unless they have mandatory insurance on another basis. When appointed to those functions (even when not employed), they are obliged to pay contributions on a monthly basis. This obligation includes contributions for pension insurance […]

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SJ Berwin builds German team with WestAM hire…

SJ Berwin has bolstered its German practice with the appointment of the former head of legal and fund development at WestAM, the asset management division of WestLB Group. Henning Starke joins as a partner in the firm’s German financial services team, under the direction of Achim Pütz. Pütz said the appointment was in line with […]

Cooley Godward to spark expansion with New York and DC

Cooley Godward is in the early stages of plans to open in Washington DC and New York and is hoping that London and Continental Europe will follow. The West Coast technology-focused firm has slashed its partnership and the associate ranks following the dotcom crash and is now ready to grow again. “We’ve solidified ourselves and […]

Two’s a crowd

Larger firms suggest conflicts are getting out of hand. Which is why the courts are seeking a compromise between client confidentiality and the realities of business. By David Halpern The dispute between Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer this year raised fundamental questions about the role of solicitors in the 21st century. Are […]

Richards Butler hires insurance ace for London

Richards Butler has bolstered its insurance and reinsurance group with the lateral hire of Hill Dickinson partner Chris Zavos, who joins as a partner in London. Zavos has expertise in the marine and energy insurance sectors. At Hill Dickinson, Zavos advised underwriters on coverage issues in a broad range of hull, cargo, energy, yacht, construction […]

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