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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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The approach to UCIs in Luxembourg is undergoing a radical rethink. Jacques Elvinger and Frédérique Lifrange report The law of 19 July 1991 concerning undertakings for collective investment (UCIs) was established to allow the formation of UCIs in Luxembourg. As with similar vehicles in other countries, in particular the Spezialfonds under German law, the securities […]

Harbottles suffers as Olswang lures corporate star

Olswang has raided Harbottle & Lewis‘s corporate team, snaring the firm’s corporate finance head Mark Bertram. The move will be a particular blow to the West End firm. Bertram is one of the main points of contact for Harbottles in its relationship with key client Chrysalis and led the team on the sale of Air […]

French duo opens doors on TMT boutique

A pair of French lawyers has launched a new technology, media and telecommunications boutique. Olivier de Baecque, formerly a lawyer at Salans and Veil Jourde, and film and television specialist Sophie Borowsky launched Borowsky & De Baecque last month (October). Borowsky described her expertise as complementary to de Baecque’s focus on advising fashion designers, artists, […]

Lovells mourns disappointing six months

Lovells has had a disappointing start to 2006-07, reporting a modest four per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the financial year. Revenue at the top ten City firm inched up to approximately £205m. However, Lovells’ London office posted flat half-year results for the first half of the financial year. Lovells […]

Simmons on target for £500k PEP

Simmons & Simmons is on course to break through the £500,000 average profits per equity partner barrier after a positive first six months of the current financial year. The firm has posted half-year results of £123m, a rise of 14 per cent from 2005. The increase is slightly less than Simmons’ full-year growth at the […]

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