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Is a reduction in the remuneration of directors of companies in crisis mandatory?

This paper defends the obligation to reduce the remuneration of directors performing executive functions in the context of reorganisations aimed at ensuring corporate viability in a context of crisis. This obligation would derive from the principle of adequate remuneration and from the duties of care and loyalty of directors.

Currency of the future: A BVI perspective on litigating cryptocurrency

Philip Smith and Jason Kardachi (in their capacity as joint liquidators of Torque Group Holdings Limited) v Torque Group Holdings Limited (in liquidation) BVIHC (COM) 0031 OF 2021, highlights the first judgment in this jurisdiction concerning the legal status of cryptoassets in the British Virgin Islands.

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Travers pays out bonuses but partner drawings stay cut

Travers Smith has recommenced partner distributions and paid paid out all bonuses in full. In response to Covid-19, in April the firm deferred all partner distributions and paid only a portion of the employee bonuses in July to “monitor the trading over the summer and beyond.” Travers has now released the deferred partner distributions and the […]

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UK Litigation 50: The firms most (and least) likely to instruct female barristers

Travers Smith, Dentons and Kirkland & Ellis have emerged as the firms least likely to instruct female barristers on cases that reach judgment, according to The Lawyer’s latest research. The UK Litigation 50 investigated the instruction patterns of the top 50 disputes firms by revenue over the period July 2019-2020. Kirkland & Ellis instructed no […]

Black History Month: Mayer Brown’s Kwadwo Sarkodie

I am mixed race; my father is from Ghana and my mother is from the UK. I was born in the UK but grew up in Tanzania. I spent my formative years there and came to the UK aged 12 for secondary school and university, but regularly travelled to Tanzania over that period. I have […]

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