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Policies for streamlining operations of PSCs

On 18 July 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved policy framework for streamlining operations of production sharing contracts (PSCs) for increased domestic production of hydrocarbon resources (Policy). By way of background, the Government of India had awarded 28 exploration blocks (13 offshore and 15 onshore) to private companies between 1980. This was prior […]

Amendments to IBBI Regulations, 2016 – CIRP Regulations

By Ashwin Bishnoi, Shruti Singh, Charu Chitwan The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) notified the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018 (Amendment Regulations) on 4 July 2018 to amend the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016 (CIRP Regulations) for the third time this year. Primarily, the […]

Why Offshore for Fintech?

Fintech is changing the way banking and financial services businesses are operating at an incredible pace. There are many challenges and opportunities that face financial institutions, business, investors and start-ups. As with much new technology, the speed of change frequently outstrips the legal and regulatory landscape and fresh approaches are often required to adapt. With […]

Cayman Islands investment funds – Changes to the AML Regime

A number of significant changes to the anti-money laundering regime applicable to Cayman Islands investment funds were introduced towards the end of 2017. The key changes are: • Unregulated investment funds will be subject to the Anti- Money Laundering Regulations, 2017 (as amended, the “AML Regulations”) from 31 May 2018 • The Cayman Islands Monetary […]

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Pension trustees are facing increasing scrutiny over the potential conflicts created by their outside loyalties. But it is unrealistic to expect individual trustees to leave behind their other duties, roles and loyalties entirely while acting as trustees. In the modern world, conflicts cannot be avoided. They can, however, be managed. So long as trustees are […]

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City law firms could face a collective refurbishment bill estimated at £240m if expansion plans to take on an additional two million sq ft of office space over the next three years come to fruition. The office refurbishment and fit-out costs estimated at £240m leap further to £326m if rental costs are also taken into […]

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a full-scale review of its cherished all-equity partnership model, including the possibility of de-equitising partners. In what is a momentous U-turn, the magic circle firm’s senior management has confirmed that it is considering a wide range of changes to its partnership model, including the creation of fixed-share partners across the firm. The review […]

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