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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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There have been reports recently that City banks and financial institutions are illegally employing thousands of working holidaymakers from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. With the current shortage of solicitors in some disciplines, there are concerns that law firms may be doing the same thing. Working holidaymakers are Commonwealth citizens between the ages of […]

Law Society council says yes to MDPs

Multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) have been given the green light by the Law Society – but it could be years before they are introduced. A Law Society spokesman says: “There’s a lot of complicated issues that need to be worked through. It’s not a simple little thing that will be done and dusted in a couple […]

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Jilted brides finally find their match

The legal world awoke last Tuesday to news of the merger of Wilde Sapte and Denton Hall. It was surprised, but perhaps not shocked. As Laurence Harris, assistant chief executive of DJ Freeman, says: “This particular merger has been kept well secret, but the idea of a merger of these firms seems somehow predictable.” Wilde […]

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