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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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Allen & Overy is advising one of its oldest clients on its final deal as lubricants company Burmah Castrol sells up to global giant BP Amoco. The firm has acted for Burmah Castrol since the 1960s, and corporate partner Richard Rowland has worked for it since taking partnership in 1974. BP Amoco has agreed to […]

Case of the week

‘The only thing this court case has proved beyond reasonable doubt is that UK libel law is a disgrace to democracy and a menace to a free press. We apologise for nothing. But we will not be appealing. Life is too short…’ So said LM editor Mick Hume after his magazine lost its case against […]

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SJ Berwin acted for Bristol & West Investments on its move from OFEX to the Alternative Investment Market. The firm also acted on a share placing to raise £1.4m. Seymour Pierce was the nominated adviser and broker for the transaction. SJ Berwin senior corporate finance partner Jonathan Metliss led a team of four on the […]

Scuffle of the week

The army v families of those shot on Bloody Sunday. Lawyers for the families said that they intended to investigate Guardian reports of an army memo at the time that said: ‘The minimum force necessary to achieve a restoration of law and order is to shoot selected ringleaders among the DVH [Derry’s Young Hooligans, as […]

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