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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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DLA scoops NTL patent case

DLA has been appointed to act on a forthcoming patent litigation case by telecoms giant NTL. The case is at a sensitive stage so NTL was unable to disclose details. It is the first time that NTL has instructed the firm to work on a major piece of patent litigation, although DLA has done a […]

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Business and the Human Rights Act 1998, by Michael Smyth, published by Jordans (ISBN 085308565) Think Human Rights Act 1998 and by now most of us are probably ready to emit a quiet groan. But for all the recent debate about the implementation of the act and, above all, the impact it will have in […]

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