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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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All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux Bird & Bird has appointed Marcus Huisman as a partner in its office in The Hague. Huisman joins from Houthoff Buruma, where he was a partner in the firm’s employment practice. He advises on all aspects of domestic and international […]

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By Katharina Reuer A recent German case from December 2012 — ‘MOST-Pralinen’, concerning keyword advertising — shows the significant margin of appreciation national courts have to apply to European Court of Justice (CJEU) case law.  In the MOST-Pralinen case, the defendant bid on the generic keyword ‘Pralinen’ using Google’s ‘broad match’ function. This function then added […]

Allen & Overy advises IC Hotels UK Pension Trust Ltd on bulk annuity policy purchase

Allen & Overy has advised the trustees of Intercontinental Hotels Group’s pension scheme on its purchase of a £440m bulk annuity policy with Rothesay Life. The bulk annuity policy insures the defined-benefit benefits of the pension scheme. Däna Burstow, pensions partner at Allen & Overy, worked on the deal with support from senior associate Jane […]

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