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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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Simmons prepares Korean link

Simmons & Simmons is laying the groundwork for a possible merger with its South Korea referral firm Shin & Kim. The Korean authorities presently forbid foreign lawyers to practise domestic law or even to establish a rep office, but the rules are expected to change this year. Simmons and Shin & Kim already have a […]

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Belgium-based KBC Bank undertakes a £219m recommended bid for UK stockbroker Peel Hunt. KBC Bank represented by CMS Cameron McKenna (Nick Paul). Peel Hunt advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Steven Turnbull).

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Akin Gump merger partner loses top insurance team

A team of nearly 30 lawyers is leaving a Los Angeles firm that is merging with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to join Howrey Simon Arnold & White. A third of the lawyers from Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey will join Howrey’s California offices. The firm claims that the moves make it the […]

Beazer slashes UK property legal panel

Construction company Beazer Homes is cutting its property legal panel by more than half as it reaches the final stages of its proposed merger with Bryant. At present the company uses six external firms, including Davies Arnold Cooper, Ward Hadaway, Hammond Suddards Edge and Eversheds, throughout its regions, which are broken down into the North, […]

Insolvency practices prepare for the worst

CC Raids Lovells workout team; Dechert launches insolvency practice; Herbert Smith group splinters UK law firms are rushing to shore up their insolvency and restructuring practices as economists predict a slowdown. Clifford Chance is taking on Nicholas Frome, head of business restructuring at Lovells, who is expected to join the firm’s restructuring and insolvency group […]

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