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Overseas companies and UK property – all change in 2021

By Maria Connolly At the end of July, the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill was published. The intention is that, from 2021, overseas entities wanting  to deal in certain UK property will have to register in the overseas entities register (OER). Why will overseas entities have to register?

Hackitt review: Response suggests further extension of the regime

By Adrian Mansbridge As outlined in our previous articles covering what lies ahead for high rise regulation and the proposed ban on flammable cladding the legislative programme to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review and to address broader concerns is already underway. However, as anticipated, political concerns have already led to these proposals being “beefed up”…

Use of behavioural biometrics brings privacy issues under GDPR

By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…

Supreme Court rules a ‘right to litigate’ cannot be assigned to a third party

By Rebecca MacCann What happens if you assign your right to litigate to a person or company that is unconnected to the event that creates the right to litigate? In the recent Supreme Court case of SPV Osus Ltd v­ HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited & Ors [2018] IESC 44, the Supreme Court held […]

Portugal: Fund management 2018

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Ricardo Seabra Moura and Carlos Filipe Couto How is fund management regulated in your jurisdiction? Which authorities have primary responsibility for regulating funds, fund managers and those marketing funds?

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PwC’s German firm takes three department heads

PwC Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft – PricewaterhouseCoopers’ German law firm – has hired three heads of departments and their staff from rival Heuking Kuhn Luer Heussen Wojtek. Head of corporate and employment law Hans Stefan Korsch, head of IP Thomos Kerkhoff, and head of media, IT and telecommunications Michael Schmittmann are moving today (Monday). Schmittmann is well-known […]

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Clifford Chance advised Greenwich NatWest on a 22-year £70.9m refinancing of leasing arrangements entered into by John Laing to fund construction of the Ashford International Passenger Terminal. Clifford Chance banking partner Peter Kilner led a team of 13 on the deal. DJ Freeman acted for the issuer and John Laing. Denton Wilde Sapte represented the […]

Freshfields Paris hires top European securities partner

Freshfields in Paris has picked up one of Europe’s leading securities lawyers in a raid on international firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot & Giroux. Patrick Bonvarlet, a partner at the Dutch/Belgian/French practice based in Paris, is set to join Freshfields as a partner on 17 April. Bonvarlet is considered one of the best corporate practitioners […]

Regional bar dissolutions free tenants

Leading civil set 1 Crown Office Row is taking on three tenants courtesy of the regional bar’s first two dissolutions. The London-based chambers’ Brighton annexe is taking on two tenants from Sussex Chambers – its head Paul Ashwell and Darren Howe. The set is disbanding after the loss of four tenants to Cardinal Chambers which […]

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