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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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Eurotunnel contract dispute edges closer to arbitration

Trans Manche Link (TML), the 10-company consortium which received a Eurotunnel contract claim of FF8 billion (£1 billion), has yet to appoint lawyers to defend it or make a formal response to Eurotunnel. However, a TML source said the construction companies would be consulting their own lawyers prior to meeting to thrash out a joint […]

Lib Dems reveal ideas to save legal aid

A UNIVERSAL right to legal redress must be enshrined in a written constitution, according to the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association. The association unveiled its blueprint for legal reform at the House of Commons on Friday. In its Access to Justice report the group goes out of its way to distance itself from Labour, which has […]

Fraudulent transactions

There are a number of different types of transactions offered by fraudsters. Trading in financial instruments The victim may be offered the opportunity to invest in the trading of standby letters of credit (SLCs), discounted letters of credit (LCs), prime bank guarantees (PBGs) or bank debenture instruments. The deal might be based on ‘rolling over’ […]

Close Brothers banks on Freshfields for rights issue

Freshfields’ work on the £53.4 million rights issue of UK merchant bank Close Brothers demonstrates the advantage of retaining acorn clients. They grow into oaks, as the bank’s value today testifies. Close, which started in 1979 as a £1 million management buy-out by three directors, now has a market capitalisation of around £360 million following […]

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