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Update on Bermuda private trust companies

Many offshore jurisdictions saw notable reforms in 2018. This article considers how recent changes to the regulation of financial services in Bermuda have affected private trust companies. These legislative amendments were made primarily to ensure that Bermuda’s legal framework remains up to date with international standards, which are aimed at maintaining the international financial system’s […]

The basics: How to wind up a corporate debtor

A company has outstanding debts and it seems they are struggling financially. What can you do to try and get your debts settled? Is applying to have the company wound up the answer? Here, we take a look at what you will need to consider before a decision is made and we take a look […]

Blowing hot and cold on the jurisdiction of an adjudicator

In the recent case of SKYMIST HOLDINGS LIMITED v GRANDLANE DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED [2018], the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), considered the principle of “approbation and reprobation” in “satellite litigation” over the jurisdiction of adjudicators. But is challenging the jurisdiction of an adjudicator worth the cost involved? We review the key points in the Skymist decision, and the TCC‘s […]

Is legislation pending on bankruptcy, pension plans and lenders?

Public consultations on enhancing retirement security led by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada closed in late 2018. Given the importance and complexity of the subject matter, the one-month consultation period offered by the government was curiously short. Given that 2019 is an election year, the quick completion of the process could […]

Apples to Oranges: how investigations differ from a litigation approach when implementing eDiscovery solutions

Competition matters, and investigations more generally, differ greatly in execution from the approach to eDiscovery taken in litigation.  Understanding the potential issues is paramount in developing an eDiscovery model that tackles the regulatory pressures faced by legal teams and their corporate clients. In the first article in this series we compare the different approaches and examine […]

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Irwin Mitchell lands victory against Parole Board

Irwin Mitchell has scored a landmark High Court victory, resulting in the ruling that the Parole Board of England and Wales is not sufficiently independent from the Government to decide whether prisoners are lawfully detained. The case, brought by four prisoners, questioned whether the Parole Board should determine detainees’ sentences due to its ties with […]

Baker Botts loses partner to Norton Rose swoop

Baker Botts corporate finance partner Andrei Yakovlev has quit after just two months to head Norton Rose‘s capital markets IPO push in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Yakovlev’s move is a blow to Baker Botts, with sources at the firm saying they were “shocked by his departure”. Two months ago Baker Botts said it was […]

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Speechly Bircham is to promote Mark Summers to its partnership within the private client team, effective from 1 November. Summers has been at Speechly since 2004. • Speechly Bircham is to promote Mark Summers to its partnership within the private client team, effective from 1 November. Summers has been at Speechly since 2004. • Brachers […]

Simmons restructure pushes globalisation

Simmons & Simmons is overhauling its management and financial accounting system in an attempt to further globalise the firm. Simmons is creating 10 international practice group heads, most of whom are already practice heads, but in the new roles they will take direct responsibility for recruitment, budgets and marketing for their groups, which until now […]

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