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Guernsey’s Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing revised

On 12 March 2019, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) published the final version of the revised Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing(the Handbook). The revisions to the rules and guidance in the Handbook, together with the revised legislation (the new Schedule 3 to the Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, […]

Activities requiring data protection impact assessment under Luxembourg law

By Anne-Gaëlle Delabye, Bertrand Géradin, Tara Kapur The Luxembourg National Data Protection Commission (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, CNPD) has published a list of processing operations which require a mandatory data protection impact assessment in accordance with article 35 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What is a data protection impact assessment […]

New property transfer tax law

By Branimir Rajšić As of 1 January 2019, a new Property Transfer Tax Law is applicable for the transfer of property in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, and the entire Sarajevo Canton (published in the Official Gazette of the Sarajevo Canton no. 28/18). The new law regulates tax issues on real estate transfers, as well […]

Contribution regulation for company managers

By Branimir Rajšić Under the new Contributions Act, mandatory insurance now covers management board members, executive directors and liquidators in companies, unless they have mandatory insurance on another basis. When appointed to those functions (even when not employed), they are obliged to pay contributions on a monthly basis. This obligation includes contributions for pension insurance […]

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English lawyers working for free have helped win a stay of execution for condemned prisoners in Jamaica and Trinidad. Three prisoners – represented by Allen & Overy, among others – were last week due to hang in Jamaica, despite contrary recommendations by the Human Rights Committee. They won a reprieve, however, after Law Society president […]

Pressure forces Lord Irvine to drop CFAs in family law cases

The Lord Chancellor has admitted he was out of step with government policy after backing down on his controversial plan to permit conditional fee agreements (CFAs) in family law cases. As the Access to Justice Bill was debated in the House of Lords last week, Lord Irvine bowed to widespread criticism that CFAs would encourage […]

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Your 18 January edition carried an article, “A system in disrepair” in which various council chiefs and lawyers complained that solicitors specialising in tenant housing disrepair work enable their clients to unfairly jump the repairs queue. Our local newspaper recently reported the case of a tenant who has had to live in sub-standard housing for […]

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David Eisenberg led a White & Case team advising on the privatisation of Qatar Telecom by means of an initial public offering. The offering of 45 per cent of its shares was valued at US$742m (u455.2m) – the largest ever equity in the Gulf region and first privatisation in Qatar.

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