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By Ashwin Bishnoi, Rohit Ambast Between 31 May to 1 June, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) amended a number of securities regulations to provide certain dispensations for listed companies undergoing the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). These amendments follow SEBI’s discussion paper of March […]

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By Maurus Winzap, Robert Desax On 12 September 2018, the Swiss National Council (Lower House– Nationalrat – Conseil national) approved the revised version for a corporate tax reform (“Tax Proposal 17”). It is based on the Government’s proposal issued in March 2017 and on the version negotiated in the Upper House (Ständerat – Conseil des États) in […]

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McKennas closes Tokyo office

UK-BASED McKenna & Co has announced a raft of changes to its international practice, including the closure of its Tokyo office. The office, which opened in October 1987, will close in spring and its resident head Leo Simpson and solicitor Andrew Levy will return to London where the firm operates a substantial Japanese desk. The […]

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LABOUR leader Tony Blair is to take time out from his campaign to change the party constitution to launch a new group for young Labour lawyers. The Labour leader will be the star guest at the launch in the House of Commons of the Young Labour Lawyers on 7 February. And the organisers are hoping […]

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