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Can settlement agreements be regulated credit agreements? High court decides

By Emily Morton Can settlement agreements be regulated credit agreements, and are lenders at risk of falling foul of the provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CCA)? In CFL Finance Ltd v Bass & Others [2019] EWHC 1839 (Ch) the Court looked into whether settlement agreements need to comply with the CCA, and whether their […]

Spotlight on automotive industry: Introduction to the series and financing

By Miriam Simsa, Soňa Hekelová By outsourcing production of major parts of car components, carmakers have also outsourced a substantial amount of their financing needs and associated risks to their suppliers. Still, despite rather slim margins, the prospect of a fairly stable cash flow over a number of years has made the automotive supplier business […]

I am worried that a trustee has mismanaged my trust fund. What can I do?

By Oliver Passmore Trustees are appointed to safeguard funds in a trust, and are duty-bound to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries. While most trustees will carry out their duties conscientiously, occasionally there is mismanagement. There are a number of ways in which a trustee can mismanage a trust fund. This can include: […]

Luxembourg Government submits bill to Parliament implementing the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive 2 into domestic law

By William Jean-Baptiste, Eléonore Galleron On 8 August 2019, the Luxembourg Government submitted a draft law to the Parliament (the Draft Law) to implement the Council Directive (EU) 2017/952 of 29 May 2017 (ATAD 2 or the Directive) into Luxembourg domestic law. As a reminder, ATAD 2 constitutes an update of the Council Directive (EU) 2016/1164 of 12 July […]

Myth busting Jersey trusts and foundations

By Josephine Howe Some may think trusts and foundations are only used by very wealthy people or families, or that by putting assets into a trust or foundation in international finance centres (IFCs) like Jersey, then they are avoiding tax. Some claim offshore trusts and foundations are secretive, and they are used for criminal activity; […]

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Norton Rose (Carol Roberts) is acting for Italian export credit agency Sace on a $1.1bn (£771.4m) recourse financing of Rio Polimeros’ polyethelene plant, which is being constructed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Clifford Chance is advising Rio Polimeros. Chiomenti is advising BNP Paribas, which is leading a syndicate of lenders under the export credit guarantee […]

Trade secrets

The Allied Irish Bank debacle has brought the issue of internal control and risk management to the fore once again. Deborah Talbot reports on what went wrong The publication of a preliminary report into the activities of ‘rogue trader’ John Rusnak and how he was able to incur losses of more than £490m for his […]

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It’s that time of year again. The first rays of sunshine… shop windows laden with chocolate temptation… and the silks list is out.As lists go, it was the equivalent of a six foot-high Easter egg, with nearly 50 per cent more QCs being created than in last year’s list.Over the last couple of years there […]

Cherie defies critics by using No 10 for meetings

Cherie Booth QC is continuing to hold client meetings at 10 Downing Street nearly two years after she was first criticised for using Government premises for her practice.Booth, now at Matrix Chambers, was slammed for seeing clients at Number 10 when working on the BCCI case in 2000 while at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. She […]

DLA, Eversheds and Halliwells on HBOS panel

Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) has set up a formal panel of firms for banking work in the North West. The North West panel is split into three groups: structured finance, corporate banking and business banking. DLA, Eversheds and Halliwell Landau are on all three arms of the panel, while Hammond Suddards Edge and Pannone […]

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