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Significant Beneficial Ownership: MCA Releases Amended Rules

On 8 February 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) released the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners) Amendment Rules, 2019 (New SBO Rules) to revise and amend the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners), 2018 (Old SBO Rules). The New SBO Rules have once again kick-started the process of requiring significant beneficial owners to start the reporting procedures. […]

Bermuda’s beneficial ownership registers and privacy: status update and further observations

Bermuda companies, limited liability companies and partnerships have until 30 April 2019 to update or verify beneficial ownership information under Bermuda’s ‘beneficial ownership legislation’. Bermuda’s central register of beneficial ownership information is held on the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) “Integra portal”, a secure online registration and filing system. Currently, under Bermuda law, the information on […]

Trusts vs. Foundations: What are the deciding factors?

Trusts have been around for a long time. Their use in the context of succession and wealth planning as well as philanthropy is well established. Foundations, on the other hand, are relatively new (certainly to common law jurisdictions such as Jersey) and as a result there are fewer of them. However, they are being increasingly […]

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Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office in double boost

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its small Brussels presence by taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened in Brussels a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

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Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s hire of Linklaters structured finance star Richard Hughes has already paid dividends, with the firm winning the mandate to advise on MBNA’s latest note issue. The US firm scored the role advising Barclays Capital (BarCap) on MBNA’s issue of £250m in notes under the delinked CARDS trust. It is MBNA’s first notes […]

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Speak up or go down

Gavin McCartan is the first solicitor to be jailed by the proceeds of crime legislation. It’s easy to see why the profession might be getting paranoid. Jon Robins reports As solicitors contemplated the mayhem being wreaked by the anti-money laundering regulations at the recent Law Society conference in Birmingham, a Belfast solicitor spent his first […]

Diversity boost to judicial appointments

More women and people from ethnic minorities were appointed to the judiciary last year, a report released last week (Friday, 29 October) reveals. The findings are published in the Judicial Appointments Annual Report produced by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA). The percentage of individuals from ethnic minority groups appointed increased to 14.8 per cent […]

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