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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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Litigation Writs 11/11/97

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Recruitment firm collapses

Nottingham-based legal head-hunter Wellman-Smith Central is talking to liquidators with a view to putting itself into voluntary liquidation. The two founders, husband and wife Karl Wellman-Smith and Liz Mitra, will go it alone as a partnership after the restructuring, specialising in executive search services for lawyers. The move comes as the legal recruitment market is […]

In brief: Co-operation Ireland launch UK legal arm

Non-political charity Co-operation Ireland will launch a lawyers group this week to support cross-border projects in Ireland. The charity, headed by Terry Neill, chairman of the Arthur Andersen board, will hold its first reception for lawyers at Collyer-Bristow’s offices on Wednesday. Also sponsoring the event is Allied Irish Bank, The Lawyer and Magrath & Co. […]

IBA Conference – India calls on foreigners to play on level playing field

The Indian Bar Association appears to have removed some obstacles to foreign lawyers setting up in its country – only to raise new ones. During the inaugural ceremony, Lalit Bhasin, honorary secretary-general of the Indian Bar Association, said international lawyers were welcome to come to India “so long as they practise on a level playing […]

Eversheds ponders its global strategy

EVERSHEDS is looking to expand in Europe and the Far East, either by opening its own offices or by linking up with an existing international alliance. Chairman Keith James said the firm would be appointing three senior partners “as soon as we can” to form a committee charged with the task of “implementing its international […]

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