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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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Teleworking threat to City is piecemeal only

Is the very model of the modern City law firm about to come under threat? This time the opposition comes not from globalisation, nor the Big Five accountants, nor US firms, but from a new kind of organisation – the “virtual law firm”. This week we reveal how Anthony Rose, former company commercial head at […]

Clyde & Co goes global

INTERNATIONAL firm Clyde & Co has developed a world-wide know-how system with the help of IBM to give its lawyers access to the firm’s files via the Internet. The system – an intranet based on an IBM server and containing an extensive database – has been up and running in Clyde & Co’s London and […]

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