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Cayman update: separate liquidation committees for segregated portfolios of SPCs

On 19 April 2021, Chief Justice Smellie QC held in In the Matter of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd. (in Official Liquidation) that the court has the power under Order 9, rule 1(1) of the Companies Winding Up Rules, 2018 to order the establishment of separate liquidation committees in respect of a segregated portfolio company (SPC) and each of its segregated portfolios.

Update to Listing Rules on The International Stock Exchange

The International Stock Exchange has announced a number of improvements to its Listing Rules and Fees that have just taken effect, designed to bring the exchange into alignment with international practice, add further flexibility to its offering, and to streamline processes from a client perspective.

Funds & Investment Management Update – Ireland and Luxembourg – Q2 2021

This quarter’s highlights include the coming into force of the Investment Firms Directive and the Investment Firms Regulation, a number of AML developments, ESMA’s publication of funds’ marketing communications guidance and the CBI’s call for UCITS managers to review their liquidity risk management frameworks. Other notable developments include the CSSF’s updated guidance on granting loans to the public and updates to its UCITS and AIFM FAQs, the publication of a Circular on remote working as well as further EU sustainable finance developments.

The ILC Articles at 20: Introduction to the Symposium by Prof. Christian Tams and Dr Federica Paddeu

The Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts (Articles), developed by the International Law Commission (ILC), turn 20 this year. On 9 August 2001 – 45 years after the first report by Special Rapporteur Francisco García-Amador on the topic, after 5 Special Rapporteurs and 34 reports by them – the ILC adopted the final text of the Articles, thus bringing to an end work that (in the words of Rosalyn Higgins) were it not for the Commission‘s broad understanding of responsibility, ‘should on the face of it [have] take[n] one summer’s work’.

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Firms “negligent” if they shun debt

Banks are lending and rates have never been better, but overly cautious lawyers are still refusing to borrow. Many of the UK’s leading law firms are not putting debt on their balance sheets depite record low interest rates, solid deals markets and the continuing need to remain competitive. In contrast, some of the UK’s largest […]

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Skadden and Weil lead as DuPont and Dow merge

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Weil Gotshal & Manges have picked up the lead advisory roles on the $130bn (£86bn) merger between chemicals giants DuPont and Dow Chemical. The mammoth merger was announced this morning (11 December) and was described as a “merger of equals”. The combined company will be named DowDuPont and […]


Quinn Emanuel makes up one in London in nine-strong promotions round

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has made up nine partners including one in London. International arbitration lawyer Epaminontas Triantafilou will become the litigation firm’s fifteenth partner in the City. Triantafilou joined Quinn Emanuel in 2012, having previously worked as a legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, an assistant to 20 Essex […]

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