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Trustees – finding certainty in uncertain times

There is an old saying, attributed to the French Philosopher Voltaire, that ‘doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one’. For trustees of trusts governed by the laws of the Cayman Islands (Cayman), and indeed for trustees worldwide, doubt as to the future value of trust assets (and as to the future needs or actions of beneficiaries) may be their new default condition as they deal with the upheaval brought on by recent global events.

Update on economic substance in the Cayman Islands

Along with its fellow Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, the Cayman Islands now has comprehensive economic substance legislation, under which in-scope entities that carry on particular activities are required to demonstrate economic substance in Cayman.

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Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) have confirmed their post-merger management lineup. FSI corporate head Ashley Reeback will continue in that position for the merged firm from 1 November. Howard Kennedy’s litigation head Craig Emden will also stay in his current role leading the combined department. The combined firm will have 88 partners and […]

Ashurst turns to Mayer Brown for Frankfurt hire

Ashurst has appointed tax specialist Heiko Penndorf as a partner in its Frankfurt office. Previously a partner at Mayer Brown in Frankfurt, Penndorf advises on the tax aspects of various M&A, finance real estate and capital markets. He was a member of the team advising US financial investor Lone Star on various portfolio transactions. He […]

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Clifford Chance offers voluntary sabbaticals to Singapore lawyers

Clifford Chance has asked capital markets associates in its Singapore office to take voluntary sabbaticals until the end of the year as the firm reacts to a downturn in work in the region. The magic circle firm has asked a small single-figure number of lawyers to take leave for roughly four months until the close […]

DLA prepares for Seoul launch

DLA Piper is gearing up to open an office in Seoul after beginning its application to South Korea’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ). DLA Piper is one of around 20 firms believed to be applying to South Korea’s MoJ for permission to open a foreign legal consultant office in the country (10 September 2012). It is […]

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Adversity challenger: Jocelyn Cockburn

Nobody fights harder in tough civil action cases than Jocelyn Cockburn, a trait that saw her crowned The Lawyer’s Partner of the Year 2012 Sat on a pile of coats and straining to see out of the windscreen, a young Jocelyn Cockburn used to drive her dad’s tractor around the family farm. At six years […]

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