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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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Criminal courts face radical overhaul

Barristers who take too long cross-examining witnesses will be curbed, and Lord Irvine said he wants to move away from the “no blame culture” which exists between the CPS, police and defence lawyers. The sweeping review comes hot on the heels of a damning report from the National Audit Office which concluded that £85 million […]

DOCTOR SPIN

And still no one is sure who has won. Legal battles in their wake, the two titans still fight for the ultimate prize. Amid allegations of bias, shady backroom deals and political machinations, the two candidates await their fate, and the public, knowing full well that they will probably never really notice the difference, yawns. […]

bar talk

It hasn’t exactly been a bumper year for the commercial bar. Worrying statistics released recently by the Lord Chancellor’s Department show that for 1999 the Queen’s Bench Division (QBD) suffered a 37 per cent drop in writs and summonses issued since 1998, and many predict that it will be a similar story for 2000. It […]

In-house counsel quits

The former deputy director of the division of investment management at the Securities and Exchange Commission, she has worked for major financial institutions such as AIG and Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, a subsidiary of PaineWebber. The firm says Hoene will focus on mutual funds and the representation of investment advisers. Robert McTamaney, head of corporate […]

Lathams boosts London M&A with partner move

US firm Latham & Watkins is flying in a highly-rated M&A partner to London to cover a dip in capital markets work. After the relocation of corporate finance partners Philip Coviello, former managing partner of the New York office, and Bryant Edwards, who was head of corporate in Los Angeles, M&A partner Richard Trobman is […]

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