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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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Bruckhaus ties Freshfields knot

Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann has voted to merge with Freshfields as it was revealed that the City giant agreed to change its lockstep structure. News of the positive second vote came through as The Lawyer went to press and Freshfields will vote tomorrow (20 June). Sources close to Bruckhaus confirmed that the profit-share issue was key […]

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Eversheds’ Newcastle head of private equity is jumping ship to join north-east rival Dickinson Dees. Equity partner Helen Tavorges is expected to join Dickinson Dees in August. She was at Wilkinson Maughan – which merged with Eversheds in 1997 – for 16 years. The appointment is part of Dickinson Dees’ ongoing plans to bolster its […]

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Landwell represented the investment manager Morley Fund Management on the proposed issue and listing of around £200m worth of equity and debt securities of the Global High Yield Bond Trust. Landwell financial services partner Martin Cornish and associate Richard Thompson acted on the deal while Clifford Chance advised the Global High Yield Bond Trust.

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Death row prisoners in the US. Presidential candidate Al Gore has opened a debate around the death penalty after a study from Columbia University showed that two out of three sentences in capital-case appeals are set aside. In a statement that death row prisoners would probably agree with, Gore said:”If there is a study that […]

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