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Dishonesty: A change of approach

On 29th April 2020, following the decision in the case of R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575, the Court of Appeal identified that the two-limb test for dishonesty as identified in the case Ghosh, is no longer the approach to be taken.

Cybersecurity requirements for licensees

Entities regulated under the Insurance Law will need to implement cybersecurity measures in proportion to their cyber risk profile by 27 November 2020 following the release of the Rule and Statement of Guidance on Cybersecurity for Regulated Entities by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 27 May 2020.

Wirecard – has the German financial regulator lost its immunity?

The German regulator BaFin is being sued for abuse of authority following one of the biggest fraud scandals of the decade with German payment processor, Wirecard AG, filing for insolvency owing €3.5bn and its chief executive arrested on suspicion of accounting fraud and market manipulation. This article explores the situation and considers the need for change.

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Firms relocate Tokyo staff in wake of earthquake

A number of firms with bases in Tokyo are offering their staff help to leave Japan following last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Ashurst is temporarily relocating its Tokyo staff to Hong Kong or Singapore due to the dangerous conditions. The top 20 firm confirmed that everybody who works in the office is safe and accounted […]

Financing: Liberty Global

Jeremy Evans Media company Liberty Global has been at the forefront of innovative high-yield deals since 2009. That was the year Liberty acquired ­German cable company Unitymedia from its private equity owners BC Partners and Apollo Management for e3.5bn (£3.12bn), in a deal that required a massive e2.5bn of high-yield financing. The deal was a […]

Data protection: Moy Park

Debbie Bloomfield Moving from financial services to the ­poultry industry would for most people require a major shift in attitude. But for Debbie Bloomfield, who joined food processor Moy Park from Sweden’s Ikano Financial Services in March 2010, what struck her first were not the differences but the parallels. Moy Park, which has its head […]

Competition: 3

Stephen Lerner  For Stephen Lerner, general counsel and director of regulatory affairs at mobile phone operator 3, the past 12 months have been extraordinarily busy. ­Landing on his desk have been T-Mobile’s merger with Orange (3 has a ­network-sharing agreement with T-Mobile), spectrum auctions, and refarming and roaming – all alongside a raft of […]

Thought, provoked

As George Osborne dazzles the nation with his devilishly cunning plans for how to prompt economic growth, cut costs, tackle inflation and improve healthcare provisions for captive polar bears all at the same time, it would be unsurprising if he hadn’t sought a bit of counsel. And the young whippersnapper of a Chancellor could do […]

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