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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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Collyer-Bristow is facing a High Court claim for its alleged involvement in a multimillion-pound fraud against Cable & Wireless (C&W) and subsidiary Pender Insurance. The firm, with commercial partner John Bailey, has been added to a growing list of defendants in the case, which was launched last May.It is alleged that Bailey was involved in […]

Arnold & Porter in eight-partner swoop on Dorsey NY

Washington DC’s Arnold & Porter is dramatically beefing up its New York capability after a devastating eight-partner raid on Dorsey & Whitney. The group, boasting senior partners and a number of practice heads, will bolster Arnold & Porter’s New York offering in litigation and corporate transactions and will add a hedge funds practice for the […]

Round two in legal privilege war

The battle between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW) and the Law Society over legal privilege took a new twist last week when the ICAEW handed the Home Office an opinion from a second top Brick Court silk. Last year the Home Office rushed out a consultation proposing that legal privilege […]

Careers: people

Moon Beever has hired Davis Arnold Cooper’s former head of business recovery Shashi Rajani as a partner in its insolvency and business recovery team. Rajani was formerly a barrister in both London and Tanzania and an insolvency manager with Coopers & Lybrand. Cheshire firm Forshaws has strengthened its Warrington commercial division with two commercial lawyers. […]

Cadwalader lands P&G on Gillette acquisition

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has landed work advising consumer giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) on its $57bn acquisition of Gillette. The US firm was the company’s main adviser on the deal, agreed yesterday (27 January). It is understood that Cadwalader has not previously been instructed by P&G. Davis Polk & Wardwell advised Gillette on the […]

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