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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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Linda Tsang reports Dundas & Wilson, leading legal practice in Scotland, has chosen Netware 4.1 as the base for its IT infrastructure. Part of a major IT investment to provide the business with a scalable information systems platform, Netware 4.1 will provide centrally managed business services to 300 employees at Dundas offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow […]

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Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 The more I consider the John Edge conveyancing fee initiative the more I think it is misconceived. The backlash has already started and it will further tarnish the image of the profession. Over the past five years I have grossed, […]

Thornton gets all clear from Mackay

The furore surrounding Judge Anthony Thornton QC looked set to rumble on this week despite Lord Mackay giving him the all clear to resume judicial duties. Lord Mackay backed Thornton last week after meeting him to discuss newspaper allegations about his personal life. The Lord Chancellor accepted the judge’s denial that he had smoked illegal […]

In brief: CCBE still out on establishment plan

The CCBE is still pondering the question of rights of establishment after Germany and the UK put forward new proposals to break the deadlock at a meeting in Brussels last week. According to Law Society head of international Hamish Adamson, the Spanish and French delegations did not reject the proposals out of hand. Further discussions […]

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