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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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Slaughters embraces marketing

Slaughter and May is understood to be close to setting up its own marketing department. It is believed that Adrian Pane, a specialist from the Cranfield School of Management, has recently visited the firm to discuss how it could approach the area. The business development manager at a large UK practice claims she was recently […]

Middle Eastern dispute pits Freshfields against Eversheds

Freshfields is representing Bahrain and Eversheds is acting for Qatar in a dispute over the boundaries between the two Middle Eastern countries. However, the case, which is due to be heard before the World Court in the next few weeks, has been delayed by allegations of forgery of documents. Freshfields senior associate Robert Volterra, who […]

New law protects transsexuals in the workplace

Workplace discrimination against transsexuals has been outlawed in the UK for the first time, as the Government moves to catch up with European law. The Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations, which have gone through Parliament this month and come into force in May, aim to prevent discrimination against those who have had sex change operations […]

In brief: Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has announced the internal appointment of five new partners. Graham Defries and Nick Perry become partners in the firm’s communications group, Brett Israel in the banking group, and Jane Multimear and Katharine Stephens in the intellectual property group.

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