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Dispute resolution – Yes and no: how funders decide

By David Walker, Investment Manager (Solicitor) for Augusta Ventures According to Pythagoras: “The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought.” Litigation funders would wholeheartedly agree when deciding whether or not to fund a case. As the largest funder in the UK by volume of claims funded, Augusta […]

Bermuda introduces digital asset business amendment Act 2019

By Steven Rees Davies The Digital Asset Business Amendment Act 2019 (DABA Amendment ACT) became operative on 8 October 2019. The Amendment amends the Digital Asset Business Act 2018 that became operative on 10 September 2018 which regulates the digital asset sector in Bermuda. The Amendment replaces the existing definitions of “exchange”, “digital asset services vendor”, […]

The rules on economic substance in The British Virgin Islands

By Jeffrey Kirk On 9 October 2019, the ITA published the Rules on Economic Substance (Rules), which provide detailed explanations and interpretations of the legislative requirements of the Economic Substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) Act, 2018 (ES Act).  The Rules closely follow the Draft ES Code that has been in circulation since April 2019. The […]

What are the key trends shaping the fund finance industry in Asia?

By Fiona Chan CAYMAN ISLANDS FUND VEHICLES IN ASIA The Cayman Islands continue to be one of the most popular offshore jurisdictions for the Asian finance industry. There are dozens of Chinese funds that manage USD1 billion or more and the Cayman Islands provide the international recognition that many of these managers are looking for. […]

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Ozannes makes history by opening Jersey office

Offshore firm Ozannes is to become the first Guernsey outfit to launch an office in Jersey. The new office will be headed by new partner Marcus Stone, who joins from Jersey firm Crills. It will open for business in the autumn, as first revealed on www.the lawyer.com (29 March). Senior partner Roger Perrot said: “We’re […]

CC patent victory clarifies case law

Clifford Chance has won a rare patent case after the London International Financial Futures Exchange (Liffe) won an important victory that clarifies case law regarding the owner of an invention. Liffe prevailed in its High Court battle against ex-employee Dr Pavel Pinkava, who invented an electronic trading system while employed at Liffe. Mr Justice Kitchin […]

A heated exchange

LSE legal head Catherine Johnson has been at the centre of the biggest bid saga of the year. Donna Sawyer meets the woman who shaped the defence of the City’s trophy target The London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) head of legal Catherine Johnson has one hell of a poker face. Johnson appears relaxed and collected for […]

New managing partner for Rollits

Yorkshire-based commercial firm Rollits has appointed Richard Field as managing partner. Field, a corporate specialist, was head of the firm’s company and commercial department and has been at Rollits since 1988. He takes over from Steve Trynka, who returns to the corporate department after 10 years as the firm’s managing partner. Field begins his new […]

Slaughters on standby to advise ABP on offer

Slaughter and May has strengthened its corporate ties with Associated British Ports (ABP), with the firm set to advise on a possible bid by a consortium led by Goldman Sachs. The investment bank has confirmed that it has been working on a potential bid with Canadian and Singaporean investors that could value the UK ports […]

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