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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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Telly vision: Gordon Finlayson, Showtime Arabia

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Eversheds Leeds hosts LGBT Xmas bash

Law firm lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ­network the InterLaw Diversity Forum held its first-ever event for LGBT law firm staff in the north of England before ­Christmas. The event was hosted by Eversheds at its office in Bridgewater Place, Leeds. There were some 50 people in ­attendance, ­including representatives of Addleshaw Goddard, Beachcroft, […]

Ashurst ups cash at bank

Ashurst had almost £45m in the bank at the end of the 2007-08 financial year, with the balance increasing by around 40 per cent from the previous year. The figures were revealed in the firm’s first published LLP accounts and, according to Ashurst’s financial director Nigel Morland, reveal a picture of conservative financial management. Morland […]

Second coalminers tribunal gets under way

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) today launched a series of allegations of misconduct against six partners at Barnsley-based Raleys Solicitors in relation to their handling of compensation claims from sick coalminers. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, which is expected to last 20 days, is thought to be one of the longest hearings of its kind. The […]

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