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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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AA deal taxes Herbert Smith and Linklaters

Linklaters and Herbert Smith are in the throes of finalising energy giant Centrica’s u1.1bn acquisition of the Automobile Association. Linklaters set up a team of more than 20 lawyers to advise Centrica, led by corporate partner Derek McMenamin in May, which meant the firm had a limited amount of time to prepare on Centrica’s behalf. […]

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Freshfields is acting for Financial Security Assurance in the establishment of a eurobond issuance programme of up to £1bn for the financing of public private partnership and public sector -related projects. Rotch Property Group is sponsoring and promoting the programme, which has been arranged by UK investment bank Schroders. Project finance partner Nick Bliss, with […]

Tenant seeks landlord ruling

Tenant Cadogan Properties is seeking a declaration that landlord Mount Eden Properties of Guernsey has unreasonably withheld consent to sub-let the property. Both came under judicial fire in a skirmish which reached the Court of Appeal. Mount Eden appealed against the refusal of the High Court to strike out Cadogan’s action on the basis that […]

World Bank legal dept faces corporate claim

The World Bank is facing its first-ever corporate claim over allegations that its legal department failed to carry out its functions properly. The Bank is accused of assisting in the expropriation of diamond mining rights by the government of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa. Several Lesotho companies, led by Swissbourgh Diamond Mines (Pty), […]

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