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Update on Bermuda private trust companies

Many offshore jurisdictions saw notable reforms in 2018. This article considers how recent changes to the regulation of financial services in Bermuda have affected private trust companies. These legislative amendments were made primarily to ensure that Bermuda’s legal framework remains up to date with international standards, which are aimed at maintaining the international financial system’s […]

The basics: How to wind up a corporate debtor

A company has outstanding debts and it seems they are struggling financially. What can you do to try and get your debts settled? Is applying to have the company wound up the answer? Here, we take a look at what you will need to consider before a decision is made and we take a look […]

Blowing hot and cold on the jurisdiction of an adjudicator

In the recent case of SKYMIST HOLDINGS LIMITED v GRANDLANE DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED [2018], the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), considered the principle of “approbation and reprobation” in “satellite litigation” over the jurisdiction of adjudicators. But is challenging the jurisdiction of an adjudicator worth the cost involved? We review the key points in the Skymist decision, and the TCC‘s […]

Is legislation pending on bankruptcy, pension plans and lenders?

Public consultations on enhancing retirement security led by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada closed in late 2018. Given the importance and complexity of the subject matter, the one-month consultation period offered by the government was curiously short. Given that 2019 is an election year, the quick completion of the process could […]

Apples to Oranges: how investigations differ from a litigation approach when implementing eDiscovery solutions

Competition matters, and investigations more generally, differ greatly in execution from the approach to eDiscovery taken in litigation.  Understanding the potential issues is paramount in developing an eDiscovery model that tackles the regulatory pressures faced by legal teams and their corporate clients. In the first article in this series we compare the different approaches and examine […]

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US firm acts in $115bn mega deal

New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore has advised on the biggest deal in history – a telecommunications merg-er worth $115bn. The 442-lawyer firm, which has offices in London, represented MCI WorldCom on its merger with Sprint Corp. Cravaths partners made over $2m last year – the second biggest average profits per partner in New […]

Stephenson Harwood shipping partner exits

Stephenson Harwood is losing key shipping finance partner Helen Boyle to Addleshaw Booth & Co’s banking department – a move which is generating huge interest among shipping specialists. Boyle’s move coincides with the resignation of two shipping assistants, John Sandhu and another, whom the firm is yet to confirm. Sandhu is heading for an investment […]

Lord Irvine slams LawSoc over QC stance

The Lord Chancellor has attacked the Law Society following its call for QCs to be abolished and announcement that it is boycotting the soundings process. In a furious letter to Law Society president Robert Sayer, Lord Irvine declares himself “deeply disappointed” with the society’s adoption of a public position before Sir Leonard Peach’s scrutiny of […]

SJ Berwin seeks French merger partner in Paris

SJ Berwin is in preliminary merger talks with two-partner Paris firm Cabinet Bersay. If the deal goes ahead it will mirror the firm’s expansion policy in Spain, where it merged with highly-rated Madrid practice Pazos Gallardo y Associados, and built up the business organically. SJ Berwin stresses the talks are at an early stage. It […]

Hammonds nets barrister for new advocacy unit

Hammond Suddards is poaching a barrister to head a nationwide advocacy unit that the firm is launching. Patrick Walker is leaving Leeds commercial chambers Chancery House Chambers in November to become director for advocacy at Hammonds. He will initially be overseeing the advocacy training of between 10 and 12 lawyers. But Peter Crossley, head of […]

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