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Dishonesty: A change of approach

On 29th April 2020, following the decision in the case of R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575, the Court of Appeal identified that the two-limb test for dishonesty as identified in the case Ghosh, is no longer the approach to be taken.

Cybersecurity requirements for licensees

Entities regulated under the Insurance Law will need to implement cybersecurity measures in proportion to their cyber risk profile by 27 November 2020 following the release of the Rule and Statement of Guidance on Cybersecurity for Regulated Entities by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 27 May 2020.

Wirecard – has the German financial regulator lost its immunity?

The German regulator BaFin is being sued for abuse of authority following one of the biggest fraud scandals of the decade with German payment processor, Wirecard AG, filing for insolvency owing €3.5bn and its chief executive arrested on suspicion of accounting fraud and market manipulation. This article explores the situation and considers the need for change.

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Addleshaws wins major property deal

Addleshaw Booth & Co has fought off City competition to advise the underwriters on one of the largest transfers of properties into the private sector. The firm beat Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy to act for NatWest and Nationwide Building Society, which underwrote a £240m loan facility for Whitefriars Housing Group. Under the arrangement, […]

Bird & Bird in "first" Anglo-Swedish merger

Gedda, a nine partner firm with a strong commercial practice and growing communications, IT and media practice, will assume Bird & BIrd’s name from the beginning of December. It is believed to be the first ever merger between a UK and Swedish law firm.

Financing

Issuer: British TelecommunicationsAdviser to issuer: Linklaters & Alliance on UK law

Freshfields and Slaughters clean up in Hong Kong as privatisation programme launches

UK FIRMS have cashed in on Hong Kong’s first-ever privatisation, putting them at the front of the queue for more work. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May acted on the privatisation of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation, the city’s underground rail system. MTR Corporation floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Thursday […]

CORPORATE

World Online merges with Tiscali in £5.9bn share offer. World Online advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Jeremy Parr), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Jan Willem de Boer) and Gianni Origoni & Partners (Francesco Gianni). Tiscali advised by Allen & Overy (Alan Paul) and Brosio Casati e Associati (Roberto Casati).

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