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Walkers’ Bermuda Top 10 FinTech AML Tips

Their FinTech and regulatory specialists share the 10 most important tips for businesses in the digital assets space to consider when complying with anti-money laundering laws in Bermuda.

Ground rent reform: fixing one problem and creating another?

The draft bill to implement the government’s ground rent changes finally reached the House of Lords in May 2021. This legislation had been long awaited and, largely, the provisions were as expected following the earlier consultations and government announcements and discussions.

RIP RPI

Rumours of the Retail Price Index’s (RPI) death have been vastly exaggerated in the past. We were told back in 2013 that the Office for National Statistics was going to stop formally recognising the index as a national statistic, but it took a while for the industry to take note. We have all carried on using it in our indexed linked rent reviews since then.

ESG and the private investor

This recording of a recent virtual debate discusses the extent to which the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials of a company or investment are considered when making investment decisions.

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Olswang forges Asian associations in Hong Kong and Singapore

Olswang has expanded its reach in Asia with two non-exclusive tie-ups, with Singaporean firm Holborn and Hong Kong firm Haldanes. The two associations are led by Olswang’s Singapore office, which was opened in 2011, and overseen by the firm’s Asia managing partner Rob Bratby and Asia head of corporate head Andrew Stott. Olswang’s Singapore association firm […]

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Linklaters boosts private equity practice with Shearman partner hire

Linklaters has hired Shearman & Sterling private equity partner Ben Rodham, three years after he left the magic circle firm as a managing associate. Rodham will rejoin the magic circle firm in the New Year. Linklaters private equity head Alex Woodward said Rodham’s arrival “will help the continued growth of our private equity practice and […]

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Shearman favours London as it promotes 12 partners worldwide

Shearman & Sterling has made up 12 new partners worldwide, with nearly half of the promotions being made in London. Litigation counsel Susanna Charlwood joined the firm two years ago from Slaughter and May, while tax counsel Simon Letherman is also a Slaughter alumnus. Meanwhile M&A counsel Matthew Powell has been made up in Shearman […]

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The real estate blog: Eversheds London real estate head Dear talks MIPIM Asia

This week Eversheds’ head of London real estate Bruce Dear shares his adventures at MIPIM Asia. The summit focuses on regional development opportunities and retail real estate trends across the Asia Pacific. “Flight closing” the board says in buzzing red letters. How did that happen? More importantly, how will we explain to our partners that […]

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WHSmith joins Visa and MasterCard cartel claim as firms gear up for two-year court battle

WHSmith has joined the raft of high street giants suing Visa and MasterCard in the High Court over allegations both companies charged retailers anti-competitive credit card fees. WHSmith has instructed Humphries Kerstetter on its dual claims against Visa and MasterCard, which will seek to claim £17.5m and £5.5m in repayments respectively, The Lawyer understands. The […]

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