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Cayman update: separate liquidation committees for segregated portfolios of SPCs

On 19 April 2021, Chief Justice Smellie QC held in In the Matter of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd. (in Official Liquidation) that the court has the power under Order 9, rule 1(1) of the Companies Winding Up Rules, 2018 to order the establishment of separate liquidation committees in respect of a segregated portfolio company (SPC) and each of its segregated portfolios.

Update to Listing Rules on The International Stock Exchange

The International Stock Exchange has announced a number of improvements to its Listing Rules and Fees that have just taken effect, designed to bring the exchange into alignment with international practice, add further flexibility to its offering, and to streamline processes from a client perspective.

Funds & Investment Management Update – Ireland and Luxembourg – Q2 2021

This quarter’s highlights include the coming into force of the Investment Firms Directive and the Investment Firms Regulation, a number of AML developments, ESMA’s publication of funds’ marketing communications guidance and the CBI’s call for UCITS managers to review their liquidity risk management frameworks. Other notable developments include the CSSF’s updated guidance on granting loans to the public and updates to its UCITS and AIFM FAQs, the publication of a Circular on remote working as well as further EU sustainable finance developments.

The ILC Articles at 20: Introduction to the Symposium by Prof. Christian Tams and Dr Federica Paddeu

The Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts (Articles), developed by the International Law Commission (ILC), turn 20 this year. On 9 August 2001 – 45 years after the first report by Special Rapporteur Francisco García-Amador on the topic, after 5 Special Rapporteurs and 34 reports by them – the ILC adopted the final text of the Articles, thus bringing to an end work that (in the words of Rosalyn Higgins) were it not for the Commission‘s broad understanding of responsibility, ‘should on the face of it [have] take[n] one summer’s work’.

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