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Freeports – Planning FAQs

The designation of eight new Freeports within England made headlines in the Budget and now the winning bidders have to put into effect their successful proposals. What will this mean in practice for those areas affected and what are the likely issues that Freeport authorities will face?

Snapshot: arbitration in the British Virgin Islands for Asia-based parties

The BVI is an increasingly popular arbitral seat supported by a modern pro-arbitration legal framework, modern arbitration facilities, and a world-class arbitration institution of its own in the form of the BVI International Arbitration Centre (“BVIIAC”). The ready availability of BVI legal expertise for any such arbitration under the supervision of the well-respected BVI Courts provides added comfort for parties seeking a dispute resolution venue in a stable jurisdiction.

12 things you didn’t know about electric vehicles

The significant shift in people’s travel routines over the last 12 months will likely trigger long-term changes for many and our urban spaces will need to continue to develop into ‘smart cities’. Electric vehicles and their charging points will form a significant part of this changing landscape.

Avenues of redress for stakeholders in Cayman incorporated companies facing the excesses of majority shareholders and/or their appointed directors

Against the backdrop of differing economies, laws and regulations throughout Asia, choosing to incorporate Cayman entities into holding and investment structures allows international stakeholders to co-operate under the aegis of a stable and effective judicial system. Appeals from the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands lie with the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, comprising judges who have held high judicial office in the Commonwealth. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the final Appellate Court for the Cayman Islands. As such, through its Court system, Cayman is able to provide the investment community with impartial, established and highly regarded judicial resources dedicated to resolving complex commercial disputes.

Key changes to the LCIA and ICC arbitration rules

Two of the most prominent arbitral institutions globally, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce, have recently updated their rules to modernise and streamline the way in which arbitrations are administered. The changes are designed to increase efficiency, flexibility and transparency and to embrace the growing use of technology in business today.

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Charles Russell Speechlys tie-up impacts Aim rankings as Pinsents dominates

Pinsent Masons has retained pole position in the Aim client rankings, despite increasing competition from firms including Charles Russell Speechlys and Wragge Lawrence Graham over the past quarter. According to the latest data by Adviser Rankings, Pinsent Masons increased its total yield of Aim-listed clients from 60 to 61, while its closest rival Carey Olsen […]

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Novae Group appoints RSA lawyer as first group general counsel

Insurance underwriter Novae Group has appointed Alexandra Moon as its first-ever group general counsel. The move will also see her join Novae Group’s executive committee, reporting into its chief executive Matthew Fosh. Novae Group, which has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1998, is a specialist Lloyds insurer. Moon joined on 2 February […]

Slovenia

Balkan firm Karanovic & Nikolic expands to Slovenia with local hire

Balkan firm Karanovic & Nikolic has opened an office in Slovenia, extending its coverage across the states of the former Yugoslavia. The firm has hired partner Marko Ketler from local firm ODI Law to head up the new venture, and is planning to increase the size of the office to around five lawyers over the […]

Europe

European moves: 5 February 2015

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Baltics Varul’s Latvia managing partner Janis Zelmenis, has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of VARUL’s Baltic operation. His role will be to further developt of the firm’s cross Baltic integration. Prior to joining Varul, Zelmenis was the managing […]

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