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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.



Bakers, Freshfields and Linklaters ring in on Three’s O2 deal

When BT opted to announce a £12.5bn industry-shaking marriage with EE, it looked as if its other budding suitor O2 was going to be left by the wayside. But it didn’t take long for Three’s Hong Kong-based owner Hutchison Whampoa to step into the fray, whisking Telefónica’s O2 off its feet with a £10.25bn bid. […]

House husbands, gender imbalance and divorce law

The case of a ‘house husband’ being granted leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal over a financial settlement in divorce proceedings has re-opened the gender argument in family proceedings. Rupert Nightingale a freelance photographer and stay-at-home husband and father was awarded a lump sum of £300,000 together with £50,000 a year maintenance as […]

Walgreens Alliance Boots reorganises top legal line-up in wake of merger

This week newly-merged Walgreens Boots Alliance has appointed former Alliance Boots legal counsel and chief administrative officer Marco Pagni as executive vice president (VP) and global chief legal and administrative officer of the combined business. Pagni was appointed group legal counsel and chief administrative officer of Alliance Boots in 2007 and promptly moved to consolidate […]

Conyers advises Xiabuxiabu Catering Management on HK$1.1bn IPO

Conyers Dill & Pearman HAS provided Cayman and BVI legal advice to Xiabuxiabu Catering Management (China) Holdings Co, Ltd on its HK$1.1bn (£94.5m) IPO on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKSE) by way of Hong Kong public offering and international offering. Xiabuxiabu Catering Management (China) Holdings Co., Ltd. is China’s leading […]


Linklaters shakes up control of international practices as EEMEA head steps down

Linklaters has divided control of its Africa and India groups following the decision of Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) head Sandeep Katwala to step down from the role. Katwala was EEMEA managing partner and head of Linklaters’ India group, having held the latter position for 10 years (28 January 2013). He succeeded Stuart […]

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