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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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A&O plants Peerpoint in Hong Kong to crack Asian market

Allen & Overy has kick-started its Asian ambitions with the roll-out of flexible resourcing division Peerpoint to Hong Kong this week. The firm is testing the waters in China with the hope of proving that Peerpoint can work effectively outside the London market. Peerpoint will continue to rely on A&O alumni, who will be called […]

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Ireland’s Arthur Cox hires Source general counsel for London office

Irish firm Arthur Cox has appointed the general counsel of exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Source, Adrian Mulryan, as a partner in its London funds team. Mulryan joined Source as its general counsel in 2009 from the Royal Bank of Scotland where he was head of retail issuance. He began his career at Irish firm LK […]

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Looking to Europe: A closer look at Fieldfisher’s flurry of lateral hires

Fieldfisher has cast a wide net to snare lateral hires in Europe, but what is its strategy on the continent? Since Michael Chissick became Fieldfisher’s managing partner back in February 2013, he claims to have been “slowly but surely” investing in lateral hires. According to The Lawyer UK 200, the firm increased its partner numbers […]

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Six take flight from Bird & Bird’s China offices in defection to IP consultancy

IP consultancy Awapatent has picked up Bird & Bird Hong Kong IP rainmaker Ai-Leen Lim and a team of five for its Beijing and Hong Kong branch AWA Asia. Lim has left Bird & Bird, where she was international partner and head of trademark portfolio management in Greater China, to head the consultancy’s practice as […]

Ogier guides lenders on Waterlogic take-private deal

Ogier has advised the lenders on the £122.6m acquisition of Waterlogic plc by Castik Capital.  The lenders include GE Capital, HSBC, ING, Santander and Societe Generale, and together they provided £113m of senior debt facilities supporting the take-private by private equity fund Castik of the UK-based provider of mains-fed drinking water purification and dispensing systems. Edward […]

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