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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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Move of the week Winston & Strawn IP head Richard Price has joined Olswang as head of IP arbitration in the firm’s London office. Price is a patent and trademark litigator and a qualified arbitrator, and joined alongside IP partner Gareth Morgan and two associates. UK London Kirkland & Ellis has hired private equity attorney […]

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Firms cash in as offshore M&A balloons by 63 per cent in 2014

While the M&A market has generally been on the up, it’s clear that one group has been given a major boost by the recent activity: offshore firms. According to data compiled by Appleby, deal value for offshore M&A ballooned by 63 per cent last year – from $170bn in 2013 up to $277bn. That means […]

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McCann FitzGerald secures AIB mandate ahead of capital restructuring

McCann FitzGerald has been appointed as the adviser to Allied Irish Banks (AIB) on its proposed capital restructuring by the Irish government. The mandate follows news last week that fellow Irish firm William Fry had won the tender process to act for the government on the work (13 February 2015). The proposed restructuring could include […]

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Sidley Austin partner brings StreetMap antitrust case against Google to Preiskel & Co

Sidley Austin partner Tim Cowen has joined technology, media and telecoms (TMT) boutique Preiskel & Co as an equity partner. Cowen has brought with him to the firm a multi-million pound antitrust litigation against Google brought by mapping site StreetMap. StreetMap is bringing damages claims against Google alleging abuse of dominance in the way in […]

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Ireland’s Mason Hayes hits €60m mark after 25 per cent increase in revenue

Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has reported a 25 per cent increase in turnover for 2014, with revenues rising to €60m (£43.7m) from €48m in 2013. Figures supplied for The Lawyer’s upcoming European 100 report shows that the firm added 67 staff on a full-time equivalent basis last year, with headcount rising from 333 FTE […]

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