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The impact of COVID-19 on Cayman Islands restructurings

The long-term global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be far-reaching. It has already led to a significant drop in economic activity across the world, with certain industries, such as aviation, retail, hospitality and tourism, being particularly affected.

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’.


Matt Byrne

Hot 100 reveals management excellence

If you were still looking for a way to get your year started properly yesterday then you could have done a lot worse than attend the party to launch the Hot 100 2015. A stellar turnout saw a jamboree of lawyers from every corner of the legal market rub shoulders over a glass or two […]


The Hot 100 2015: Family and private client

Julian Ribet, Levison Meltzer Pigott Nominated by a multitude of peers, Levison Meltzer Pigott partner Julian Ribet is one of a handful of specialist family law arbitrators in the country, spearheading the newly created Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. The institute was set up by a number of family law and arbitration groups to promote […]

Bakers, Freshfields, HSF and Linklaters pick up spots on O2 deal

Amid a global wave of consolidation in the telecoms sector four firms have emerged as advisers on the latest big deal – Hong Kong-based Fortune 500 giant Hutchison Whampoa’s proposed £10.25bn acquisition of O2. It is understood that Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has scooped the mandate for the UK’s second-largest mobile unit O2, while Hutchison […]

No5 Chambers barrister Russell Bailey recovers costs for wronged employer

Excelerate Technology Ltd paid its former technology director Lindsay Cumberbatch £62,500 as consideration for agreeing to the extension of post-termination restrictions at the time of his redundancy. In contravention of those restrictions Cumberbatch set up Red Foot Technologies as a competitive business with his friend David Osmond, fostering the pretence that Osmond was the real […]


The Hot 100 2015: In-house

In association with Fox Rodney, Saunderson House and Thomson Reuters Mark Amsden, Morrisons Morrisons general counsel Mark Amsden, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard in 2013, has expanded the supermarket’s legal functions to support the business in a challenging retail environment. This included refashioning the team’s roles to allow in-house lawyers to take on risk identification […]

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