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Significant Beneficial Ownership: MCA Releases Amended Rules

On 8 February 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) released the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners) Amendment Rules, 2019 (New SBO Rules) to revise and amend the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners), 2018 (Old SBO Rules). The New SBO Rules have once again kick-started the process of requiring significant beneficial owners to start the reporting procedures. […]

Bermuda’s beneficial ownership registers and privacy: status update and further observations

Bermuda companies, limited liability companies and partnerships have until 30 April 2019 to update or verify beneficial ownership information under Bermuda’s ‘beneficial ownership legislation’. Bermuda’s central register of beneficial ownership information is held on the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) “Integra portal”, a secure online registration and filing system. Currently, under Bermuda law, the information on […]

Trusts vs. Foundations: What are the deciding factors?

Trusts have been around for a long time. Their use in the context of succession and wealth planning as well as philanthropy is well established. Foundations, on the other hand, are relatively new (certainly to common law jurisdictions such as Jersey) and as a result there are fewer of them. However, they are being increasingly […]

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IT and data privacy lawyer Mark Watts was appointed to the top management echelons at Bristows in the year he appeared in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list in 2010, alongside corporate partner Iain Redford. They succeeded partners Pat Treacy and Paul Walsh, who stepped down from the joint role of co-managing partners. Five years on, […]

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Thomson Snell & Passmore appoints non-lawyer CEO

South East firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has appointed non-lawyer Simon Slater as the firm’s first CEO, with the aim of growing its commercial practice further. Slater joined the firm last year from accountancy firm PKF Littlejohn where he worked as a non-executive director. He will work with senior partner James Partridge to carry out […]

Co-op Bank launches selection process for inaugural legal panel

The Co-operative Bank has launched the process to select its first-ever panel of external legal advisers, following the bank’s split from the Co-operative Group. Currently, the bank shares a legal panel with the Co-operative Group but is launching its own panel following the split. However, the bank’s current mortgage, remortgage and property in possession panels […]

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Ashurst and Pinsents advise as Cairn Homes reveals its IPO intentions

Ashurst, Mason Hayes & Curran and Pinsent Masons have all won top roles on the planned London IPO of Irish homebuilder Cairn Homes, as it intends to raise proceeds of around €350m to €400m.  Pinsent Masons advised the company with a team led by partner Andrew Black. He was joined by international development partner Gareth […]

US: Orrick joins handful of international firms with Geneva office

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has become one of only a few international firms to open in Geneva with the hire of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa. Liborio is the second partner to leave Akin Gump in recent months. Former office head Charles Adams left the firm recently following his […]

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