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Our future town and city centres

Post-Covid, how do we revive our urban centres, now and in the future? What does the future hold for work, retail, entertainment and living? These were some of the issues discussed when Birmingham real estate partner, Beth McArdle, chaired a session at the Big Tent Festival 2021 in Coventry. Joining Beth on the panel were: Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, Director of Research at Institute of Future Transport & Cities, Coventry University; Trish Willetts, Coventry BID Director; and Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, Coventry City Council.

Modernisation of the British Virgin Islands trust legislation

Legislative amendments to the British Virgin Islands trust legislation took effect on 9 July 2021 under the Trustee (Amendment) Act, 2021. The reforms introduce welcome improvements to the BVI’s Trustee Act and ensure that the BVI remains a leading offshore jurisdiction for the establishment, administration, and maintenance of trusts.



Fund rows without tears

AIFMD confusion makes mediation the most efficient solution to multi-jurisdictional funds disputes For several years the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) from the EU hung over European fund management, creating uncertainty and an environment where even the finest legal minds can find it hard to understand what the law is (or might be) in […]

The professional indemnity time bomb

You may not recall that Berliner was the unrated insurer that was supposed to take over the book previously underwritten by Latvian insurer Balva, which was on the brink of being closed down in June. The pair join Gibraltar-based Lemma Europe Insurance Company and Irish insurer Quinn in the PII doldrums as big insurance players […]


Clifford Chance client Excalibur defeated in $1.6bn High Court battle

The High Court has dismissed a $1.6bn claim from Clifford Chance client Excalibur Ventures, bringing to an end one of the longest running trials of 2012/13. Mr Justice Christopher Clarke today (10 September) threw out a raft of claims against Texas Keystone and Gulf Keystone, which concerned the interest in rights to exploit and develop petroleum […]

Antoine Mercier and team join DLA Piper’s Paris real estate group

DLA Piper has appointed Antoine Mercier, former partner at Dentons, to head of the real estate group. He will be arriving alongside his team, including Marie Poulhies (counsel), Myriam Mejdoubi, Julien Chabanat, Charlotte Louis-Sylvestre and François-Xavier Piollat (associates). Mercier specialises in domestic and pan-European real estate acquisition and financing. Prior to co-heading an international team at […]

DLA Piper appoints Delkousis to strengthen infrastructure and construction practice

DLA Piper has appointed Jim Delkousis to the position of global head of infrastructure and construction disputes. Delkousis has more than 20 years of experience in major project disputes throughout Asia Pacific, and more recently, the Middle East, where he led DLA Piper’s litigation and regulatory practice for the last six years. He be leading a team […]

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