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Jersey: The Trusts Law 2018 – An insight

By Siobhan Riley, Andreas Kistler The Trusts (Amendment No. 7) (Jersey) Law 2018 (the Amendment Law), which came into force on 8 June 2018, reÊnes and further enhances Jersey’s trusts legislation, the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (the Law). Since its introduction in 1984, the Law has been amended and updated periodically, the last changes having been made […]

Trust legislation in Guernsey

By Russell Clark Much of Guernsey’s economic success over the past 50 years or so has been largely due to its adaptability and flexibility to react to changing market situations and conditions. This adaptability is no better illustrated than by the island’s willingness to amend and review legislation to ensure that it retains its position within […]

Jersey lodges the draft Taxation Law 201

Jersey has lodged the draft Taxation (Companies – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 201- (the “Law”). The Law, once adopted, is intended to meet the commitment made by Jersey to address certain concerns raised by the EU Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation (the “Code Group”) in relation to the need for relevant businesses to […]

Bulgaria: Companies required to register their beneficial owners by February 2019

By Gergana Roussinova Companies have until 1 February 2019 to register their beneficial owners in the Bulgarian Commercial Register and Register for Non-profit Legal Persons (the “Commercial Register“). This obligation comes as a result of the adoption of a new Law on the measures against money laundering in March this year (the “AML Law“). Who is obligated under […]

Importance of prohibition on the collateral use of disclosed documents

By Sonia Tolaney, Sandy Phipps CPR 31.22 provides that disclosed documents may be used only for the purpose of the proceedings in which they were disclosed without the consent of the disclosing party or the Court’s permission. It is well established that this rule, known as the collateral use prohibition, applies both to the disclosed documents themselves […]

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B&M hires head of tax from KPMG

Baker & McKenzie has found a head of tax for its Madrid office, as the global firm builds its international tax group. Partner Isabel de Otaola y Ubieta has joined the firm from KPMG’s Spanish law firm to take over leadership of the Madrid-based tax team. The position she fills became vacant following the departure […]

Yorkshire Water

The past fortnight has been a busy time for Yorkshire Water’s legal department. If a vote goes ahead at the company’s next annual general meeting, it will change its name to the Kelda Group and, pending US regulatory approval, is also set to acquire US firm Aquarion. The listed company will give Yorkshire Water a […]

Ex-spy sues for rights of free expression

The Law Lords are to hear an appeal brought by one of the UK’s most infamous spies, George Blake. Blake is fighting to have a court order lifted that freezes the profits of his recent autobiography. After considering the matter in private, Lords Nicholls, Hutton and Hobhouse have now granted leave for appeal against the […]

Top silks call for partnership rights

A Leading silk is calling for radical changes to barristers’ practice rules so they can create partnerships. Andrew Arden QC, head of Arden Chambers, is demanding the rules change because the market and the way barristers operate has changed. Arden points to increasing competition with solicitors and the consequent corporate branding of chambers as well […]

Flotations

Clifford Chance acted for Exchange Fund Investment on the launch of the largest-ever tracker fund to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The HK$33.3bn (£2.7bn) fund was four-times oversubscribed. A team of six lawyers at Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office worked on the deal led by James Walker

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