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Back to basics: Getting the fundamentals right in Cayman trusts

By Anthony Partridge How important is it to ask about the client/settlor’s family background? I think this is incredibly important for a number of reasons. As private client lawyers we need to start building a rapport with the client straight away, almost as soon as you meet them. When I meet a client for the […]

Mitigating the risk of trust assets being treated as a resource during divorce: Practical pointers in drafting and administering trusts

By James Campbell Background: It is clear that a well drafted and properly administered trust can be an effective asset protection vehicle in the context of divorce. Broadly the test now applied by the Family Division of England and Wales (the “Family Division“) in relation to trusts is to decide whether the trust should be […]

Kazakhstan: ‘Transfer of Incorporation’ under the AIFC acts – practical steps

This article discusses the successful redomiciliation of Kazakhstan Energy Reinsurance Company Ltd from the Islands of Bermuda to the Astana International Financial Centre and the main procedural steps required for the redomiciliation under the Acting Law of the AIFC. Our note is intended to be a helpful guide – it is not comprehensive and does […]

What to do when you receive a force majeure claim based on the novel Coronavirus

By Thomas J. Timmins, Howard Xin Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In doing so, the WHO added the virus to the growing list of PHEICs including such diseases as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), H1N1 (Swine Flu), Ebola, Zika virus, […]

Five significant developments following the June 2019 changes to Canadian trademark law

By R. Nelson Godfrey The last 12 months have been an exciting time in Canadian trademark law. In June 2019, the most significant changes in decades were implemented to Canada’s Trademarks Act and Trademarks Regulations. The changes implemented in June 2019 have been well documented, and include higher class-based filing fees and shorter registration terms, […]

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US-headquartered New Law business Elevate has carried out an internal reorganisation following a spate of acquisitions over the past year. The process comes as the provider concludes the integration process to incorporate four different companies purchased over the course of 2018 and 2019, including legal AI technology and consultancy LexPredict, contract lifecycle management provider Sumati […]

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US and French firms lead on billion-dollar payments deal

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Latham & Watkins and Bredin Prat have led on the latest acquisition in the payments sector, which is also the biggest takeover in Europe so far this year. Cleary and Latham joined forces acting as legal advisers to French financial services company Worldline on its acquisition of payments rival Ingenico […]

Ian Bridge represents motorist cleared of causing death by careless driving

A motorist defended by counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers has been cleared of charges relating to the deaths of two people in a road traffic accident. PC James Dixon and 91-year-old Gladys Goodwin were fatally injured in Wargrave, Berkshire, in December 2017. Ian Bridge represented Agne Jasulaitiene, 36, from Crowthorne, who was found not guilty […]

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