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Companies to register their beneficial owners in the Bulgarian Commercial Register and Register for Non-profit Legal Persons 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 […]

Supreme Court’s refusal on Barnardo’s switching to CPI

By Ian J Gordon, Simon Davies, Chris Edwards-Earl The Barnardo’s scheme’s rules stated that uprating of benefits must be based on the “general index of retail prices or any replacement adopted by the trustees without prejudicing approval”. While the retail price index (RPI) continues to be published (i.e. not “replaced”), the Supreme Court found it is not open […]

Commercial Court dismisses allegations of fraud in connection with forex demo accounts

By Robin Henry, Jean-Martin Louw In a highly critical Commercial Court judgment, Mr Justice Knowles has described two investment funds’ allegations of fraud against a forex trading firm as “an elaborate and expensive, unmeritorious attempt” to “throw off their responsibility onto the shoulders of the defendants”. Background The claimants’ business model was to offer investors equity in […]

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Two years on since new EU-wide insolvency laws were introduced, cherry-picking your jurisdiction for insolvency is increasingly tough. By Cary Kochberg and Laurence Crowley More than two years on from its introduction and the European Insolvency Regulation can clearly be seen to have had an impact on cross-border insolvencies, sometimes pitting courts in various member […]

SJ Berwin wins Goldman mandate on CC conflict

SJ Berwin has secured its first major instruction for Goldman Sachs Asset Management after the fund manager’s longstanding firm Clifford Chance was conflicted out. SJ Berwin private equity and corporate finance partner Mark Mifsud lead the team from SJ Berwin acting for The Goldman Sachs Vintage Funds on its €400m (£272m) agreement with Société Générale […]

Linklaters turns up heat in NY with another Shearman hire

Linklaters’ New York office has returned to Shearman & Sterling for new recruits, this time taking on the former co-head of the US firm’s securitisation and derivatives group. Gary Barnett joins Linklaters as a partner and will be reunited with his former colleague, litigation expert Paul Wickes who joined Linklaters in July last year. Since […]

Swansea outsourcing prompts strike action

Swansea City Council has provoked an ongoing strike over plans to outsource its IT department, but new laws coming in next year may help make such disputes a thing of the past. Public sector union Unison claims that IT staff only found out about plans to outsource the department when they saw an EU publication advertising the […]

Firm profile: Lawyers Direct

Now that work-life balance is firmly on most lawyers’ to do lists, new ways of working are at the front of most people’s minds. Enter Lawyers Direct, a two-year-old firm that gives lawyers with wanderlust the chance to go freelance and still win quality work. The firm is an oddity. All of its 45 lawyers, […]

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