Piercing the ‘corporate veil’ – the Russian Federation and Yukos Oil, where Russian vodka rights have been seized

Contrary to the law on piercing the veil of companies, Advocate Greenfield’s opinion in support of HVY’s arguments identifies that Guernsey law does not regard a trust as a separate and self-standing legal entity, and instead trusts are sets of obligations operated by and via the trustee.

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Trustees – finding certainty in uncertain times

There is an old saying, attributed to the French Philosopher Voltaire, that ‘doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one’. For trustees of trusts governed by the laws of the Cayman Islands (Cayman), and indeed for trustees worldwide, doubt as to the future value of trust assets (and as to the future needs or actions of beneficiaries) may be their new default condition as they deal with the upheaval brought on by recent global events.

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Permission in principle – growth, renewal, protect

The biggest shake up of the planning system since 1947 continues apace with the announcement, on 2 August, of government plans to create an automatic green light for development within specifically designated areas of the country.

Setting aside company transactions involving Jersey, Guernsey and BVI companies

Financial pressure can change perspectives on transactions – whether through the lens of an insolvent winding up, in the context of a counterparty or related interested party exploring ways in which they might unravel a transaction, or a new board considering whether a company can extricate itself from contractual arrangements that appear to have been subject to a conflict of interest or which were for an improper purpose.

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