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Cross-border divorce – things to consider

The considerable challenges and pressure that individuals are exposed to in the current global crisis is undoubtedly a contributing factor to the rising levels of divorce. Couples with connections to both the UK and another EU country may still have the opportunity of choosing the jurisdiction in which to divorce.

Do you need to make a late application for settled status?

The deadline for applying to the European Settlement Scheme to obtain pre-settled or settled status passed on 30 June 2021. However, the Home Office has made it clear that there is flexibility and late applications will be considered. This provision may not last forever and anyone who has missed the deadline should take action immediately to apply.

Businesses must stick closely to employment law in dismissal or redundancy procedures or risk paying a heavy price

As if there were not enough challenges for businesses trying to generate business with the restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the ever-evolving employment laws bring more factors to consider, as well as being expected to address wider global issues such as the impact of their business has on climate change, consider the mental health of their employees whether or not it is related to their work as well as deciding on whether or not to agree to hybrid working arrangements and the responsibilities that such a working arrangement brings to the employer.

FCA update to business interruption claims

The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic may not have been an absolute surprise to epidemiologists but for many businesses, it was a completely unexpected, despite the rapid spread of the previous SARS outbreak a few years ago.

A guide to the steps to take if you inherit a property in Italy

Each year a number of people with Italian heritage unexpectedly find that they have inherited a property from a distant Italian relative, sometimes, from someone they barely know and have never met. The situation can arise if a person names you as a beneficiary in their will or if there is no will, the strict laws of succession in Italy, often described as forced heirship, where the deceased’s estate automatically passes to the relatives in strict order of succession dependant on the proximity between the deceased and the beneficiary within the family. If a person has outlived their immediate family then more distant relatives must be sought.

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The sustainability of green financing

Maples Group acted for Xiaomi Corporation in connection with Xiaomi’s offering of US$800,000,000 2.875% Senior Bonds Due 2031 and US$400,000,000 4.100% Senior Green Bonds Due 2051 issued by Xiaomi Best Time International Limited, incorporated in Hong Kong and unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by Xiaomi Corporation, a company controlled through weighted voting rights and incorporated in the Cayman Islands and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The green bonds offering marked Xiaomi’s initial foray into the world of green financing and more broadly Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). The proceeds of the green bonds are earmarked for ‘Eligible Projects’ within Xiaomi’s finance framework aimed at positive environmental and social benefits. Their framework follows the green bonds and loan guidelines of the International Capital Markets Association.

Guernsey consolidates economic substance and extends it to partnerships

Guernsey has brought partnerships into scope of economic substance requirements for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2022, although partnerships formed on or after 1 July 2021 will be in scope immediately on formation where they conduct activities that trigger the economic substance requirements.


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