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Significant beneficial owner: SEBI makes listed companies comply

On 7 December 2018, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued circular No SEBI/HO/CFD/CMD1/CIR/P/2018/0000000149 (Circular) to modify Circular No. CIR/CFD/CMD/13/2015 dated 30 November 2015 (Format for Disclosure of Holding of Specified Securities and Shareholding Pattern) issued under Regulation 31 of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations 2015. Pursuant to the modification, […]

New amendments to CIRP regulations – Relief for bidders and dissenting financial creditors

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) amended the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016 (CIRP Regulations) for the fourth time in 2018 on 5 October 2018 through the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2018 (Amendment Regulations). The Amendment Regulations have come into force on 5 […]

Risks for liability insurers and their insureds: #MeToo

By Susie Wakefield, Antonia Blackwell One year on from #MeToo, Bloomberg estimates at least 425 prominent people across industries had been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. These headlines have brought the issue of how employers tackle sexual harassment in the workplace into the spotlight. In addition to dealing with any allegations of sexual harassment, organisations will […]

Zero-hours contracts – Common pitfalls for employers

By Jo Tunnicliff “Zero-hours contracts can be a positive part of work-life balance if they offer genuine two-way flexibility,” says Matthew Taylor, the government’s lead reviewer of modern working practices. As our previous article set out, the Taylor Review made recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of individuals working in the gig economy, including zero-hours […]

The international capital markets review

By José Pedro Fazenda Martins, Orlando Vogler Guiné The Portuguese economy has been recovering strongly since the end of the financial crisis and the successful conclusion of the Financial Assistance Programme, benefiting from healthy dynamics in the tourism sector and improved investment in various other sectors. The improving of leading indicators, the expansion of industrial production, […]

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Banking & Finance Special Report: Bank checks

The recent turmoil in the banking sector has prompted a new regulatory regime aimed at reducing the impact of failed banks. By Nicola Evans Recent events have highlighted a ;number ;of ;serious ­weaknesses ;in ;the ;UK ­regulatory framework. As a consequence, the Treasury, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Bank of England (BoE) have […]

US quartet advise on $41bn Merck buyout

A quartet of US firms has won lead roles on Merck’s $41bn acquisition of pharmaceuticals rival Schering-Plough. Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson partners David Shine, Philip Richter, William Reindel and Damian Ridealgh led a team advising Merck on the deal. Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz partner Andy Brownstein advised Schering-Plough. Merck is a longstanding […]

Ogier appoints new managing partner for Jersey

Ogier has appointed advocate Matthew Thompson as managing partner of its Jersey office. Thompson replaces Nick Kershaw who has been promoted to group chief executive. The firm said Thompson would continue with his client work as well as his role as cross-jurisdictional lead for the firm’s litigation practice. The news comes as the firm also […]

HBJ office move points to headcount boost

HBJ Gateley Wareing has taken advantage of the weak property market to move into bigger offices in London. The firm has boosted its office space by 50 per cent after moving from Bishopsgate into Fleet Place House in the City. HBJ currently has 50 staff in London, but plans to hit 75 in the near […]

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