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Policies for streamlining operations of PSCs

On 18 July 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved policy framework for streamlining operations of production sharing contracts (PSCs) for increased domestic production of hydrocarbon resources (Policy). By way of background, the Government of India had awarded 28 exploration blocks (13 offshore and 15 onshore) to private companies between 1980. This was prior […]

Amendments to IBBI Regulations, 2016 – CIRP Regulations

By Ashwin Bishnoi, Shruti Singh, Charu Chitwan The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) notified the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018 (Amendment Regulations) on 4 July 2018 to amend the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016 (CIRP Regulations) for the third time this year. Primarily, the […]

Why Offshore for Fintech?

Fintech is changing the way banking and financial services businesses are operating at an incredible pace. There are many challenges and opportunities that face financial institutions, business, investors and start-ups. As with much new technology, the speed of change frequently outstrips the legal and regulatory landscape and fresh approaches are often required to adapt. With […]

Cayman Islands investment funds – Changes to the AML Regime

A number of significant changes to the anti-money laundering regime applicable to Cayman Islands investment funds were introduced towards the end of 2017. The key changes are: • Unregulated investment funds will be subject to the Anti- Money Laundering Regulations, 2017 (as amended, the “AML Regulations”) from 31 May 2018 • The Cayman Islands Monetary […]

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Merrills turns to Freshfields

Investment bank Merrill Lynch chose Freshfields ahead of Linklaters to advise it on its £3.1bn takeover of Britain’s biggest fund manager, Mercury Asset Management (MAM). The bank’s decision to turn to Freshfields for such a major deal has surprised City lawyers, given Linklaters’ close association with Merrill Lynch. Linklaters advised on the bank’s acquisition of […]

Deloittes legal audit partner to quit

Deloitte & Touche’s head of professional practices, William Barnes, who specialises in auditing law firms, is to leave next spring without a new job to go to. Barnes, who is 42 and has been a Deloittes audit partner for 10 years, said that he had only ever wanted to be in audit for “a certain […]

Stronger in Spain

US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has strengthened its new Spanish office with the addition of four Spanish associates. Squire Sanders now has six lawyers working in Madrid. Corporate specialist Josep Maria Julia becomes the second lawyer to join Squire Sanders from Madrid firm JYB Cremades y Asociados former Cremades tax specialist Javier Santos was […]

In brief: Bar reviews 'fat-cat barrister' costs

The Bar is urgently drafting proposals for slashing costs in high-cost cases, in the wake of the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s public attack on “fat-cat barristers” and his legal aid proposals.

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