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Overseas companies and UK property – all change in 2021

By Maria Connolly At the end of July, the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill was published. The intention is that, from 2021, overseas entities wanting  to deal in certain UK property will have to register in the overseas entities register (OER). Why will overseas entities have to register?

Hackitt review: Response suggests further extension of the regime

By Adrian Mansbridge As outlined in our previous articles covering what lies ahead for high rise regulation and the proposed ban on flammable cladding the legislative programme to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review and to address broader concerns is already underway. However, as anticipated, political concerns have already led to these proposals being “beefed up”…

Use of behavioural biometrics brings privacy issues under GDPR

By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…

Supreme Court rules a ‘right to litigate’ cannot be assigned to a third party

By Rebecca MacCann What happens if you assign your right to litigate to a person or company that is unconnected to the event that creates the right to litigate? In the recent Supreme Court case of SPV Osus Ltd v­ HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited & Ors [2018] IESC 44, the Supreme Court held […]

Portugal: Fund management 2018

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Ricardo Seabra Moura and Carlos Filipe Couto How is fund management regulated in your jurisdiction? Which authorities have primary responsibility for regulating funds, fund managers and those marketing funds?

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US firms retain majority of London qualifiers

It is early in the recruitment cycle for US firms, but recent announcements ­suggest that several US firms’ London offices are holding up despite the ­pressures of the downturn. Marcus Franks Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has given jobs to 100 per cent of its newly qualified lawyers in London. To put that into perspective, however, that […]

Iberdrola calls on Simmons as Sellafield land rush hots up

Simmons & Simmons has won a key role advising Iberdrola on its bid for land at Sellafield, as the Spanish utility seeks to avoid being left out in the cold in the UK’s new civil nuclear ­energy race. The firm would not comment on any involvement in the deal, but market sources confirmed that longstanding adviser […]

CC loses six partners from capital markets

Clifford Chance has seen the partner headcount in its derivatives and capital markets practice decrease by six since May. David Dunnigan The magic circle firm, which is currently reviewing its global partnership, has lost derivatives and structured products specialists in its London, Milan and New York offices. The firm’s capital markets head David Dunnigan claimed […]

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