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Rectification of the terms of a private equity financing transaction

Terra Firma has successfully obtained rectification of the terms of a private equity financing transaction completed in 2012, concerning the Four Seasons care homes business [FSHC Group Holdings Limited v Barclays Bank Plc]. The transaction required the Parent company to provide security over a particular shareholder loan which was part of the overall funding package. […]

New opportunity for permanent residency in Alberta

By Krista Schofer The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) recently announced highly anticipated changes to its permanent residency program. Effective June 14, 2018, the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is available as a potential path to permanent residency in the province. The AOS replaces the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream under the AINP. The AOS […]

Global skills strategy update GTS occupations list

By Lesley A Love The Global Skills Strategy is a pilot project launched by IRCC in June 2017. The program is designed to give Canadian employers quicker access to highly qualified global talent. Changes were recently announced to one part of the GSS, as outlined below. Employers using the program should be aware of these changes…

All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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Consumers' watchdog calls for controls on insurers

WATCHDOG body the Consumers’ Association (CA) has called for greater regulation of the legal expenses insurance market in a report which reveals widespread public ignorance of the industry. Of 2,000 people surveyed by the CA in its report, which was published last week, two thirds were unaware of the concept of legal expenses insurance and […]

In brief: Cadwaladers scoops Weil Gotshal duo

Dennis Block – Weil Gotshal & Manges’ mergers and acquisitions rainmaker, who resigned over the cost of the firm’s London office – and the firm’s international financial restructuring partner, Bruce Zirinsky, are joining the New York office of US rival Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

A court that knows no boundaries?

The international criminal court treaty is a big achievement but can it deliver what it promises? Jonathan Stanley is a London-based writer on law. British lawyers have played a skilled part in preparing and negotiating the hard-won treaty to establish a permanent international criminal court (ICC). The treaty, which is the culmination of years of […]

'Pay to play' vote

The ABA’s ruling House of Delegates has deferred a proposal to ban lawyers who make campaign donations to officials from doing government work. The proposal had been drawn up by a task force on the practice, known as “pay to play”, whereby lawyers allegedly make donations in order to get work.

Human rights awards

Croatian lawyer Vesna Alaburic and former senator George Mitchell were the recipients of this year’s annual International Human Rights awards from the ABA Sector of Litigation. Alaburic was honoured for her work, often on a pro bono basis, defending journalists accused of publishing critical articles about the government. Senator Mitchell was recognised for his work […]

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