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Significant Beneficial Ownership: MCA Releases Amended Rules

On 8 February 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) released the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners) Amendment Rules, 2019 (New SBO Rules) to revise and amend the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners), 2018 (Old SBO Rules). The New SBO Rules have once again kick-started the process of requiring significant beneficial owners to start the reporting procedures. […]

Bermuda’s beneficial ownership registers and privacy: status update and further observations

Bermuda companies, limited liability companies and partnerships have until 30 April 2019 to update or verify beneficial ownership information under Bermuda’s ‘beneficial ownership legislation’. Bermuda’s central register of beneficial ownership information is held on the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) “Integra portal”, a secure online registration and filing system. Currently, under Bermuda law, the information on […]

Trusts vs. Foundations: What are the deciding factors?

Trusts have been around for a long time. Their use in the context of succession and wealth planning as well as philanthropy is well established. Foundations, on the other hand, are relatively new (certainly to common law jurisdictions such as Jersey) and as a result there are fewer of them. However, they are being increasingly […]

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LCD reports court work decimated

Regional bar suffers as arbitration and mediation work stays in London; High court sees Civil claims drop by 86% The regional bar is adopting the practice of round table discussions in response to an 86 per cent drop in civil High Court claims, reflected in new figures from the Lord Chancellor’s Department. The practice of […]

A Vews from Budapest

The rise and apparent fall of the Budapest Stock Exchange has taken place at high speed. At the same time as the exchange was celebrating its 10th anniversary earlier this year, most thoughts were focused on the depressed state of the market, not all of which can be attributed to wider factors affecting other equity […]

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Clifford Chance advised Goldman Sachs as coordinator and JP Morgan, HypoVereinsbank and the Royal Bank of Scotland as arrangers in the largest ever European leveraged buyout. The euro1.65bn (£1bn) facilities supported Goldman Sachs Private Equity’s and Allianz Capital Partners’ acquisition of industrial gases group Messer Griesheim, bought from Hoechst/Aventis.Messer Griesheim operates in more than 200 […]

Lincoln’s Inn wins massive rate rebate

Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn are being paid tens of thousands of pounds each in rate rebates following a recent settlement which reduced rates by up to 50 per cent. After 168 appeals by the 26 chambers of Lincoln’s Inn over five years, of which 12 are outstanding, the Valuation Office Agency agreed to reduce rateable […]

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