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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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Talks between Watson Farley & Williams and US firm Hunton & Williams have fallen through for the second time. The two firms, which have been in the advanced stages of talks since October, are understood to have abandoned marriage plans that could have created a 300-partner firm. They considered a joint venture linkup in 1999, […]

Blandys hires insolvency ace from Clarks

Reading firm Blandy & Blandy has bolstered its corporate and technology practice with the appointment of insolvency expert David Few from local rival Clarks. The hire comes as the prospect of economic recession appears to be looming closer. Company and commercial lawyer Few says: “Obviously there’s concern that things are going to change. People are […]

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Lovells is acting for Commerzbank for the first time after the bank’s main corporate advisers were conflicted out on German-based Vaillant’s £692m bid for engineering group Hepworth. Commerzbank, which is acting as arranger and underwriter on the debt package financing Vaillant’s offer for UK company Hepworth, usually turns to Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters & […]

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