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Dispute resolution – Yes and no: how funders decide

By David Walker, Investment Manager (Solicitor) for Augusta Ventures According to Pythagoras: “The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought.” Litigation funders would wholeheartedly agree when deciding whether or not to fund a case. As the largest funder in the UK by volume of claims funded, Augusta […]

Bermuda introduces digital asset business amendment Act 2019

By Steven Rees Davies The Digital Asset Business Amendment Act 2019 (DABA Amendment ACT) became operative on 8 October 2019. The Amendment amends the Digital Asset Business Act 2018 that became operative on 10 September 2018 which regulates the digital asset sector in Bermuda. The Amendment replaces the existing definitions of “exchange”, “digital asset services vendor”, […]

The rules on economic substance in The British Virgin Islands

By Jeffrey Kirk On 9 October 2019, the ITA published the Rules on Economic Substance (Rules), which provide detailed explanations and interpretations of the legislative requirements of the Economic Substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) Act, 2018 (ES Act).  The Rules closely follow the Draft ES Code that has been in circulation since April 2019. The […]

What are the key trends shaping the fund finance industry in Asia?

By Fiona Chan CAYMAN ISLANDS FUND VEHICLES IN ASIA The Cayman Islands continue to be one of the most popular offshore jurisdictions for the Asian finance industry. There are dozens of Chinese funds that manage USD1 billion or more and the Cayman Islands provide the international recognition that many of these managers are looking for. […]

Stop the copycats – Protect your designs

By John Coldham Every year we try and take some designers’ experiences of design and we apply them to how products need to work in the real world and if you have a product that works really well in the real world then it is more likely to be successful and the more successful product is […]

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Magic circle duo advise as South African company makes £5bn play for Just Eat

Allen & Overy, Ashurst and Linklaters have all landed roles on South African company Naspers’ bid for Just Eat. Prosus, the international internet assets division of Naspers, made a £4.9bn all-cash offer to acquire Just Eat today, a deal which would thwart the UK company’s merger with Dutch rival Linklaters is acting for longstanding […]

IP protection in China

By Jamie Rowlands China has made great steps forwards since joining the World Trade Organisation in 2001. There is a legislative framework that broadly speaking works, actually litigating in China can be relatively claimant friendly and importantly when compared to other jurisdictions, pretty cheap. The Chinese Government is making a real drive to move from […]

Executorship – “Smoothifying” the process

By Danica Doucette-Preville Estate planning is an important aspect of your overall wealth management strategy. Yet, while much time and effort goes into the planning and structuring of an ideal estate plan, it seems that the role of the executor, and what their ultimate responsibilities are, gets less attention than it deserves. We recently hosted a […]

Test for discrimination on the basis of family status

By Sam Tecle Family status has long been enshrined in Canadian human rights legislation as a prohibited ground of discrimination. The test for determining if a person has been discriminated against based on his or her family status varies from province to province, with British Columbia arguably having the most stringent standard. The leading test in […]

Regulation/non-tariff barriers

By Kieran Laird, David Lowe, Bernardine Adkins, Ursula Johnston, Michael Luckman To what extent Brexit will affect current regulation will vary from sector to sector, but the impact is potentially enormous. In many areas, the UK largely works to European-wide standards and it is likely that UK regulation will continue to comply with those standards (but […]

Economic issues surrounding Brexit

By Clark Sargent, David Lowe, Bernardine Adkins, Kieran Laird, Michael J Luckman Whether we have a Brexit deal and a managed departure from the EU through a transition (and whatever the details of that), or a ‘no deal’ Brexit, one thing we know for sure is that Brexit will affect all parts of the economy, […]

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