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Privy Council emphasizes primary role of trial judge as decision-maker in shareholder disputes

In the context of an unfair prejudice claim, the Privy Council recently overturned the decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and restored the decision of Leon J. of the Commercial Court of the British Virgin Islands, in effect ordering a mandatory buy-out, at a price to be determined by the court, of minority shareholdings by the majority shareholder whose acts were found to be oppressive, unfairly discriminatory and unfairly prejudicial to the minority, pursuant to section 184I of the BVI Business Companies Act.

BVI Company Law Series – Continuations In

In this first of two notes relating to continuations (sometimes referred to as migrations or redomiciliations), we look at the requirements and processes for companies which want to continue from one jurisdiction to the BVI.

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DWF overhauls operating model in favour of combined profit centres

DWF is to alter its operating structure in a bid to drive better integration and profitability, with a series of new leadership appointments aimed at spearheading growth in coming years. From May, the firm will make its four main divisions into three. It will no longer comprise insurance and commercial; international; managed services; and connected […]

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Shearman hires Linklaters duo for Munich launch

Shearman & Sterling has become the second law firm today to announce the opening of a Munich office, kickstarting operations with two partners from Linklaters. The US firm has hired corporate partner Florian Harder and tax partner Jann Jetter for the launch. Harder has been at Linklaters since 2007, starting off at SJ Berwin, while […]

Essex Court takes on A&O arbitration silk

Long-serving Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Matthew Gearing QC is set to leave private practice for a new career at the Bar, with Essex Court Chambers securing his services. From one magic circle to another, Gearing will officially join Essex Court on 3 May 2021. Gearing has spent almost 25 years at A&O, over half […]

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