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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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Professional firms providing legal, trust and company services in leading offshore centres cannot ignore the potential of the Internet. Until recently, it might have been argued that the jury was still out on the extent of the Internet’s role as a business communications tool. For some, it was destined to remain the preserve of academics […]

In brief: Lord Taylor heads Victim Support event

Lord Taylor, the Lord Chief Justice, is the guest speaker at the reception marking the development of Victim Support’s Crown Court Witness Service. The event is being held at Newcastle Crown Court on 12 April and will also include representatives of the judiciary, criminal justice organisations and Victim Support. The service was set up to […]

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First for sole advocate in civil appeal

LONDON lawyer David Price claims to be the first solicitor advocate to have acted as the sole advocate within the civil division of the Courts of Appeal. Price, of David Price & Co, appeared as advocate for the respondent in an appeal brought by the City of London Police. The case followed Price’s client, Nigel […]

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