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Overseas companies and UK property – all change in 2021

By Maria Connolly At the end of July, the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill was published. The intention is that, from 2021, overseas entities wanting  to deal in certain UK property will have to register in the overseas entities register (OER). Why will overseas entities have to register?

Hackitt review: Response suggests further extension of the regime

By Adrian Mansbridge As outlined in our previous articles covering what lies ahead for high rise regulation and the proposed ban on flammable cladding the legislative programme to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review and to address broader concerns is already underway. However, as anticipated, political concerns have already led to these proposals being “beefed up”…

Use of behavioural biometrics brings privacy issues under GDPR

By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…

Supreme Court rules a ‘right to litigate’ cannot be assigned to a third party

By Rebecca MacCann What happens if you assign your right to litigate to a person or company that is unconnected to the event that creates the right to litigate? In the recent Supreme Court case of SPV Osus Ltd v­ HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited & Ors [2018] IESC 44, the Supreme Court held […]

Portugal: Fund management 2018

By Pedro Simões Coelho, Ricardo Seabra Moura and Carlos Filipe Couto How is fund management regulated in your jurisdiction? Which authorities have primary responsibility for regulating funds, fund managers and those marketing funds?

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Will Birds' wings be clipped?

Bird & Bird turned itself into a top-notch IT firm at breathtaking speed. But now that it has plans to expand its practice internationally, this small player needs to be aware of problems lurking on the horizon. By Anne McGrath. Size isn’t everything – as the success of London firm Bird & Bird has consistently […]

Square Mile

My firm has never been involved in merger talks, and therefore neither have I. But I have plenty of friends who have. Frankly, I feel sorry for them, and this is why. The fact is that the probability of a successful merger between substantial City firms, of comparable size and stature, is both small and […]

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David Nunn led a property team at Simmons & Simmons which advised Reader’s Digest in the disposal of its European headquarter’s offices in Canary Wharf to German open ended fund, DIFA, for £59m in a sale and lease-back deal. DIFA was advised by a Linklaters team, led by James Knox and Jurgen Hubner of German […]

Straw axes death penalty

HOME Secretary Jack Straw has formally abolished the death penalty in peacetime – which still existed for treason and piracy with violence – by signing the sixth protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights. Straw also signed a European convention aimed at tackling corruption, which includes criminalising the bribery of officials of international organisations. […]

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