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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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Possession is two halves of the law

Last November there was a revolution in the arena of family law following the judgment in the House of Lords in the case of White v White. It was the biggest shake-up of divorce law in 30 years and, not surprisingly, the courts are still working out what it all means. Payne Hicks Beach family […]

SJ Berwin wins B&M global partner

SJ Berwin‘s German branch has taken on an international partner from Baker & McKenzie‘s Frankfurt office. Sebastian Gronstedt, who specialises in private equity and M&A transactions, will join the firm’s Frankfurt office where he will focus on buyout work. Gronstedt has previously acted for multinational corporations, but in his new role he will move away […]

Laying the blame

The news that the Lord Chancellor was to finally part company with the “no fault” divorce in January was as inevitable as the arrival of a decree absolute through the letter box. It was also met with the same wildly divergent responses by the parties involved. As far as the anti-divorce lobby was concerned this […]

Don't worry, be happy

Last year’s Industrial Society research entitled “Maximising Attendance” revealed that sickness absence costs the UK economy £13bn annually. It is surprising, therefore, that only 28 per cent of organisations claim to record all absences, and that there still seems to be a belief that nothing can be done to improve the situation. Companies that have […]

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