This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 30 November 2014

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Latest Briefings

New opportunities for investors: obtaining subsoil use right for hydrocarbons through auction

By Mikhail Abdulov  Introduction If an investor wishes to commence oil and gas activity (exploration/production) in the Republic of Kazakhstan (“RoK”), it shall obtain a relevant subsoil use right (“SUR”), which is formalized by execution of a relevant subsoil use contract (“SUC”). An investor may obtain SUR either directly (SUR acquisition from an acting subsoil user or from […]

Cybersecurity threats and mitigation practices

By Bolat Assylkhanov Cyberattacks remain an increasing threat across all critical infrastructure sectors in Kazakhstan. Threat to the various industries has increased dramatically along with the sophistication of cyberattacks. We have witnessed in recent times massive attacks on IT infrastructure of Kazakhstani state bodies, financial and educational institutions, which led, among other things, to disabling […]

The Bermuda Captive Insurance Market

By Chiara T. Nannini Bermuda is the world’s largest captive domicile with over 700 active captive licences on its register generating approximately US$54 billion in annual gross written premiums. Having formed the first modern captive in 1962, Bermuda still maintains its global lead. The jurisdiction has earned international credibility as a leading global insurance and […]

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King & Wood Mallesons names new Aussie M&A head as incumbent moves to City

King & Wood Mallesons has revamped the management of its Australia corporate practice as Sydney-based M&A and tax head Tim Bednall prepares to transfer to London. Bednall, who will continue to hold the position of global co-ordinator for M&A, will join the firm’s City office in January to fill a hole left by the exit […]

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France’s Ayache Salama eyes London for first overseas office

French firm Ayache Salama has become the latest in a string of European firms, and one of a handful of French ones, to open a London representative office. The office is the firm’s first foreign desk. A number of the firm’s partners, including co-managing partner Olivier Tordjman, will spend several days a month in London […]

ASEAN expansion still flavour of the month

It is now just a year until the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launches its economic community and interest in the region is really hotting up. A raft of Southeast Asian firms have already increased their regional footprints, with the ability to offer expertise in as many of the 10 ASEAN countries as possible […]

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American Apparel names Loeb & Loeb partner Chelsea Grayson as general counsel

US clothing company American Apparel has chosen Loeb & Loeb partner Chelsea Grayson as its new general counsel, effective 15 December. Former corporate partner Grayson has worked for 15 years in private practice, with experience in private placements of equity and debt securities for public and private companies, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions […]

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