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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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A&O plants Peerpoint in Hong Kong to crack Asian market

Allen & Overy has kick-started its Asian ambitions with the roll-out of flexible resourcing division Peerpoint to Hong Kong this week. The firm is testing the waters in China with the hope of proving that Peerpoint can work effectively outside the London market. Peerpoint will continue to rely on A&O alumni, who will be called […]

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Ireland’s Arthur Cox hires Source general counsel for London office

Irish firm Arthur Cox has appointed the general counsel of exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Source, Adrian Mulryan, as a partner in its London funds team. Mulryan joined Source as its general counsel in 2009 from the Royal Bank of Scotland where he was head of retail issuance. He began his career at Irish firm LK […]

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Looking to Europe: A closer look at Fieldfisher’s flurry of lateral hires

Fieldfisher has cast a wide net to snare lateral hires in Europe, but what is its strategy on the continent? Since Michael Chissick became Fieldfisher’s managing partner back in February 2013, he claims to have been “slowly but surely” investing in lateral hires. According to The Lawyer UK 200, the firm increased its partner numbers […]

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Six take flight from Bird & Bird’s China offices in defection to IP consultancy

IP consultancy Awapatent has picked up Bird & Bird Hong Kong IP rainmaker Ai-Leen Lim and a team of five for its Beijing and Hong Kong branch AWA Asia. Lim has left Bird & Bird, where she was international partner and head of trademark portfolio management in Greater China, to head the consultancy’s practice as […]

Ogier guides lenders on Waterlogic take-private deal

Ogier has advised the lenders on the £122.6m acquisition of Waterlogic plc by Castik Capital.  The lenders include GE Capital, HSBC, ING, Santander and Societe Generale, and together they provided £113m of senior debt facilities supporting the take-private by private equity fund Castik of the UK-based provider of mains-fed drinking water purification and dispensing systems. Edward […]

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