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Policies for streamlining operations of PSCs

On 18 July 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved policy framework for streamlining operations of production sharing contracts (PSCs) for increased domestic production of hydrocarbon resources (Policy). By way of background, the Government of India had awarded 28 exploration blocks (13 offshore and 15 onshore) to private companies between 1980. This was prior […]

Amendments to IBBI Regulations, 2016 – CIRP Regulations

By Ashwin Bishnoi, Shruti Singh, Charu Chitwan The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) notified the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018 (Amendment Regulations) on 4 July 2018 to amend the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016 (CIRP Regulations) for the third time this year. Primarily, the […]

Why Offshore for Fintech?

Fintech is changing the way banking and financial services businesses are operating at an incredible pace. There are many challenges and opportunities that face financial institutions, business, investors and start-ups. As with much new technology, the speed of change frequently outstrips the legal and regulatory landscape and fresh approaches are often required to adapt. With […]

Cayman Islands investment funds – Changes to the AML Regime

A number of significant changes to the anti-money laundering regime applicable to Cayman Islands investment funds were introduced towards the end of 2017. The key changes are: • Unregulated investment funds will be subject to the Anti- Money Laundering Regulations, 2017 (as amended, the “AML Regulations”) from 31 May 2018 • The Cayman Islands Monetary […]

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Simmons to open Beijing head office

Simmons & Simmons is to reorganise its China practice, with plans to open a Beijing office that will ­operate as a national hub. The firm’s partnership recently voted to open an office in the Chinese capital. Managing partner Mark Dawkins told The Lawyer that the firm had “advanced plans” to launch there. “We want to develop Beijing as […]

Citigroup opts for two-tier Emea panel

Citigroup has overhauled its external legal panels. The Europe, Middle East and Asia (Emea) panel has been split into two tiers. The top level includes Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Beachcroft, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Norton Rose. The second tier features Denton Wilde Sapte and Simmons & Simmons. […]

23 Essex Street pair defect to Outer Temple

Outer Temple Chambers has snared husband and wife pair Brendan Finucane QC and Fiona Horlick from 23 Essex Street. Finucane is a leading criminal silk specialising in commercial fraud, VAT and international corruption and tax evasion. Horlick is a general crime barrister and member of the Fraud Prosecution Panel for CPS London. Outer Temple head […]

Stewarts Law snags fourth Manches partner

Stewarts Law has made its fourth lateral partner hire from Manches in the last 15 months, after the capture of commercial litigation partner Keith Thomas. He follows fellow litigators Clive Zietman and Andrew Shaw, and family partner Debbie Chism, who have all left the West End firm to join Stewarts. Thomas said: “This is an […]

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BPP Law School got less than top marks in the BSB’s recent report. So what has the dean Peter Crisp done to tackle the manifold problems facing one of the biggest legal education providers in the country? In March this year The Lawyer reported (8 March) that BPP Law School had been put under the spotlight […]

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