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Protection from prying eyes: Trusts in the Cayman Islands

While the flaunting of one’s wealth remains a common pastime for many of the world’s well-heeled, increasingly so in the age of social media, the majority of private clients wish to remain just that – private. However, remaining discreet and keeping personal affairs under wraps can be a huge challenge when litigation looms large on […]

Retail funds in Portugal: regulatory overview

This Q&A is part of the global guide to investment funds. It provides a high level overview of retail investment funds in Portugal, looking at both retail funds and hedge funds. Areas covered include a market overview, legislation and regulation, marketing, managers and operators, restrictions and requirements, tax and upcoming reform.To compare answers across multiple […]

Hedge funds in Portugal: regulatory overview

A Q&A guide to hedge funds law in Portugal. This Q&A is part of the global guide to hedge funds. It provides a high level overview of hedge funds in Portugal. Areas covered include a market overview, legislation and regulation, marketing, managers and operators, restrictions and requirements, tax; private placement rules and upcoming reform. To […]

New research reveals risks to UK mid size businesses

The contribution of just under 30,000 businesses with an annual turnover of £10m to £149million is seriously at risk from a lack of identity, shortage of skills and talent and macro-economic uncertainty, a new benchmark report has revealed. Released today, the report uses an unprecedented range of intelligence about UK mid size businesses’ priorities, strengths […]

Online pricing, unfair practices and consumer protection

By Gwendoline Davies High street jeweller H Samuel has been fined for providing misleading pricing information online. The case highlights both what retailers can and can’t do when it comes to posting prices and promotions; and a new national and international drive towards the enforcement of consumer protection laws. Retail and Commercial Dispute Resolution specialist Gwendoline […]

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Seven Bedford hires six tenants to strengthen BakerPlatt tie-up

Common law set Seven Bedford Row is deepening its unique international alliance with offshore law firm and consultancy group BakerPlatt by taking on six door tenants specialising in chancery work. The new door tenants, all from 5 Stone Buildings, will enable the alliance to carry out contentious trusts work as well as other traditional chancery […]

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The UK public sector is in a state of flux. Central government has instructed local authorities to work together to provide greater efficiencies, while local government, in turn, has long accused central government of hampering its work via a combination of micro-management and a stranglehold on finances. Both sides have responded to each others’ criticisms. […]

US firms keep marriages local

Plenty of US firms have taken a leaf out of Reed Smith‘s and Richards Butler’s book as the two firms look to complete their transatlantic merger following a successful partnership vote last month. But instead of a flurry of tie-ups across the pond, the US market is instead being bombarded by national link-ups. Pittsburgh-based law […]

Standard Chartered legal chief in move to Dubai

Standard Chartered group head of legal David Brimacombe is jetting off to Dubai to take up a new position at the bank, leaving the organisation to search for a successor in London. Brimacombe is moving to the Gulf in the next few months to help drive forward the bank’s operations in the region. The bank […]

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