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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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A&O and Ashurst win £11bn Altadis-Imperial roles

Imperial Tobacco’s €16bn (£11bn) takeover of Spanish tobacco company Altadis has yielded a brace of deals for Ashurst and Allen & Overy (A&O). Ashurst is advising the banks Citigroup, ABN Amro, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley, while A&O is acting for Imperial Tobacco. To fund the bid Imperial Tobacco will launch a £5.4bn rights issue […]

Clydes plots Middle East hiring spree

Clyde & Co has put the Middle East at the heart of its strategic priorities, with a plan to hire at least 40 lawyers in the region during the next financial year. The recruitment drive follows the firm’s hiring spree last year that saw it hire 32 lawyers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and […]

A&O boosts Bangkok with Norton Rose partner

Allen & Overy (A&O) has taken a Norton Rose partner for its Thailand office, making him counsel. Suparerk Auychai has banking and equity capital markets expertise and will join A&O’s 26-lawyer Bangkok office. Auychai was a partner at Norton Rose for two years, having been made up in 2005. Norton Rose is now left with […]

Hammonds launches last-ditch attempt to save law advice centre

Lawyers at Hammonds’ London office have issued a call to arms on behalf of Paddington Law Centre in West London, which faces imminent closure unless donations are forthcoming. For almost 35 years Paddington Law Centre has provided free, specialist legal advice and representation to Westminster’s poorest citizens in the practice areas of immigration, benefits, housing […]

HSBC follows Barclays’ lead in diversity stakes

HSBC is likely to require details of firms’ diversity policies in its upcoming panel review, head of group general counsel Richard Bennett has revealed. The bank, which does not have a set timeframe for when the reviews will take place, has highlighted diversity as an important factor for it to consider in its next review. […]

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