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Dispute resolution – Yes and no: how funders decide

By David Walker, Investment Manager (Solicitor) for Augusta Ventures According to Pythagoras: “The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought.” Litigation funders would wholeheartedly agree when deciding whether or not to fund a case. As the largest funder in the UK by volume of claims funded, Augusta […]

Bermuda introduces digital asset business amendment Act 2019

By Steven Rees Davies The Digital Asset Business Amendment Act 2019 (DABA Amendment ACT) became operative on 8 October 2019. The Amendment amends the Digital Asset Business Act 2018 that became operative on 10 September 2018 which regulates the digital asset sector in Bermuda. The Amendment replaces the existing definitions of “exchange”, “digital asset services vendor”, […]

The rules on economic substance in The British Virgin Islands

By Jeffrey Kirk On 9 October 2019, the ITA published the Rules on Economic Substance (Rules), which provide detailed explanations and interpretations of the legislative requirements of the Economic Substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) Act, 2018 (ES Act).  The Rules closely follow the Draft ES Code that has been in circulation since April 2019. The […]

What are the key trends shaping the fund finance industry in Asia?

By Fiona Chan CAYMAN ISLANDS FUND VEHICLES IN ASIA The Cayman Islands continue to be one of the most popular offshore jurisdictions for the Asian finance industry. There are dozens of Chinese funds that manage USD1 billion or more and the Cayman Islands provide the international recognition that many of these managers are looking for. […]

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BLG hires FSA lawyer for regulatory team

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has strengthened its financial services regulatory team with the hire of a lawyer from the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) enforcement division. Emily Benson has joined the firm as an associate director, one level below partner, and reports to financial services regulatory head Ian Mason. Mason, who joined BLG in January […]

Survey reveals fifty per cent slump in individual pro bono hours

The number of hours individual lawyers dedicate to pro bono work has almost halved in the past five years, new research commissioned by the Law Society has found. Each lawyer on average now provides 15 hours of free advice a year, compared with 32 hours in 2002, according to the survey. The findings, which polled […]

Lovells tinkers with lockstep again

Lovells is reviewing its lockstep once again with the intention of allowing partners in economically weaker jurisdictions to enter the equity. Currently the firm’s equity ladder starts at 30 points, increasing by three points a year over a 10-year period. However, with partners having to meet certain requirements in order to enter the lockstep it […]

Financial services and pensions

The European financial services market has gone through major change this year with the implementa-tion of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid). The directive has been making a slow entry in individual member states, something that will hamper its smooth running for a number of years to come. Domestically, market abuse remains a major […]

Linklaters reunited with DIC after Freshfields conflicted out

Linklaters reunited with DIC after Freshfields conflicted out” />Linklaters has won back Dubai International Capital (DIC) as a client, completing two mega-deals for the emirate’s investment arm in one week. The firm navigated DIC through its $1.2bn (£580m) purchase of German aluminium producer Altadis from Rhône Group and Teachers’ Private Capital (TPC). A day later, […]

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