Walkers Fundamentals Seminar 2018

Join us at the Plaza Hotel, New York for our 11th annual Walkers Fundamentals Seminar on Tuesday 6 November 2018.

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FinTech

Our lawyers advise clients ranging from global financial institutions leveraging cutting-edge technology, to start-ups changing the status quo with innovative products and services.

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Walkers Launches Compliance Services Offering

Walkers Compliance complements Walkers' legal, corporate and fiduciary services to deliver a one-stop-shop for clients looking to use the Cayman Islands jurisdiction for their business needs.

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Walkers IDR Among Top Global Law Firms in GRR 30

Walkers' Global Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Group has been ranked as the 13th strongest global law firm for restructuring and insolvency by Global Restructuring Review

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Walkers Leads Landmark Defence of Mega-Litigation

Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi Brothers Company (AHAB) v. Saad Investments Company Limited (In Official Liquidation) (SICL) and Others, a case in which claims and counterclaims at their height amounted to over US$17 billion.

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Brexit

Following the result in the United Kingdom's EU referendum, Walkers has created a Brexit page dedicated to providing our clients relevant information about the jurisdictions in which we practise.

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We are pleased to announce that 8 attorneys across our 10 global offices have been invited to join the partnership. In addition, 18 associates have been promoted to senior counsel, or local equivalent.

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Central Bank Streamlines Procedures for Irish Retail Funds

By way of correspondence dated 9 October 2018 to Irish Funds, the trade body representing funds established in Ireland, the Central Bank of Ireland (the “Central Bank”) notified industry of a series of amendments to its procedures for Irish UCITS and Retail Investor Alternative Investment Funds (“RIAIFs”).

The welcome procedural amendments, introduced with immediate effect, focus on expediting the processing of certain authorisation and post-authorisation amendments for UCITS and RIAIFs through the introduction of a same-day approval process for those applications. Download the full advisory to see the same day approval process.

 

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Ireland Companies (Statutory Audits) Act 2018

The Companies (Statutory Audits) Act 2018 (the “2018 Act”) has been signed into law. The 2018 Act amends certain provisions of the Companies Act 2014 (the “2014 Act”). Key points to note are:

  • it will now be permissible for a company to file its annual return and financial statements in one step within 56 days of the annual-return date;
  • any company filing its annual return late will lose its entitlement to an audit exemption in the following two financial years and not the financial year to which the annual return relates; and
  • the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (the “IAASA”) has been given extra supervisory powers in respect of statutory audits.

 

The objective of the 2018 Act is to further transpose the current EU statutory-audit regime into Irish law in order to provide a single legal framework for statutory audits in Ireland.

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Here We Go Again: Representation of A in the Matter of the G Trust

What’s this – surely not another mistake/Hastings-Bass briefing from those people at Walkers? Well, yes, but in our defence, there have been several judgments from the Royal Court on this topic in the last few months, and if anything, it underlines our previous observation that this is a helpful regime for trustees, settlors and beneficiaries. Also, this particular case involves an error by a settlor in establishing a new trust, rather than by a trustee in relation to its administration of an existing one. The relevant statutory provisions are different, even if relief will often be available in both cases. The purpose of this note, therefore, is to briefly illustrate how settlors who find themselves in difficulty can seek to unravel the creation of their trusts.

 

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Ireland - Budget 2019 In Brief

Budget 2019, announced on 9 October 2018, is aimed at delivering a balanced budget which will build strength and resilience for the future, with significant investment in housing, Brexit preparation, the health service, education, incentives for SMEs and a Rainy Day Fund to deal with larger economic shocks. Tax measures are limited. Revenue raising measures include the expected increase in the VAT rate on tourism and hospitality activities as well as increases in excise duty on tobacco, betting duty and a diesel surcharge. Tax cuts include modest reductions in Universal Social Charge (USC) and income tax, a small increase in the Group A tax free threshold for Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) as well as certain extensions to existing SME, film, VRT and agricultural reliefs.

 

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Registration of Judgments at the Land Title Registry Office

In Bermuda, a money judgment constitutes a lien on the judgment debtor's land (Cates and Panchaud v Dill [1956] Bda LR 1 SC). The lien runs with the land and will not be extinguished even when the land is sold to a bona fide purchaser for value as the judgment is deemed to constitute notice of the lien to the purchaser.

In an important statutory development, following Schedule 10 of the Land Title Registration Act 2011 ("LTRA 2011") coming into force, the automatic attachment of judgments to any land owned by a debtor has now come to an end. Judgment creditors must now register their judgment in accordance with Schedule 10 of the LTRA 2011 to protect their priority over land owned by the judgment debtor. 

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