On 25 January 2016 the Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016 were laid before Parliament for approval and are due to come into force on 6 April 2016.
In essence, the Regulations will require companies and LLPs registered in the UK (with some exceptions) to keep a register of their beneficial owners (i.e. those with a 25% direct or indirect interest in the company or with some other form of control) known as People with Significant Control and to inform Companies House of their details. The information on the register at Companies House (other than private residential addresses and precise date of birth) will be publicly accessible.
Please click here to see the full memorandum and find out more about how this may affect you or your clients (PDF).
English Law Week 2015 will be held at the British Embassy in Moscow between 30 November and 2 December 2015 in association with The Bar Council of England and Wales, The Law Society of England and Wales, The British Russian Law Association and The Anglo-Russian Law Association.
The conference will include high profile panel discussions chaired by well-known legal experts including judges, academics and lawyers focusing on the following areas:
Katerina Haslam-Jones of Padva, Haslam-Jones & Partners will be moderating a panel discussion on the relevance of English law to Russian businesses in 2015 and beyond. Her panel will consist of:
Belinda Mancktelow, Counsel, Freshfields, Moscow
Thomas Roe QC, Barrister, 3 Hare Court, London
Yuriy Bortnikov, Partner and Head of International Projects Group, Vegas Lex, Moscow
For more information on this event, please visit: http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/supporting-the-bar/international/events/english-law-week-2015/
Eurolawer 2015 is a three day legal event designed to promote cooperation between leading legal departments from Eastern European and EU countries. In particular, it is aimed at leading legal departments of Eastern European companies that operate internationally as well as leading EU legal departments of companies that operate in the Eastern European region.
Katerina Haslam-Jones of Padva, Haslam-Jones & Partners will be moderating the fifth session of the forum, Latest Trends and Challenges in International M&A Practice, commencing at 16:45 pm on 24th November 2015.
Approximately 150 delegates are expected to attend the event this year. The forum will also focus on the following subjects:
For further information on this event, please visit: http://www.eurolawyer.co.uk/en/programm
Katerina Haslam-Jones was a co-moderator of a panel of speakers at the Seventh Annual ABA Conference on the Resolution of CIS-related Business Disputes held at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow on 18 September 2015.
The conference was hosted by the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association and focused on current topics and challenges facing legal practitioners in Russia and those working on Russia related matters across the globe.
Among the issues covered were the practical implications of EU-U.S. sanctions for dispute resolution lawyers and their clients; the impact of sanctions on the arbitral seat and rules; the “de-offshorisation” of Russia-related disputes; and changes in Russian bankruptcy legislation and court practice in the shadow of the economic crisis.
Katerina Haslam-Jones spoke at the panel discussion “Do recent developments challenge the primacy of English law? If not English law, then what?” The panel discussed if the challenge to English law as a prime choice for law governing contracts is real, and, to the extent it exists, whether it is caused by sanctions-related issues and is therefore of temporary effect, or by longer-term factors (such as de-offshorisation and changes to the Russian Civil Code). Also, in so far as alternatives to English law are being considered, the panel discussed the practical alternatives.
The conference was well attended, and speakers included distinguished lawyers with significant experience in dispute resolution, as well as representatives of prominent arbitration bodies, including the Vienna International Arbitral Centre and the International Arbitration Centre. The closing keynote speech was delivered by Veniamin Yakovlev, former Chairman of the High Arbitrazh (Commercial) Court.
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