Is a register of beneficial ownership of companies coming?

The post below was first published on our Private Wealth and Trust Disputes blog

As part of the global transparency push, the G20 has committed to implement rules requiring the disclosure of beneficial ownership of legal entities (in addition to automatic exchange of financial account information and the BEPS related transparency measures). On 13 February 2017, Treasury released a consultation paper dealing with part of this agenda – to consult on means to establish a register of beneficial ownership of companies.

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BREXIT: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog

Whatever future relationship the UK has with the rest of the EU, the effect of the Great Repeal Bill, once enacted, will mean that any existing intellectual property law having effect in the UK will continue to apply as it did post-Brexit, although it will be for the UK Government to adapt or amend it subsequently. That means that intellectual property law will continue to contain all of the concepts implemented from EU Directives or applicable from EU Regulations. However, EU-wide rights defined as applying “in the EU” will no longer apply in the UK and the Government will need to  consider providing replacement rights, provision for which would need to be in place prior to Brexit.

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