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Haynes and Boone | July 2010

An almost universal feature of commercial loan agreements is the inclusion of representations and warranties regarding the financial statements and condition of the borrower. A recent case examined whether under New York law, sophisticated lenders can reasonably rely upon such representations in asserting claims of fraud instead of being required to make an independent investigation into the books and records of the Borrower. In DDJ Management LLC, et al v. Rhone Group L.L.C ...

The financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent recession have taken their toll on the funding of all infrastructure projects and the renewable energy sector has not been immune to its effects.  Banks and public finance institutions were increasingly reluctant to advance loans for projects, as preserving capital resources became critically important to help ensure their survival in the financial and economic maelstrom ...

Lavery Lawyers | June 2010

Which group of creditors is entitled to the money held by a monitor for purposes of carrying out a plan of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) when the debtor goes bankrupt prior to the distribution: only the creditors covered by the plan of arrangement, or all of the creditors, even those not covered by the plan, for example, subsequent creditors? This controversial issue was considered by Judge Jean-Yves Lalonde in

Lavery Lawyers | May 2010

a recent Superior Court decision rendered in the Province of Quebec is of interest. This decision rendered by Judge Jean-François Emond, sitt ing in Bankruptcy division for the Superior Court in the District of Quebec City, deals with a Progress Payment Agreement and a Mast er Lease Agreement between a financing company, Maxium Financial Services Inc. (hereinafter: “Maxium”) and a golf cart rental company, Desrosiers Golf Inc. (hereinafter: “Desrosiers”) ...

AELEX | May 2010

CASE REVIEW The Federal High Court in the recent case of NOBLE DRILLING (NIGERIA) LIMITED V THE NIGERIAN MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY (NIMASA) & THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, (Suit No. FHC/L/CS/78/2008) provides clarity on Sections 2, 5 and 22(5) of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act, Cap. C51, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (Cabotage Act) ...

Lavery Lawyers | April 2010

On April 16, 2010, the Quebec Court of Appeal issued a judgment concerning the right of a general partnership (“S.E.N.C.”) to file for assignment under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (the “BIA”) without its partners having also filed for the assignment of their assets, themselves ...

Lavery Lawyers | April 2010

The Quebec Court of Appeal issued a judgment concerning the right of a general partnership (“S.E.N.C.”) to file for assignment under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (the “BIA”) without its partners having also filed for the assignment of their assets, themselves ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2010

Maintaining cash flow is a significant challenge in the current economic climate. What started as a 'credit crunch' is now a real squeeze for business - with customers trying to defer payment terms while suppliers apply pressure for earlier payment.   Pre-contract Truly effective credit management begins at the pre-contractual stage, as this is usually the point of greatest leverage with the customer ...

Boyanov & Co. | April 2010

1.            The Concepts of “Trust” and “Security Trustee” It would be difficult to identify a universally accepted definition of “trust” and “security trustee” although these legal concepts appear to be well-developed in common law systems and are also acknowledged in a few civil law jurisdictions ...

Lavery Lawyers | March 2010

Contents* Quebec Modernizes its Corporate Law * Choosing a Name you Intend to Keep * Deemed Year-End on Loss of CCPC Status: One Possible Solution * Renewal Option or Privilege QUEBEC MODERNIZES ITS CORPORATE LAWValérie [email protected] Bill 63 – The Business Corporations Act was tabled before the National Assembly on October 7, 2009 and assented to on December 4, 2009 ...

PLMJ | February 2010

Following the public discussions which took place after the approval of the Decree-Law no. 317/2009 of 30 October (Decree-Law 317/2009)[1], Decree-Law no. 3/2010 of 5 January (Decree-Law 3/2010) was published in the Official Gazette, imposing a prohibition on credit institutions to charge on automated teller machines[2] (ATM) transactions, as well as, a prohibition on beneficiaries to charge payment transactions in automatic payment terminals and devices[3] ...

Shoosmiths LLP | January 2010

Interest rates have remained at an all time low of 0.5% for 10 months in a row and the Bank of England is continuing with its quantitative easing programme. It has been upped to a £200bn asset purchase programme to increase the money in the UK’s financial system and boost bank lending. Meanwhile, total government debt is projected to rise to £1.4 trillion, nearly doubling to 80% of GDP ...

Deacons | December 2009

As an initiative to develop Islamic finance and Islamic fund management in Hong Kong, the SFC signed a Declaration on Mutual Cooperation on Development of Islamic Capital Market and Islamic Collective Investment Schemes (Declaration) with the Securities Commission of Malaysia (MSC) on 9 November 2009, which provides a framework for the mutual recognition of Islamic funds (excluding hedge funds, wholesale funds and real estate investment trusts as defined in the

Deacons | December 2009

Chapter 10.2 of the SFC's Code on Unit Trusts and Mutual Funds (Code) requires that pricing errors for SFC authorised funds should be corrected as soon as possible and all necessary action should be taken to avoid errors occurring in the future. If the pricing error results in an incorrect price of 0 ...

Deacons | December 2009

As a consequence of the recent wave of successful SFC insider dealing criminal prosecutions, responsible officers (ROs) are asking what they need to do to protect their companies and themselves. ROs are obliged to take all reasonable measures to ensure that proper safeguards exist to prevent the licensed corporation and its employees from insider dealing ...

Deacons | December 2009

Following the public consultation early this year on proposals for a legislative framework to upgrade the current anti-money laundering (AML) regime in the financial sector, Hong Kong's Financial Services and Treasury Bureau (FSTB) has launched a second-round consultation ...

Deacons | December 2009

The SFC has banned a former licensee from acting as a responsible officer (RO) for life and prohibited him from being licensed for three years. The licensee provided false evidence of his academic qualifications in support of his licence applications ...

Waller | December 2009

On Dec. 16, 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the terms of a deferred prosecution agreement reached with Credit Suisse AG to address prolonged and systematic violations of federal and state criminal law ...

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP | November 2009

Self-regulation of retail banking came to an end on 1 November 2009 with the establishment by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) of a new banking conduct regime. This new regime largely replaces the voluntary Banking Codes and comprises: 1 ...

Makarim & Taira S. | October 2009

The growth in money laundering activities and terrorism financing using financial institutions requires concrete action to eradicate these criminal activities. The diversity of products, activities and information technology available in the banking sector has resulted in an increase in the use of banks for money laundering and terrorism funding ...

Makarim & Taira S. | October 2009

Bank Indonesia issued Bank Indonesia Regulation Number 11/26/PBI/2009 dated 1 July 2009 on Prudential Principles in the Implementation of Structured Products Activities for Commercial Banks (“BI Reg.11/26/PBI/2009”) ...

Dykema | July 2009

A small measure of relief may be coming to some beleaguered Michigan communities that have been struggling recently with the difficult question of what actions they can realistically take to encourage much-needed local economic development while remaining cognizant of the financial limitations associated with lower revenues, higher costs and uncertain economic projections. The answer for some might be found in recovery zone financings ...

ENSafrica | July 2009

On the 1st June 2009, the major parts of the Insolvency Act 2009 (“the Act”) came into operation. The Act has completely revamped the insolvency regime in Mauritius and new provisions now govern “voidable transactions” following a company liquidation. The “ordinary course of business” test, which was prevailing under the former regime, has now been abandoned and replaced by what is known as the “running account principle” ...

ALTIUS/Tiberghien | July 2009

IntroductionAs of 8 January 2009, Belgian listed companies and financial undertakings are required to have an audit committee. The Law of 17 December 2008 on the establishment of an audit committee in listed companies and financial undertakings (the “Law”) then enters into force ...

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