Legal

How to get around Bermuda’s 60:40 rule without breaking sweat

The farcical nature of the Bermuda law that is supposed to restrict foreign ownership of local companies to 40 per cent was exposed this month in a transaction regarding Bermuda Commercial Bank.On June 15, 2001, BCB announced that Netherlands Antilles-registered First Curacao International Bank N. V. had increased its shareholding from 33.74 per cent to 48.08 per cent of common shares.

Interclaim sues US law firm in row over settlement with Canadian crook Blair Down

International asset recovery firm Interclaim is suing its former law firm for allegedly cutting it out of a settlement deal with a crook who made tens of millions of dollars by ripping off the elderly. Interclaim Holdings Ltd. and Interclaim Recovery Ltd. filed a lawsuit against Ness Motley Loadholt Richardson & Poole at the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on December 4, 2000.

United Kingdom: Wilson-Smith & Co. et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in the United Kingdom into alleged fraud by Martin Brian Tobias-Gibbins, Jimmy Barnard Sanchez, William Deluce, Imdad Ullah, Carl Tessier, Michael Wilson-Smith, Peter Barnett, Minesh Ruparelia, Wilson-Smith & Co., Rhodes Barlow and Ruparelia Thaker.

Ann Nealon resigns from Cayman Stock Exchange

Ann Nealon has resigned after two years as CEO of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange. We understand that Nealon, who is an attorney by profession, has been offered a job with the Cayman law firm of W. S. Walker & Co.

EMLICO battle goes to Privy Council

The complicated legal battle over whether General Electric-subsidiary Electric Mutual Liability Insurance Company Limited should be liquidated in Massachusetts or Bermuda is scheduled to be heard by the Privy Council in London - the highest court in Bermuda's judicial system - next month.In an added twist to a drama whose circumstances change on a regular basis, Kemper Re brought, on February 20, its second lawsuit at Bermuda Supreme Court challenging the decision to allow EMLICO to redomicile to Bermuda.

Anything for a fee? A look at CD&P’s role in the NimsTec fiasco

If investors who pumped $2.6 million into Bermuda-based hi-tech firm NimsTec on the basis of misleading and inaccurate information are looking for someone to sue for negligence, they could do worse than to explore the role of law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman in helping NimsTec to raise capital. Before parting with their funds, investors in NimsTec who bought shares in two private placements were assured by NimsTec's officers and directors - who included CD&P partners - that no material facts were omitted from a share prospectus and that "all reasonable care" had been taken in its compilation. However, we can reveal that CD&P should have known about the appalling track record of NimsTec's 3-D camera and printing technology and its management that was not disclosed to investors because the law firm previously represented a similar company called Nimslo.

Mello Hollis resigns from Bermuda Fire legal case

Law firm Mello Hollis Jones & Martin resigned from the investigation into Bermuda Fire & Marine Insurance because of "professional disagreements" with a British law firm also involved in the case, we have been told.Its decision to resign - only a few weeks after MHJ&M partner Saul Froomkin had interviewed Bermuda's Fire's top directors - had nothing to do with concerns about the high profile nature of a case that affects some of the most powerful members of the community, according to sources.

Bermuda AG accused of ‘negligence’ while partner with CD&P

A Canadian businessman who claims that alleged negligence on the part of Attorney General Walter Maddocks while he was a partner in Conyers, Dill & Pearman cost him CDN$528,000 has had his damages lawsuit against CD&P dismissed because he took too long to bring it.