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The evolution of the lending and debt markets since the start of the world financial crisis, and the continuing financial crisis in Brazil, has left participants facing regulatory change, greater competition in the supply of debt funding, currency devaluation, financial distress and a flight to sector specialist advice. Our banking and finance practice can help you navigate these challenges. Whether you are a lender, borrower, sponsor, insolvency practitioner or debt advisor, our priority is resolving your challenges by delivering a combination of local and international expertise.

Today’s banking and finance transactions require expertise across a wide range of sectors. CMS is a top 10 global law firm with a strong sector focus. Our driver is to provide clients with pragmatic advice delivered by a multi disciplinary team. With offices in 54 cities and 34 countries we provide sector expertise to support clients’ finance requirements and are recognised for providing clear commercial advice and getting the deal done for our clients.

Our clients include both domestic and major global corporates, and also funds and other financial institutions and advisors active in Brazil and across Latin America.

We are also one of the few truly international firms with experience in dealing with the complex cross-border issues arising from restructurings and insolvencies involving Brazil.

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Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples and re­spons­ible ship fin­an­cing
On 18th June 2019, 11 banks with col­lect­ively over $100bn in as­sets and rep­res­ent­ing nearly 20% of the glob­al ship fin­ance signed a glob­al frame­work agree­ment, called the Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples. These are dir­ec­ted to­wards meet­ing the Par­is Agree­ment’s tar­get of.
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Data Pro­tec­tion The European Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion raises at least two is­sues in par­tic­u­lar in this con­text. First: is pseud­onym­ous in­form­a­tion per­son­al data? Second: how can a “right to be for­got­ten” be con­sist­ent with an im­mut­able ledger? Oth­er.
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Rem­ed­ies: In Prin­ciple The ori­gin­al Bit­coin White Pa­per stressed the im­port­ance of trans­ac­tions not be­ing re­vers­ible. Ir­re­vers­ib­il­ity is a func­tion of Bit­coin, de­lib­er­ately de­signed to re­duce trans­ac­tion costs and im­prove ef­fi­ciency.
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Jur­is­dic­tion­al is­sues Many com­ment­at­ors note that true de­cent­ral­isa­tion im­plies that en­force­ment of ob­lig­a­tions must be ef­fected through the sys­tem. A per­mis­sioned sys­tem may in­clude con­ven­tion­al gov­ern­ing law and jur­is­dic­tion pro­vi­sions with­in a con­trac­tu­al.
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Leg­al Per­son­al­ity De­term­in­ing wheth­er a sys­tem has leg­al per­son­al­ity has im­plic­a­tions for many of the ques­tions con­sidered in re­la­tion to this top­ic. In 'Ho­ri­zon Scan­ning — Block­chain: The Leg­al Im­plic­a­tions of Dis­trib­uted Sys­tem­s', the Law So­ci­ety ques­tions.
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Block­chain and oth­er dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies (DLT) are ap­proach­ing the main­stream. Tech­no­logy com­pan­ies of­fer products for com­mer­cial pro­jects. IB­M's Block­chain Plat­form ref­er­ences “500+ cli­ent en­gage­ments to date”.
BARE­CON - The Im­port­ance of Class
In the re­cent case of Sil­ver­burn Ship­ping (IoM) Ltd -v- Ark Ship­ping Com­pany LLC [2019] EWHC 376 (Comm), the High Court ruled that an ob­lig­a­tion in a charter­party to keep a ves­sel in class is both an ab­so­lute ob­lig­a­tion and a con­di­tion.
Ar­bit­rat­ing fin­an­cial dis­putes – Are there tan­gible be­ne­fits?
In the past dec­ade, sev­er­al at­tempts have been un­der­taken to pro­mote in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion in the fin­an­cial in­dustry. In­deed, vari­ous fea­tures of in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion ap­pear to be par­tic­u­larly well suited for the needs of fin­an­cial ser­vices pro­viders.
New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
Oil and Gas - "Hanged on a Comma"? Punc­tu­ation in Fin­an­cing Agree­ments
Sum­mary In Vit­ol E&P Lim­ited v New Age (Afric­an Glob­al En­ergy) Lim­ited [2018] EWHC 1580 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court was asked to con­sider the re­la­tion­ship between a cor­por­ate lend­ing fa­cil­ity and a re­serve based lend­ing fa­cil­ity.