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Mercator Focus: Q1 2024 Foreword

A warm welcome the first edition of the 2024 Mercator Focus newsletter. I find this time of year greatly motivating – reflecting on the previous year, setting goals, and strategizing together on how we’ll achieve them. But Q1 was anything but quiet for the Mercator® by Citco (Mercator) team and we’re off to a flying start with new clients, new locations, and new partnerships!

Just months after we strengthened our local support infrastructure in the United States, I am delighted to announce we have now expanded to yet another major economy – with Mercator legal officers now on-the ground in Mumbai, India.

The establishment of a physical foothold in these key jurisdictions is the next step in the continual development of our service delivery model, enabling us to increase workflow efficiencies and bolstering our offering to better meet the needs of our clients. Our India experts contribute an article to this newsletter looking at recent regulatory changes and guiding principles to achieve entity management excellence.

The 2024 events calendar has begun with our team attending the Global Legal ConfEx in Singapore, ALB Thailand Corporate Counsel Forum in Bangkok and Chris Butler, Head of Operations, hosting a panel session exploring the ‘Myths and Misconceptions of Subsidiary Governance’ at The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI) UK & Ireland’s Subsidiary Governance Summit in London.

In Q1 we also partnered with Governance Intelligence magazine for their ‘Entity Management: Keeping the corporate structure efficient and safe’ report, presenting exclusive research conducted among in-house legal and cosec professionals to give insights into how their work is changing and how companies are supporting their needs.

It was a personal pleasure to join the Governance Matters podcast and delve into what’s behind these trends and share real-life examples of effective entity portfolio management in action. You can read more about some of the report’s key findings in this issue.

Also in this issue, we dedicate an article to the big changes to the United Kingdom’s Company Law and our subject matter expert’s walk through the key steps for Ultimate Beneficial Owner (UBO) compliance around the world. Keep an eye out for our upcoming UBO report in Q2 – this will be the latest in in our Entity Portfolio Management report series, combining data drawn directly from Entica® – Mercator’s proprietary entity management system – with insights and analysis from our entity management experts.

Looking ahead, we have an exciting pipeline of events right across the world including the ACC Conference in Edinburgh, LACCA Live in Sao Paolo, CGI Governance Ireland in Dublin, CLOC Global Institute Las Vegas, the ACC APAC Conference and the ALB South East Asia In-house Legal Summit in Singapore.

We hope to see familiar faces as well as new ones at these events so please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with the team.

Kariem Abdellatif
Head of Mercator by Citco, Citco C&T Holdings (Luxembourg) S.à.r.l

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