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Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

Oil and Gas Law Review: Sixth edition

By Olivier Bustin, Luiza Savchenko The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the most populous French-speaking country in Africa and a very attractive prospect for investors owing to the richness of its natural resources, such as cobalt, copper, cassiterite, gold, manganese, diamond and petroleum In numerous official and unofficial speeches, it has been emphasised […]

Newsflash: Freehold Properties Bill

By Karl Anders, Louise Power House builders face the difficult task of building more homes whilst also maintaining positive relationships with customers and communities in the face of mistrust engendered by a developer-unfriendly media. This is against the backdrop of trying to run a successful, profitable business for the benefit of shareholders and employees in a constantly […]

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Second Circuit curtails the territorial reach of criminal liability under Section 10(b)

On 30 August 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held that Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Section 10(b)) does not apply to extraterritorial conduct, ‘regardless of whether liability is sought criminally or civilly.’ Interpreting the scope of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Morrison v […]

EMIR and collateral costs for pension funds: new framework

There’s good news and more clarity for pension funds reviewing their derivatives investment strategy in the light of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The final framework for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives confirms thresholds and relaxations, which, if adopted by the joint European supervisory authorities for EMIR, should go some way to reduce […]

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In the past five years the legal profession has changed dramatically: the recession put clients firmly in the driving seat and the Legal Services Act has created even more opportunities for private practice to reinvent legal services. What will happen in the next five years? 2018: Firms have quotas for female partners 2018: Chinese globalisation […]

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It’s back to work with a bang this week for litigators, with some eye-catching disputes making the headlines. Below is just a small sample of this week’s stories: for more, sign up to our regular litigation email here Wragges leads Dyson IP battle against Samsung Clifford Chance client Excalibur defeated in $1.6bn High Court battle […]

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