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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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Kennedys sets up in Newmarket

Insurance firm Kennedys is opening an office in Newmarket to cater to its expanding clinical negligence practice. The move follows the firm’s appointment to the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) legal panel in East Anglia in January (The Lawyer, 15 January). Partners John Chapman and John Lapraik will head the office under group head […]

Partners desert Swedish Johnssons after strategy row

One of Sweden’s leading corporate boutiques is splitting in two following a disagreement among the partners about future strategy. The four partners of Johnsson & Johnson are going their separate ways, with two partners joining White & Case in Stockholm and the other two joining Swedish firm Advokatfirman Lindahl. The name partners are going to […]

Alba keeps quiet about Bar Council accreditation plans

The Administrative Law Bar Association (Alba), the only specialist bar association to be directly affected by controversial Bar Council proposals to accredit public law barristers, has declined to respond to a consultation. The association has not made any response to proposals that a Bar Council spokesman described as “inevitable”. Senior barristers are concerned about whether […]

Freshfields restructures Italian office

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is reorganising the management of its Italian practice. Joint office managing partner (OMP) for Italy Laurie McFadden is returning to London in September after more than four years in Italy. He was instrumental in setting up the Italian practice, which has since grown to more than 120 lawyers. McFadden will be replaced […]

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