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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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Taking on girl power in court

Roger Pearson looks at how the Spice Girls have so far failed in their bid to prevent an Italian company using their photographs. The Spice Girls are currently involved, directly and indirectly, in two pieces of litigation at the High Court. As reported on this page (The Lawyer, 10 June), solicitor Ian Clifford has launched […]

Hillsborough case goes into extra time

The case of the four members of the South Yorkshire Police Force who claimed damages over mental trauma they claimed they suffered as a result of involvement in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in April 1989 may now go to the House of Lords. Three Law Lords have already considered an application by the Chief Constable […]

Law Soc sits on survey results

THE results of a controversial Law Society survey asking solicitors whether they want the rules on referral payments tightened up has been kept under wraps by the society for more than three months. Law Society staff received 1,000 replies at the beginning of April from a consultation on the Solicitors’ Introduction and Referral Code. It […]

Beauty parades. Shaping up for the competition

Beauty parades have become an inevitable feature of the process of winning new assignments in the mergers and acquisitions field, with sophisticated clients trying to choose the best-qualified and most competitive team of lawyers for a particular job. The use of beauty parades has accelerated in recent years because of a greater number of in-house […]

Comply with us

A major revelation at Asim’s agm was the joint discussions with the Law Society over regulation, reports Mary Heaney. At ASIM’s recent annual general meeting, the Law Society and Asim were shown to be working together in order to agree standard documentation for compliance. Stuart Bushell, head of investment business regulation at the Office for […]

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