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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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Bristol firm Lyons Davidson has lost two more heads of departments – bringing the number of partner defections to three in the last month. Head of pensions Sarah Jeffrey-Gray and head of employment Jane Bridgwater have both joined Bristol rival Burges Salmon as associates. Their moves follow the departure of the head of environmental and […]

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Linklaters and Slaughter and May are handling the merger of French management consultants Cap Gemini with Ernst & Young’s consultancy arm. Corporate partner Richard Godden is leading the Linklaters team, which is advising Ernst & Young on UK and French matters. Cleveland firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is representing Ernst & Young on US […]

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Marks & Spencer Financial Services is conducting a massive overhaul of its legal department in an attempt to retain more work in-house. The department currently houses teams focusing on just litigation and compliance. However, Peter Green, solicitor and company secretary at M&S Financial Services, says the department is setting up a new debt recovery capability. […]

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