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Drone usage and the law

By Jane Weaver, Martin McKeague It is likely that, in the run-up to this Christmas, perhaps more online shopping will have been done than at any time ever before. Amid news stories about traffic congestion being caused by the growing numbers of delivery vans on our roads, and as technological innovations develop apace, retailers may be increasingly […]

Portugal: An introduction to Energy & Natural Resources

By Rui Amendoeira, Miguel Soares Branco In 2016, Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. Recent investments in renewable energies mean that currently Portugal runs approximately 60 per cent on renewable energy all year round. Without relevant oil and gas developments, this European country represents the modern approach to the energy sector with […]

Channel Islands funds quarterly legal and regulatory update: Q4 2018

Jersey Developments Value of regulated funds in Jersey hits record high Figures released by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) for Q3/2018 and reported by Jersey Finance, showed that the net asset value of regulated funds under administration in Jersey grew 14% year-on-year to stand at £301.7bn. Ogier’s commentary on this very encouraging news can […]

Serbia: The registration of Ultimate Beneficial Owners

As of 31 December 2018, the Central Registry of Ultimate Beneficial Owners was established within the Serbian Business Registers Agency (the “Registry”), in line with the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners (“Official Gazette of the RoS no. 41/2018). In addition, the Ministry of Economy issued guidelines which provide more information on the implementation of certain aspects of this Law […]

2019 Planning predictions

2019 is likely to be an unpredictable and turbulent year in the UK and abroad, and few will be confident enough to predict whether Great Britain and Northern Ireland will leave the European Union in March; whether we will enjoy a heatwave in the Summer; or what the nation will watch now that Big Brother […]

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Chinese whispers

And the prize for tenuous link of the year goes to… Clifford Chance. And the prize for tenuous link of the year goes to… Clifford Chance. In a press release heralding its role advising Aluminum Corporation of China on the acquisition of a stake in Rio Tinto, what do you think the firm managed to […]

Dorsey defectors like the single life

The most senior partner in the trio of commercial litigation lawyers who moved from Dorsey & Whitney to LG today, as revealed on www.thelawyer.com (8 February), has dubbed the shift “a vote in favour of the solid single office law firm”. Jean-Pierre Douglas Henry, who became a partner in 2006 on joining from Slaughter and […]

WFW splits shipping and finance in rebrand

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) is attempting to rebrand its finance practice away from shipping by splitting it into two practice groups. The new finance departments make up almost half of WFW’s business and will be split off into shipping finance (WFW’s traditional finance engine) and international project and structured finance, which has in recent […]

Walkers and Mourant merger talks collapse

Offshore heavyweights Walkers and Mourant have called off merger talks. The merger would have created the world’s largest offshore firm. Walkers managing partner Grant Stein said the firms had held a series of meetings this week and agreed that there were synergies between the firms. “However,” he added, “in evaluating what was best for each […]

Gibson Dunn rehires old hand

Former Gibson Dunn London finance partner has returned to his former firm after a 10-year stint at Leboeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae and Dewey & LeBoeuf. Mitri Najjar, who will split his time between the London and Dubai offices of Gibson Dunn, was snared by Leboeuf (now Dewey & Leboeuf) in 1998 to beef up […]

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