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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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Escalating fees force Switalski to switch lawyers

Former F&C Asset Management head of legal Gillian Switalski has sidelined Withers in favour of Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons due to the spiralling legal costs of her £19m discrimination claim against her former employers. Withers successfully represented Switalski in two tribunals for her claims of sexual discrimination, harassment and victimisation against F&C. Elaine Aarons, partner […]

BLP matches magic circle NQ salary rate

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is the latest mid market firm to raise its newly qualified solicitor (NQ) salary band to close to magic circle rates. The firm has increased its NQ pay rate by 4.84 per cent to £65,000. This matches Allen & Overy‘s NQ rate, which was frozen at £65,000 this year, and comes […]

Clifford Chance partner to chair ICC arbitration court

The beleaguered International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in Paris has appointed replacement chairmen, following the current chairman’s recent shock resignation. Current chairman Pierre Tercier, who will leave the post on 30 June, will be succeeded by Salans co-founder Carl Salans as interim chairman. Salans will be replaced by Clifford Chance’s global […]

BLP suffers drop in profits

Berwin Leighton Paisner has suffered a drop of six per cent in its PEP from £660,000 to £620,000 this year, despite a 10 per cent rise in revenue to £186m. A spokesperson at the firm said: “This comes in a year when we have invested heavily in our international strategy, in coaching, mentoring and in […]

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