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Putting data to work

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

The Romanian Competition Council never rings twice

By Georgiana Badescu, Mona Banu, Volker Weiss This is how it all starts: with a ring at the door We can only imagine how big the surprise must be when you find out that your Belgium-based office is being raided in an investigation by the Romanian Competition Authority. But it is a fact that the […]

E-mobility market in Portugal – An overview

By Manuel Santos Vitor, Catarina Cortez Gamito Historical and legal background One of the main national priorities in what concerns the Portuguese electricity sector is the development and full implementation of a strong electric mobility (‘e-mobility’) market. This priority largely results from the government concerns associated not only with the environment (ie, reduction of greenhouse gas (GhG) […]

New Jersey LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers

By Matthew Shaxson Jersey’s new LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers to build on the £169 billion of US assets and funds already administered here, says Ogier partner Matthew Shaxson. The Island’s legislature gave final approval to the new LLC structure, which largely mirrors the existing Delaware model, last week. With a significant […]

Cayman Grand Court hands down decision on master-feeder fund structures

By Giorgio Subiotto, Tim Cone The Cayman Grand Court has handed down a decision that has significance for Cayman master-feeder fund structures. Funds and their advisers should review the redemption provisions in master fund articles of association and partnership agreements to ensure that, operationally, redemptions are being effected in accordance with such documents. Background In the matter […]

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LeBoeuf partner Garard appointed ITV legal chief

ITV has appointed LeBoeuf Lamb Green & Macrae corporate partner Andrew Garard as its legal director to replace outgoing Kyla Mullins. It is understood that Garard, who was previously group general counsel at Cable & Wireless, had decided to return to in-house work following his one-year stint at the firm. He is expected to take […]

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For firms wanting to maintain a global standard, training is a key tool. By Stephen Hockey As the global community becomes more interdependent, there is increasing scope for international movement in the employment market and the legal sector is no exception. The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report 2007 (out last week) highlighted that overall income […]

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Competition stories, it seems, are like buses. You wait around for ages for one to arrive and then two come along at once. Europe’s Court of First Instance (CFI) has had a particularly busy morning, ruling on two competition-related cases with wide repercussions. For the first, we really did have to wait a long time: […]

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One US firm has consistently stood out in the London market: from its splashy introduction in 1996 to its current status as a private equity powerhouse, Weil Gotshal & Manges has been one of the few to break through the City’s glass ceiling In the decade or so that Weil Gotshal & Manges has been […]

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