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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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International firms set to benefit from new EC work rules

International firms could benefit from proposals to cut the red tape governing the employment of non-European Union workers from EU countries. The European Commission has proposed that non-EU citizens should be able to apply for a card, which would be valid for 12 months, guaranteeing their right to work throughout the EU. Under the present […]

Dangerous precedents

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine was predictably charged with cronyism this week when he refused to sack Lord Hoffmann for failing to reveal his links with Amnesty International during General Pinochet’s extradition hearings. However, if Lord Irvine had sacked Hoffmann, who made the inexcusable mistake, it would have set a far more dangerous precedent. British […]

Chris Mallon

Chris Mallon made his name at Lovells as the man who co-ordinated London lawyers in the BCCI case. Now he has been lured from Biddle and handed the task of making Freshfields on of the best. Gulshanah Choudhuri reports The Italian island of Capri is a far cry from the Freshfields insolvency group. But it […]

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Top civil rights lawyer Birnberg retires

Leading civil rights lawyer and BM Birnberg & Co senior partner, Benedict Birnberg, is to retire in April, forcing the closure of the firm’s London Bridge office. The firm will continue to practise as Birnberg Pierce from the Camden office, with Gareth Pierce taking the helm as senior partner. Birnberg says the closure of the […]

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