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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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Mishcons secures prison sentence in Microsoft case

Mishcon de Reya has scored a rare criminal ­conviction from an IP case, securing a jail sentence on behalf of Microsoft against a parallel importer. The decision marks the end of an IP litigation that started five years ago, when Microsoft first took action against Itac, a company run by Barry Omesuh. Mishcons contentious IP […]

Spanish deals

When negotiating pre-insolvency agreements in Spain, lawyers should take into account directors’ liability, say Alberto Núñez-Lagos and Ángel AlonsoWith the current financial crisis, many companies are resorting to out-of-court restructurings or renegotiations as opposed to going to court to handle their insolvencies. When negotiating pre-insolvency agreements in Spain, lawyers should take into account directors’ liability, […]

Redemptions on song?

Recent Cayman, Bermudian and BVI court decisions have given practitioners a heads-up on fund redemption legislation. With the hedge fund industry severely impacted by recent events, many offshore funds have been left facing serious liquidity issues and substantial redemption requests they cannot meet. In order to trade out of difficulty or preserve assets for the […]

Cripps Harries Hall

Cripps Harries Hall” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/16377_P7_Cripps.jpg” />By winning a seat on the Crossrail panel this year, Cripps Harries Hall has fixed its place at the big ­projects table. The firm began the association after picking up Channel Tunnel organisation HS1, which hands the firm property work at stations along the high-speed railway line. The South […]

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Cobbetts: Tough guise

A demanding few years for Cobbetts has seen the battle-hardened firm take a no-nonsense approach to getting back on track. Cobbetts has hit the headlines over the past 12 months, but not for the reasons the firm’s management would have wanted. It was one of the first firms to launch large-scale redundancy programmes, making three […]

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