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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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In brief: Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has advised the Post Office on the acquisition of delivery service German Parcel Paket-Logistik GmbH, based in Neuenstein, Germany. The deal required the simultaneous cross-border acquisition of nearly 30 franchisee companies, which operated local depots, from 25 groups of sellers. A team of over 20 from Clifford Chance’s German office was assisted by […]

Counting on the junior bar

Many solicitors are hard-pressed to name a junior banking barrister they have used recently. Work, they say, is increasingly being carried out in-house, at the expense of the junior bar. Once again, 3 Verulam Buildings stands out for its strength in this field. Adrian Beltrami is “extremely good”, Richard de Lacy “knows what he is […]

Press fails in court reports

Because of shifting news values and cutbacks to editorial budgets, the press is failing to cover key civil and criminal court cases. Cases reflecting societal inequalities, corruption and injustice are going unreported. While every national newspaper last month carried the prosecution of It girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson for speeding, cases revealing police corruption, pension fraud and […]

Crown Prosecution Service plan faces four-year delay

It could take up to four years for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to install a standardised IT system, it has been revealed. The CPS has opted for a private finance initiative (PFI) contract to pay for any future deal, but bids will not be invited for several months. The choice of a PFI deal […]

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