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HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

Angola: The Mining Law Review

By João Afonso Fialho, Ângela Viana Angola is one of the greatest diamond producers in the world and has extensive reserves of valuable natural resources, notably diamonds, gold, iron ore, phosphates, copper, manganese, and many other mineral resources. Unfortunately, the civil war (1975–2002) had a tremendous impact on the mining industry, which was basically put […]

Benefits and perils of permanent health schemes in employment contracts

In the recent case of Awan v. ICTS UK Ltd [2018] 11WLUK 385 (Simler J, President) the EAT confirmed and strengthened previous decisions (Aspden v. Webbs Poultry [1996] IRLR 251, Briscoe v. Lubrizol Ltd[2002] IRLR 607, amongst others) To the effect that a term will be implied into contracts of employment that “once the employee has become entitled to […]

Canadian securities regulators concern on problematic promotional activities by issuers

By Brett A. Kagetsu, Denis G. Silva A recent announcement by Canadian securities regulators demonstrates their growing concern with biased promotional materials, and highlights the risks to issuers when engaging with prospective investors. The regulators state that they are seeing promotional activities by issuers that are either untrue or unbalanced to such a degree that […]

Imprisonment fears allayed for arbitrators and experts involved in UAE-Seated arbitrations

By Courtney Rothery, Robyn Waller Imprisonment fears have been allayed for arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations following the latest amendments to Article 257 of the UAE Penal Code. THE PREVIOUS WORDING OF ARTICLE 257 OF THE UAE PENAL CODE In October 2016 arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations (who may or may not […]

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Imperial Tobacco picks A&O for Hamburg advice

A&O invades Ashursts’ territory to win work on the largest acquisition this year Allen & Overy has secured Imperial Tobacco as a new client following its instruction on the company’s £3.2bn acquisition of Hamburg-based tobacco company Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken.The instruction on this year’s largest acquisition so far will come as a blow to rival firm Ashurst […]

Islamic funding gets English court assent

A landmark judgment by an English court upheld a central principle of ancient Islamic funding after a unique challenge was made against it. The significance of the case is heightened as Islamic financing is becoming an increasing feature of large-scale deals in the Middle East, carried out alongside Western banks.Also, business finance company Datamonitor reported […]

Lawrence Graham drops investment arm

Lawrence Graham is hiving off its investment management arm to avoid regulation by the Financial Services Authority From 1 May the firm’s investment division will be operated by Maidstone-based Ashcourt Asset Management, which also runs the investment management wing of Blake Lapthorn, Brachers and Wilsons. The sum of funds it manages will now total £250m.

DEAL OF THE WEEK – DANONE

Carnelutti and Bredin Prat handle Danone brand sale Italian law firm Carnelutti and French firm Bredin Prat have advised Danone on its sale of Italian food brand Galbani to private equity group BC Partners.The French dairy products company agreed to sell its Galbani food unit to the UK buyout firm for g1.02bn (£626.7m).The deal is […]

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