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Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

Oil and Gas Law Review: Sixth edition

By Olivier Bustin, Luiza Savchenko The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the most populous French-speaking country in Africa and a very attractive prospect for investors owing to the richness of its natural resources, such as cobalt, copper, cassiterite, gold, manganese, diamond and petroleum In numerous official and unofficial speeches, it has been emphasised […]

Newsflash: Freehold Properties Bill

By Karl Anders, Louise Power House builders face the difficult task of building more homes whilst also maintaining positive relationships with customers and communities in the face of mistrust engendered by a developer-unfriendly media. This is against the backdrop of trying to run a successful, profitable business for the benefit of shareholders and employees in a constantly […]

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CORPORATIONS should face legal action for manslaughter, says a report which aims to prevent cases like the King’s Cross fire and Piper Alpha disaster after which no prosecutions were brought. The Law Commission says inquiries into recent disasters found corporate bodies seriously at fault but no successful prosecutions for manslaughter were brought against them. Currently, […]

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A major conference at the end of this will month begin with a murder and end with a debate on the state of legal education. The Association of Law Teachers is kicking off its 31st annual conference with a pre-conference social event – a murder mystery dinner called Murder on the Ocean – at the […]

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Former truck driver Kevin Callan took the legal and medical profession to task last year when he proved that he could not have caused the death of his girlfriend’s daughter, despite being given a life sentence for her murder. Callan spent four years in prison studying neurology in order to prove that four-year-old Mandy, who […]

Eversheds ramps up banking side

EVERSHEDS has headhunted one of Berwin Leighton’s top banking lawyers. David Halliday joined the London office of Eversheds last week. According to managing partner Peter Scott, Halliday came on board “to develop the non-contentious banking side” of the practice. “We are delighted to have his services on board. We were interested in him for his […]

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