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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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Martineaus wins £1.7m from landlord

Midlands firm Martineau Johnson has received a £1.7m windfall from its Birmingham landlord following a breach of covenant. The payoff comes after regional rival Cobbetts moved into the 193,000sq ft One Colmore Square office at the same time as Martineaus in September 2004, which was in breach of a contract struck between Martineaus and landlord […]

Sullivan unseats Simpson Thacher at top of US M&A deals table

Sullivan & Cromwell has knocked Simpson Thacher & Bartlett off the top spot for M&A transactions in the US, racking up a total deal value of $317.95bn (£167.8bn) for the first half of 2006. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz follow closely with deals worth $302.12bn (£159.45bn) and $251.04bn […]

Freshfields lands aviation consultant

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired the general counsel of air industry body Aviation Working Group (AWG) as a consultant. US lawyer Jeffrey Wool is secretary and general counsel at AWG, the industry body for legal and regulatory issues for aviation financing and leasing. He will continue his role at AWG, joining Freshfields’ London office as […]

Barclays turns to Linklaters for derivatives lawsuit defence

Linklaters for derivatives lawsuit defence” />Linklaters has bagged the mandate from Barclays to defend it against a second major derivatives lawsuit in as many years. The magic circle firm is acting for Barclays Capital as it fights off a E36.2m (£24.4m) claim from Italian bank Banca Popolare di Intra (BPI) over collateralised debt obligations (CDOs). […]

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