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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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Speechly finds new home for Bagpuss

Holding company Coolabi has bought the rights to children’s television character Bagpuss. Speechly Bircham lawyer Nicholas Tall advised Coolabi on its conditional agreement to acquire Licensing by Design (LBD), subject to shareholder approval. LBD represents a number of IP assets including Bagpuss, The Clangers and Ivor the Engine. Coolabi is listed on AIM and controls […]

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Based in leafy Portland Square in London’s West End, Seddons operates within the fortress of the ­Belgravia and Mayfair markets. It may reside in an upmarket part of town, but Seddons’ experienced managing partner Robin Austin is adamant that there is no ‘old boys’ network’ at the firm. Well-travelled Austin, who completed his articles in […]

The domino effect

Denmark’s banking industry is collapsing at alarming rate. The situation calls for some creative lawyering, says Tom Phillips Denmark has been known as one of the most stable economies in Europe, but over the past 10 months an economic storm has broken over the country’s financial markets. Unprecedented upheaval from the subprime collapse has required […]

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Lehman law firm creditors missed off official list

Law firms owed millions of pounds by Lehman Brothers have been missed off a list of trade creditors issued last Tuesday (4 November) by administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The London offices of Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Clifford Chance are just four of the firms missing. “It’s all a complete bloody mess,” […]

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