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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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Reed Smith has confirmed the re-election of managing partner Gregory Jordan for a third three-year term, which will see him remain at the helm until 2010. The re-election follows a partnership vote over seven days, ending on 3 October. Jordan, a litigation partner, has been managing partner at Reed Smith since 2001, when he became […]

Norton Rose is floating on air

Norton Rose’s Mark Bankes should crack out the champagne this evening, assuming he has the energy. The corporate finance partner has just lived through a week that began with a float and ended with one of the year’s highest-profile takeover bids. Bankes is leading the Norton Rose team advising Aer Lingus – alongside Dublin firm […]

European in-housers take centre stage

More than 50 delegates, including senior in-house lawyers from companies as diverse as Microsoft and Total, descended on Berlin late last month to attend The Lawyer’s inaugural European Legal Forum. The two-day event was an opportunity for in-house lawyers across European jurisdictions to network and to share knowledge and expertise, through both informal meetings and […]

Firms unite for competition pro bono effort

Twenty-one law firms have clubbed together to launch a pro bono scheme offering free advice on competition law issues. The scheme, which has been developed with the assistance of LawWorks (formerly the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group), was unveiled today (9 October) and can be accessed via the Office of Fair Trading’s website. Stakeholders in the […]

UK Roundup: Management

Firms are ahead of the game on new ageism law Firms are ahead of the game on new ageism law Last week (1 October) finally saw the introduction of wide-ranging age discrimination legislation. For many in the legal market the significance of the much-trailed changes is yet to become clear. The introduction of the Employment […]

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