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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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Peter Smith J case: the first test of judging the judges

THE REFERRAL of Mr Justice Peter Smith to the Office of Judicial Complaints (OJC) over his conduct has led to the inevitable question: what is going to happen now? One silk at a top five chambers says: “It’s amazing that Peter Smith J hasn’t simply resigned.” A sentiment shared by many in the legal profession. […]

BP Collins posts 16 per cent turnover hike

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE & Thames Valley firm BP Collins has boosted turnover by 15.9 per cent, from £8.2m to £9.5m, during the last financial year. The firm recruited its first chief operating officer (COO) in January 2006 in the shape of former Tite & Lewis COO Karl Wingfield. The firm amalgamated the roles of financial director and […]

FSA and industry define RSP credo

THE FINANCIAL Services Authority (FSA) has released its guidance on provider and distributor responsibilities just days after an alliance of industry bodies launched its retail structured products (RSPs) principles last week (10 July). The FSA’s guidance rules fit within its ‘Treating Customers Fairly’ initiative, which aims to provide customers with a high level of service […]

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