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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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Hodgart and Edge merge with Canadian consultants

A new management consultancy firm has been launched by six principals of Edge International, independent UK consultant Alan Hodgart, and Canada-based Tim Leishman. Kerma Partners began work last week (Friday 1 December) and will offer advice in the UK, US, Canada and Germany to law firms, accountants, architects, banks and other professional services firms. The […]

Taking the mike

A new source of amusement has arisen for Tulkinghorn at Government press conferences. Whereas in the old days hacks were forced to project their voices to ask a question, at the last couple of Department for Constitutional Affairs briefings there have been a couple of flunkies running around with microphones. Presumably the change is for […]

Mental block

A uniform international patent process is still years away, but some US law firms are taking matters into their own hands. Julian Crump and Carl Kukkonen report The international harmonisation of patent laws holds much promise for business, but while discussions within the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) remain stalled and the parallel process among […]

Norton Rose stands firm on strict exit strategy

Norton Rosestands firm on strict exit strategy” />Norton Rose is playing hardball with Herbert Smith as negotiations over a departure date for two Dubai-based partners enter a second month. Finance partners Nadim Khan and Zubair Mir quit Norton Rose in mid-October to launch Herbert Smith’s new Dubai office. But the duo, whose resignations have materially […]

Ashurst and RB complete Battersea Power Station sale

Ashurst and Richards Butler have negotiated the £400m sale of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station, transferring control of the derelict landmark from Hong Kong ownership to Irish investors. The sale is a boon for Ashurst, which is set to score the lucrative and high profile ongoing mandate for the £2bn redevelopment of the 38-acre site, […]

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