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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 […]

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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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He may have peaked with The Fugitive, but Tommy Lee Jones can still strike fear into the heart of any adversary. These days, the Hollywood hellraiser can be found in the Midlands heading up Gateley Wareing and going by the name of Michael Ward. Less glamour, sure, but a glance from those steely eyes is […]

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Quentin Poole, senior partner, Wragge & Co What was your first ever job?I spent four months on my dad’s payroll doing up a house in Devon. If you’ve seen my DIY handiwork, you’ll know why I’m a lawyer. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Being told by my boss in my first week to […]

Squire Sanders’ talks with Haarmanns duo hit dead end

Squire Sanders & Dempsey’s plan to grow its Italian office has been stalled after discussions with two Haarmann Hemmelrath partners hit the rocks. The US firm was believed to have been in talks with Italian partners Barnaba Ricci and Paolo Calmetta, who founded Haarmanns’ Milan operation, for several months. But it emerged last week that the […]

Mind your language

Shock news from VIA NET.WORKS, which is apparently a “leading provider of business communications solutions to small and medium-sized enterprises”. IT services suppliers have been slammed in a survey for using the most confusing jargon. Hard on their heels in second place is… lawyers. Who’d have thought it?

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