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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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Riding the wave of change

The career ladder of today’s successful law firm partner is not linear. Whether it is becoming managing partner, practice leader, new partner or leaving altogether, there are many transition points along the way. The outward changes are obvious, but underpinning psychological shifts are also needed to make such transitions a success. Sometimes it is just […]

BLP plugs gap in market with swoop on Dorsey for tax expert

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its strategy of ramping up its tax practice by hiring star tax partner Liesl Fichardt from US firm Dorsey & Whitney. Fichardt, who will join BLP as a partner, will develop the firm’s contentious and international group within the tax department. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said building up BLP’s […]

Dechert builds Paris corporate team with Morgan Lewis raid

Dechert has beefed up its Paris corporate and securities practice with the hire of Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner Stephan Alamowitch. Alamowitch, who joined the office last week after two and a half years with Morgan Lewis, has brought three finance associates with him – Adil Guessous, Jelena Vodjevic and Christophe Garcia. According to Alamowitch, […]

Group calls for regional administrative courts

A judicial working group has recommended that there should be four regional centres of the administrative court outside of London. The group, led by Lord Justice May, proposes that courts should be established in Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, with High Court judges sitting outside of London more regularly. The working group report, called Justice […]

Five partners quit PLMJ after merger strategy row breaks out

Leading Portuguese independent firm PLMJ is bracing itself for the departure of five partners and their entire teams, after a dispute over the law firm’s strategy. The most senior partner to leave is corporate head Dulce Franco. Joining Franco are corporate partners Gabriela Rodrigues Martins, José Jácome and Vítor Pereira das Neves, and PLMJ’s real […]

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