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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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Equitable Life has this morning settled its £2.6 b claim against former auditors Ernst & Young by discontinuing its claim, with each side left to pay its own costs. Ernst & Young’s barrister Mark Hapgood QC of Brick Court Chambers, described Equitable’s move to settle as the “biggest climb-down in English legal history”. “At the […]

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Bird & Bird is on the hunt for its next international office as a matter of urgency. It now has 13, following last week’s Madrid opening. Apparently, anywhere will do so long as it gets Birds off the unlucky number, so suggestions on a postcard please. Torremolinos? Benidorm? Maybe it will take a leaf out […]

O’Melveny takes chunk from Paul Hastings Japan

Japanese firm Taiyo Law Office has been split in two by rival US firms O’Melveny & Myers and Paul Hastings Janofksy & Walker. As revealed on www.thelawyer.com (12 September), Paul Hastings merged with the Taiyo Law Office, with Norifusa Hashimoto, Yoshi Takatori, Jun Usami and Ayako Kawano joining as partners. The move prompted O’Melveny & […]

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