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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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What is it with US law firms and their names? Unlike European firms, which favour short, snappy monikers (who could forget Ashurst Morris Crisp’s stroke of marketing genius when it changed its title to the simple ‘Ashurst’ – no ‘s’, thank you), US firms like to display as many names as is humanly possible on […]

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Allen & Overy (Andrea Bartolucci) has advised Lehman Brothers on its acquisition of 12.38 per cent of Seat Pagine Gialle from Sub Silver for €804m (£538m). Seat Pagine Gialle advised by Dickson Minto. Slaughter and May (David Johnson, Brigitte Leclerc) advised GlaxoSmith-Kline on its acquisition of the assets that manufacture the anti-thrombotic agents Fraxiparine and […]

Walker Morris renews council agreement

Leeds firm Walker Morris will continue to work alongside Wakefield Council’s legal services team after the renewal of a 2001 partnering agreement. Following a competitive tendering process, the firm has been confirmed as the council’s preferred external law firm for a term of up to five years. It will specialise in developing areas of legislation, […]

Boot camp for ex-White & Case fraudster

A former White & Case lawyer has been sent to a Buffalo boot camp after stealing money from the firm. Jennifer Hampton pleaded guilty to first degree fraud and second degree grand larceny after charging $111,913 (£63,300) of personal expenses to her corporate American Express card and for helping to defraud investors of more than […]

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