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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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Chadbourne bolsters Moscow with new partner

Chadbourne & Parke is ramping up its Moscow presence with the hire of former Lovells partner Christopher Owen. Owen, a capital markets and M&A specialist, was the head of Lovells’ Moscow office until being replaced in the role by corporate partner Oxana Balayan in January. He joins Chadbourne as a partner. Chadbourne was among the […]

Weightmans lures Perkins property lawyers

Weightmans has appointed Clive Bleasdale as head of property, poaching him and a team of lawyers from North West firm Perkins Solicitors. Bleasdale, formerly head of property and founder of Perkins’ Liverpool office, will be based in Weightmans’ Liverpool branch. The hire follows an announcement in January that Weightmans was to focus more on commercial […]

No shortage of interest

Islamic finance is growing, and with international commercial banks stepping up their interest the trend is set to continue unabated. By Nadim Khan and Mohammed Paracha Once regarded as a marginal industry confined to a small number of countries in the Muslim world, Islamic finance is growing at a phenomenal rate, to a point where […]

Herbert Smith creates nine partners

Herbert Smith has invited nine lawyers to join the partnership from 1 April, with the bulk of the promotions taking place in London. Lawyers promoted to partner include Kevin Roy, Thiha Tun, John Geraghty (left) and James Milne in the corporate team. The firm has not made up any dispute resolution partners in London, instead […]

Let’s drink to The Lawyer

As every lawyer knows, the only gong worth winning is none other than the ones handed out by The Lawyer at its glitzy awards ceremony, or the legal Oscars. So it’s no wonder Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which scooped the coveted Law Firm of The Year Award at last year’s event, wants to shout about […]

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