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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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The lawyer garage star

Scantily clad girls, fast cars and… er… lawyers. A seamless mix – at least in the eyes of one West Coaster. Joe Calabrese, the chair of O’Melveny & Myers’ entertainment and media practice in Los Angeles regularly appears in feature films and pop videos. Well, at least his Aston Martin DB5 does. His wheels are […]

Japan ushers in year of the whistleblower

Foreign law firms in Japan are gearing up for a wave of new competition work following the introduction of new anti-monopoly laws. The revised laws, similar to those in the US, have been brought in to expose cartels and include an offer of immunity to the first company in a cartel to own up. It […]

Projects problems signal demise of lockstep

This marks a watershed for City firms’ finance groups. If Allen & Overy (A&O), the UK’s top project finance firm, is having to junk lockstep to make its practice pay, what hope for the rest? As we report this week, A&O has decided to axe equity points from certain partners in its London projects group […]

Freshfields’ radical pensions overhaul nears completion

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is close to finalising plans to radically overhaul its partners’ treasured pension scheme. It is understood that the magic circle firm’s partnership council will be considering the lastest plans, which have been broadly welcomed by the partners, this week. According to well-placed sources, retired partners will receive a maximum of £17,000 per […]

The Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust

Linklaters has set up a charitable trust in memory of its associate Tom ap Rhys Pryce, who was murdered on 12 January in London. In a statement, the magic circle firm said: “Tom’s family and fiancée have decided that an appropriate memorial would be a charitable trust. Tom was himself a beneficiary of educational funding […]

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