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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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Deals round-up

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, led by Walter Henle and Matthias Jaletzke, has scooped its second deal for Apax Partners. The firm advised the private equity house on its sale of German restaurant chain Nordsee. Skadden won recent Apax work as a result of its four-partner raid on Baker & McKenzie last year. Nomura […]

Partner exits, failed merger and debt killed off Brobeck

Brobeck Phleger & Harrison fell apart in 2003 under the combined pressures of a mass exodus of partners, failed merger talks and a heavy debt burden. When it came, the end was remarkably swift. On Wednesday 29 January 2003, the West Coast firm lost Texas-based Steven Zager, a major Brobeck rainmaker and head of the […]

Sidley scoops role on Kensington Mortgages’ £400m securitisation

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has stated its intention to muscle in on longstanding Linklaters client Kensington Mortgages after assisting with a £400m mortgage-backed securitisation offered through the group’s offshoot Money Partners Securities. The US firm has been trying to develop a relationship with Kensington since structured finance partner Richard Hughes, who had a relationship with the […]

Orrick hires Lewinsky’s adviser in Clinton battle

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Monica Lewinsky’s former lawyer Preston Burton, uniting him with former adversary and Bill Clinton adviser Lanny Davis in Orrick’s Washington DC litigation department. Burton joins Orrick from Caplin & Drysdale, but it was while he was a partner at the Law Offices of Plato Cacheris that he snared his […]

Freshfields boosts Permira links with billion-euro deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has shored up its relationship with private equity house Permira on the purchase of pan-European TV and radio broadcaster SBS Broadcasting. Freshfields, which handles the bulk of Permira’s German work, has had to face a challenge from Clifford Chance (CC) for German mandates in recent times. Earlier this year Permira instructed CC’s […]

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