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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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Postcard from… Singapore

Once a sleepy fishing village, Singapore is today the world’s busiest port and a major commercial centre. I moved here four years ago from Mumbai, and I work at Berwin Leighton Paisner. Given its geographical location – just one degree north of the equator – Singapore experiences uniformly high temperature and humidity.  Practically everything is […]

BLP unveils London layoff programme for 85

Berwin Leighton Paisner has launched a redundancy consultation today affecting 85 people in its London office. The review will target 30 lawyers and 55 support staff, including 25 secretaries. In a statement, managing partner Neville Eisenberg said the firm had avoided making redundancies in the face of short-term pressures and had waited until there was […]

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Pole survivors

Nordic firms are looking beyond their borders in a bid to weather the coming economic storm. After enduring some of the most torrid months ever seen in their history, many of the largest US and UK law firms are tentatively hoping for an upturn in their fortunes next year. In ­particular, the transactional teams at […]

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