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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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C&W shake-up to blame for losses

Communications giant Cable & Wireless is losing another in-house lawyer shortly after the departure of its general counsel. Legal adviser Bruce Macmillan is moving to ONdigital where he will become a company solicitor. Elizabeth Wall, former C&W general counsel, joined data network company Equant last month. Her departure from C&W a few months ago is […]

Mills & Reeve plans to merge with Martineaus

Mills & Reeve, East Anglia’s biggest law firm, is planning to merge with Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson. Mills & Reeve managing partner Duncan Ogilvy confirms that the two firms are talking to each other. “Martineau Johnson is one of the premier business law firms in the region, so they are logical people for us to […]

Sitting pretty in the City

Banking lawyers are dreaming of a quiet Christmas – just like the ones they used to know before the market went mad. “The first six months of this year were pretty ridiculous,” declares a partner with a leading City firm. “There is one hell of a lot of deals being done all around the world,” […]

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