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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 act of giving

A new charity act in Scotland will change the face of charity law, with increased regulation being key to development. By Simon Mackintosh The main body of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 came into force on 24 April 2006. As well as creating a complete code for charity law in Scotland, it […]

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Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) advised iconic toy shop Hamleys on a franchising deal that will see it open stores in Dubai, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The deal is Hamleys’ first franchise. It will be run by Daud Investments, part of the Middle East-based Getco Group of companies, which hold the Middle East franchises for brands […]

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How’s this for a bargain? Apparently SJ Berwin is turning tour operator and offering clients an all-expenses-paid golfing trip out to Spain. The catch? You have to spend £1m with the firm in 12 months. Do that and you get to go for free. If you spend less, you have to pay a share of […]

A&O taps bank for £75m to cover HQ relocation

Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured a £75m bank facility to help cover the cost of its new offices at Bishops Square. The loan was put in place last year to augment the current £65.8m cash surplus A&O has built up via retained profit to pay for the move, planned for this October. A&O finance […]

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