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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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Bakers, White & Case claim victory in price-fixing cases

Baker & McKenzie and White & Case have secured victory for Japanese technology giants Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba in a series of price-fixing cases before the EU General Court. In judgments handed down earlier this week, the court overturned fines of €118.6m and €90.9m respectively against the two companies. The fines had been imposed by […]

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Law Society reduces cost of practising certificate

The Law Society Council has cut the cost of the solicitors practising certificate by 23 per cent, knocking it down from £428 to £328. Law Society chief executive Des Hudson said: “The closure of our defined benefit pension scheme, together with the benefits of the investments made over the last few years in systems and […]

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Sets impose diversity training regime on clerks

Barristers’ clerks are being forced to undertake diversity training as chambers seek to protect themselves against discrimination claims such as those brought against 4 New Square. A number of sets have ramped up their diversity training efforts as the issue moves to the top of the ­agenda for the barristers’ profession. The profession’s regulator, the […]

A&O’s senior moment

Firms that grapple with the distinction between senior and managing partner roles should look to Allen & Overy for the definitive answer. As the magic circle firm knows, while managing partners should deal with tough stuff like firm restructurings and remuneration policy, for senior partners the focus ought to be on the ’softer’ side of […]

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