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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

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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 […]

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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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DEAL OF THE WEEK – DANONE

Carnelutti and Bredin Prat handle Danone brand sale Italian law firm Carnelutti and French firm Bredin Prat have advised Danone on its sale of Italian food brand Galbani to private equity group BC Partners.The French dairy products company agreed to sell its Galbani food unit to the UK buyout firm for g1.02bn (£626.7m).The deal is […]

Panel firms prepared for Zurich Commercial rejig

Law firms on Zurich Commercial’s law panel face an imminent shake-up The three-year contracts won by 16 firms in 1999 are due for a reappraisal. A spokesperson for Zurich said: “We can confirm that we’re reviewing the legal panel at the moment and we’re hoping to make a decision by the end of June.” Zurich […]

Clarification

Following an article last week entitled ‘Clarke Willmott slashes entire volume conveyancing practice’, The Lawyer has been asked to clarify that Angela Thompson resigned to join Battens before Clarke Willmott & Clarke’s Bridgwater office closed.

Covington boosts London office with Glaxo hire

Covington & Burling’s London office has hired the former general counsel of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline as senior counsel Jim Beery (left) will join the firm’s core life sciences practice. Before GlaxoSmithKline, Beery worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and the London office of US firm Morrison & Foerster.

Magic circle firms give pro bono spend a boost

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells spent just over $50,000 (£35,000) per US partner on pro bono work last year According to figures released by the firm, the US partners clocked up 17,368 hours of pro bono work, which is equivalent to just under $6m (£4.22m) worth of chargeable time.The figure amounts to around two and […]

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