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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 […]

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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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Reduction of partial transition compensation for working hours by Supreme Court

By Lucas Hoogervorst, Maureem in Poel The Supreme Court ruled last Friday that, in short, a partial amendment of an existing employment contract in circumstances that have to be borne by the employer, may result in the payment of a partial transition payment. This concerns the special case that, due to circumstances, is forced to proceed […]

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In brief: Group aims to cut waste in justice system

The Trials Issues Group has been formed to cut waste in the Criminal Justice System. The inter-agency group, launched by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week, will oversee a number of initiatives to improve the quality of service to victims, witnesses and other court users. Projects include new-style case files, increased technology and joint performance […]

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Helen Sage reports Stephen Dreyer, a professional systems support manager, has joined media and communications law firm Olswang as director of its IT services. Dreyer’s career has spanned 13 years in senior systems management at organisations such as Andersen Consulting and Compass Software. John Akerman, managing partner of Olswang, said: “As a leading firm in […]

Lovells unites departments after changes in shipping

City firm Lovell White Durrant has reversed its decision made in the 1980s to create separate shipping and commodity departments. Since this month the two departments have been operating under one roof as the commodities, trade finance and shipping department. Partner Philip Quenby said: “In the 1980s we were seduced by the lure of specialisation. […]

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