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Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

Oil and Gas Law Review: Sixth edition

By Olivier Bustin, Luiza Savchenko The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the most populous French-speaking country in Africa and a very attractive prospect for investors owing to the richness of its natural resources, such as cobalt, copper, cassiterite, gold, manganese, diamond and petroleum In numerous official and unofficial speeches, it has been emphasised […]

Newsflash: Freehold Properties Bill

By Karl Anders, Louise Power House builders face the difficult task of building more homes whilst also maintaining positive relationships with customers and communities in the face of mistrust engendered by a developer-unfriendly media. This is against the backdrop of trying to run a successful, profitable business for the benefit of shareholders and employees in a constantly […]

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US law firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has merged with Miami-based Steel Hector & Davis to create one of the first international law firms with a strong presence in Latin America. Squire Sanders indicated that Steel Hector’s offices in Caracas, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Santo Domingo were a key driver behind the merger. Squire Sanders […]

Fox Horan landed with $12m lawsuit

Boutique New York firm Fox Horan & Camerini faces a $12m (£6 Boutique New York firm Fox Horan & Camerini faces a $12m (£6.7m) malpractice claim after being found liable for mishandling an arbitration that resulted in a $10m (£5.6m) award against its client. Delaware District Chief Justice Sue Robinson last month found the firm, […]

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Contrary to popular belief, Finers Stephens Innocent’s Mark Stephens is not quite such a media darling as public perception would have it. As name partner and head of media, Stephens has clearly been neglecting his media charm offensive as he is ranked only tenth in the celebrity solicitor charts, undoubtedly due to pressure of work […]

DWS HQ U-turn puts £100m deal in doubt

A u-turn by Denton Wilde Sapte management may have scotched a £100m deal for its City headquarters. Standard Life was set to acquire Dentons’ London offices for £100m until the firm re-entered negotiations with landlord British Land to discuss incentives to forgo an early break-clause in the firm’s lease. The firm had previously rejected the […]

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