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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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Scuffle of the week

A Law Lord v Lord Irvine and bar stalwarts. Lord Steyn is calling on the Lord Chancellor to reform the judicial selection process by setting up a judicial appointments commission. Lord Steyn says judges occupy a more political role since they must interpret the Human Rights Act as of next October and therefore their appointment […]

US law firm accused of hacking

US firm Steptoe & Johnson is being sued for alleged computer hacking. The Washington-based practice is being accused by Moore Publishing, an online information company, of breaking into one it’s websites. One of Moore’s businesses is cyber-squatting: it buys the rights to domain names planning to sell those rights on at a profit. It owns […]

White & Case to target European ADR market

US firm White & Case has transferred the head of its global litigation practice to its Paris office to expand its European, Middle East and African disputes practice. Rayner Hamilton has moved to the French capital from the firm’s New York office to oversee the growth of the disputes practice, which takes in litigation, arbitration, […]

Pinsents elects new chief

Pinsent Curtis has elected Birmingham head of tax David Ryan to the new post of national managing partner. Ryan joined Pinsent & Co in 1990 from City practice Freshfields. He was made head of tax in 1997 two years after the firm’s merger with Simpson Curtis. The 134-partner practice is still deciding who will replace […]

Mills & Reeve plans to merge with Martineaus

Mills & Reeve, East Anglia’s biggest law firm, is planning to merge with Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson. Mills & Reeve managing partner Duncan Ogilvy confirms that the two firms are talking to each other. “Martineau Johnson is one of the premier business law firms in the region, so they are logical people for us to […]

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