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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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Boon for Clearys in biggest ever deal by HSBC

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is the main legal victor in HSBC’s billion-pound purchase of the Safra empire. Clearys’ New York and London offices are HSBC’s main lawyers in the $10.3bn buyout of US banks Republic New York Corporation and its sister company Safra Republic Holdings. The deal is HSBC’s largest ever and will prove […]

Expert experts head to head

Accountants feel unfairly slighted when their services as expert witnesses are rejected summarily by lawyers, simply because their firm acts as the client’s auditor. The implied perception of bias is, they believe, insulting and unjustified. Are they right? Objectivity and independence are the qualities of an expert, rigorously emphasised by the new Civil Procedure Rules […]

Bevan Ashford to pay damages

Bevan Ashford has been ordered to pay compensation to a trainee solicitor sacked for being drunk in public. Patricia Durham Hall claimed wrongful dismissal and sex discrimination after a colleague reported her as being “very drunk” and unsteady on her feet in Exeter city centre last December. As a result, she was sacked for gross […]

Square Mile

Read the facts in the next few lines, think about them, then read them again. They go to the core of our values as a profession. In the 16 months to the end of December 1998, the OSS received 41,380 complaints against solicitors, an average of 2,586 a month. This represents a 39 per cent […]

Romania promises rich pickings for City firms

The Romanian legal market is set to boom within the next 18 months and City firms may be looking to take advantage according to Nicholas Hammond, former head of Taylor Joynson Garrett’s Bucharest office, who has moved to a US firm Arent Fox based the in city. Bucharest, he says, is a burgeoning market for […]

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