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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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Location, location, location

Nigel Carey looks at why Guernsey is a firm favourite for sophisticated funds business. Guernsey has enjoyed two clear lines of funds business growth in the last few years, principally in private equity vehicles and multi-manager funds, particularly funds of hedge funds. Looking ahead, securitisation business may also increase significantly as a result of new […]

Burges Salmon tops £30m mark

Bristol firm Burges Salmon has recorded an impressive 25 per cent growth in turnover, taking it through the £30m barrier. Profits per partner climbed to £310,000 from £255,000 for 1999/2000. Top equity partners have made £360,000, while those at the bottom are at £190,000.Senior partner Richard Wynn-Jones said: “It’s been a very good year, but […]

Football League scores first with in-house appointment

The Football League has recruited its first in-house lawyer. Nicholas Craig has joined the league in its Preston office following six years with Manchester firm Widdows Pilling.His role will be one of general adviser. Craig said: “There is not, at this stage, the need for an internal specialist in every area to act for the […]

JP Morgan capital markets panel overhaul snubs Slaughters and Herbert Smith

JP Morgan has carried out a massive overhaul of its advisers to set up its first UK-specialised capital markets panel, with a number of top City firms failing to make the grade. In a shock move, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Ashurst Morris Crisp have both been sidelined following a 10-firm beauty parade.Other firms, including […]

A&O completes multijurisdictional acquisition financing for Dresdner

Allen & Overy (A&O) banking partner Peter Schulz has just closed the syndication of a euro650m (£399.4m) multijurisdictional acquisition financing for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.Schulz led the team that advised on the loan facility to the German-incorporated subsidiaries of South African fuels and chemical company Sasol, in connection with its acquisition of the entire chemicals business […]

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