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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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Simmons & Simmons represented German-based open-ended fund Despa on the completion of its £35.5m acquisition of the office building at 10-14 Stratton Street, London W1. The offices, which are the headquarters of surveyors Grimley JR Eve, was sold by an undisclosed Dutch investment fund. Alan Butler, property partner at Simmons, led the team. Despa was […]

Hamilton takes on Fayed

What is being billed as the last major libel action of the millennium is scheduled to start today (Monday). Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton is suing Harrods boss, Mohammed Al Fayed over cash-for-questions allegations said to have destroyed Hamilton’s political career. The way for the action was paved by the Law Lords when they ruled […]

The top five public silks

Matheu Swallow reveals the top five silks at the administrative and public bar and what it is that that got them there. Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC Blackstone Chambers Called to the bar: 1963 Appointed QC: 1Professional achievements/associations: Baron, Life Peer, 1993; special adviser to Home Secretary (Roy Jenkins) 1974-76; Standing Commission on Human […]

New Guidelines On Judges' Bias

Judges cannot be banned from the bench for being gay, a Freemason or a member of a sports club, the Court of Appeal has decided. The country’s three most senior judges yesterday laid down guidelines to help check the trend of challenging judges on the grounds of bias, which has become more prevalent since the […]

Chambers of the year becomes plc

Birmingham’S leading set, St Philip’s Chambers, is launching itself as a public limited company, a first in the legal profession. The move is planned to revolutionise the way St Philip’s, voted chambers of the year at The Lawyer awards, is run by introducing a corporate culture and collective thinking. The set hopes the investment will […]

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