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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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Law à la Mode: Issue 11 — Fall 2013

Welcome to Law à la Mode, the 11th edition of DLA Piper’s quarterly e-magazine from the fashion, retail and design group. Law à la Mode brings together the latest industry news, comment and legal updates.  The Fall issue of Law à la Mode is brought to you by DLA Piper’s US editorial team.  Highlights include […]

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Fountain Court eyes Singapore launch

Inner Temple set Fountain Court is weighing up whether to open an outpost in Singapore, in a move that further underlines the growing popularity of the Asian arbitration hub. Sources close to the set said chambers had sent a delegation to the jurisdiction and met with the City-state’s regulators to discuss a possible office opening. […]

New provisions for protected trust deeds in Scotland

By Andrew Foyle Under a protected trust deed (PTD), a debtor in Scotland can — as an alternative to formal bankruptcy — put his estate in the hands of a trustee for a fixed period so it can be administered for the benefit of his creditors. In return, the debtor is protected from enforcement action by his […]

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BHP Billiton loses anti-corruption and compliance lawyer to Steptoe & Johnson

Washington DC firm Steptoe & Johnson has drawn in BHP Billiton’s anti-corruption and trade compliance lawyer Jeffrey Cottle as a partner for its London office. The appointment, which will see Cottle join the firm’s international regulation and compliance group at an unconfirmed date, follows Steptoe’s hire of London-based Patrick Rappo, the former joint-head of bribery […]

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Wragge & Co outsourcing deal results in 26 support staff redundancies

Wragge & Co is the latest firm to transfer a cohort of its support staff to third-party provider Intelligent Office, resulting in 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members opting to take voluntary redundancy. When the redundancy consultation kicked off in May 2013, the firm said 30 FTE secretarial and PA roles were at risk due […]

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