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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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The sweet smell of distress sees vulture funds eye Sainsbury’s

The supermarket giant is in trouble and the bondholders are twitching nervously. By Helen Power Distressed M&A is increasingly vogue in Europe. Since the turn of the century it has spawned an ever-growing band of bondholder activists, hedge funds, restructuring management consultants and hordes of US law firms still piling into London to service them. But four years on, […]

White & Case completes City relocation

White & Case has moved into its new City premises at 5 Old Broad Street, next to the Bank of England. The firm has taken 117,000sq ft on four floors, with an option to take an additional 25,000sq ft if necessary. White & Case has been in the London market for more than 30 years […]

New complaints body launched

A new body to deal with complaints against the legal profession was formally launched today (28 October) by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer. The Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (LSCC) has full powers to set targets and to fine the Law Society if it fails to deal with complaints. The news follows the […]

DWS steers BAR to victory in F1 dispute

Denton Wilde Spate (DWS) secured a win for the BAR-Honda Formula 1 (F1) team last week after the F1 Contracts Recognition Board (CRB) ruled that F1 driver Jenson Button must fulfil his contract with BAR. DWS advised BAR on the CRB hearing in Milan, while Maxwell Bately’s motor sports division advised Button, who had been […]

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