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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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SOLICITOR advocates meet the Lord Chancellor this week to put their case for wearing wigs. The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates and the Criminal Lawyers Solicitors Association are calling for court-room equality. But some senior members of the Bar remain opposed to any change which would erode barristers’ distinctive dress. Lord Mackay issued a […]

Allen & Overy develops Japan finance practice

LEADING City firm Allen & Overy is expanding its finance law practice in the Asia-Pacific region with the appointment of capital markets specialist Andrew Ballheimer to its Tokyo office. Alex Pease, the partner in charge of the Tokyo office, which was established in 1988, says: “Andrew has considerable experience in both international and domestic capital […]

OR Court to pick own experts

OFFICIAL Referee (OR) Court lawyers could lose the right to call their own expert witnesses if proposals by OR judges to have their own court-appointed experts are accepted by the Government. The OR judges, who hear high-value technical cases in construction, engineering and environmental law, anticipate disagreement among lawyers over their proposals but argue that […]

Pupillage move fuels race fears

FEARS of indirect racial discrimination at the Bar have surfaced again. Black lawyer groups and the Bar Council’s own race relations committee are concerned that a proposal to delay call to the Bar until after six month’s pupillage will be unfair to ethnic minorities. The committee and others say the proposal could add to problems […]

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