Going north

The effects of a sustained period of underdevelopment in Northern Ireland look set to be reversed with a £16bn infrastructure overhaul. Lisa Boyd reports

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By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

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