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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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Lenovo poaches Howrey partner as new GC

Personal computer manufacturer Lenovo has hired Michael O’Neill as senior vice-president and general counsel from US firm Howrey. O’Neill will be responsible for the company’s legal, corporate governance, security and government relations globally and will be reporting directly to the company’s chief executive and president William Amelio. He replaces outgoing general counsel James Shaughnessy, who […]

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LG: Penny Francis

LG’s partner profits fell last year. So can new offices, a new name and a new international strategy help the firm regain some momentum? When LG (formerly Lawrence Graham) announced in June a flat revenue of £66m and a drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) from £465,000 to £445,000 for the 2006-07 financial […]

Google plans pan-European legal team

Google is planning to recruit an in-house team across Europe after growing by more than 50 per cent in the last year. The internet company has been bombarded with lawsuits and regulatory issues, but it claims the need for a new European legal capability is due to “rapid growth”. “We’re continuing to invest in Europe, […]

Acting up

Can London defend its position to act solely on an arbitration, or can a party break the agreement and switch to an EU member state if it is more favourable to its cause? Roger Hopkins and Ben Horn report Parties opt for arbitration for a variety of reasons. First and foremost they make a decision […]

Bakers joins £600k PEP club

Baker & McKenzie has broken the £600,000 average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure, with UK net profit rising by 18 per cent to £35.1m. The firm’s unaudited figures for the 2006-07 financial year show that PEP in the firm’s UK operation rose by 16 per cent from £518,500 last year to £605,000 this year. […]

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