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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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SJ Berwin, Nabarro act fast on British Land’s sale of City building to KanAm

SJ Berwin‘s real estate team is advising FTSE100 company British Land on its £406.3m disposal of City office space. One Exchange Square, which is situated on the Broadgate Estate, has been acquired by German open-ended fund KanAm Grund Kapitalanlagegesellschaft. KanAm appointed regular real estate adviser Nabarro for the purchase. SJ Berwin real estate partner Lewis […]

Lovells Tokyo head Lester eyes Aussie homecoming as AAR comes calling

Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) has swooped for Lovells Tokyo managing partner Tim Lester. Lester, who heads Lovells’ Asian capital markets team, will be joining AAR as a partner in its corporate and finance practice and will be based in Perth, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (12 June). Lester’s departure from Lovells is an […]

A&O lawyer posthumously wins death row case

A former Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyer has had a prisoner’s death sentence repealed two years after the lawyer’s death. Former A&O litigation associate Richard Hamilton first represented Wilberforce Bernard, a prisoner on death row in Trinidad, in 1998 in an appeal against his conviction for murder. Hamilton worked on a pro bono basis. After […]

Ombudsman raises Legal Services Bill fears

The legal services ombudsman Zahida Manzoor has voiced concerns about the detail of the Legal Services Bill, but on the whole calls the Government’s aims laudable. Manzoor, in her annual report, urged the Government to ensure reforms deliver what was intended for the consumer and the profession. The report states that Manzoor is particularly concerned […]

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