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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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Shoosmiths increases PEP for fifth year running

Shoosmiths posted profit per equity partner (PEP) just short of £400,000 last financial year, marking the firm’s fifth consecutive year of profit increase. The 2005-06 financial year saw PEP hit £396,000, up 16 per cent on £342,000 for the 2004-05 financial year. It is the fifth year that the Northampton-based firm has increased profits, after […]

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On 5 June, The Lawyer reported that the Government has approved the first professional qualification for paralegals – the BTEC in Legal Work. The Institute of Legal Executives also has a professional qualification for paralegals, more recently in partnership with City & Guilds. On 12 June, The Lawyer reported that White & Bowker commercial property […]

Veale Wasbrough’s Pizzey gets a third term

Bristol’s Veale Wasbrough has elected managing partner Simon Pizzey to sit a third successive term. First appointed in September 1998, Pizzey will lead the firm for a further three years. The firm also revealed turnover for the last financial year of £13.3m. Pizzey cited strong performance in the firm’s education and corporate teams. Average profit […]

Arcelor-Severstal merger hits a bump

Tensions are brewing over steel giant Arcelor’s conduct in its proposed merger with Russia’s Severstal – and Allen & Overy (A&O) and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom are both at the heart of the action. Not only are shareholders mounting opposition to Arcelor’s E6.5bn (£4.43bn) share buyback scheme, but they are also voicing discontent […]

Phillips Fox set to take place in DLA galaxy

Phillips Fox has adopted the DLA moniker as part of its entry into the DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary alliance. The firm will rebrand as DLA Phillips Fox when it becomes a member of the DLA Piper group later this year, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (15 June). Tony Crawford, Phillips Fox chief executive, said: […]

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