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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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Coming up commercially

Solicitors on the prowl for competent commercial counsel are finding that there are some very able juniors out there…As in any area of practice, the highly-rated sets are the first ports of call for commercial litigation solicitors in search of counsel. What solicitors in this area are looking for are counsel who “work hard and […]

Walls come tumbling down

These are exciting times for would-be lawyers as new business groupings begin to develop. Roman McAlindon reports. Roman McAlindon is Midlands regional managing partner at Arthur Andersen. There was a time when everyone knew their role and there were clear distinctions between the work of accountants and lawyers. For example, corporate tax was handled by […]

In brief: College of Law gets OU accreditation

Qualifications obtained by students at the College of Law can now count towards an Open University degree. The College of Law has been accredited by the university as a provider of courses leading to a degree. Roger Earis, director of academic studies, said the college had taken a step towards providing general degrees.

Fairness for all

The profession should put ethical values into practice rather than merely paying lip-service, argues Catherine Thomson. Catherine Thomson is the TSG’s press officer. Are ethics relevant when considering how the profession treats pros-pective entrants to the law? It is easy to answer yes, trotting out the obvious anti-discrimination and equal opportunities provisions, but are there […]

US takes a leaf out of UK's book

When McKennas was appointed to advise on the introduction of electricity comp- etiton in California in January, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc) set a 31 March deadline for filing the necessary documentation. This meant that the work had to be completed within 10 weeks. The firm all but re-wrote documents inherited from California’s […]

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