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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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Lord Archer v Daily Star. The tabloid newspaper wants the novelist to repay the damages and costs he won following the 1987 libel action over allegations linking him to prostitute Monica Coghlan. Lord Archer’s solicitor Lord Mischon (pictured) sent a letter to the newspaper, saying: “Our client denies that he is in any way liable […]

Taking the stigma from bankruptcy

The Department of Trade and Industry is considering taking a leaf out of the US statute book and cutting the penalties imposed on bankrupts. Should going bust attract its traditional stigma? The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is seeking to reduce the stigma attached to bankruptcy by repealing laws which prevent insolvents from holding […]

Davis Polk targets EU bank clients

Slaughter and May’s “best friend” in the US Davis Polk & Wardwell is changing its international strategy to concentrate on its merchant bank clients. John McCarthy, head of Davis Polk’s international practice committee, says the change will include “an emphasis on private equity, because of the way the market is moving”. McCarthy moved to London […]

Thames Water takes on Debevoise for US drive

Debevoise & Plimpton is riding on the wave of UK utility companies investing in the US by advising Thames Water on its acquisition of New Jersey-based E’town. The UK’s largest water company has agreed to purchase US utility company E’town for £367.9m and will take on £206.7m of debt. It is the first deal that […]

Morgan Cole drops legal aid practice

Morgan Cole is hiving off its legal aid practice as it restructures to become more focused on corporate and commercial work. Based in Oxford, the legal aid department is setting up as an independent firm, led by the office’s principal partner Kirsten Smith. A statement issued by Morgan Cole’s chief executive says: “David Main confirms […]

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