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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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Dentons switch on

Denton International partners Denton Hall and Spanish firm Bufete Lupicinio Rodriquez (BLR) have won a bid to advise Red Electrica de Espana SA on setting up the Spanish electricity market. BLR will advise on corporate and commercial aspects and Denton Hall will help on regulatory issues.

“Super ombudsman' may weaken complaints system

The plan to create a new financial services “super-ombudsman” could lead to the sort of formal court procedures and lawyer involvement in complaints that the ombudsmen were set up to avoid, investment ombudsman Peter Dean has warned. The Financial Services Authority set up a steering group in April to bring all financial services ombudsmen into […]

Hungary tightens its grip on foreign firms

The European Commission will meet the Hungarian government this week to discuss the new law proscribing the activities of foreign lawyers. The bill, passed by the Hungarian parliament last Tuesday, requires foreign firms to form an association with a local firm and share its premises. Foreign lawyers will not be allowed to practise Hungarian law. […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 3/3/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Enforceability of arbitration award in case of illegality Soleimany v Soleimany (1998) Court: CA (Morritt LJ, Waller LJ, Sir Christopher Staughton) 19/2/9Summary: An arbitration award, which purported to enforce an illegal contract, was not enforceable in […]

Sidley & Austin relocates for London growth

Sidley & Austin is moving to new offices at 1 Threadneedle Street this week, in the expectation of doubling its number of fee earners over the next five years. Since setting up the London operation in 1994, the office has grown to 45 fee earners including 10 partners – but the firm says further organic […]

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