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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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Europe set for liability ruling

EUROPE could institute a community-wide ruling on limited liability if proposals before the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) prove fruitful. The details emerged at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) 12th Biennial Conference on the section on business law in Paris last week. Member states vary in their approach to […]

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There has been an explosion of interest in legal services in the last 12 months. Against this backdrop the CAB service has dealt with over half a million inquiries connected with legal aid, lawyers and the courts. Barriers to Justice, a report of CAB clients’ experience of the legal system, draws on evidence from over […]

Slaughters serves Barings protective writ

Slaughter and May is handling a ‘protective’ legal action on behalf of Barings’ administrators, Ernst & Young, against former derivatives trader Nick Leeson. A High Court writ was issued to “preserve the position of the administrators of Bishopscourt (BS) and Bishopscourt (BB & Co)”, formerly Baring Securities and Baring Brothers & Co said a spokesman […]

First Name action could set off Lloyd's avalanche

THE FIRST legal action taken by Lloyd’s of London agents against a Lloyd’s Name could start an “avalanche” of cases against other individual defaulting Names, according to the agents’ lawyers. The action, against Dr Andrew James Higgins, was the subject of an Order 14 hearing last week and should result in a judgment within days. […]

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