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Water (power) march! An overview of the new funding system for hydropower

By Felix Schneider, Philipp Strondl On September 16, 2020, the eagerly awaited draft of the federal law on the expansion of energy from renewable sources (Renewable Expansion Law –  EAG ) was submitted for assessment. Comments on this can only be submitted until October 28, 2020. The draft brings significant changes to the funding system for hydropower plants and is intended […]

Personal injury compensation claims – How to obtain an award appropriate to the financial implications of the injury

By Piero Mastrosimone Nobody can possibly tell when they may have the misfortune to have a serious or life-changing accident. Rarely does anyone plan their response to such an event. It goes without saying that any severe accident is devastating but an accident abroad can be overwhelming. The Association of British Insurers (ABI)  report 3,000 British […]

The ediscovery process from start to finish

Discovery, an all-too-familiar term for most legal professionals, is the litigation phase during which the parties dispute and exchange information and evidence relevant to the lawsuit. So that being said, what exactly is ediscovery? Electronic discovery, commonly known as ediscovery, is exchanging electronically stored information (ESI) during the discovery process. Discoverable ESI typically includes relevant […]

State of calamity and state of emergency

The state of emergency started in Portugal at 00.00 a.m. of 19 March, enacted through Decree of the President of the Republic no. 14-A/2020, of 18 March. Having been renewed twice through Decree no. 17-A/2020, of 2 April, and Decree no. 20-A/2020, of 17 April, the state of emergency was extended until 11:59 p.m. of […]


CC takes mantle of law’s best-known brand

Clifford Chance has emerged as the strongest brand in the legal market. The magic circle firm ranked 240th in a table of the top 500 business brands, as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (7 March). Linklaters came a close second in 247th place, ahead of Slaughter and May at 255. Eversheds divided the magic circle, […]

Fasken Martineau expands with Ottawa merger

Canadian firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin has secured its second merger in as many months after agreeing terms with Ottawa-based Johnston & Buchan. The deal comes six weeks after Fasken sealed its merger with London-based Stringer Saul which created the first full-service Canadian-UK law firm. Johnston & Buchan is a 13-lawyer firm focused primarily on communications […]

Egorov scores Russian first with African work

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has become the first Russian law firm to score an M&A deal in Africa. The firm advised Rusal, the world’s third-largest aluminium producer, on its acquisition of 77.5 per cent of the government of Nigeria-owned metal works Alscon. Partner Ednan Agaev, who advised on the deal along with the firm’s […]

Camerons in High Court for negligence

CMS Cameron McKenna is being sued for negligence by offshore company Tamlura at the High Court for unspecified damages. The claim surrounds the acquisition of accident management group motorCare by The Innovation Group (TiG) on 17 October 2000 for £67m. TiG is not part of the claim, however. Tamlura is a Dutch Antilles-incorporated company that […]

Linklaters pre-empts partner vote with LLP conversion

Linklaters is set to convert to LLP status on 1 May, having already registered its LLP with Companies House. Linklaters partners still have to ratify the decision in an imminent vote, even though the process is fully underway. The magic circle firm has gone ahead despite waiting for confirmation from the French authorities on whether […]

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