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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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Public sector equity participation in PF2 projects — final documents published

In July 2013, the government opened a consultation on the terms on which the public sector (through the Treasury PF2 Equity Unit) would invest public money into public-private partnership projects (known as PF2 projects) going forward. On 16 October, it published its response together with the final form of the Shareholders Agreement, Articles of Association and […]

UK solar PV strategy — roadmap to a brighter future

Solar photovoltaic (PV) is one of the eight key renewable energy technologies put forward by the government as part of the solution to create a clean, balanced UK energy mix. Solar projects can be developed and installed very quickly, and the fuel (solar radiation) is free. Recently, solar received the highest public-approval rating of all […]

DLA Piper advises SNF Floerger on $500m refinancing by SPCM

DLA Piper has advised SNF Floerger, a producer of flocculants for water treatment, oil and gas applications (including enhanced oil recovery) and mineral extraction, on the refinancing by its holding company SPCM. The $500m (£310m) transaction, which was successfully completed, involved the issuance of new high-yield notes in an amount of $250m listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, whose purpose […]

Freshfields’ Jones joins England rugby squad

London 2012 was the first of a trio of events that were aimed at putting Britain on the international sporting map. Next on the agenda is Glasgow 2014 and then, in 2015, the Rugby World Cup arrives on home turf. Freshfields former corporate and London head Tim Jones must have thought that London 2012 was […]

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