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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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BT Group video conference tackles gender, ethnicity, sexuality… and the bottom line

BT Group has held its ­second video conference on diversity for in-house legal teams and law firms, with general ;counsel ;Anne Fletcher leading the session. More than 40 representatives of law firms dialled in to the conference, along with lawyers from FTSE100 companies such as Smith & Nephew. The discussion focused on how gender, ethnicity […]

Lane partner quits before TwoBirds linkup

Fox Williams has recruited corporate partner Nick Sayers from Lane & Partners, which has just merged with Bird & Bird. Sayers, who takes with him eight year-qualified associate Howard Taylor, said he decided to leave Lane & Partners before the merger as he felt that Bird & Bird was not the right platform for his […]

Trio of firms thrash out B&B rescue

Ashurst, Herbert Smith and Slaughter and May have all won leading roles on Bradford & Bingley’s (B&B) rescue. After a weekend of emergency talks, Spanish bank Santander will take over B&B’s savings ­business and branches, while the £50bn lending business will be nationalised. Herbert Smith corporate head Michael Walter advised B&B with corporate partners Will […]

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Reid Minty sues former partners

Litigation firm Reid Minty, now RMPI, is suing three former employees for breach of fiduciary obligations, alleging that the trio took three substantial clients with them when leaving the firm. Former partner Simon Edwards and uninsured loss recovery and personal injury co-heads Mark O’Shaughnessy and Derek Thompson have been named as defendants along with ProLegal, […]

A&O, Shearman to merge?

A&O, Shearman to merge?03 October 2008 Allen & Overy in talks with Shearman & Sterling? We’re only asking.The rumours in New York are beginning to mount. Allen & Overy in talks with Shearman & Sterling? We’re only asking. The rumours in New York are beginning to mount. Shearman sources deny it, though another source close […]

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