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By Andrew Munro The newly enacted Electronic Transactions (Electronic Agents) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2019, which came into force on 1st March this year, signals a turning point in law for companies using Artificial Intelligence which itself represents an area of exponential growth and critical importance for future development in many areas and sectors worldwide. This exciting […]

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Ashurst Morris Crisp is advising Texas Pacific Group, which is leading a group of investors, on providing the equity element to finance Punch Tavern Group’s purchase of the retail business of Allied Domecq for a consideration of £2.75bn. Corporate partner Bruce Hanton led Ashursts’ seven-strong team which included corporate solicitors Christine Allen and Richie Clark, […]

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