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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 […]

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Shearman favours London as it promotes 12 partners worldwide

Shearman & Sterling has made up 12 new partners worldwide, with nearly half of the promotions being made in London. Litigation counsel Susanna Charlwood joined the firm two years ago from Slaughter and May, while tax counsel Simon Letherman is also a Slaughter alumnus. Meanwhile M&A counsel Matthew Powell has been made up in Shearman […]

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WHSmith joins Visa and MasterCard cartel claim as firms gear up for two-year court battle

WHSmith has joined the raft of high street giants suing Visa and MasterCard in the High Court over allegations both companies charged retailers anti-competitive credit card fees. WHSmith has instructed Humphries Kerstetter on its dual claims against Visa and MasterCard, which will seek to claim £17.5m and £5.5m in repayments respectively, The Lawyer understands. The […]

Ex-BLP corporate head Collins joins Dentons to lead London practice

Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) corporate head David Collins has joined Dentons as head of its UK corporate group. Collins left BLP in October after losing the firm’s leadership election to employment partner Lisa Mayhew in February. He will replace Richard Barham when he takes over the corporate practice on 1 January. Barham, who was head of […]

Olswang forges Asian associations in Hong Kong and Singapore

Olswang has expanded its reach in Asia with two non-exclusive tie-ups, with Singaporean firm Holborn and Hong Kong firm Haldanes. The two associations are led by Olswang’s Singapore office, which was opened in 2011, and overseen by the firm’s Asia managing partner Rob Bratby and Asia head of corporate head Andrew Stott. Olswang’s Singapore association firm […]

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Linklaters boosts private equity practice with Shearman partner hire

Linklaters has hired Shearman & Sterling private equity partner Ben Rodham, three years after he left the magic circle firm as a managing associate. Rodham will rejoin the magic circle firm in the New Year. Linklaters private equity head Alex Woodward said Rodham’s arrival “will help the continued growth of our private equity practice and […]

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