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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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Our latest in-depth analysis of UK M&A legal bills reveals a good performance by smaller firms and success fees on the rise Click here to view all public M&A deals, 1 September to 31 December 2012 Last September The Lawyer published the first-ever ranking of public M&A deals by legal fees, available thanks to new […]

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Ashurst uses quick-fire questioning to gauge support for US merger deal

Ashurst is sounding out partners on a US merger amid attempts by the firm’s management to get buy-in for the idea of a Stateside tie-up. Senior partner Charlie Geffen has been taking partners out for dinner in groups of roughly 20 and posing them a list of questions about strategy leading to a final one […]

Simmons leads as law firms improve position in Stonewall rankings

Simmons & Simmons has consolidated its position in LGB charity Stonewall’s annual rankings of the most gay-friendly employers, improving from 10th place in 2012 to ninth this year. The firm is once again the top-ranked law firm in the ranking of the best 100 employers, which is compiled using a list of key indicators including […]

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Barclays panel delayed as bank moves away from biennial reviews

Barclays has delayed its panel review planned for this summer by 12 months as the banking giant embarks on a plan to scrap its practice of reassessing law firm rosters on a two-yearly basis. The UK lender has extended the current terms of its panel and will next revisit the selection process in June 2014 […]

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