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Bermuda – the family office proposition

Bermuda has historically flown beneath the radar when it comes to promoting itself as the ideal location for the establishment of a family office. There are likely a number of reasons for this but one is that Bermuda was often chosen as a domicile for trusts or for the location of a physical family office […]

Data protection challenges of using AI in healthcare

By Robert Breedon, Jocelyn S Paulley AI, machine learning, deep learning, neural networks – call it what you like, there’s a lot of excitement about the ability of software to analyse a lot of data, spot patterns, learn (sometimes independently) and to make conclusions and produce insights that are entirely new. t is not unusual […]

How will virtual reality change the way we plan sustainable, smart cities?

By Dominic Conte, Joe Morris Virtual and augmented reality have come crashing into the real estate industry in the last couple of years, becoming a disruptive force in residential sales and leaving many people asking, what next? We’ve taken a look at some novel and interesting ways in which virtual reality will be used in […]

Introduction of the SEBI (settlement proceedings) regulations, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), through a notification dated 30 November 2018, has introduced the SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations, 2018 (Settlement Regulations). The Settlement Regulations, effective from 1 January 2019, will replace the SEBI (Settlement of Administrative and Civil Proceedings) Regulations, 2014 (2014 Regulations). The Settlement Regulations have set out the terms […]

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ABN Amro ditches e-billing plan

ABN Amro has ditched any immediate plans to introduce e-billing following a review of the cost to benefit ratio. As first reported by The Lawyer (25 September 2006), Dutch bank ABN has been investigating alternatives to traditional billing methods in a bid to make savings on the cost of external legal advice. ABN group deputy […]

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Latham displays Russian muscle with Sitronics IPO

Latham & Watkins completed London’s first major listing of a foreign company this year with the IPO of Russian technology group Sitronics. The $352m (£180.69m) float, which valued Sitronics at £1.16bn, was London’s largest technology IPO in the last five years, highlighting the US firm’s hold on Russian companies in London. Moscow-based corporate partner Varun […]

Former Bird & Bird chair plots passage to India

The former chairman of Bird & Bird Hamish Sandison will now plot the firm’s entry into India after standing down last week. Sandison stood down ahead of the firm’s elections because of his desire for the firm to elect a non-UK-based chairman. He has been replaced by Sweden managing partner Michael Frie. “I’ve argued for […]

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