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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 […]

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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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Nottingham joins London law schools’ battle for supremacy

London’s legal education market has just got hotter than ever before. Not only will the College of Law and BPP Law School be opening second sites in London in September to house a further 1,500 students, but rival Nottingham Law School (NLS) is planning to launch in the capital in conjunction with US business training […]

CC ramps up in China with Mofo star

Clifford Chance has hired rated China corporate partner Rupert Li from Morrison & Foerster, continuing the spate of high profile moves by the magic circle in Asia. Clifford Chance’s move to hire Li follows the move of Allen & Overy last week to take Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer’s US and Hong Kong-qualified partner Thomas Jones. Li […]

Ups and downs in the South East

The South East has seen shake-ups and departures in senior management at both Lester Aldridge and ASB Law. Lester Aldridge elected head of the dispute resolution group Michael Giddins as its new managing partner on 19 June. Giddins beat rival candidates Rachel Lapworth, the firm’s head of real estate, and corporate partner Tim Ford to […]

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The ABS conference is a big draw. Even Girls Aloud turned up. Lorraine Cushnie reports Everyone is still exhausted. The four days of freebies, networking and alcohol-fuelled early mornings that are the Global Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) conference are over for another year: and as memories of the Baja Beach Club fade into the distance, it’s […]

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