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Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

Oil and Gas Law Review: Sixth edition

By Olivier Bustin, Luiza Savchenko The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the most populous French-speaking country in Africa and a very attractive prospect for investors owing to the richness of its natural resources, such as cobalt, copper, cassiterite, gold, manganese, diamond and petroleum In numerous official and unofficial speeches, it has been emphasised […]

Newsflash: Freehold Properties Bill

By Karl Anders, Louise Power House builders face the difficult task of building more homes whilst also maintaining positive relationships with customers and communities in the face of mistrust engendered by a developer-unfriendly media. This is against the backdrop of trying to run a successful, profitable business for the benefit of shareholders and employees in a constantly […]

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City firm plans US marriage

The 13-partner City practice Hobson Audley Hopkins & Wood is this week finalising negotiations to join 150-partner mid-western US firm Feagre & Benson to form the country’s second major UK/US multinational partnership. In an arrangement similar to that created three years ago when City firm Titmuss Sainer & Webb allied with US firm Dechert Price […]

In brief: Law Soc heralds end of legal aid crisis

The legal aid funding crisis is officially over, according to the Law Society. The society has seized on figures published in the Legal Aid Board’s annual report which show spending is within budget for the fourth year running. Law Society vice president Phillip Sycamore said: “There is clearly no longer any need for panic measures […]

At the legal aid coalface

AS PART of our house training programme, our managing partner, Ann Alexander, arranged for our trainee solicitors and legal executives to attend an open day at the Legal Aid Board’s area office in Manchester on 12 March. Members of staff at the board gave short talks on all aspects of their operations, from the legal […]

Two solicitors make the QC grade

The historic appointment of two solicitors as Queen’s Counsel has brought a welcoming but cautious response from within the profession. Herbert Smith partner Lawrence Collins and Arthur Marriott, a partner at US firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, were named last week among the 68 new QCs. The pair were among six solicitors who applied for […]

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