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Putting data to work

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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Tax position of non-taxable representative offices of foreign companies in Ukraine

Representative offices of foreign companies in Ukraine have historically been a favourite target of the Ukrainian tax authorities. Based on the fiscal interpretation of Ukraine’s tax code, the tax authorities attempt to tax financing from the head company in the hands of the representative office even if the latter should not constitute a permanent establishment […]

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Ashurst and Dickson Minto among firms advising on £400m Foxtons’ IPO

Dickson Minto is understood to be advising long term client BC Partners on the flotation of estate agency Foxtons, which is expected to raise as much as £400m. In June, the London-based private equity house hired Credit Suisse, Numis Securities and Canaccord Genuit to run a listing after the summer. The filing, which was initially […]

Pinsents’ Belfast struggle

When a big merger happens, questions are raised about whether the enlarged firm is really going to stay committed to all of its offices. In the case of Pinsent Masons and Belfast, that talk started as soon as the merger between Pinsents and McGrigors was announced in February 2012. The chatter has only got louder […]

Uni whys and wherefores

It’s A Level results week, and around the country thousands of students (and their parents) are thinking hard about the future. But with student numbers on undergraduate law courses up by 11 per cent and career opportunities in the profession contracting, is studying law really a safe option? First year law student numbers rise by […]

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