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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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Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman commit to merger

Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman last week finally confirmed their intention to merge. Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman last week finally confirmed their intention to merge. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (10 February), the two firms have signed a letter of intent to merge. When the deal is completed, the combined firm will have around 900 lawyers, spread over […]

Sharing the burden

The Art of delegation is central to productivity, client care and team building, says Charles Boyle Are you working too many hours? Having problems meeting deadlines? Too much to do and too little time? Then perhaps you need to delegate more of your work. Good delegation leads to a more efficient and profitable use of […]

Reynolds Porter turns down place on NHSLA legal panel

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain last week turned its back on the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) after seven years as a panel member. The NHSLA recently concluded a review of its 13-adviser panel, retaining all the firms, including Reynolds Porter. However, following discussions within the firm, Reynolds Porter declined the offer of a place. Chief executive Adrian Martin said the decision […]

Grapevine

Will Wilmer Cutler end up showing Hale the door?Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr’s first end-of-year financials will give all partners cause for cheer. The firm’s turnover for 2004 was $750m (£402.1m). That figure is up a respectable 14 per cent on a combined 2003 total of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering’s $334m (£179.2m) and Hale […]

Thorn brings in MBR&M to prove illegitimacy of UK tax

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s (MBR&M) tiny London tax litigation team has scooped a role in the mammoth Loss Relief Group Litigation challenging UK tax laws. Partner Peter Steiner is representing Thorn (formerly Thorn EMI), which joined the register of multi-national companies alleging that corporation tax legislation in the UK is in breach of European […]

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