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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 […]

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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Deutsche Bank is looking at introducing a system of rebates in a bid to slash its external legal spend The Lawyer understands that Deutsche is considering various fee structures as part of a global review of its external legal advisers, with the rebate system currently emerging as the most popular. The bank also considered the […]

UBS demands diversity as clincher for panel places

UBS Investment Bank has asked firms that are seeking a place on its coveted legal panel to disclose statistics relating to diversity Firms participating in the Swiss investment bank’s tender exercise (see The Lawyer, 28 February) were asked to provide details of their diversity policies, along with relevant statistics, in their written submissions. It is […]

Firm profile: Thring Townsend

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CC’s Davis elected vice-president of LSLA

Clifford Chance litigation partner Simon Davis has been elected as the new vice-president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA). Davis, who is also the Law Society council member for the City of London, was elected at this week’s annual general meeting of the LSLA. He was previously the association’s treasurer, and will be succeeded […]

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