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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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Sidley Austin raids Ashurst for star finance partner

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has raided Ashurst to secure finance partner Stephen Clark. The acquisition and property finance specialist joins the firm’s London office. He counts HSBC among his clients. The hire follows last year’s recruitment of Linklaters securitisation star Richard Hughes and Sidley hopes Clark’s hire will complement its securitisation and structured finance […]

Angel flies back into a storm at Linklaters

Linklaters‘ managing partner Tony Angel was quoted in the press last week as saying that the magic circle firm’s profits would be “above 10 per cent [up] on last year”. This earlier than usual indication for 2004-05 profits has had the whole of the City talking – 10 per cent is a bullish figure in […]

Fournier and Solvay pick Freshfields and Skadden

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s Paris offices are sharing the spoils as the French pharmaceutical sector continues its consolidation. Skadden’s Paris co-head Pierre Servan-Schreiber is advising new client Fournier Pharma, one of France’s largest pharmaceutical companies, on its €1.3bn (£900m) acquisition by Belgian pharmaceuticals company Solvay. Servan-Schreiber won the work after a […]

Game on

The Gambling Bill may give the green light for regional casinos, but gaming companies will still have to overcome a raft of legal hurdles. By Simon Ricketts The Gambling Bill will soon be considered by the Parliamentary committee, having completed its Commons stages on 24 January and having received a second reading in the House […]

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