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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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Watson Burton strategy pays off as half-year turnover figures rise

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has shrugged off the current downturn to announce a 16 per cent turnover increase for the first half of the current financial year. Practice areas driving the growth are litigation, property development and construction. Senior partner Andrew Hoyle said that corporate is also doing well despite a weak market. “The whole […]

New lease of life

The CPR is finally encompassing landlord and tenant claims and other acts are making inroads into the sector. Malcolm Sheehan reports on the changes practitioners need to be aware of On 15 October, the majority of landlord and tenant (L&T) claims were finally brought within the main body of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), producing […]

Pillsbury axes ten per cent of NY associates

US firm Pillsbury Winthrop has become the latest victim of the downturn, announcing layoffs in its New York office. Following in the footsteps of Shearman & Sterling, revealed by The Lawyer to be the first New York firm to make major cutbacks (The Lawyer, 29 October), Pillsbury Winthrop is axing 10 per cent of its […]

Cloisters hires new director from Law Society

Cloisters chambers has hired a new director, who joins after 15 years at the Law Society. Gerald Newman was communications director at the Law Society, where he was responsible for parliamentary lobbying, website development and the launch of the popular lawyer tracking site, solicitorsonline.com.He said that Cloisters has successfully ridden the storm since the departure […]

3-4 South Sq welcomes associate from Skadden

A part-time counsel at New York firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has joined Michael Crystal QC’s 3-4 South Square as an associate member. Isaac Shapiro retired from full-time practice at the firm in April, but will continue to work part time at Skadden while being an important addition to the chambers.The move comes […]

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