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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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Domain names as trademarks in Austria

By Martin Prohaska Marchried Digital brand engagement has become more and more important in the last years in the CEE: for example, in the realms of e-books, training courses, software and domain names. In some cases, domain names can qualify for trade mark protection in the CEE. In a recent ruling, the Austrian Supreme Patent […]

Acas publishes non-statutory guide to settlement agreements

Acas has published new non-statutory guidance to accompany the introduction of its new statutory code of practice on settlement agreements, which came into force on 29 July 2013. The new guidance sets out good practice and has no formal status in employment tribunal proceedings. However, it is designed to help employers and employees understand what […]

Further developments in stamp duty land tax

By Niall Murphy We have previously reported on earlier court decisions considering certain aspects of the SDLT legislation. Since then a number of further decisions have been issued. The first two — The Pollen Estate Trustee Company v HMRC and HMRC v DV3 RS Limited Partnership — are decisions of the Court of Appeal, and the […]

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