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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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PwC and Standard Chartered Bank settle claim

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the UK-based Standard Chartered Bank have settled a long running damages case in which the Big Five accountancy firm was accused of faulty auditing. The bank claimed PwC gave it flawed advice when it was considering buying the United Bank of America in 1987. Standard sued and was awarded record damages of $341 […]

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Clifford Chance loses Chinese partner to Jones Day

US firm, Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has roped in former Clifford Chance partner, Winston Zhao to help set up the firm’s new Shanghai office. Zhoa joins Jones Day from Clifford Chance’s Shanghai practice – the first international law firm to open up in that city in 1993 when the Chinese Ministry of Justice relaxed […]

LAB set to cut back on temporary admin staff

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is understood to be planning cutbacks in temporary administrative staff, say senior sources. It is thought the LAB will not renew certain temporary contracts when it becomes the Legal Services Commission following the Access to Justice Act and contracting is introduced. As reported exclusively in The Lawyer (1 February), the […]

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