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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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Partnering between public and private sector lawyers is an idea whose time has come. Matt Byrne reveals the results of The Lawyer’s first ever public sector survey According to a City partner with a strong public sector practice, the key issue for public sector lawyers is partnering with law firms. “It doesn’t happen enough, in […]

Accounting scandal pushes CA into restructuring its legal group

US software giant Computer Associates (CA) is putting the finishing touches to the post-scandal revamp of its legal department, following a year of upheaval. Thomas Konowalczyk has been promoted to the position of interim European general counsel in Germany and Jeffrey Livingston has joined CA as deputy general counsel from US firm Holland & Knight. […]

Johnson Stokes rejigs top jobs as senior partner retires

Johnson Stokes & Master has reshuffled the senior roles within its Hong Kong-based head office following the retirement of the firm’s senior partner. Simon Ip has retired from the firm’s partnership after 32 years with the firm, eight of which were spent as senior partner. He will stay on as an honorary adviser to the […]

Motivate to accumulate

Keith Hatter gives the lowdown on how to motivate yourself and your team You can hardly pick up a magazine without reading the latest new idea about how to motivate either yourself or the people around you. However, despite millions of words, small armies of motivational speakers and David Brent wannabes alive and well up […]

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