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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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Firms go into battle for free trade

Lawyers from the US and UK lined up last week to back comments made by European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson on the importance of free trade in the context of globalisation. Speaking at the annual British-American Business (BAB) Winston Churchill Lecture last Monday (9 June), Mandelson turned the spotlight on the current US presidential […]

Newcastle firms merge to create Mincoff Jacksons

Two North East firms have merged to create a major player within Newcastle’s second tier. Mincoffs from Tyneside and Jacksons from Teesside will create a 21-partner firm Mincoff Jacksons, with a combined turnover of around £10m, taking it to a size comparable to Newcastle’s Muckle, Sintons or Crutes. Mincoffs senior partner Howard Gold said: “The […]

Blowin’ in the whistle

Plans to give the FSA power to grant immunity to whistleblowers are fine in principle – but clear guidelines are needed, argue Tom Epps and Shula de Jersey. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling recently announced plans to arm the Financial Services Authority (FSA) with statutory powers to grant immunity from prosecution to individuals who […]

Legal Services Act will judge the quick and the dead

The Legal Services Act, allowing law firms to bring in outside investors, presents a powerful opportunity for the bold and a serious threat to the timid. Let’s dispel two myths at the outset. It does not mean that partners can sell 25 per cent of their firm and pocket the proceeds. There might be some […]

Prince Evans settles ex-partner dispute

A legal dispute between niche property firm Prince Evans and its former senior partner Louis Robert has resolved a week before going to trial, with Robert due to begin a partnership role at Winckworth Sherwood today (16 June). As reported in The Lawyer (7 January), three of Prince Evans’ five partners – finance director Robert […]

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