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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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APPC climbs down in DLA Piper OFT saga

Three lobbying industry bodies have clubbed together in a perceived attempt to defuse DLA Piper‘s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) complaint for anticompetitive behaviour. As revealed by The Lawyer (10 September), DLA Piper referred the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) to the OFT, claiming the body was trying to persuade government agencies to work […]

DLA Piper rejigs restructuring team

Simon Neilson-Clark has stepped down as DLA Piper’s EMEA restructuring practice group head, in expectation of an upsurge in demand for restructuring leading him to focus on client work. “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the last three years and, given the anticipated increase in demand for restructuring services, it’s now time for me […]

Herbies steps up Middle East push with Abu Dhabi launch

Herbert Smith is set to open an Abu Dhabi office in January with the intention of having a Saudi Arabian presence in due course. Senior partner David Gold said the firm has already signed a lease for premises in Abu Dhabi and expects to have received its licence by the end of the year. He […]

Alliance Boots closes in on panel selection

Alliance Boots is looking to complete its extensive panel review, presided over by group legal director and chief administrative officer Marco Pagni. Although the review of go-to advisers will continue until mid-January, Pagni has shortlisted three firms so far, The Lawyer understands. In addition to current advisers Allen & Overy (A&O) and Slaughter and May, […]

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