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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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Conyers opens eighth office with Dubai launch

Conyers Dill & Pearman has confirmed that it will open its Dubai office in July following its successful application for a licence from the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). As first reported by The Lawyer (24 April) the firm registered at office at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). The firm’s Middle East operation will […]

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Wives win landmark divorce rulings

Withers and family law boutique Family Law in Partnership (FLIP) have won a landmark House of Lords judgment this morning (24 May) on behalf of two women claiming money from their husbands after divorce. The Lords ruled that Melissa Miller is entitled to £5m from her ex-husband, while Julia McFarlane will have an annual payment […]

Building plans

High oil prices and a focus on diversifying is vying with capacity and cost issues in the Middle East’s construction industry to create what promises to be an interesting year ahead for the region. Jeffery Barrett reports For those who thought 2005 was a busy year for project activity in the Middle East, 2006 is […]

Senior lawyers blast PM’s human rights outburst

Lawyers have launched a torrent of criticism at the Prime Minister after he suggested that the Human Rights Act (HRA) could be amended to overrule court decisions. Tony Blair made the comment in a letter to the new Home Secretary John Reid last week (15 May). “We will need to look again at whether primary legislation is needed […]

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