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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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Cornish partners head for Price Waterhouse

Leading commodities lawyer Martin Cornish – revealed to be joining Price Waterhouse’s law firm Arnheim & Co by The Lawyer last week – is bringing two partners, four fee earners and two support staff with him from his practice. The only remaining partner in MW Cornish & Co, Peter Astleford, is joining Titmuss Sainer Dechert […]

In brief: Hammond Suddards shifts London offices

Hammond Suddards is to move from its 35,000 square feet City offices at Moor House, London Wall, London, to 70,000 square feet at 7 Devonshire Square, near Liverpool Street Station. Senior partner John Heller said since moving into Moor House five years ago, total staff had grown to 220 and double the space was needed.

The rocky road to MDPs

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Nortons switches head in Singapore

A PERSONNEL shake-up at Norton Rose’s Singapore office has seen a switch of managing partners and the addition of two new partners. Jamie Logie, who has been managing partner at the office since 1993, is handing over the reins to international asset finance specialist Paul Giles, who is travelling out to Singapore from London. The […]

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