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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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DLA Piper cuts 124 jobs at end of consultation

DLA Piper has concluded its redundancy consultation, leading to the loss of 124 jobs. David Bradley The total redundancies, which included 24 lawyers, were fewer than the expected 140 as a number of employees volunteered for reduced working or pay cuts to save jobs. The measures were mostly taken up by support staff, although some […]

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Week Seven: The Apprentice analysed…

Week seven into The Apprentice and Sir Alan tested the sales skills of the wannnabe apprentices challenging them select two products to sell to local retailers in Liverpool. How did they do? Our employment lawyer panel moonlighting as TV critics give their judgment. Hannah Ford, solicitor, Stevens & Bolton LLP With travel budgets tightening across […]

Tods Murray leads way on £170m Fife hospital deal

Scotland’s Tods Murray has helped its client Consort Healthcare (Fife) reach financial close on the £170m Fife General Hospital and Maternity Services PPP. Tods Murray picked up the deal through its long-standing relationship with consortium partner Balfour Beatty, which it has advised on five UK hospital ­projects in total. The other consortium member on this […]

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Jackson review reviewed

Lord Justice Jackson gave us all some weekend reading last Friday with a 1,000-page preliminary report on his review of civil litigation costs. And what a document it is. “Oh God! It’s so big,” declares Edwin Coe litigation partner David Greene. “I suppose it helpfully articulated the issues,” adds Mayer Brown partner Clare Canning. Scores […]

The Transatlantic Elite 2009: The Sweet Sixteen

The top players are entering virgin territory. By Matt Byrne Last year, The Lawyer coined a new name for the top layer of elite international law firms. We christened them the Sweet Sixteen, arguing they had the profits, clients, international coverage and brand to stake a robust claim as the leading firms in the world. […]

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