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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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Irwin Mitchell, Hodge Jones & Allen face negligence claim over MMR case

Irwin Mitchell and Hodge Jones & Allen have been hit with a professional negligence claim over how they case managed a group action relating to the measle, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Leeds-based Blacks Solicitors disputes chief Luke Patel is instructed in the case for former clients of the two firms, with David Berkley QC […]

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Freshfields relaunches in Singapore with partner relocations

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has reopened in Singapore five years after its 2006 withdrawal from the city state. The firm’s global capital markets head Stephen Revell and partner Gavin MacLaren, who joined the firm recently from Australia’s Allens, will lead the new Singapore office. Revell, global co-head of the capital markets practice and one-time US managing […]

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Linklaters pips Freshfields in China Gold pitch amid African Barrick talks

Linklaters has beaten Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a pitch to win a first-time role for China National Gold on its talks to buy a stake in UK-listed African Barrick Gold (ABG) from Canada’s Barrick Gold. Norton Rose and Shearman & Sterling have also won jobs alongside Linklaters on the potential deal that would see the […]

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Indonesian PPPs in the fast lane

A new system of land acquisition for infrastructure could speed Indonesian PPP projects Public infrastructure projects in Indonesia have long been stymied by difficulties, uncertainties and delays related to land acquisition. These circumstances have primarily been the result of two characteristics of the Indonesian legal system. First, a large amount of land in the country […]

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Growth rockets for French firms

New figures released today show that the top 100 French firms are now collectively turning over almost €3.2bn (£2.5bn), a 412 per cent increase from 20 years ago. An annual ranking produced by French legal publication Juristes Associés has calculated that the largest 100 firms in France, including international firms’ French offices, now employ 2,737 […]

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