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HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

Angola: The Mining Law Review

By João Afonso Fialho, Ângela Viana Angola is one of the greatest diamond producers in the world and has extensive reserves of valuable natural resources, notably diamonds, gold, iron ore, phosphates, copper, manganese, and many other mineral resources. Unfortunately, the civil war (1975–2002) had a tremendous impact on the mining industry, which was basically put […]

Benefits and perils of permanent health schemes in employment contracts

In the recent case of Awan v. ICTS UK Ltd [2018] 11WLUK 385 (Simler J, President) the EAT confirmed and strengthened previous decisions (Aspden v. Webbs Poultry [1996] IRLR 251, Briscoe v. Lubrizol Ltd[2002] IRLR 607, amongst others) To the effect that a term will be implied into contracts of employment that “once the employee has become entitled to […]

Canadian securities regulators concern on problematic promotional activities by issuers

By Brett A. Kagetsu, Denis G. Silva A recent announcement by Canadian securities regulators demonstrates their growing concern with biased promotional materials, and highlights the risks to issuers when engaging with prospective investors. The regulators state that they are seeing promotional activities by issuers that are either untrue or unbalanced to such a degree that […]

Imprisonment fears allayed for arbitrators and experts involved in UAE-Seated arbitrations

By Courtney Rothery, Robyn Waller Imprisonment fears have been allayed for arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations following the latest amendments to Article 257 of the UAE Penal Code. THE PREVIOUS WORDING OF ARTICLE 257 OF THE UAE PENAL CODE In October 2016 arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations (who may or may not […]

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Kemp & Co, the niche IT firm, has recruited Cable & Wireless public policy manager Anneliese Reinhold. She will join the firm as a regulatory policy consultant and will initially focus on consolidating the firm’s work in the communications regulatory policy sector.

Arnold & Porter hires IP chief

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is taking on a new global intellectual property (IP) and technology litigation head. Joel Freed is joining from local rival Howrey Simon Arnold & White, which boasts the world’s largest IP practice. Freed will head a team of 80 lawyers based in the firm’s US and London offices. His […]

EUROSeA/PARK PLAZA

Eurosea and Park Plaza are proving dream clients for Tarlo Lyons, providing a steady stream of work across the board as they develop and invest in the UK hotel industry. The firm acts on a substantial part of Eurosea/Park Plaza work. Last year it worked with them on their rapid growth in the UK, with […]

Sidleys cleans up on synthetics

The London office of Sidley & Austin has completed the first known synthetic securitisation in Europe on a portfolio of credit default swaps. The firm advised Banca Commerciale Italiana as arranger on the deal, where it bought credit protection from an Irish vehicle called Scala Synthetic 2 through credit default swaps on a euro750m (£472.6m) […]

Technology, Media and Telecoms

RiverSoft makes initial public offering on techMARK and Rule 144A placing. Issuer advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Derek McMenamin). Sponsor and sole bookrunner Morgan Stanley Dean Witter advised by Allen & Overy (Mark Dighero).

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