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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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City firms woo US partners

CITY FIRMS Herbert Smith and Freshfields are bucking the transatlantic appointment trend by recruiting US lawyers. Herbert Smith is adding two new partners to its international securities practice. US lawyers Jim Wickenden and Allen Hanen will be joining in March this year from the London office of US investment bankers JP Morgan. Freshfields is gaining […]

In brief: Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke and alliance partner Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest – Germany’s thirteenth largest firm – have merged offices in Frankfurt. Osborne Clarke calls it a significant step in strengthening its alliance with five European firms based in Milan, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Frankfurt.

Fines for footballers

PROFESSIONAL footballers should be prosecuted for assaulting opponents, according to Judge Richard Benson. Judge Benson, sitting in Nottingham Crown Court, sentenced a 49-year-old amateur footballer to two year’s probation and fined him u300 for causing actual bodily harm to an opposing player by headbutting him during a match. Benson said: “Paolo di Canio pushed over […]

Jacksons and Crutes pull out of North East merger talks

Merger talks between Newcastle firms Jacksons and Crutes have broken down at the last minute. The two firms – which sources say have been in talks for three weeks – say the discussions broke down due to “operational concerns and potential client conflicts”. An industry source says the talks had reached the stage where Jacksons […]

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