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While the flaunting of one’s wealth remains a common pastime for many of the world’s well-heeled, increasingly so in the age of social media, the majority of private clients wish to remain just that – private. However, remaining discreet and keeping personal affairs under wraps can be a huge challenge when litigation looms large on […]

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This Q&A is part of the global guide to investment funds. It provides a high level overview of retail investment funds in Portugal, looking at both retail funds and hedge funds. Areas covered include a market overview, legislation and regulation, marketing, managers and operators, restrictions and requirements, tax and upcoming reform.To compare answers across multiple […]

Hedge funds in Portugal: regulatory overview

A Q&A guide to hedge funds law in Portugal. This Q&A is part of the global guide to hedge funds. It provides a high level overview of hedge funds in Portugal. Areas covered include a market overview, legislation and regulation, marketing, managers and operators, restrictions and requirements, tax; private placement rules and upcoming reform. To […]

New research reveals risks to UK mid size businesses

The contribution of just under 30,000 businesses with an annual turnover of £10m to £149million is seriously at risk from a lack of identity, shortage of skills and talent and macro-economic uncertainty, a new benchmark report has revealed. Released today, the report uses an unprecedented range of intelligence about UK mid size businesses’ priorities, strengths […]

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By Gwendoline Davies High street jeweller H Samuel has been fined for providing misleading pricing information online. The case highlights both what retailers can and can’t do when it comes to posting prices and promotions; and a new national and international drive towards the enforcement of consumer protection laws. Retail and Commercial Dispute Resolution specialist Gwendoline […]

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Insurance litigation specialist Berrymans is to take four marine partners from six-partner marine firm Ingledew Brown Bennison & Garrett, raising the number of partners at Berrymans to 32. The four – senior partner Martin Sutton, Ken Thwaites, Roger Miles and Stuart Armstrong – together with five assistants, will join Berrymans’ office from 2 December but, […]

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Olswang has boosted its property department from four to six partners overnight by poaching almost half of Stones Porter’s property team. Two partners, two assistants and two secretaries are all going to Olswang. One of the two partners, Tim Westhead, had been at Stones Porter for 11 years; his colleague Martyn Needham joined in 1987 […]

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Freshfields has been appointed as the legal adviser to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand for phase one of the privatisation of its thermal power plants. Shares in the privatised power companies are expected to be floated initially on the Thai stock market in 1997. Freshfields will be coordinating the work from its office in […]

DoE project searches for ADR answers

A senior London university lecturer commissioned by the Government to examine the highly adversarial construction industry has accused lawyers of preferring courtroom battles to alternative dispute resolution. Nicholas Gould, a senior lecturer in Westminster University’s Construction, Housing and Surveying department, says that lawyers often take disputes out of their clients’ hands. This, he claims, can […]

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