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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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Barristers admit denigrating rape victims in court

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Shaw Pittman plans merger and LA office

Washington DC firm Shaw Pittman has launched a three-pronged attack on the US legal market. The high-tech industry specialist will merge with fellow Washington practice Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragosa and open its first west coast office in Los Angeles in March. The merger with Fisher Wayland is effective from 1 March and will […]

Weil Gotshal ups London associates' salaries

Many London US firms are reviewing their rates following the huge hikes in New York. But Weil Gotshal’s decision stands out because the London office has traditionally billed itself as an English practice and paid only a modest premium of about 15 per cent on magic circle rates. A source close to the firm says: […]

Weil Gotshal lifts salaries in London

US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges will today announce major salary increases for its London associates. Many London US firms are reviewing their rates in the wake of the huge hikes in New York. But Weil Gotshal’s decision stands out because the London office has traditionally billed itself as an English practice and paid only […]

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