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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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Looking at the bigger picture

Clifford Chance’s mission statement for the next 10 years takes the form of a simple yet determined document. In it, the firm’s strategy is clearly laid out as a series of ambitions. It lays down the gauntlet as far as its US aims are concerned. The firm wants to take on and beat these firms […]

Wilkinsons agrees Eversheds merger

Newcastle firm Wilkinson Maughan has agreed to be taken over by Eversheds, creating the largest firm in the north east. But it is understood that at least half Wilkinsons equity partners may become salaried, and one source at Wilkinsons said the merger was only agreed after its company law department threatened to join Eversheds on […]

Masons decides to put down roots in Singapore

Masons is to open an office in Singapore next month, making it the latest in a series of firms to establish a permanent presence in the country. The office, due to be officially launched in mid-August, will be headed by Iain Black, a former resident senior partner at the firm’s Hong Kong office who had […]

In brief: Scotland highlights devolution concerns

The Law Society of Scotland has identified several areas that the legal profession needs to address during consultation on the government’s White Paper on devolution. President John Elliot said the society had a key role to play in the devolution debate and would be closely examining the proposed division of powers between Westminster and a […]

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