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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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Had the Bar Council leadership had the common sense to trust its own members it might have been saved the humiliation of losing the vote at the General Meeting on Tuesday. Implementing a new complaints procedure was never going to be popular and once it became apparent there was a concerted campaign to destroy the […]

Lovells masterminds £3.4bn Granada bid

Lovell White Durrant is advising Granada, the television and leisure company, in its £3.4 billion unsolicited bid for Forte, the UK’s fourth largest hotel group. Corporate finance partner Dan Mace is leading a six-partner and 10-assistant solicitor team drawn from across the firm. Mace advised Granada last year on its successful acquisition of television company […]

IT specialist strengthens firm's links in Sweden

THE SWEDISH Chamber of Commerce’s first law firm member Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has strengthened its Scandinavian connections by appointing computer law specialist Jan Anderberg. Anderberg, who resigned as legal counsel to Swedish company Asea Brown Boveri AB, started work as a consultant in Reynolds Porter’s corporate department earlier this month. “We’ve been members of the […]

Vietnam/Judicial Appts. Legislating for a market economy

The Vietnamese economy seriously opened up to foreign investment in 1988 and has grown rapidly since then. From a centrally planned economy, it has developed into a market-oriented environment. Vietnam’s foreign investment laws were based on those of the People’s Republic of China and left plenty of scope for ministerial interpretation. The government listened to […]

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