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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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Littleton Chambers’ plan to set up a company offering mediation services is the most significant move yet to exploit new business opportunities offered by the Woolf Reforms. Other high profile sets are likely to follow suit as mediation becomes more financially rewarding. But the likely boom does have a downside. While the number of big […]

Illness delays Vernon hearing

A former Shakespeares consultant suspected of stealing more than u300,000 from the Birmingham firm claims he is too ill to face a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing. Solicitor John Vernon, 61, who worked at Shakespeares for more than 30 years, failed to turn up for the hearing last week, citing ill health. The hearing was adjourned […]

Independent experts face flurry of negligence claims

Titmuss Sainer Dechert is advising electrical goods retailer Currys in a rent review case that may open the door to negligence claims against a spectrum of independent experts. Lawyers have shied away from advising clients to sue independent experts because of the failure rate. No case against an expert in a rent review case has […]

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