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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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Barclays, HBOS face £850m law suit

Barclays and HBOS are about to be hit by mortgage litigation costing a possible £850m, following changes to the rules on consumer loans. Hilary Messer, a partner at South East firm RWP Solicitors, is drawing up plans to sue the two major banks on behalf of the 8,500 people who took out zero interest housing […]

Which? taps Avon for new legal head

Consumer body Which? has appointed a new head of legal after its former chief lawyer quit following a disagreement over strategy. Which? has brought in Steve Coyle, who joins from Avon Cosmetics, to replace former head Gordon Wilson. Coyle had been at Avon for nine years, most recently as head of sales development for Western […]

Moves round-up: 29 September

US firm Latham & Watkins has taken on corporate partner Rafal Gawlowski. He had held an in-house role at Citibank and will be based in New York. move of the weekUS firm Latham & Watkins has taken on corporate partner Rafal Gawlowski. He had held an in-house role at Citibank and will be based in […]

On the case: Deborah Rasin, Samsonite

Samsonite general counsel Deborah Rasin had been in post for six months when the luggage giant was taken over by CVC Capital Partners. Since then she’s had the unenviable task of rebuilding the global legal function from the ground up. Deborah Rasin, general counsel of Samsonite, ;is almost as well-travelled as the luggage her company […]

EAPD follows growth plan with Hong Kong launch

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) is to launch in Hong Kong tomorrow (1 October) through an association with newly-created local firm Lister Swartz. EAPD’s corporate and regulatory insurance partner Martin Lister has set up the new firm with Hong Kong lawyer Kristi Swartz, who ran independent firm Swartz Solicitors. EAPD managing partner Walter Reed […]

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