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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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Sightseeing tours might be alright for the clients of DLA, but it seems that not all clients are happy with such civilised pursuits.In this brave new world where the client always comes first and where (some) barristers have embraced the concept of marketing, law firms are going to increasingly ludicrous extremes to keep said clients […]

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Eversheds’ Newcastle office has hived off its private client practice to regional counterpart Hay & Kilner. The North East base has become the latest of Eversheds’ regional offices to dispense with private client work, instead favouring corporate and commercial work.Birmingham started the trend in 1997 when the trust and probate group was moved to Martineau […]

The worst places in the world to practise

It is easy to become an international law firm, isn’t it? Just stick a few pins on a world map and then pack off a few keen associates and a pioneering partner to set up camp there. Certainly, the road to globalisation drives on inexorably. But it seems that all is not so sweet for […]

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