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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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CEDR launches arbitration commission

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) today launched its Commission on Settlement in International Arbitration. The new commission, which was launched at its first meeting at the Herbert Smith offices, will investigate ways of making arbitration more cost-effective and ways of settling disputes earlier. A CEDR spokesman said: “International arbitration is attracting increasing amounts […]

Eversheds refuses to enter salary war

Eversheds has refused to bow to pressure from its national rivals by raising its salaries for newly qualified lawyers (NQs) to just short of the City rates of DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons. Despite a 17 per cent increase from £53,000 to £62,000, Eversheds’ City NQs will receive far less than Addleshaw Goddard’s, which has […]

OC hires Hogan projects partner

Bristol-based Osborne Clarke has scooped projects partner Richard Temple from the London office of Washington DC-based Hogan & Hartson. Temple has been a partner in Hogan & Hartson’s London energy, projects & infrastructure Group since 2005. Prior to that he was a partner in the energy, projects and construction group at CMS Cameron McKenna. Co-head […]

Bircham expenses blamed for PEP dip

Bircham Dyson Bell has posted a turnover of £31.5m for 2006-07, up 7 per cent from last year’s £30.1m. But average profit per equity partner (PEP) is projected to slump by around 12 per cent, from £310,000 to £270,000. Managing partner Guy Vincent said the results did fall slightly short of expectations, but that the […]

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