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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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Shearman confirms job cuts in US and Canada

Shearman & Sterling is to cut 60 support staff jobs in its US and Canadian offices after yesterday announcing redundancies in the UK (3 March). In an email sent to the firm Shearman’s executive director Kimberly Gardner confirmed that cuts are being made due to volatile market conditions. The firm’s New York, Toronto, Washington DC […]

Countrywide sale proves big draw for big firms

The negotiations over the fate of debt-ridden estate agent Countrywide have pulled in a dizzying array of legal advisers. The big roles went to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May on a deal that is likely to see control of the company pass to a group of private equity investors that have injected […]

William Hill bets on Ashurst for rights issue

Ashurst has secured a key instruction frm William Hill over its plan to raise £1.2bn in a rights issue and debt facility, alongside Allen & Overy (A&O) and ­Skadden ;Arps ;Slate Meagher & Flom. Ashurst corporate partner Anthony Clare advised the gambling group, while ­Skadden capital markets partner James Healy acted for the underwriting banks […]

Trowers axes four real estate positions

Trowers & Hamlins has launched a redundancy ­consultation with fee-­earners in its UK-based real estate team. The firm is looking to lay off four fee-earners who focus on the plot sales ­market, with three in ­Manchester and one in Exeter set to lose their jobs. Those working on plot sales in the firm’s larger ­London […]

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Lawyers fall behind in IQ study

Lawyers have become less intelligent compared to the average person over thelast decade, research from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation(CMPO) has revealed. Lawyers have become less intelligent compared to the average person over the last decade, research from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation(CMPO) has revealed. The study compared IQ scores for […]

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