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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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A&O flies bankruptcy star back to New York

The hike in restructuring work in New York has forced Allen & Overy (A&O) to relocate senior restructuring partner David Frauman after his six-year secondment in London. Frauman has returned to New York as the firm looks to globalise its restructuring expertise. A&O New York managing partner Kevin O’Shea said: “There’s a strategic dedication to […]

Freshfields makes up 11 to counsel role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made its third round of counsel promotions this year, with the London office picking up just one of the 11 global promotions. The firm’s German offices have been gifted almost half of the promotions this time (see list below). In practice terms, the finance department has seen the greatest number of […]

BLP’s corporate ambitions still burn, but the hunt for a rainmaker goes on

Trophy clients are vital if the firm is to compete with Ashurst and Herbert Smith. Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which built its reputation as a real estate firm, is trying to branch out into the corporate arena. Don’t be surprised if this ­statement sounds familiar. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg has been coveting a slice of […]

Nabarro’s revenues flat for first half

Nabarro‘s revenues flat for first half” />Nabarro has posted flat growth for the first six months of 2008-09, bringing in £64m in revenues. The practices that saw the most activity over the first half were restructuring and insolvency, financial services and commercial litigation while the greatest slowdown has been in transactional work in the core […]

Arbitrary agreement

Inserting arbitration clauses as standard into trust deeds may well be a waste of time, argues Ian Meakin Arbitration is increasing in popularity and Switzerland is a well-established jurisdiction to arbitrate disputes. This had led some private banks in Switzerland to insert arbitration clauses into their trust deeds as standard. However, despite the many advantages […]

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