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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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Allen & Overy has landed the key role of advising Collins Stewart Tullett on its proposed demerger. Corporate partner Mark Dighero is acting for longstanding client Collins Stewart Tullett in a move that will see the banking operation separate from the stockbroking business. Dighero told The Lawyer: “Collins Stewart [Tullett] operates in a heavily regulated […]

Bin Shabib becomes first UAE firm in Dubai centre

Bin Shabib & Associates has become the first United Arab Emirates-based law firm to set up shop in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). Bin Shabib is one of a plethora of law firms that have opened in the DIFC, a financial free zone with its own regulatory regime. Rashid bin Shabib, joint managing partner, […]

Burges Salmon helps set up Islamic financing tool

Burges Salmon has advised on an innovative commercial property Islamic finance product for longstanding client Bristol & West Property Finance. The law firm worked in conjunction with Bristol & West Property Finance and property broker Gamble & Spencer to create a sharia-compliant instrument for the refinancing of two investment properties. The deal size has not […]

A rural revolution

The South West aims to generate 15 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2010, compared with 3 per cent at present. But planning consent is a bar to progress, says Luke Gabb At the last count, there were around 150 businesses working in renewable energy across the South West and some 100 […]

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James Chapman splits between Halliwells and Brabners

Halliwells and Manchester personal injury specialist James Chapman & Co are to merge in the North West’s most significant legal development for years. However James Chapman’s 19-strong commercial team, including senior partner Maurice Watkins and his trophy client Manchester United, has chosen to join Brabners Chaffe Street in a £2m boost for the firm’s commercial […]

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