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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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Axel Viaene: Starbucks

Starbucks’ head of legal for Emea Axel Viaene is a man on a caffeine high – and the extra boost will come in handy when it comes to handling the coffee empire’s ambitious expansion plans. David Middleton reports So, you work at Starbucks, perhaps the world’s most famous coffee store chain. You have unlimited coffee […]

Age concern

Don’t just hope for the best when it comes to the new age regulation and retirement ages. It pays to have a plan, says Roger Byard Despite pressure from many interest groups, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 do not include a default retirement age for partners in line with those for employees. The consequence […]

Dechert rejigs UK pay to keep up in salary war

Dechert rejigs UK pay to keep up in salary war” />Dechert has overhauled its UK salary structure in a bid to compete with its US rivals, at the same time as a raft of US firms bump up their salaries further. London managing partner Steven Fogel said Dechert had introduced a new flexible salary structure […]

Herbies, SJ Berwin act on hospital sale

Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin were rejoicing last week after acting on the £175m sale of the former Middlesex Hospital site. The three-acre site is one of the largest West End blocks ever sold and marks a landmark deal for both firms. For SJ Berwin there is likely to be more to come from the […]

Gide, Bignon make Far East moves

France has always been a major player in the Far East, with former colonies in South East Asia and considerable economic activity in the region. However, law firms have been, for the most part, slow to cash in. Until recently, that is. June saw two firms make a push into Asia. First, Gide Loyrette Nouel […]

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