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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 […]

Reduction of partial transition compensation for working hours by Supreme Court

By Lucas Hoogervorst, Maureem in Poel The Supreme Court ruled last Friday that, in short, a partial amendment of an existing employment contract in circumstances that have to be borne by the employer, may result in the payment of a partial transition payment. This concerns the special case that, due to circumstances, is forced to proceed […]

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In brief: Brussels placement up for grabs

Trainee solicitors are invited to spend five months in Brussels with the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Scotland. The trainee will gain insight into the workings of European institutions and the best way to lobby them, as well as learning how European laws are made and the way they […]

Sex, fees and videotape

Amy Jenkins has a lot to answer for. As the author of BBC2’s This Life programme, she is responsible for the new image of young lawyers as therapy-dependent dope-smokers. Yet it is hard to think of anyone better qualified to write about life as a legal trainee. Jenkins, 29, read law at University College London […]

Shaping up for tomorrow

Nothing is as certain as change and the challenge for the legal profession is how we are to prepare ourselves for the uncertainties of the future. We live in a world in which solicitors are no longer guaranteed a job for life – and in which they no longer qualify once and for all time. […]

Fladgate Fielder checks in Regal deal

Fladgate Fielder has completed its biggest City deal by advising Regal Hotels on acquiring 60 hotels from Forte for £122 million. The transaction, completed last week, is the high point of an impressive foray into corporate finance which Fladgates launched three years ago. The firm has boosted corporate work fee income from £950,000 to nearly […]

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