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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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JLD to elect new executive committee

The Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society (JLD) has launched elections for a new executive committee. It is understood that the majority of the current committee will be standing down to follow new opportunities though some will stand to run for another term. Current JLD president Kat Gibson, who is an in-house lawyer at […]

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You’re hired: trainee retention defies crunch

The Lawyer’s survey of leading law firms reveals 7 per cent improvement on last year’s figures. The credit crunch has failed to have an impact on trainee retention rates, with early indications from a cross-section of leading firms showing an overall improvement on last year, The Lawyer can reveal. At firms where the qualification process […]

A&O raids Cadwalader New York for banking specialist

Allen & Overy has snared a Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft financial regulation lawyer to bolster its New York office. The UK-headquartered firm announced today (Thursday 19 June) that Doug Landy is to join the magic circle firm as a partner in the banking practice. Landy was previously special counsel at Cadwalader. Allen & Overy head […]

Holyrood paves the way for ABS legislation

#Detailed proposals for the introduction of alternative business structures (ABS) in the Scottish legal market will be drawn up following a Holyrood debate. The Scottish government’s justice secretary Kenny MacAskill introduced a parliamentary debate that will pave the way for legislation on ABS. Last month members of the Law Society of Scotland voted in favour […]

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