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Space technology company Astrium is one of Europe’s premier players in the sector. Kathryn Hobbs talks to general counsel Stefan Seyfarth about how he keeps its feet on the ground

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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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Recent law reports have included a surprising number of cases in which the judge has taken ‘airtime’ to criticise the expert witness. Judicial fulminations have concentrated much of the heat on questions of conflict of interest and independence.But the duties of expert witnesses are set out explicitly in guidelines issued both by the court and […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) has finally succeeded in recruiting a partner to head its German tax practice, hiring a specialist from the Frankfurt office of Haarmann Hemm-elrath & Partner Eugen Bogenschütz is one of the leading corporate tax advisers in Germany and one of the first senior tax partners to leave Haarmanns.He is particularly well […]

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Andrew Shutter, Simon Jay) is advising Kier Group on a credit facility comprising senior, mezzanine and working capital facilities. The deal, which is part of a joint venture with the Bank of Scotland, will be used to finance the acquisition of Laing Property Developments from John Laing. Kier also advised […]

Hammonds partners gain reprieve in Football League-ITV Digital fracas

Hammond Suddards Edge partners have escaped being sued in the Football League’s litigation of ITV Digital The league is suing ITV Digital and parent companies Carlton and Granada for around £500m because ITV Digital, which is in administration, has not delivered on a rights deal worth £315m.Hammonds partners Richard Alderson and Peter Millichip, son of […]

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