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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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Patton Boggs tops the charts as lobbying firms see bumper year

The lobbying arms of US law firms reported a storming 2004, despite depleted congressional activity in the election year. According to figures published by lobbying publication Influence, lobbying activity contributed $420m (£221m) to the 13 law firms with the largest presence in the area. Lobbying is defined as activity directed at Congress and certain members […]

Partner promotions slump to three-year low at Eversheds

Partner appointments at Eversheds have slumped to a three-year low, while early signs emerge else-where in the market of modest growth in partner promotions. Partner appointments at Eversheds have slumped to a three-year low, while early signs emerge else-where in the market of modest growth in partner promotions. Of Eversheds’ new partners, two are in commercial, three in […]

Ford gets new legal chief

Ford Motor Company has raided the White House to secure a new general counsel to take over from incumbent Dennis Ross. David Leitch, who served most recently as the deputy assistant to George W Bush and the White House’s deputy counsel is joining Ford on Friday (1 April) as the motoring giant’s new general counsel […]

Partner status still eludes women, ethnic minorities

Revealed: massive dropout rate from trainee to partner level; management boards still white and male Women and ethnic minority applicants entering the law are still failing to reach partnership, according to exclusive research by The Lawyer. On average, an encouraging 64 per cent of trainees at those firms which responded to the survey were female. […]

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