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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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Slip-sliding, howay

Ever the showman, former Watson Burton senior partner Andrew Hoyle can even make loading a car boot an event. Just weeks after returning unscathed from a threemonth Harley Davidson tour of notoriously signal-free, generally traffic-hostile India, Hoyle managed to spice up an otherwise safe and unremarkable day in his native Newcastle by breaking his leg […]

Kemp Little trumpets 27 per cent rise in turnover

TECHNOLOGY boutique Kemp Little has posted a massive 27 per cent turnover rise following the completion of a wide-ranging strategic overhaul. Turnover leapt from £4.25m to £5.4m in 2006-07, while average profit per equity partner was up by 44 per cent to £360,000. Senior partner Richard Kemp said the firm had experienced growth across all […]

Teaching old partners new tricks

Continuing professional development is essential at all levels within an organisation. At the top there are few born leaders. There are even fewer people who become leaders who could not improve further with the right coaching and development. Law firms internationally face a major challenge in recruiting and retaining the best talent. Providing a top-quality […]

Networking tool set up for sole in-housers

The Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group has invested in software to allow its sole in-house lawyer members to network online. The software, which will be rolled out to lawyers later in the year, is part of a programme aimed at supporting in-house counsel who work alone. The programme will allow sole in-housers to meet and […]

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