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Clyde & Co to support global banks-backed trading blockchain platform

Clyde & Co is set to provide legal services to a new consortium of banks and traders launching a blockchain-based platform to digitalise commodities trading processes. Komgo SA is a new Switzerland-based partnership that brings together powerhouse banks and stakeholders in the oil industry, including ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Citi, Crédit Agricole Group, Gunvor, ING, Koch […]

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Linklaters starts coding club after asking lawyers for innovation tips

Linklaters is piloting an idea generation platform to develop new solutions to common problems in an effort to boost lawyers’ engagement in innovation. Ideas Pathway, a technology platform created by software company Hype Enterprise, allows the firm’s staff to submit ideas from any device and to collaborate on the review and development of the pitches. […]

Silicon Valley

Taylor Wessing revamps office leadership in Silicon Valley

Taylor Wessing has appointed a new co-head for its US office, as it continues its expansion in the Silicon Valley. Chris Jeffrey joined the international firm in 2000, where he was made partner in 2006. He advises online business and technology companies on issues including data protection and compliance. His career started in 1994, when […]

Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes vows to be “trusted adviser” to boards on digital disruption

Macfarlanes has set out plans to take its digital advisory practice to the next level, following the hire of Norton Rose Fulbright’s technology head Mike Rebeiro earlier this year. Rebeiro, who was at Norton Rose Fulbright for nearly 18 years, was brought in to lead Macfarlanes’ digital and innovation business in February, a comparatively new […]

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Clifford Chance partner takes top legal job at blockchain developer

Clifford Chance corporate finance partner Alex Erasmus is to join a blockchain software company later this year as its new chief legal officer. London-based Erasmus will join the executive committee of Block.one in Hong Kong. Block.one is the software publisher behind open-source blockchain protocol EOSIO, which was launched in June 2018 and provides secure and […]

Analysis

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The speed read: what you need to know about the market this week

When Wayne Rooney landed at Manchester United in 2004, the story went that it wasn’t because Sir Alex Ferguson needed another striker, but because Newcastle had put in a bid for the young Evertonian and he couldn’t countenance seeing such an exciting talent anywhere else. That brings us to this week’s news that former SFO […]

Featured Briefings

Case Study: Appleby Hope & Matthews improve productivity with ALB

By Norman Turvey Appleby Hope & Matthews had been AlphaLaw users for many years, and had reached the limits of being able to take the software any further. In order to maximise efficiencies and ensure their software would be able to meet their needs in the future, the decision was taken to review their current system […]

GDPR risks for retailers

By Jeanette Burgess, Gwendoline Davies Much of the focus in the retail and legal press in recent months has been on the eye-watering level of fines which data protection regulators can impose for infringements of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. However in this mini-series Walker Morris’ Heads of Regulatory & Compliance and […]

Austria’s Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation 2019

By Thomas Kulnigg, Ursula Rath The Austrian government closely monitors developments in the area of alternative means of financing through distributed ledger technology and other digital assets, such as initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) or initial token offerings (“ITOs”). It tends to apply an open approach to cryptocurrencies, new technologies and fintech, while at the same […]

Putting data to work in the practice of law

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 […]

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) […]

Prinsjesdag 2018- Indirect taxes

The government submitted the Tax Plan 2019 and related legislative proposals to the House of Representatives. A number of elements of these legislative proposals that may be relevant include: 1. Increased VAT rate reduced from 6% to 9% 2. Extension of VAT sports exemption 3. Implementation E-commerce Directive 4. Modernization small entrepreneur scheme

Why Offshore for Fintech?

Fintech is changing the way banking and financial services businesses are operating at an incredible pace. There are many challenges and opportunities that face financial institutions, business, investors and start-ups. As with much new technology, the speed of change frequently outstrips the legal and regulatory landscape and fresh approaches are often required to adapt. With […]

GDPR compliance and move to the Cloud – a case study with Ten Old Square

By Keith Plowman Ten Old Square was previously operating in an environment that was paper-heavy and frequently have trolley-loads of documentation. Data was also held independently by barristers on their hard drives. Data was encrypted but kept in silos, so there was no single system that barristers could use to access new instructions, input their written […]

Who foots the bill for identifying online infringers?

By Matthew Estabrooks, Graeme MacPherson The famous New Yorker cartoon goes, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” This isn’t entirely true. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) knows you’re a dog. The question in Rogers Communications Inc. v. Voltage Pictures, LLC is who has to pay to find out. This decision, released on Friday, deals with […]

Reform of the possession claims process announced

By Karl Anders, Owen Ormond HM Courts & Tribunal Service has announced that the shorthold tenancy possession claim process is to be simplified and made digital. Earlier this year HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) embarked upon an ambitious programme of court reform, aiming to bring new technology and modern ways of working to the […]

FONES publishes Minimum Standard for Improving ICT Resilience

By Jürg Schneider, Hugh Reeves On 27 August 2018 the Federal Office for National Economic Supply (FONES) published the Minimum Standard for Improving ICT Resilience (minimum ICT standard), together with a self-assessment tool. Compliance with this standard should allow organisations to successfully fend off cyberattacks and mitigate cyber-risks. The minimum ICT standard primarily targets critical infrastructure providers […]

Fintech 2018 update: smart contracts and Swiss law

This paper examines the legal qualification of Smart Contracts under Swiss law and gives an overview over how Smart Contracts may interact with the fundamental rules of contract law. Furthermore, on the basis of this examination the need for legislative action with respect to Smart Contracts will be assessed. It is concluded that the potential applications of Smart Contracts on the […]

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