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Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

Oil and Gas Law Review: Sixth edition

By Olivier Bustin, Luiza Savchenko The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the most populous French-speaking country in Africa and a very attractive prospect for investors owing to the richness of its natural resources, such as cobalt, copper, cassiterite, gold, manganese, diamond and petroleum In numerous official and unofficial speeches, it has been emphasised […]

Newsflash: Freehold Properties Bill

By Karl Anders, Louise Power House builders face the difficult task of building more homes whilst also maintaining positive relationships with customers and communities in the face of mistrust engendered by a developer-unfriendly media. This is against the backdrop of trying to run a successful, profitable business for the benefit of shareholders and employees in a constantly […]

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Ashursts take on German partner

Herman Schlindwein, who specialises in servicing sports clients at the Linklaters & Alliance’s German member firm, will bring the number of partners at Ashursts Frankfurt office to seven. Nick Angel, managing partner of Ashurst’s Frankfurt office, who took over the running of the branch in July from Graham Ward who returned to London, said at […]

a year ago this week

Global CC axed for Ashursts British Midland (BM) axed global giant Clifford Chance for a smaller firm in the belief that it would receive a “better service”. The UK’s second-biggest airline used Ashurst Morris Crisp at this time last year when Scandinavian Airlines Systems sold its 20 per cent stake in BM to Lufthansa for […]

Watson quits Hammonds for Ashurst Morris Crisp

Hammond Suddards Edge’s London managing partner Gary Watson has resigned to join Ashurst Morris Crisp. His move comes just five months after the merger between Hammond Suddards and Edge Ellison. Hammonds management declined to comment on the move, but a Hammonds partner says: “Gary did have the ambition to be managing partner a while ago […]

A View from Brussels

The Brussels legal services market has seen substantial changes in the last few years. Following the arrival of UK and US firms and the tidal wave of mergers and alliances, the law firms’ landscape in the capital of Europe is composed of two groups: the first comprises five large firms with more than 100 fee-earners […]

Lagerlöf & Leman former chief quits for Pinsents alliance firm

Former Lagerlöf & Leman managing partner has quit to head Pinsent Curtis’ new alliance partner Magnusson Wahlin. Claes Soderstrom, who had been with Linklaters & Alliance’s Swedish member firm since 1979, joins as managing partner. Magnusson Wahlin is one of Sweden’s leading practices. Pinsents first worked with the firm in 1995 through an informal international […]

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