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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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Where are they now?

Of the 269 applicants for silk in 1987, 53 were successful, and only two were women: Barbara Dohmann and Hilary Heilbron. Most junior was Richard Field, who was called to the Bar in 1977. Other silks of that year included John Hendy, who represented the National Union of Mineworkers in the civil cases during the […]

IBA report slams state of Kenyan judiciary

The International Bar Association last week released a damning report on the Kenyan legal system’s continuing problems and the lack of independence enjoyed by the country’s judiciary. The 43-page report was launched in London by Sir William Goodhart QC, who led a mission to Kenya last November on behalf of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute. […]

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The year opened with Durnford Ford going to trial to defend himself against Serious Fraud Office (SFO) allegations of stealing £8.5m from his clients, which included the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Eight equity partners were later declared bankrupt. With the moves by the US firms to expand, Lovell White Durrant fought back for […]

Bar-wide elections proposed

PLANS to open up the election of the Bar Council chair to all barristers and provide a minimum salary for pupils and young tenants are among a raft of motions before this Saturday’s Bar Council AGM. The Bar Council leadership has indicated it will oppose the call for Bar-wide elections for the chair and other […]

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