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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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Watson Farley makes up three

Watson Farley & Williams has promoted three associates to the partnership this year, two of whom started as trainees in 1995. Litigation specialist David Foster and corporate lawyer Christina Howard were made up in the London office, having joined the firm as trainees 11 years ago. This year’s round of promotions at Watson Farley is […]

Linklaters outstrips A&O, Lovells in newly qualified salary stakes

Lovells has raised newly-qualifieds’ salaries by 6 per cent to overtake Allen & Overy (A&O), but it still trails Linklaters as this year’s first associate salary hikes are revealed. Lovells has increased its newly-qualifieds’ salaries from £50,000 to £53,000. The firm has also increased its performance-related bonus for all associates from a maximum of 20 […]

Super set to launch in summer

A group of seven leading criminal barristers this morning (4 May) confirmed the establishment of a new ‘super set’ in Smithfield. As first revealed by The Lawyer (27 February 2006), Cloth Fair Chambers is being set up by five barristers from Hollis Whiteman Chambers, plus two other notable criminal silks. The seven founders include Julian […]

FFW PEP rises 19 per cent

Revenues at Field Fisher Waterhouse has hit the £60m mark, boosting turnover by 15% this year. Profit per equity partner also showed solid double digit growth, breaking through the £400k barrier to reach £466k, an increase of 19%. The firm is on course to meet its target turnover of £75m by 2008, a figure which […]

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