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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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US firm takes on R&W's Paris office

Rogers & Wells’ Paris office merges today (Monday) with New York firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel because it does not want to be “an appendage” to Clifford Chance’s merged monolith. Paris managing partner Alexander Marquardt’s 21-strong team becomes Kramer Levin’s first office outside Manhattan. Marquardt, in his first interview since rumours spread of the […]

South African bank buys up leading local law firm

Top South African law firm Edward Nathan & Friedland has turned its back on plans to merge with a UK law firm, and has instead sold its leading commercial practice to an investment bank. Edward Nathan is understood to have talked to Linklaters and Clifford Chance before opting for the £40m deal with investment bank […]

Working holidays are a grey area

I am a senior consultant with Learned Friends, an Australian-owned legal recruitment agency. We naturally attract a lot of qualified Australian, New Zealand and South African lawyers who come to the UK on a variety of visas, including the two-year working holiday visa. It was with considerable interest therefore that I read Ms Onslow-Cole’s article […]

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