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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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Witnessing the decline

Since the Woolf reforms were introduced a year ago, the role of the expert witness in civil cases has significantly diminished. Elizabeth Davidson reports on why experts are being phased out of the courtroom. One year on from the most radical reforms of the civil justice system this century, many experts are hanging on by […]

PwC Veltins partner goes solo

PWC Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft – PricewaterhouseCoopers’ German law firm – has lost a key construction partner who has left to set up a rival firm. Ralf Leinemann, who is recognised in the market as a leading construction lawyer, has left Veltins with a group of assistants to set up Leinemann & Partners in the country’s leading […]

Burness hires client as new head of the corporate group

Edinburgh-based Burness has appointed a solicitor who has worked outside the legal market for the past four years as the head of its corporate department. Alan Stewart, former head of legal services at Clydesdale Bank, and more recently chairman of football pitch operator Pitz, joined Burness’ Glasgow office on 3 April. Stewart’s experience in corporate […]

Case of the week

He has invited more hatred, abuse, parodies and custard pies than most incredibly rich men and now, according to some, he has met his nemesis in the form of the US government. Bill Gates faces the prospect of watching his company split up as punishment for running foul of US anti-trust legislation. As expected, a […]

Quote of the week

“I knew the deputy court judge was a Freemason because we are in the same lodge, but the idea that I would dismiss an appeal [against his ruling] because he was a fellow member of my lodge is ridiculous.” – Lord Millett on a European case where a litigant is attempting to “upset a will” […]

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