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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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Weightmans' Manchester expansion

The past 12 months have been a watershed for Weightmans, and its North West heartland is being targeted for more growth After a miserable 2000-01, which included falling revenue, failed merger talks and client losses, 2002 saw the firm bounce back in style. In May it merged with Vizard Oldham’s 16-partner litigation team, becoming Weightman […]

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Brown & Wood and others defend $1bn client action

Brown & Wood (now Sidley Austin Brown & Wood), top 50 US firm Jenkens & Gilchrist and Ernst & Young (E&Y) and its US-allied law firm McKee Nelson are being sued by 10 former clients for more than $1bn (£622.5m) for their advice on a tax scheme The plaintiffs are alleging claims under the Racketeer […]

Pillsbury swoops on Vinson & Elkins team

Three Vinson & Elkins partners join Pillsbury’s Houston launch Pillsbury Winthrop has kick-started its new Houston office by taking on a team of lawyers from Vinson & Elkins.Pillsbury, which is currently defending an embarrassing $45m (£28m) defamation suit brought by former partner Frode Jensen, has taken on three partners and two associates from Vinson & […]

George Green hires two new department heads

Black country firm George Green has hired Neil Williams, formerly of Pinsent Curtis Biddle, as head of commercial litigation, while Tim Lang, previously the head of Weightman Vizards’ employment team, joins as head of employment. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 8 January

Edwin Coe gets top role on new global network

Edwin Coe is to spearhead AG Legal, a new global network of independent law firms launched by international accounting group Alliott Group. Edwin Coe was chosen by Alliott to chair the AG Legal committee.

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