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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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Express Solicitors hits £8.7m turnover for the first time

Manchester-based Express Solicitors reported a 21 per cent increase in fee income over the last 12 months, with end of year figures increasing from £7.2m in 2012/13 to a record £8.7m in 2013/14. The personal injury firm, which was granted an ABS licence in April 2014, merged with local firm Lavin Copitch Solicitors last year. […]

Shoosmiths advises McKay on purchase of Thames Valley office development

Shoosmiths has advised McKay Securities on the purchase of Station Plaza, Theale, a major office development in the heart of the Thames Valley town. McKay is a real-estate investment trust (REIT) specialising in office and industrial property in London and the south east of England. Shoosmiths’ Thames Valley real-estate partner Alan Corcoran and associate George […]

HBJ Gateley advises Point and Sandwick on development of Beinn Ghrideag wind farm

For several years, HBJ Gateley has been providing legal advice to Point and Sandwick Power for its planned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag, near Stornoway on Lewis. Last week, the company announced it had successfully raised the necessary finance. Using three Enercon turbines, it will be the largest community wind farm to date in Scotland, […]

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