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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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Top five UK law firms increase hold on M&A work as recession deepens

Small and mid-size legal teams given short shrift as downturn prompts ‘flight to quality’. UK companies are flocking to the magic circle for corporate advice as the recession bites, according to half-year figures for deal activity. Data from Thomson Reuters shows that the top five firms have tightened their grip on a shrinking M&A market, […]

Telly vision: Gordon Finlayson, Showtime Arabia

He began his career as a journalist and dabbled in the music business, but now Gordon Finlayson has finally found his perfect job – overseeing the legal function at Showtime Arabia. There are several examples of lawyers dabbling in journalism, but you rarely hear of it happening the ;other ;way around. Showtime Arabia legal director […]

Eversheds Leeds hosts LGBT Xmas bash

Law firm lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ­network the InterLaw Diversity Forum held its first-ever event for LGBT law firm staff in the north of England before ­Christmas. The event was hosted by Eversheds at its office in Bridgewater Place, Leeds. There were some 50 people in ­attendance, ­including representatives of Addleshaw Goddard, Beachcroft, […]

Ashurst ups cash at bank

Ashurst had almost £45m in the bank at the end of the 2007-08 financial year, with the balance increasing by around 40 per cent from the previous year. The figures were revealed in the firm’s first published LLP accounts and, according to Ashurst’s financial director Nigel Morland, reveal a picture of conservative financial management. Morland […]

Second coalminers tribunal gets under way

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) today launched a series of allegations of misconduct against six partners at Barnsley-based Raleys Solicitors in relation to their handling of compensation claims from sick coalminers. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, which is expected to last 20 days, is thought to be one of the longest hearings of its kind. The […]

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