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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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Simmons loses team of seven

SIMMONS & Simmons is closing its immigration department following the loss of its entire team to Kingsley Napley this week. The highly regarded team, which includes partner Hilary Belchak, four assistants and two secretaries, left Simmons & Simmons on Friday and began work at Kingsley Napley today (Monday). Belchak says her team wants to be […]

From llama farmer to trail-blazing lawyer

SOLICITORS Indemnity Fund (SIF) campaigner Michael Dalton is used to going the distance. As a marathon runner he is proud of his powers of endurance and his ability to keep going when things gets tough. That is just as well. Dalton, a commercial property specialist from Portsmouth, is engaged in a David and Goliath-style battle […]

Square Mile

My firm has never been involved in merger talks, and therefore neither have I. But I have plenty of friends who have. Frankly, I feel sorry for them, and this is why. The fact is that the probability of a successful merger between substantial City firms, of comparable size and stature, is both small and […]

Eversheds merger talks fail to bridge the gap

Last week The Lawyer revealed that merger talks between Eversheds and Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough had collapsed. The reasons given for the breakdown were somewhat non-committal. Veale Wasbrough’s chairman Derek Bellew said: “It was decided that the merger would not meet the strategic objectives of either firm and we will not be pursuing further discussions.” […]

Baker & McKenzie boosts Mid-East role

BAKER & McKenzie is increasing its presence in the Middle East by opening an office in Bahrain. It will be the first firm to have operations in the two main financial centres of the Gulf region – Manama in Bahrain and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The new office will be headed by John Xefos, currently […]

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