04 April 2011
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters both landed roles on Schaeffler Group’s debt financing, which saw the company cut its debt by e2.8bn (£2.46bn).
Claimant firms have been left pondering how to make their models profitable after the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week pulled the plug on lucrative conditional fee arrangements (CFAs).
Barclays kicked off its legal panel review last week, inviting firms to vie for places on what is expected to be a radically reduced list of preferred advisers.
Clyde & Co has raided Lloyds of London broker Howden for its general counsel Simon Gildener.
Eversheds and SNR Denton have been appointed as advisers on Southampton’s £450m Royal Pier Waterfront development.
The former chief executive of 39 Essex Street has joined Northern set Park Court Chambers in the same role.
Without wanting to divulge too many tricks of the trade, the standard means by which anyone can discover the skeletons in the closet at a firm is to pick up the phone to its competitors, its former partners or anyone else with an axe to grind and let them unleash years’ worth of pent-up bile.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has taken the radical step of appointing an associate-level adviser to augment its new senior management team.
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has promoted nine associates to its international partnership, with six London lawyers getting the nod.
West End firm Howard Kennedy is attempting to kick-start the growth of a family practice with the hire of partner Juliette Peters.
Latham & Watkins has continued its recent expansionist strategy with the launch of an office in private equity-focused Boston.
Lewis Silkin has promoted four to its partnership, with three joining the employment arm.
Most practitioners these days like to brag about how commercial they are, but it is still relatively rare for a lawyer to have the genuine breadth of experience to back up that easily made claim.
Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin have claimed the leading mandates for rival private equity houses on the £215m sale of noodle bar Wagamama.
Top firms will work together to widen access to the law
Bryan Cave has hired Dorsey & Whitney London real estate head Nadeem Khan as a partner in its City-based real estate client service group.
Proposals concerning the use of community trademarks (CTMs) could give UK brand owners more power to leverage when protecting their marks in EU member states. In some instances, this could lead to an increase in litigation.
MVision GC Claire Wilkinson lives and breathes private equity, so much so that she is the industry guru on ethics.
Despite a transaction uptick, the dearth of debt in the UK property sector means M&A activity remains elusive. Rob Thompson reports
Ropes & Gray has made a significant move into the London private equity sector with the hire of DLA Piper European private equity chief Will Rosen.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has made its 20th lateral in three years with the hire of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) real estate partner David Johnston.
Is the US firm pushing overseas offices at the expense of the home team? asks Caroline Butcher
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has helped seal victory at the High Court for client Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) in its multibillion-dollar dispute with UK oil giant BP.
“Do you feel elongated?”
The six firms reappointed to Standard Chartered Bank’s international panel last week are unlikely to keep their places for the full two-year period, with the bank set to launch an unprecedented global overhaul of all its legal rosters.
Panel acts after public finds squirty cheese behemoth’s legacy hard to digest. By James Swift
The recent Budget held a number of tax changes for the property sector. Looking at the details, Jonathan Legg finds that on balance it was positive
Legal work in Africa is no longer just about infrastructure projects. Joanne Harris discovers a continent where natural resources, telecoms and finance are helping create a land of plenty
Beachcroft has appointed army veteran Bryan Houston as head of intelligence.
The sheer size and diversity of the African continent necessitates a considered approach to practising there. Joanne Harris explores the manifold strategies employed by the international practices
Most managing partners would kill to have Andrew Lilley’s problems.
With the London Olympics looming on the horizon like the biggest, whitest elephant in Christendom, lawyers (like the rest of the country) have discovered a previously well-hidden love of beach volleyball.
Winckworth Sherwood has hired Dawsons property partner Simon Livesy. He joins Winckworth’s institutional property team alongside senior assistant Richard Wooton.
Card payment processor WorldPay is putting together its first external law firm panel following its divestment from RBS.