10 June 2002

The Lawyer

  • A&O acts for Imperial on bond issue

    10-Jun-2002

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has consolidated its relationship with new client Imperial Tobacco, advising on the company's bond issue, which raised e2.8bn (£1.8bn).A&O won the work on the back of the advice it provided on the £3.2bn acquisition of Hamburg-based tobacco company Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken. A&O capital markets partner Stephen Miller said the bond issue represented the "closing chapter" of the Reemtsma work.This was the third part of the ...

  • ADR Chambers sets up overseas

    10-Jun-2002

    In an unprecedented move for the Bar, Taunton-based ADR Chambers is opening two fully staffed overseas offices with full-time tenants

  • Ashursts hires Dresdner Kleinwort lawyer

    10-Jun-2002

    Ashurst Morris Crisp is taking on Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein lawyer Rainer Eichholz as a partner in its German office

  • Badhams takes on Berrymans' PI partner

    10-Jun-2002

    Defendant insurance practice Badhams has recruited former Berrymans Lace Mawer partner Christine Winter

  • BLP hires knowledge management director

    10-Jun-2002

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has appointed a new director of knowledge management to its board

  • Bogaert corners automotive market with partner hires

    10-Jun-2002

    Landwell's Belgian firm Bogaert & Vandemeulebroeke has taken on a team of three partners and seven associates from domestic law firm Buyle Dieryck Van Looveren Maingain

  • Breaking through German lines

    10-Jun-2002

    Are US firms in Germany too cautious for their own good? Vanessa Pawsey asks whether their strategies are paying off

  • Bryan Cave merger set for go-ahead

    10-Jun-2002

    St Louis-based Bryan Cave is poised to merge with New York firm Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman

  • CLARKSON WRIGHT & JAKES

    10-Jun-2002

    Clarkson Wright's careful approach to growth is paying off in spades

  • CMS property partner quits

    10-Jun-2002

    CMS Cameron McKenna has lost its sixth property partner in two years

  • Crystal adds BCCI case to his portfolio

    10-Jun-2002

    Michael Crystal QC has been instructed to act for the liquidators of BCCI in its action against the Bank of America

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - SOUTH AFRICAN BREWERIES

    10-Jun-2002

    Cleary joins Lovells on SAB's Miller purchase

  • Deals summary

    10-Jun-2002

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) (Simon Allen) acted for English Partnerships on the sale of the Millennium Dome to the Meridian Delta consortium, advised by Clifford Chance (Iain Morpeth). Holme Roberts & Owen (Kevin Conwick), with Herbert Smith (Patrick Robinson) and Denton Wilde Sapte (Simon Levine), ...

  • Deals summary

    10-Jun-2002

    Herbert Smith (Michael Walter, Philip Talboys) advised KPMG on the e657m (£424.2m) sale of its UK consulting business to Atos Origin of France. Sullivan & Cromwell also advised KPMG. Atos Origin was advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Paris partner Jean-Michel Tron).Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Scott Barraclough) advised financial services group Provident Financial on ...

  • Deals summary

    10-Jun-2002

    Ashurst Morris Crisp (Mark Vickers) is advising the Royal Bank of Scotland in connection with Duke Street Capital Leisure Investments' hostile public takeover bid for Esporta. The bid is worth £133m. Duke Street is being advised by Clifford Chance (Robert Lee).

  • DJ Freeman launches new cross-firm practices

    10-Jun-2002

    DJ Freeman has set up new cross-firm practices in corporate and litigation and appointed partners Richard Spiller and Kevin Perry to head corporate and litigation respectively

  • Drinker Biddle and Murgitroyd create tie

    10-Jun-2002

    US firm Drinker Biddle & Reath has established a transatlantic strategic alliance with Murgitroyd & Co, a Scottish patent and trademark firm

  • Eversheds advises Swinton Insurance

    10-Jun-2002

    Eversheds has advised Manchester-based Swinton Insurance Group on its purchase of Colonnade Insurance Brokers for £27m

  • Frizzell hits Birchams with £1.4m negligence action

    10-Jun-2002

    Westminster firm Bircham Dyson Bell is being sued for damages of more than £1m for professional negligence

  • GE whizz

    10-Jun-2002

    GE Capital European general counsel Susan Crichton's policy of seeking a firm on a job-by-job basis ensures that lawyers are kept on their toes. Emma Vere-Jones reports

  • Getting the message across

    10-Jun-2002

    You don't need to be a pensions expert to have got wind of the fact that UK pension provision, in line with most of Europe, is in something of a pickle

  • Goldsmith Bldg considers its future

    10-Jun-2002

    Goldsmith Chambers has applied to its landlord to be the first in line to take over the lease of Robin Hay's Goldsmith Building, the future direction of which remains in doubt following the loss of 16 tenants to Nicholas Stewart QC's Hardwicke Building.Christine Williams, practice manager at Philip Sapsford QC's Goldsmith Chambers, which occupies the basement and ground floors, said that her set is keen to take Goldsmith Building's two floors, which are above ...

  • Halliwells AIMs high in North West

    10-Jun-2002

    Statistics released in the '2002 AIM Guide' show that Halliwell Landau was instructed by more AIM-listed companies than any other Manchester office last year.

  • Hammonds loses senior PI partner

    10-Jun-2002

    Bond Pearce has poached a senior professional indemnity (PI) insurance partner from Hammond Suddards Edge's London office

  • Hardwicke Bldg splits civil and criminal teams

    10-Jun-2002

    Multidisciplinary set Hardwicke Building will split into two groups next month following the arrival of 16 civil barristers from Goldsmith Building

  • Herbert Smith profits drop eight per cent

    10-Jun-2002

    Herbert Smith has seen its profits drop by 8 per cent to £670,000 per partner, while turnover is up a respectable 10 per cent to £225m

  • Hill Dickinson targets media disputes

    10-Jun-2002

    Hill Dickinson is continuing its resurgence with the launch of a new media disputes team

  • Holman Fenwick promotes three to partnership

    10-Jun-2002

    Holman Fenwick & Willan has completed its latest round of partner promotions

  • Keeping up appearances

    10-Jun-2002

    The Lawyer Awards 2001 honoured last year's star players. So have they continued to ride the wave, or are they sitting back and soaking up the glory? Jennifer Currie finds out

  • Kennedys upturn sees partners take a share in bumper profits

    10-Jun-2002

    Kennedys turnover for 2001 has risen by 13 per cent on last year's £24.7m

  • Lattice general counsel in shock move to Hammond Suddards

    10-Jun-2002

    Patrick Somers has resigned from his role as general counsel of Lattice Group to join Hammond Suddards Edge's corporate finance practice as a partner specialising in utilities

  • Legal Widow

    10-Jun-2002

    The barbecue season is upon us, and the Lawyer has been afflicted by feelings of deep inadequacy following his head of department's summer garden party.At the very centre of the patio was the boss's new six-jet gas barbecue monster, which makes a noise like Concorde revving up and has the same effect on sausages that a well-aimed bunsen burner used to have on Trudy Arbuthnott's pencil case in the school lab.The beaming boss, in a spotless blue and white-striped apron, stood ...

  • Lewis Silkin wins World Cup finals for Newsplayer

    10-Jun-2002

    Lewis Silkin has signed up the rights to the past 40 years of World Cup finals footage for its new media client Newsplayer International.Newsplayer has licensed all the archives of World Cup finals from footage owners such as Fifa. The firm also negotiated a further deal between Newsplayer and JVC which will distribute the footage on DVD and video.Although the exact value of the deal has ...

  • Mace & Jones appoints new chief from DLA

    10-Jun-2002

    Mace & Jones has appointed DLA partner Norman Jones as head of its Liverpool commercial property team

  • Mallesons sends in the big guns to boost Asia

    10-Jun-2002

    Corporate finance and M&A partners sent to HK; London gains first finance partner

  • Manchester firms see modest growth

    10-Jun-2002

    Like the city's infamous weather, the fortunes of Manchester's law firms have been mixed over the past few months

  • McDermott takes lead role on E1.7bn Schmalbach takeover

    10-Jun-2002

    McDermott Will & Emery has acted on the e1.725bn (£1.1bn) takeover of global packaging company Schmalbach-Lubeca, a longstanding client. Although the sale involved assets in more than 30 jurisdictions worldwide, McDermott's London office had a pivotal role, providing more than half of the lawyers and coordinating the European aspects of the deal.Schmalbach is a plastic container and closure business headquartered in Ratingen in Germany. Amcor, the acquiror, is a ...

  • Milbank scoops finance deal for Huntstown Power

    10-Jun-2002

    US law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has just closed a e220m (£142m) financing deal for the Huntstown Power Project, having snatched the work away from parent company Viridian's normal corporate adviser CMS Cameron McKenna.The Huntstown Power Company (HPC) is a subsidiary of Viridian Group, Northern Ireland's largest public company, and was established solely for the purposes ...

  • Mover and shaker

    10-Jun-2002

    Ever felt like you were a character in a Harold Pinter play? Kathryn Hobbs did when she met Cadwalader's London senior partner Stephen Mostyn-Williams

  • Mugged by mail

    10-Jun-2002

    On your average working day, Tulkinghorn would be delighted to receive the latest news from Kingsfords Solictors, but not this time - and through no fault of the firm.It had nothing to do with the fact that the news was not especially exciting, pertaining to two partner promotions (yawn); it was more that Tulkinghorn had to pay for the press release. Yes, ghastly isn't it? It seems Kingsfords' PR agency, Adams Creative, has been going in for a little bit of economising, ...

  • Opinion

    10-Jun-2002

    Pro bono refreshes the parts of a lawyer's professional life that other work cannot reach

  • Osborne Clarke recruits from Altheimer

    10-Jun-2002

    Osborne Clarke has hired a corporate banking partner from Altheimer & Gray, just three months after losing one of its own partners to the US firm

  • Osborne Clarke sees partner profits take a 20 per cent hit

    10-Jun-2002

    Osborne Clarke has seen its partner profits fall by 20 per cent, citing a refusal to allow last year's harsh technology climate to lead to sacrificial redundancies as the reason

  • Palestinian law pleases the EU

    10-Jun-2002

    The European Union has welcomed the confirmation by Palestinian president Yasser Arafat of a law guaranteeing the independence of his nascent state's judiciary

  • Part-time pensions

    10-Jun-2002

    Donna Moxham reports on the decision regarding part-timers' pension schemes in Shillcock

  • Real estate

    10-Jun-2002

    It seems like only yesterday that the property partners of CMS Cameron McKenna were feeling carefree and partying hard aboard a crowded yacht at the industry's bash of the year in Cannes.They had bounced back from the loss of big industry name Jon Vivian a year earlier and with him property company Brixton Estates. The budget had to be adjusted in Vivian's wake, but the team could be forgiven ...

  • Sinclair Roche Hong Kong team implodes

    10-Jun-2002

    Richards Butler steps in after HK shipping team is left out in the cold post-merger

  • SJ Berwin and Dundas picked as fund advisers

    10-Jun-2002

    SJ Berwin and Dundas & Wilson are set to benefit from a new £350m fund created by investment house Matrix Securities and Bank of Scotland to target higher-yielding properties

  • Slipping standards?

    10-Jun-2002

    Pensions providers are sceptical about the benefits of new standard FRS 17. Leslie Browning reports

  • Tackling Beckham late

    10-Jun-2002

    Lawyers. Bless them. Always first with the news. As almost everyone knows - including Mrs Tulkinghorn, who is anything but a football fan - David Beckham has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will see his earnings rocket from £26,000 to £90,000 a week. That contract was signed - and plastered all over the national press - almost a month ago, but the football club's law firm, James Chapman & Co, has only just got round to sending a press release confirming ...

  • Tarlo Lyons in strategy U-turn to beat tech slump

    10-Jun-2002

    Niche IT firm Tarlo Lyons has had a strategy overhaul, deciding to refocus on commercial property and dispute resolution to combat the downturn in technology, media and telecoms work

  • The Leader Column

    10-Jun-2002

    In the UK, lawyers and journalists regularly top polls of the most loathed professions. Lawyers tend to feel aggrieved by this, whereas we journalists masochistically revel in our villainous status. In any case, it's an entirely luxurious position to be in, given that being either in this country does not require a great amount of political courage.It's different in Zimbabwe, where lawyers and journalists really are heroes. Both are in the frontline of opposition to ...

  • Theodore Goddard partner defects to Jones Day

    10-Jun-2002

    Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has hired Theodore Goddard partner Janene Waudby to boost its London corporate finance practice

  • Thorn in my side

    10-Jun-2002

    Andy Blake argues that first impressions are deceiving when it comes to Opra's ruling in the Thorn pensions case

  • Will Ashursts' Continental push come too late to make its mark?

    10-Jun-2002

    Ashursts has embarked on a belated hiring spree in Europe. Helen Power asks whether the firm has missed the boat

  • Zimbabwean Law Society heads arrested over letters

    10-Jun-2002

    The president and executive secretary of the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) have been remanded on bail after they were arrested and detained for 48 hours last week for allegedly possessing 'subversive' documents