12 November 2001
A part-time counsel at New York firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has joined Michael Crystal QC's 3-4 South Square as an associate member.
Allen & Overy (A&O) advised the Hellenic Republic on its third securitisation of receivables in Greece.The deal involved s2bn (£1.37bn) of receivables from lottery tickets.The firm was approached by the banks in the summer and was also brought in to advise the Republic. Fresh-fields Bruckhaus Deringer was brought in at execution stage to advise the banks.Under the EU Third ...
A merger between part of Badhams and niche professional indemnity firm Williams Davies Meltzer has created a new insurance firm called Plexus Law.
Three lawyers, including British American Tobacco's (BAT) in-house counsel, have been appointed to the Competition Commission's reporting panel.
Slaughter and May's Italian ally Bonelli Erede Pappalardo is taking on two securitisation partners, giving it a specialist finance capability for the first time.
Missouri firm Bryan Cave is launching an office in Chicago with the former head of its London office.
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Clifford Chance has advised Carrefour in the sale of its shareholding in Cora to Deutsche Bank for f850m (£525.61m), subject to approval by the European Commission.The French retailer holds a 42 per cent shareholding in Cora, but needs to sell in order to gain the commission's consent for phase one of the Carrefour/Promodès merger. Carrefour will be able to realise a gross ...
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has secured a landmark European court victory for client IMS Health against a European Comm-ission (EC) ruling.
Clifford Chance has for the first time advised the Takeover Panel, dealing with an appeal against one of its decisions.
Cloisters chambers has hired a new director, who joins after 15 years at the Law Society.
Manchester firm Cobbetts is set to merge with Read Hind Stewart in Leeds.
Norton Rose conflict gifts EasyJet to Herbert Smith
Denton Wilde Sapte (Charles Wood, Anthony Alexander, David Birchall, Richard Barham) advised the Department of Trade and Industry on the transfer schemes put in place by the 14 public electricity suppliers in England, Wales and Scotland to separate their supply and distribution businesses. The separation was required by the Utilities Act 2000, which took effect last month.Weil Gotshal ...
Forsters (Martin Halling) advised GE Capital in association with Opus Land on the purchase of Powerhouse Distribution Centre, Walsall, from Brightside for £5.525m. Harbottle & Lewis (James John) advised the vendor.Lawrence ...
Linklaters & Alliance's Singapore office Linklaters Allen & Gledhill (Philip Badge, Nick Syson, Charles Dunn) advised the Singapore branch of Crédit Lyonnais on the $20m (£13.67m) restructuring of the debt in Samart Corporation Public Company in Thailand. Samart was advised in-house.Ashurst Morris ...
After the recent CPS decision not to prosecute over the Paddington rail crash, Jon Robins asks: will a new corporate killing law quench the public's thirst for justice? Or would it be impossible to hold an individual person accountable?
DLA has applied for a licence to open an office in China. If the licence is granted, the national firm will set up a base in Shanghai.
Davies Wallis Foyster (DWF) has used the expertise it has gained in handling Objective One funding in Merseyside to develop a blueprint for other qualifying regions.
Greenwood, Slaughters, Wragges and Wiggin are safe; Bird & Bird, Farrers and Brabners await verdict
A number of investors, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, are demanding reforms on global insolvency laws.
Flag Telecom has taken on a new general counsel, leaving acting head of legal Stephen Ball free to return to his firm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.
Taiwan's parliament has sanctioned a law permitting overseas lawyers to set up practices providing advice on local law.
Simmons & Simmons senior partner Janet Gaymer is pushing the firm to encourage partners to take up other jobs.
Dublin firm A&L Good-body has won a mandate from the Irish government to create a single regulatory authority for financial services.
Pan-European real estate investments are definitely in vogue. Mark O'Neill highlights the requisite skills for law firms aiming to offer their clients the one-stop service
It has been a busy start of term for property lawyers, with a number of interesting rulings from the Appeal Courts in the past few weeks. The Lawyer reports on the top cases
US firm more than doubles its Tokyo numbers with full economic integration
KLegal intent on doubling London presence by January to create top 40 firm
Last year Berryman Shacklock lost an office, but turnover remains healthy
Lawrence Graham has appointed a new head of property following the promotion of Penny Francis to managing partner.
This week The Lawyer is launching Lawyer 2B, its spin-off student publication, with a distribution of 25,000.
Niche technology practice Lochners has merged with national firm Laytons.
Wilmer Cutler's acquisition of the delightfully-named Quack - the last remaining part of Gaedertz - shows what US firms in Germany can achieve outside the glare of Frankfurt. Wilmer Cutler set up in Berlin at a time when the city was a legal backwater dominated by old-school firms. For the rest of the decade Andreas Weitbrecht built up a useful business centred for the most part on government and regulatory work - as one might expect from a Washington DC firm. As the practice began ...
The Lawyer has spent all weekend in a telephone queue for the local multiplex box office, trying to get tickets for Harry Potter. "Only 365 people before me," he said cheerfully, as I put the potatoes on for Saturday lunch.He thinks he's doing it for Subbie, but in reality he's dying to see this film himself. My criticism of Harry Potter is that every adventure takes three terms to unfold - heaven forbid he'd catch the evildoer by autumn half term - but I can see how this appeals ...
Discussions centre on joint marketing and training; future merger not ruled out
Linklaters & Alliance has boosted its Tokyo office with the hire of a second US securitisation partner.
Oxford firm courts lower-end work from Macfarlanes' German friend Nörr Stiefenhofer
O'Reilly connection comes good as major Irish telecoms transaction goes through
M&A team exits US firm after partnership disagreements; Leleu to take clients
Nabarro Nathanson has beaten SJ Berwin to a real estate job on the largest property portfolio purchase in Central London this year.Peabody Global Real Estate Partners and Peabody International Real Estate Partners are acquiring nine London properties for £146m. These include premises in London's West End, ...
The CPR is finally encompassing landlord and tenant claims and other acts are making inroads into the sector. Malcolm Sheehan reports on the changes practitioners need to be aware of
On 30 November 2001, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) will acquire its full range of powers under the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA). Originally scheduled for 1999, the two-year delay indicates how problematic the task has been to unite such a wide array of regulatory and supervisory bodies under one statutory regulator.Solicitors are faced with a choice on regulation. This decision hangs on whether they wish to pursue mainstream investment business or not. Mainstream ...
US firm Pillsbury Winthrop has become the latest victim of the downturn, announcing layoffs in its New York office.
Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners has lost a million-pound gamble in the recent case it fought against Private Eye magazine.
"Planning laws are set for their biggest change for 50 years," said Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) National Conference last week.
Radcliffes is to refocus its practice on healthcare as it announces a merger with London-based Le Brasseur J Tickle.
In the name of using the law to better the environment for people and wildlife, Cambridge firm Richard Buxton threw another spanner in the workings of the UK's planning process last week.The niche claimant firm has recently sent a letter, on behalf of local residents, to Tower Hamlets Council claiming that the 1997 planning applications for London's Spitalfields redevelopment did not include a proper Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) under 1988 regulations and the ...
New York giant Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is raiding rival O'Melveny & Myers for a partner to boost its bankruptcy practice.
The Spanish government is pushing for Spanish lawyers to train beyond law school before they are able to practise.
At most such conferences, competition between law firms is at its most fierce when it comes to party time, and the IBA was certainly no different. On the Tuesday night, for example, a whole host of leading firms went head-to-head - Allen & Overy (A&O), Norton Rose, D&P (DLA & Partners),
New York firm Sullivan & Cromwell has taken the unusual step of reassuring the firm's lawyers that they will still get bonuses later this year.
Despite muttered accusations of pomposity, at least one English silk at the International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Cancun upheld ethical conduct befitting his profession.Buenos Aires veteran litigator Mareno Ocampo, a renowned courtroom figure in his native Argentina, suggested a hypothetical scenario to a crowded session on corruption: "How would you advise your client," he asked, "whose only means of recovering the millions of pounds owed to him was by paying a bribe ...
The charming Keith Oliver, who specialises in business crime, commercial litigation and financial regulation at Peters & Peters, had his work cut out in Cancun. His multifarious talents were put to the test when he was drafted in as a last-minute replacement for firm colleagues Louise Delahunty and Monty Raphael, as well as Kin
Joanna Brett examines how the Human Rights Act has been interpreted over the first year of its implementation and discusses what the future holds for this controversial piece of legislation.
Marriott Harrison lawyer Andrew Astachowicz may be a hotshot property practitioner, but the home where his heart is resides in San Salvador
After the Government's decision to take a softer line on cannabis use, Helen Power meets the managing director of the only UK company licensed to undertake research on the drug
The ramifications of the inquiry into the proposed Heron Tower are far-reaching for the future of the capital's tall building developments. Eleanor Levenson investigates
Camerons joins magic circle on rail project; Dutch firms take back seat
Newcastle firm Watson Burton has shrugged off the current downturn to announce a 16 per cent turnover increase for the first half of the current financial year.
Watson Farley & Williams has advised Vivendi Universal on the restructuring of its investment in leading Polish mobile telecommunications operator Elektrim Telekomunikacja.The firm's relationship with Vivendi is linked to the managing partner of the Paris office David Syed, and this deal is the first time that the London office has been closely involved in a transaction for the ...
The last remaining office of defunct German law firm Gaedertz has been swallowed up as the firm's Berlin presence, now renamed as Quack, is set to merge with Washington DC-based Wilmer Cutler & Pickering.