15 August 2005

The Lawyer

  • Deals round-up

    15-Aug-2005

    Herbert Smith has scooped a mandate to advise defence technology business QinetiQ on its proposed £1.1bn London Stock Exchange debut. Herbert Smith's relationship with QinetiQ spans several years. The City firm advised the company when it was privatised, with US investment house Carlyle Group taking a strategic stake in the business. Clifford Chance is advising Carlyle, the buyout house which holds ...

  • Addleshaws plays star role advising Filmbank on new screening licence

    15-Aug-2005

    Addleshaw Goddard has landed Filmbank as a new client after advising the film distribution company on an innovative new licence.

  • Administration doubts spared after Appeal Court ruling

    15-Aug-2005

    The Court of Appeal has overturned a landmark decision handed down by the High Court that had caused widespread concern regarding the priority of certain employment liabilities in administrations.

  • Blood money

    15-Aug-2005

    The ambulance-chasers are back

  • Careers: People

    15-Aug-2005

    Howard Kennedy has appointed Simon Pullen as a partner in its banking department. Pullen joins from Davies Arnold Cooper, where he was a partner in the property finance group. The appointment brings the number of partners to 64.

  • CC tops the lot in Euro private equity

    15-Aug-2005

    Partners from Clifford Chance, Lovells and Weil Gotshal & Manges have emerged as the leading rainmakers in the European private equity market.

  • Chinese puzzle

    15-Aug-2005

    Full marks to Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) managing partner Howard Morris for honesty in the face of adversity.

  • City litigation teams close the gap on CC

    15-Aug-2005

    The gap is closing between the top City litigation practices following a strong year for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

  • Clayton Utz instructed on Tattersall's IPO

    15-Aug-2005

    Australia's Clayton Utz has advised on the largest IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange so far this year, with the A$2.17bn (£920m) listing of gaming house Tattersall's. Partners Penny Grau and Charles Rosedale led the team, working alongside Tattersall's in-house team. Tattersall's was privately held for 120 years and the listing meant a company restructuring, which was conducted by Herbert Greer & Rundle partner Bill Fazio. Allens Arthur Robinson advised Goldman Sachs JBWere and Macquarie ...

  • Clifford Chance makes gains in NY

    17-Aug-2005

    Clifford Chance looks to have turned the tide on its shrinking New York office with the hire of real estate partner Howard Peskoe from US rival Winston & Strawn.

  • Coudert confirms split

    18-Aug-2005

    In a statement issued to The Lawyer Coudert Brothers confirmed its intention to break up its international network.

  • Coudert set for dissolution

    18-Aug-2005

    Following the collapse of Coudert Brothers’ merger negotiations with Baker & McKenzie (B&M), Coudert partners yesterday voted to release its partners from their fiduciary duties.

  • Courting the idea

    15-Aug-2005

    For alternative dispute resolution to become fully integrated, judges need to embrace the process. Tony Allen reports

  • Deloitte-linked Raupach adds Frankfurt to stable

    15-Aug-2005

    Deloitte & Touche associate firm Raupach & Wollert-Elmendorff is to open in Frankfurt from October. The new office will be led jointly by Michael Meissner, who joined the firm in April from Jones Day Frankfurt, and Peter Fischer, currently on gardening leave from Lovells in Düsseldorf. Meissner told The Lawyer he expects the new office to have five fee-earners by the end of 2005. The Frankfurt base will ...

  • Dickinson Dees earns Newham LEA contract

    15-Aug-2005

    Newcastle giant Dickinson Dees has fought off competition from major national players to win a £180m contract to advise Newham Local Education Authority (LEA) on its Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

  • DLA Piper targets Beijing in plan to grow Asian arm

    15-Aug-2005

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is set to launch in Beijing by the end of the year as it poaches a Clifford Chance partner for its Hong Kong office.

  • DLA Weiss-Tessbach bags partner duo from rival

    15-Aug-2005

    DLA Weiss-Tessbach in Vienna has raided Austrian rival Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati for two partners. Claudine Vartian and Oskar Winkler joined earlier this month. Vartian is an antitrust and competition lawyer with expertise in telecoms, while Winkler is an insurance specialist. The Austrian firm became a part of DLA through a 2003 merger. It gave the UK firm a huge foothold in Central and Eastern Europe through its offices in Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, Salzburg, Sarajevo, Vienna ...

  • Dubai-based lawyers cast doubt over firms' gold rush

    15-Aug-2005

    “We’ve heard the talk - but we’ve yet to see the action.” So says one veteran member of Dubai’s expat legal community in response to reports in The Lawyer last week of the start of a scramble on the part of UK law firms wanting to open up shop in the key financial centre of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The alleged frenzy is being fuelled by an energy and property boom, plus the growth of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

  • Ex-Coudert Frankfurt chief joins German rival

    15-Aug-2005

    Coudert Brothers' former Frankfurt senior partner has joined German firm Büsing Müffelmann & Theye as of counsel. Peter Forster is a real estate expert and the first notary to join the 17-strong Büsing. Coudert announced the closure of its German offices in June and is in the process of phasing them out. The firm gained its first foothold in Frankfurt through the acquisition of Fiedler & Forster, of which Peter Forster was a name partner. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 8 August

  • Firm profile: The Dental Law Partnership

    15-Aug-2005

    Recent figures published by Dental Protection, a leading provider of indemnity insurance for the profession, revealed that the willingness in the UK to sue dentists outstripped even the litigation-loving US.

  • Foley & Lardner bolsters Chicago litigation group

    17-Aug-2005

    US law firm Foley & Lardner has bolstered its litigation practice group with the hire of Byron Gregory following a raid on McDermott Will & Emery.

  • Free Representation Unit appoints its first director

    15-Aug-2005

    The Free Representation Unit (FRU) was founded by a group of bar students who used to meet every week in the early 1970s in a smoke-filled room above the Griffin Inn on Clerkenwell Road. Some 33 years later, the FRU has finally gone professional, with the appointment of its first dedicated full-time director.

  • Germans throw in the towel

    15-Aug-2005

    It may be getting a tad late for this story as, judging by the number of voicemails Tulkinghorn is coming up against when on the blower, most of you are already on the beach. But one kindly soul has offered the following nugget of advice for any UK tourist faced with the all-too-familiar Teutonic-towel-on-the-sun-lounger scenario: "A British tourist would be quite within their legal rights to ignore the reservation implied by the towels if there is nobody there."

  • Gordons takes on Eversheds Leeds star to head construction team

    15-Aug-2005

    Yorkshire firm Gordons has snagged Eversheds Leeds partner Richard Piper to head its construction team.

  • Grapevine

    15-Aug-2005

    Last week the City of London Police commissioner said an attack on the City was a question of when, not if.

  • Hearsay

    15-Aug-2005

    Which pair of City firm partners went to a Brazilian-themed party recently in Paris and were the only ones there in fancy dress shaking their maraccas?

  • Herbies leads ABN's, ING's restructuring of TNK

    15-Aug-2005

    Herbert Smith's Moscow team has won a role on the largest Russian debt restructuring of 2005 on behalf of ABN Amro and ING.

  • Herbies, Linklaters land plum roles on RBS acquisition

    19-Aug-2005

    Herbert Smith, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell all scooped roles on Royal Bank of Scotland’s purchase of a stake in the Bank of China (BoC).

  • Hogan raids rival for HK launch

    15-Aug-2005

    Washington DC-based Hogan & Hartson has bucked the trend for firms pulling out of Hong Kong by launching a new base there following a raid on US rival Squire Sanders & Dempsey.

  • Investec looks for referrals after gifting Halliwells place on panel

    15-Aug-2005

    Halliwells has landed a place on the advisory panel to Investec Bank's growing Manchester office in the hope that the firm will provide client referrals to the investment bank.

  • It's just not ticket

    15-Aug-2005

    At the time of writing, England were 20 for none after seven overs, with a crooked Glenn McGrath having been bashed for 20 off four. As you read this, those figures will either represent the herald of another famous victory or the false dawn before the inevitable Aussie power regains its dominance.

  • Land of the rising dumb

    15-Aug-2005

    And the winner of this year's Prince Philip Award for International Relations goes to... Hogan & Hartson.

  • Lester Aldridge moves to expel Salans-bound banking chief

    15-Aug-2005

    The battle between Lester Aldridge and its former head of banking has taken another twist following an extraordinary statement from the firm last week.

  • Linklaters expands Asia corporate practice

    15-Aug-2005

    Linklaters has relocated two key corporate partners to Hong Kong and Shanghai as part of an aggressive expansion drive in the region.

  • Linklaters makes further gains in NY hiring spree

    15-Aug-2005

    Linklaters has continued its New York hiring spree with the appointment of two partners from US firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Shearman & Sterling. Bindu Culas and Tom McGrath join Linklaters' rapidly expanding New ...

  • Lovells reaps Asian Citrus's AIM flotation

    15-Aug-2005

    Lovells has advised new client Asian Citrus Holdings on the largest Chinese IPO on the AIM market to date.

  • MAB scoops Goodmans' ex-chief after tie-up fails

    15-Aug-2005

    Watford firm Mathew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) is preparing to make a fresh assault on London after the collapse of its merger talks with 20-partner media and entertainment firm Goodman Derrick.

  • No Norton Rose without a thorn

    15-Aug-2005

    Congratulations are due to Norton Rose partner Pete Talibart. The employment partner recently returned from the 2005 World Masters Games in Edmonton, Canada, clutching a silver medal.

  • Opinion

    15-Aug-2005

    Despite facing an increase in claims, mediation has failed to catch on with local authorities

  • Pfizer adviser

    15-Aug-2005

    Business and biotechnological expertise go hand-in-hand at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Europe's legal department - along with a dash of innovation. Lorraine Cushnie reports

  • Revealed: the US firms set to assault the City

    15-Aug-2005

    Cooley, Goodwin Procter, Heller Ehrman, Nixon Peabody, Ropes & Gray battle it out for UK merger

  • Separated at birth

    15-Aug-2005

    Herbert Smith's managing partner leapt to the defence last week of new partner Malcolm Hitching (aka John Arne Riise) after he allegedly sent mobile phone text messages to 15 glamorous, unattached acquisition finance assistants and associates offering them a job. "Yes, John is on the lookout for a new team," said David 'Rafa' Gold, "but he's a new partner and needs ...

  • Shearman, Weil face-to-face on ProSiebenSat.1 Media sale

    15-Aug-2005

    Shearman & Sterling and Weil Gotshal & Manges have taken the lead roles on Germany's largest-ever media deal.

  • Standard & Poor's appoints new Euro legal chief

    15-Aug-2005

    Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has named James Penrose as its new senior European counsel.

  • Talent: how to put it to good use

    15-Aug-2005

    Talent doesn't magically improve business. Simon Brittain explains how to manage this vital asset

  • The only alternative

    15-Aug-2005

    ADR is booming, giving opportunities that cannot be equalled by litigation. By Ronald Bradbeer and Stewart Shackleton

  • The work-life quiz

    15-Aug-2005

    Simon Hodson, senior partner, Beachcroft Wansboroughs

  • Top 100 US law firms widen the gap with chasing pack

    15-Aug-2005

    The gap between the top 100 law firms in the US and the chasing pack widened further last year, despite the second hundred firms recording promising growth in both average revenues and profits.

  • Trowers ups Dubai expertise with DWS swoop

    15-Aug-2005

    Trowers & Hamlins has boosted its rapidly expanding Dubai office with the hire of new projects and construction partner Nigel Truscott from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). Truscott, who is well known in the region, is due to join the firm in September. He joined DWS in July 1999 from Berrymans Lace Mawer, ...

  • UK's top thirty lose £1bn in revenues to strengthening US elite

    15-Aug-2005

    The rise of the US firms continued within the London market during the last financial year, with the top 30 US firms depriving their UK rivals of total revenues amounting to £1bn.

  • White & Case, Latham, Bredin Prat land Taittinger sell-off

    15-Aug-2005

    A trio of Paris practices is celebrating the successful acquisition of luxury goods company Taittinger by private equity house Starwood Capital.

  • Wilmer Cutler loses telecoms lawyer to MBR&M

    15-Aug-2005

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has poached telecoms specialist Robert Bratby (left) from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Bratby will join MBR&M's London corporate group as a partner in September and will be based in the communications team. He joined Wilmer ...

  • WLTM: finding love in the small ads.

    15-Aug-2005

    Eligible, middle-aged, all-American bachelor, reasonable education, own business, own Volvo, several times married, likes baseball but looking to broaden his horizons seeks traditional English rose of medium build for love and shared profit.

  • Word scared

    15-Aug-2005

    While Tulkinghorn is on the subject of US firms, let's have a little dig at another.