19 February 2001

The Lawyer

  • A cracking good yarn

    19-Feb-2001

    They say that it's all in a name and Tulkinghorn was recently treated to the charming tale of Camilla Squirrel. The delightfully named Squirrel, now a legal recruitment consultant with HaysZMB, is the subject of a rumour. Nothing sordid, mind. No, the rumour has it that when her chosen university received her application they were not sure whether to take it seriously. Why? Because her address was Camilla Squirrel, The Nut House.Tulkinghorn ...

  • A united Britannic

    19-Feb-2001

    Britannic, traditionally limited to life assurance services, has dramatically broadened its horizons, effectively making the in-house legal department group-wide. Mary Murphy meets the head of legal to see how she coped with the changes

  • A VIEW from south africa

    19-Feb-2001

    Ever since political reform in the early 1990s, investors have been interested in this country of vast mineral wealth, first-world industries and extreme social deprivation. South Africa offered the prospect of a competitive return on investment compared to South East Asia, Asia and Latin America; it offered a sophisticated commercial and financial infrastructure with high levels of capitalisation in core industries and, uniquely in Africa, the opportunity to invest in home-grown, international

  • a year ago this week

    19-Feb-2001

    SJ Berwin sparks salary warSJ Berwin sparked a salary war by increasing newly-qualified lawyer salaries to £42,000 from the £33,000 industry standard. As documented in The Lawyer, several have followed suit, including Allen & Overy,

  • Barlow Lyde opens in Oxford

    19-Feb-2001

    City firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is broadening its corporate practice through the appointment of an IT team in Oxford.The team will set up an office in Oxford Business Park, giving Barlows a UK presence outside London for the first time.The move will also make Barlows the first City firm with a presence in Oxford.Corporate lawyer Tony Duncombe joins as a consultant and IP and IT lawyer Janita Good joins as a partner. They bring with ...

  • benelux deals 2000

    19-Feb-2001

    Spanish telecoms group Telefónica buys 97.4 per cent of the share capital of Dutch television production company Endemol Entertainment Holding, in a euro5bn (£3.2bn) deal.Endemol advised by Stibbe (Joost van Lanschot, Heleen Kiersten). Telefónica advised by De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Jan Willem de Boer, Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh, Iman Stratenus and Enrique Boerboom).Deutsche Bank advised by Uría & Menéndez.

  • Brief encounter: McCLURE NAISMITH

    19-Feb-2001

    McClure Naismith is a mid-range, well-known Scottish corporate commercial firm. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, it has revealed an ambitious business plan to increase fee income by 50 per cent and double the number of staff by 2004.Having recently conducted extensive client research, the firm has modified its corporate logo - clients told the firm that it ...

  • Buchanans takes on NY construction team

    19-Feb-2001

    Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on a four-partner construction law team to ramp up its New York presence.The team is joining from 80-lawyer boutique firm Baer Marks & Upham. Its recent projects include the renovation of Grand Central Station and the New York Museum of Modern Art.The group is led by partner James Frankel, along with fellow partners Eugene Scheiman, Mary Jane Augustine and Dan Friedman and four other lawyers. They boost the 450-lawyer ...

  • Business or pleasure?

    19-Feb-2001

    As property lawyers gear themselves up for the sun, sea and seminar fest that is Mipim, Tulkinghorn was reminded of one lawyer who will be a bit more cautious when handing out his business cards this year.As Tulkinghorn has always been of the firm belief that what goes on tour, stays on tour, he will not name the lawyer who is the subject of the story, but shall call him Jonathan.Now Jonathan was a great believer in the scatter-gun approach ...

  • CC sets up joint venture with Japanese law firm

    19-Feb-2001

    Clifford Chance is extending its Asian practice by forming a joint venture in Japan.The move will give the magic circle firm one of the biggest joint ventures in the country. Its Tokyo office already has 28 fee-earners, five of which are partners.The partner firm will be Tanaka & Akita, which is being created specifically for the joint venture. Last October, two Japanese ...

  • Cobbetts dumps Legal 500 and rethinks stance on Chambers

    19-Feb-2001

    Manchester-based Cobbetts is pulling out of Legal 500 and intends to review its position on Chambers & Partners in the year ahead.Michael Shaw, managing partner at Cobbetts, says that the decision to pull out of Legal 500 is based on the directory's method of research rather than the fee to place a submission, which he estimates costs £2-3,000.He says: "We thought there was a more scientific way that Chambers goes about [compiling ...

  • Corporate

    19-Feb-2001

    RWE makes a £1.87bn public offer for Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico, beating a joint bid from EdP and CajAstur, as well as an increased bid from Ferrotatlantico and EnBW. RWE represented by Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz (Ulrich Blech) and Melchor De Las Heras Albinana & Suarez de Lezo (Carlos Pena). Financial adviser Lazard. Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico represented by Uría & Menéndez (Luis de Carolos) and Ramón y Cajal Albella & Palá (Sebastian Albella). ...

  • Corrs loses top partner to Blakes

    19-Feb-2001

    Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth is losing one of its most highly-ranked partners to rival Blake Dawson Waldron.William Koeck is one of Australia's leading M&A lawyers and headed Corrs Chambers' Sydney corporate advisory group.Over the last two years he has been instructed by a range of high profile clients, including the Sydney Futures Exchange, shipping giant ANL and Woolworths.Koeck says: "Blakes is an impressive firm in terms ...

  • Costs push Pilkington to North West firms

    19-Feb-2001

    Glass manufacturer Pilkington is extending its City-orientated legal panel to include North West firms as the company reviews its legal services costs.Pilkington, which is based in St Helens, has predominantly used Slaughter and May and Herbert Smith for its external legal requirements.Pilkington's group legal adviser and general counsel Clyde Leff says: "We haven't ...

  • Covingtons lands Eizenstat as global head

    19-Feb-2001

    Washington DC firm Covington & Burling is taking on the deputy secretary of the treasury from the Clinton administration as its new head of international.Stuart Eizenstat will join the firm in the summer to focus on international transactional work, regulatory work and resolving international trade problems. He will also be responsible for coordinating Covingtons' London ...

  • Cranch ousted as CC US managing partner

    19-Feb-2001

    In a shock move, Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells US managing partner Larry Cranch is stepping down a year early to be replaced by global head of litigation Jim Benedict. This is just the latest development in a major shake-up of the firm's global management.Clifford Chance chief executive officer Michael Bray says: "Larry's resigning and Jim Benedict is the obvious person ...

  • DEAL OF THE WEEK - chelsfield

    19-Feb-2001

    SJ Berwin's relationship with quoted property company Chelsfield has steadily deepened since the firm acted on the acquisition of 1 Golden Lane as part of a portfolio in 1998. The sale of the building to a Middle Eastern investment company for £41m hinged on the completion of two agreements negotiated earlier last year. One was with previous tenant Amec for a phased vacation of the building, ...

  • Dentons and Freshfields advise Bouygues on 3G

    19-Feb-2001

    The Lawyer can reveal that Denton Wilde Sapte and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer fought off a cluster of firms to advise Bouygues Telecom on its abortive bid for France's third generation (3G) licences.Bouygues caused uproar last month when it pulled its bid on the eve of the auction, claiming the French government was asking for too much money as well as questioning ...

  • Deweys sacks twelve in NY economic slowdown

    19-Feb-2001

    Dewey Ballantine is laying off 12 lawyers from its New York office as attrition rates fall to their lowest level in nearly a decade.The associates, who are from a variety of departments and levels of experience, were told last week that they are being what the firm describes as "outplaced".Chairman Everett Jassy says they are lawyers who had not reached the firm's expectations for performance, but unusually they had not been offered positions elsewhere so ...

  • DLA rolls into Germany with Görg link-up

    19-Feb-2001

    National law firm DLA is expanding its international network, giving it a presence in Germany for the first time.Cologne-based firm Görg will join DLA & Partners (D&P) on 1 March.Görg, which had a relationship with UK firm Eversheds until the beginning of last year, is a full-service firm.However, despite offering M&A, banking, employment, property and tax ...

  • ESPRIT HOLIDAYS

    19-Feb-2001

    Jones Day Reavis & Pogue's Peter Faber is well versed in advising his long-time client Peter Dyer in the etiquette of buyouts. Faber has acted for Dyer since the early 1980s, after Crystal Holidays was set up in 1981. Dyer then decided to sell the company to US-based Viad 10 years later, only for the founder of Crystal to launch a £150m management buyout (MBO) of the company in 1997, along ...

  • Etex group

    19-Feb-2001

    This is the first deal the banking department of Linklaters & Alliance has advised on for Etex Group, a privately-owned Belgian company and a longstanding client of the corporate department. Linklaters corporate lawyers headed the work when it acquired UK building materials company Marley for £360m in 1999, but the firm was not instructed on the financing. On the purchase of Glynwed's pipe ...

  • Eversheds partner quits for Pinsents

    19-Feb-2001

    Eversheds pensions partner Susan Andrews is quitting to join Pinsent Curtis Biddle.Andrews, who is regarded as a rising star in pensions law, qualified as a barrister before requalifying as a solicitor.She joined Eversheds through merger partner Frere Cholmeley Bischoff in 1998. Previously, she was at Charles ...

  • Exchange lures eight for annexe

    19-Feb-2001

    Liverpool set Exchange Chambers is taking on the eight barristers leaving St James's Chambers in Manchester.The team, led by Anthony Elleray QC, was revealed to be leaving last week (The Lawyer, 12 February). It will now join Exchange Chambers' Manchester annexe. The group boosts the commercial and chancery team in the set to 19, three of whom are silks. Elleray joins Edward Bartley Jones QC and Bernard Weatherill QC in the department.

  • Feeling flush

    19-Feb-2001

    Now Tulkinghorn is sure you all remember busy Clifford Chance banking star James Johnson, depicted in these pages just two weeks ago. He had the gall to call one of The Lawyer's journalists and conduct a conversation while relieving himself. But it seems that this is just the tip of the iceberg.While most gentlemen might consider taking The Lawyer into the toilets for a leisurely ...

  • Ford Credit links up with Lovells for Prince's Trust pro bono work

    19-Feb-2001

    Ford Credit is setting up a pro bono initiative with the Prince's Trust, becoming, it is believed, only the third in-house legal department to provide free legal advice.The five-strong legal team is working with Lovells, particularly Yasmin Waljee, a full-time pro bono coordinator at the firm, to provide general advice to young people who have set up companies with the trust's help.Only two other companies in the UK are ...

  • FORUM

    19-Feb-2001

    With major economic expansion continuing in Benelux, many firms face growing recruitment problems. Most admit to having difficulties and accept that more time and money is being spent on recruitment strategies.The main dilemma is not attracting people, but attracting the right type. This is of particular concern to the US and UK firms that have recently moved into Benelux to discover starkly different working practices and tax regimes.With competition continuing ...

  • Hammonds opens in Berlin and Munich and to merge in France

    19-Feb-2001

    National law firm Hammond Suddards Edge has voted to take on a German team to set up offices in Berlin and Munich. It also approved a merger with Paris firm Hausmann & Associés (as revealed The Lawyer, 12 February).As revealed on The Lawyer's website (www.thelawyer.co.uk), five partners from German firm Knauthe Paul Schmitt will join Hammonds. Hebert Kunz will head the Munich office while partners Frank Walter-von Gierke, Uwe Ritter, Kai Mertens and Martin Fleckenstein ...

  • Hextall Erskine set to lose two partners to Reynolds

    19-Feb-2001

    Leading insurance partner Stuart White is quitting Hextall Erskine after 20 years for Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.The move will be a blow to specialist insurance firm Hextall Erskine. White is head of the commercial dispute resolution department and is regarded by many as the hub of the practice.He is also taking fellow partner Davina Haydon with him. Haydon ...

  • In a land of plenty

    19-Feb-2001

    The Singapore authorities have made a limited number of joint venture licences available; and although they eventually extended the number, only eight have yet been awarded. There are then a number of conditions that must be met once licences are granted. IT systems must be aligned and non-domestic firms are not permitted to practise litigation, for example.The big sell behind joint ventures is simple - international firms will be able to pick up new clients. They can also ...

  • intelek

    19-Feb-2001

    While Intelek might be a relatively new client for DLA, corporate partner Chris Rawstron knows the aerospace electronics group of old, since he acted for it for years in his previous role as a pre-merger Edge Ellison lawyer. While the purchase of Paradise Datacom was based in the UK, a stake in a US subsidiary was also sold off to Intelek. The transatlantic side of the transaction was handled by Buchanan Ingersoll, which Rawstron had worked with in the past. The deal also involved a ...

  • JARGON BUSTING - THE A-Z OF NEW MEDIA

    19-Feb-2001

    FAQs: Frequently asked questions, the internet's own quirky version of a help file. Back in the days when newsgroups were the most popular and dynamic "communities" online, seasoned veterans grew sick of telling "newbies" the basics, and so created a file to which they could be directed when they wanted a basic grounding in a subject. Now the term has been adopted by more traditional publishers and is often the first port of call for a nervous ...

  • JOINT VENTURE LICENCES

    19-Feb-2001

    UK firms:Allen & Overy and Shook Lin BokFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Drew & NapierLinklaters & Alliance and Allen & GledhillLovells and Lee & Lee

  • Laytons Manchester head joins Enterprise

    19-Feb-2001

    Laytons' Manchester managing partner is leaving to join property services company Enterprise as an executive director.John Gavan, who has headed the Manchester office since 1990, will join the support services group on a full-time basis from 1 May as commercial director.However, Gavan will take on Laytons' newly-created role of chairman and retain his place on the finance and remuneration committees and continue to take equity.

  • Lib Dem leader attacks use of Slaughters

    19-Feb-2001

    Manchester City Council is under attack from the local leader of the Liberal Democrats for its decision to use Slaughter and May as its legal adviser.Following a report in The Lawyer (12 February), councillor Simon Ashley has sent an email to the city solicitor requesting details on why the work was not tendered, the cost of using Slaughters and whether Best Value, an initiative introduced ...

  • Lucky for some: the thirteen TOP BENELUX MOVES 2000

    19-Feb-2001

    BRUSSELSAxel Haelterman joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Der-inger in Brussels.A leading international tax lawyer, Haelterman joined Freshfields in February 2000 from Loeff Claeys Verbeke, where he had been head of tax. A tremendous boost to Freshfields' Belgian office, the hire was also part of an ongoing strategy to develop a pan-European tax practice, much assisted by last year's Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober merger. Freshfields now has a 44-partner ...

  • Making the moves

    19-Feb-2001

    For a market not naturally given to gossip, the Dutch legal sector is awash with rumour. Against the backdrop of a wave of M&A across Europe, the last 12 months have been deceptively quiet. In terms of law firm upheaval, the biggest event was the split of Trenité van Doorne in October last year, apparently to boost the international merger appeal of one or both of its Dutch offices. The two practices finished the year by symbolically reverting to their maiden names of Van Doorne ...

  • Mostyn-Williams set to join Landwell London

    19-Feb-2001

    Landwell is taking on Stephen Mostyn-Williams, the former head of acquisition finance at Shearman & Sterling's London office.Mostyn-Williams will join as business development director and will work at least three days a week at the firm, which is linked to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).He will continue with his new job as managing director at debt fund AIG Mezzvest ...

  • Mourant expands trust outfit

    19-Feb-2001

    The trust company linked to Jersey law firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is boosting its share plan administration business with a major acquisition in Croydon.Mourant & Co is taking over the share plan administration business of William M Mercer in the UK, and will become one of the biggest such businesses in Britain. After acquiring the Croydon-based team it will boast nearly 200 specialists.Mourant & Co is an independent trust company and special administrator ...

  • Mr Untouchable

    19-Feb-2001

    Once described by former EU competition commissioner Karel van Miert as "Europe's Elliott Ness", Julian Joshua is probably best known as one of Europe's most formidable anti-cartel enforcers. But after 27 years as the bane of EU cartels, he has finally made the break from the Competition Commission. In October, Joshua, formerly the deputy head of the cartel unit of the European Commission's Competition Directorate, packed his bags and moved into the very different world ...

  • Never mind the…

    19-Feb-2001

    On the subject of names, last week an unfortunate accident occurred in the rarefied surroundings of the Temple.A certain KLegal tax litigation director had attended a meeting and might possibly have indulged in a couple of sherries. Perhaps - just perhaps - he was a little unsteady as he made his way to the exit, only to find it had just been shut.Not to worry, he thought, he'd simply use the exit on the other side. Unfortunately, ...

  • Northern & Shell instructs Rosenblatt

    19-Feb-2001

    Rosenblatt Solicitors has been retained to advise Northern & Shell on the sale of its adult titles as the bidding process begins.The company is selling off a number of pornographic titles. It is believed that around 20 companies and venture capitalists have expressed an interest.Seymour Pierce is acting as financial adviser to Northern & Shell.Managing partner at ...

  • Norton Rose rejigs Paris and Greece heads

    19-Feb-2001

    Norton Rose is reshuffling its European management team following the sudden death of the head of its Paris office in December.Alain Sanchez, who died on New Year's Eve, will be replaced by Tim Howard, the manager of the firm's associated offices in Greece.The Greek office had to be rebranded Law Office Howard in August to comply with a clampdown by local regulators. ...

  • Opinion

    19-Feb-2001

    What a difference a year makes. Pronouncements of the internet industry's death may be premature, but the reversal in the sector's fortunes could not be more stark. However, in the search for a new victim, much of the media is missing the point of what really has happened.If net ventures got things wrong, they were not alone. Market forces of supply and demand have worked in a strange way - an endless supply of opportunities were greeted with ...

  • Picture perfect?

    19-Feb-2001

    Tulkinghorn would, of course, be the first to tell anyone that The Lawyer publication is of the very highest class and a world away from other tawdry rags that he cannot even bring himself to even mention. Thus he completely understands the eagerness of the legal world to appear on its pages. But even Tulkinghorn, who is by no means a shrinking violet, was gently shaking his head over Jeremy Courtenay-Stamp, a young buck at

  • Real Estate

    19-Feb-2001

    Chelsfield sells 1 Golden Lane for £41m to an unnamed Middle Eastern investment company and pre-lets Bankside-based Riverside House office development to the Financial Times Group. Chelsfield represented on both the sale and pre-letting by SJ Berwin (John Eldridge). On the lease agreement for Chelsfield, construction advice by CMS ...

  • Reportage

    19-Feb-2001

    Although there is no single central register, best estimates suggest that there are almost 20,000 lawyers practising in Brussels. Of those, perhaps 700-1,000 are UK-qualified. The vast majority are there to advise on European law. As there is no statutory monopoly on the provision of legal advice, they are able to reside in Belgium and to practise using their own home title (of solicitor or barrister), although a recent European directive requires them to register with the local bar ...

  • Rowe & Maw and Ashurts vie for DLR preferred adviser role

    19-Feb-2001

    Rowe & Maw has been appointed as a preferred property adviser by Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and is acting on its first piece of work for the new client.A public body, DLR is part of Transport for London and owns the automated light rail system which serves the Docklands area.The appointment follows the arrival in January of property partner Charles Leach, who worked for DLR for eight years while at

  • Screen savers

    19-Feb-2001

    Over the past couple of years, an online dealroom has become the must-have accessory for the City's finest. To date, though, there has been very little feedback on their success or client interest. And while some predict that the online dealroom will soon become the workplace norm, for many others the question is, what do they actually do? Can a deal genuinely take place online, or is the whole fuss simply overglorified electronic file storage?

  • Singapore zing

    19-Feb-2001

    Lee Suet Fern is everything you would expect from a member of the upper echelons of society. Immaculately dressed, attractive and petite with mountains of enthusiasm, first impressions are of an aristocrat rather than one who clinches multimillion pound deals. Her well-connected family background does not dispel the image either: her father was a respected economist, her mother-in-law a senior lawyer and her husband is chief executive officer of SingTel and the son of senior government ...

  • Spelling it out

    19-Feb-2001

    Tulkinghorn hangs his head in shame. He has been caught out as a London-bound gent unfamiliar with the most beautiful areas of our dear country.An anonymous Somerset reader draws attention to a howler in Tulkinghorn's page on 5 February. In the first article, Tulkinghorn castigated a Leeds-based firm for a misspelling on its press release.How embarrassing, then, that in the third article the cheese named after a beautiful Somerset town and ...

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    19-Feb-2001

    Interactive entertainment software company Warthog is admitted to AIM with a capitalisation of £18m and proceeds of £5m. Warthog advised by Halliwell Landau (Nigel Brown).Anite Group acquires Calculus Solutions, a provider of customer care and billing software solutions to telecoms companies, for a maximum of £50m, dependant on Calculus meeting profit targets. Anite advised by

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    19-Feb-2001

    There will be a lot of hormonally challenged youths this week facing the daunting prospect of actually having to leave their bedrooms if they want to get the latest Limp Bizkit album. Last week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the US upheld parts of an injunction against Napster, an online company that enables free music downloads, signalling an end to Napster and a new dawn in copyright law.The effect the internet has on copyright law is unparalleled and ...

  • THE ANORAK

    19-Feb-2001

    New media fashion cycles work on internet time. Just a few short months ago, getting hold of one involved the sort of queues or contacts usually confined to the latest games console. Not anymore. Now you can now pick up a Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) telephone for just a few pounds. If you play your cards rights, you can even get it for free - and even using it won't cost you anything if you time it right.Last year, 3G licences in the UK paid in ...

  • The dynamic duo

    19-Feb-2001

    Although rarely in the same room together, John Heller and Chris Jones have managed to launch French and German practices for Hammonds

  • the Leader column

    19-Feb-2001

    Over the last couple of weeks, anyone flying business class to Frankfurt, Cologne and a whole host of other German cities must have been cheek by jowl with lawyers. Sitting nearest the exit were the hordes plus their dog after a piece of Gaedertz, ready to rush off as soon as the undercarriage hit the tarmac just in case they lost out.Behind them, sitting across the aisle from each other in this metaphorical cabin, were traditional rivals Hammond ...

  • Theodore in cyber-gaming first

    19-Feb-2001

    Theodore Goddard is representing the British Horseracing Board (BHB) on the first case to be brought under the Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997.BHB claimed that bookmaker William Hill, which was advised by Allen & Overy (A&O), was infringing its database rights by using it for its online offering.Companies are allowed to use the BHB's database - which ...

  • Thomsons takes on in-house technology lawyer

    19-Feb-2001

    Leisure giant Thomson Travel Group has appointed its first in-house IT specialist.Karen Goh has joined the company from Masons. Her appointment comes after a radical overhaul of Thomsons' legal function last summer.Until then the group had separate legal provisions for each division, such as Britannia Airways, Thomson Holidays and Lunn Poly.But under plans initiated by group general counsel Richard Churchill-Coleman, a central legal division ...

  • Three's company

    19-Feb-2001

    As stock markets competed for dominance in a year that witnessed momentous change around the world, the Benelux region was a key beneficiary of the legal spend that resulted from the upheaval.Events were marked by the merger of the Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris exchanges to create three-way exchange Euronext. Top Benelux firm Stibbe acted as principal external counsel on the deal. Equally significant were the failed takeover bids for the London Stock Exchange (LSE) by both ...

  • UBE in-house lawyer leaves to join Carlton

    19-Feb-2001

    United Broadcasting & Entertainment's (UBE) general counsel is quitting to join Carlton.Stephen Rudoff, who is also head of legal, business affairs and compliance, joined UBE six years ago from London Weekend Television, but will move to Carlton to focus solely on compliance.Unlike UBE, Carlton does not have a centralised in-house department. The function is loosely split into three groups - legal, business affairs and compliance.Rudoff will ...

  • Veale Wasbrough raids Cartwrights

    19-Feb-2001

    Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough has poached a leading property litigation partner from local rival Cartwrights.Nigel Puddicombe will join Veale Wasbrough after 14 years as a partner at Cartwrights, where he currently heads up property litigation. A start date is still being negotiated.Puddicombe's clients at Cartwrights have included Railtrack. He acts principally for lenders and landlords, including breweries and pub companies, local authorities ...

  • what does the magic circle offer?

    19-Feb-2001

    Clifford Chance is developing an online dealroom, to be launched this spring. It is based on the concept of Fruit Net, a transaction-specific website used by Clifford Chance in Project Fruit. The deal was a CVC Capital-led euro825m (£527.9m) management buyout of the Accordis Fibres division of Akzo Nobel, which covered 19 jurisdictions. Tailored versions of Fruit Net have been ...

  • White & Case wins CC team amid acrimony

    19-Feb-2001

    White & Case has expanded its Italian presence by taking a team from Grimaldi Clifford Chance for a capital markets practice. Capital markets specialist Andrea Ughi joined the Milan office from Grimaldi Clifford Chance on 1 February. He has since been joined by associates Alessandra Guercia and Claudia Parzani. ...

  • Wilson Sonsini launches in NY and Salt Lake City

    19-Feb-2001

    Silicon Valley giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is dramatically expanding its US presence two new offices in New York and Salt Lake City.The firm, which until now had regional offices in Texas, Washington and Northern Virginia, will launch in New York with a team from the office of Silicon Valley rival Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigan.Two partners, Alexander Lynch and Babak Yaghmaie, will leave Gunderson Dettmer's New York office ...