19 March 2001

The Lawyer

  • A View from Germany

    19-Mar-2001

    Despite ongoing struggles arising from the economic implications of reunification, Germany continues to be the strongest economy in Europe and one of the largest economies in the world. The strong domestic market has never prevented German companies being highly export-orientated. For decades the motor for the economy has not been the domestic, but rather the international markets. Nowadays, almost all large German banks and corporations are operating on a global basis and have turned ...

  • A&O instructed by Celltech on largest Euro biotech deal

    19-Mar-2001

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is acting on what is believed to be Europe's largest ever biotechnology deal.

  • Allens Group alliance partners announce plans for full merger

    19-Mar-2001

    Top Australian practice Allens Arthur Robinson Group is merging to create one of the country's largest firms.

  • Baker & McKenzie edges in on Interbrew Bass challenge

    19-Mar-2001

    Belgian brewer Interbrew has called in Baker & McKenzie to work alongside Simmons & Simmons on its judicial review.

  • Burton Copeland embarks upon national drive with Liverpool office

    19-Mar-2001

    White-collar crime firm Burton Copeland opens its new Liverpool office today (19 March) as part of a bid to become a national firm.

  • CGNU slashes legal panel to four firms

    19-Mar-2001

    Insurance giant CGNU has dramatically overhauled its property investment panel, slashing it from 16 firms to four, and dropping Clifford Chance in the process.

  • Charles Russell lands Ericsson work

    19-Mar-2001

    Charles Russell has joined City big boys Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance to work on telecoms giant Ericsson's latest deal.

  • Cooley boosts tax with West Coast lawyer

    19-Mar-2001

    Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward has pulled off a coup against nearest rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with the hire of its former head of tax.

  • Corporate

    19-Mar-2001

    Durlacher Corporation forms joint venture and alliance with venture capitalist BMP. Durlacher advised by SJ Berwin (Jonathan Metliss). BMP advised in-house.

  • Dechert merges

    19-Mar-2001

    Dechert partners have voted for a merger with Luxembourg firm Brucher & Seimetz, subject to approval by the Luxembourg bar. Bruchers is a two-partner firm, specialising in investment management.London senior partner Steven Fogel says Dechert now has a strong London investment management practice, and that Luxembourg is central in Europe for this type of work.

  • Eversheds IP chief moves to Martineau

    19-Mar-2001

    Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson is taking on the head of intellectual property from Eversheds' Nottingham office to boost its high-tech practice.

  • Eversheds slammed for high costs as Britannia tests DLA

    19-Mar-2001

    DLA's Sheffield office is threatening to oust regional rival Eversheds from its role as licensing adviser to Britannia Hotels.

  • Forsters lands Chester CC rebuild work

    19-Mar-2001

    London firm Forsters has scooped a massive contract to advise Chester City Council on the major redevelopment of its town centre.

  • Fountain Court boosts clerk count

    19-Mar-2001

    Magic circle set Fountain Court is taking on three new clerks, including one from rival One Essex Court.

  • German firms join wages war as US firms spark recruitment crisis

    19-Mar-2001

    US firms go all out to win Germany's top Graduates: competition soars from investment banks and consultancy firms

  • Glory glory

    19-Mar-2001

    Director of Manchester United FC and James Chapman & Co senior partner Maurice Watkins tries to explain the offside rule

  • Haarmanns defends Vienna merger against bar attack…

    19-Mar-2001

    German law firm Haarmann Hemmelrath has come under attack for its merger with Austrian firm Hügel & Partner, which the Viennese bar claims is illegal.

  • How to participate in online workshops

    23-Mar-2001

    The Workshop Window has three panes:Left window - this displays all comments made in the workshop since you joinedRight window - lists everyone else currently logged into this workshopBottom (narrow) window - this is where you type your comments.

  • Hume joins Kingsley Napley litigation dept

    19-Mar-2001

    Leading fraud litigator John Hume is joining Kingsley Napley from the now defunct Ralph Hume Garry.

  • Lawyer shortage forces changes to Singapore bar

    19-Mar-2001

    Singapore authorities are radically overhauling the rules governing admittance to its bar in a bid to overcome a shortage of lawyers.

  • Laytons ditches Hampton Court in favour of new Guildford office

    19-Mar-2001

    Property specialist Laytons is moving from its premises in Hampton Court to larger offices in Guildford.

  • Lord Irvine takes up cause for specialist court in Birmingham

    19-Mar-2001

    A leading Birmingham set has set up a taskforce to justify the introduction of the only administrative court outside London following discussions with the Lord Chancellor.

  • New-generation silks muscle in on top dogs

    19-Mar-2001

    The bar's heavyweights are being edged out of work from the leading City firms in favour of a new crop of leader silks.

  • NFU legal chief leaves at peak of farm crisis

    19-Mar-2001

    Vidal quits farmers union for specialist ministry of agriculture role

  • Orrick loses London chief as DLA swoops

    19-Mar-2001

    Question mark hangs over Orrick's troubled London office as Johnson is latest key partner to quit

  • prudential / american general

    19-Mar-2001

    This is the second big M&A deal for Freshfields and Prudential, after the firm advised Prudential on its £1.9bn bid for fund manager M&G two years ago. On that deal, co-head of the financial institutions group Philip Richards led the transaction, while this time corporate partner Graham Nicholson gets the call-up. Nicholson was asked in January to start work on the deal, which will create a post-deal combined value company worth $45.8bn (£31.6bn).

  • rbs / chrysalis group

    19-Mar-2001

    Before the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) merged with NatWest last year, Weil Gotshal & Manges handled securitisation work for Greenwich NatWest, part of NatWest Markets.

  • RHM foodservice

    19-Mar-2001

    Doughty Hanson is a longstanding Lovells client and since RHM was acquired by Doughty Hanson last year, Lovells has in-evitably started working for RHM.

  • Richards Butler boosts shipping

    19-Mar-2001

    Richards Butler has hired shipping partner Charlie Weller from niche shipping firm Jackson Parton.

  • Senior partner retires from Wiggin & Co

    19-Mar-2001

    Leading media and entertainment boutique Wiggin & Co's senior partner is departing. Nic Stones is stepping down after 15 years in the role and will retire from the firm. Head of media and entertainment Tim Osborne will replace him.

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    19-Mar-2001

    Everyone has an opinion about US firms in London: rubbish; no work; propped up by US parent; fantastic lateral hires; deep pockets; salary wars; the future; here for good; short-lived… you name it, someone thinks it. The only thing that most agree on is that it is too early to make lasting judgements. But there are, if you look hard enough, already a few shining examples: the technology firms.

  • The Leader column

    19-Mar-2001

    At the risk of sounding like a cultural imperialist, it is truly pleasurable to see that the new German takeover bill has incorporated so many Anglo-American elements, not least the squeeze-out provision which gets over the tricky problem of minority shareholders. Thankfully, the move by the European Parliament last year which watered down the takeover directive - a frustrating action if ever there was one - has not changed the stance of the Schröder government.