19 March 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 ...
Allen & Overy (A&O) is acting on what is believed to be Europe's largest ever biotechnology deal.
Top Australian practice Allens Arthur Robinson Group is merging to create one of the country's largest firms.
Belgian brewer Interbrew has called in Baker & McKenzie to work alongside Simmons & Simmons on its judicial review.
White-collar crime firm Burton Copeland opens its new Liverpool office today (19 March) as part of a bid to become a national firm.
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 has joined City big boys Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance to work on telecoms giant Ericsson's latest deal.
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.
Durlacher Corporation forms joint venture and alliance with venture capitalist BMP. Durlacher advised by SJ Berwin (Jonathan Metliss). BMP advised in-house.
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.
Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson is taking on the head of intellectual property from Eversheds' Nottingham office to boost its high-tech practice.
DLA's Sheffield office is threatening to oust regional rival Eversheds from its role as licensing adviser to Britannia Hotels.
London firm Forsters has scooped a massive contract to advise Chester City Council on the major redevelopment of its town centre.
Magic circle set Fountain Court is taking on three new clerks, including one from rival One Essex Court.
US firms go all out to win Germany's top Graduates: competition soars from investment banks and consultancy firms
Director of Manchester United FC and James Chapman & Co senior partner Maurice Watkins tries to explain the offside rule
German law firm Haarmann Hemmelrath has come under attack for its merger with Austrian firm Hügel & Partner, which the Viennese bar claims is illegal.
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Leading fraud litigator John Hume is joining Kingsley Napley from the now defunct Ralph Hume Garry.
Singapore authorities are radically overhauling the rules governing admittance to its bar in a bid to overcome a shortage of lawyers.
Property specialist Laytons is moving from its premises in Hampton Court to larger offices in Guildford.
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.
The bar's heavyweights are being edged out of work from the leading City firms in favour of a new crop of leader silks.
Vidal quits farmers union for specialist ministry of agriculture role
Question mark hangs over Orrick's troubled London office as Johnson is latest key partner to quit
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).
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.
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 has hired shipping partner Charlie Weller from niche shipping firm Jackson Parton.
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.
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.
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.