2 July 2001
Thanks to a licensing agreement drawn up by Memery Crystal and TLT, greyhound-racing enthusiasts can now bet on the dog track tote over the internet. The service, called 24dogstote, is a result of a technology deal between e-tote and 24dogs.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wembley plc. The deal brings together an interesting ...
Highly-rated shipping silk Lionel Persey QC has left commercial set 4 Field Court with four other members to join 4 Essex Court
Japan, the world's second-largest economy, and Tokyo, one of the world's major financial centres, has one of the smallest legal communities per capita of any developed country.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised UBS Warburg as the lead manager on British Land Company's £575m securitisation of J Sainsbury's supermarkets. The deal comes on the back of British Land's prestigious Broadgate office development in the City, launched in April 1999. In that transaction, A&O advised Morgan Stanley as the lead arranger.The firm's relationship with British Land, however, ...
Cape Clear Software advised by Matheson Ormsby Prentice (Edward Miller, John Ryan). Act Venture Capital advised by William Fry.
Andersen Legal, through Scottish member firm Dundas & Wilson, has secured first-round funding for technology start-up Intense Photonics in its first arrangement in which it is taking equity in lieu of fees.
Ashurst Morris Crisp is setting up a financial institutions group which will bring funds and financial products expertise under one roof
Tom Cassels, Baker & McKenzie
Baker & McKenzie has advised the European Investment Bank (EIB) on leasing company Locat's euro400m (£243.2m) securitisation to fund leasing projects for small and medium-sized enterprises
Baker & McKenzie has welcomed back one of Bangkok's most renowned intellectual property (IP) lawyers, Say Sujintaya, to its office in the capital.
Barclays Group has completed the second phase of its panel review
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has recruited a partner from Tesco subsidiaryDunnHumby to head its new office in Shanghai.
Bristol & West sells its former headquarters in Bristol city centre to
Grosvenor and Beaufort Western for an undisclosed sum.
Bristol & West advised by Burges Salmon (Carol McFarlane). Grosvenor advised by Boodle Hatfield.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is growing its financial restructuringpractice in New York with a Weil Gotshal & Manges partner.
CMS Cameron McKenna has scored a major coup with the hire of Nortel Networks' general counsel to its technology group
Brick Court Chambers
Charles Russell has achieved an 18 per cent increase in turnover on last year, with average profits per equity partner up by 25 per cent
Manchester firm Cobbetts has re-elected managing partner Michael Shaw for a third term of office.
You might be surprised to hear the latest Tulkinghorn exclusive: securitisation lawyers have the most fun. Yes, it's true, as evidenced by their recent jaunt to Barcelona for the Global Asset Securitisation Conference 2001. It was clear that the four-day trip was not going to be all hard work when it was discovered that the conference pack consisted mainly of beach towels and Frisbees.Henry Cooke, ex-joint head of securitisation at Nomura, certainly had the right idea. ...
For the first time in Fladgate Fielder's 200-year history, the corporate department has outperformed its flagship property team
UWE set to dominate legal education in the West of England after second raid on De Montfort; students must ‘go over’
Simmons & Simmons won its role in this initial public offering (IPO) via its Milan office, which has an existing relationship with Abaxbank. Bruno Gattai's team has worked with Abaxbank on the issue of a number of corporate loans and is also advising it on other IPOs. The firm's relationship with BNP Paribas is a more recent one.Gattai, who is managing partner of Simmons' Italian offices, led on the Italian aspects of the retail offering, while Colin Leaver's ...
Dutch company QPark enters UK market with acquisition of Town Centre Securities' car park business in a deal worth £36m.
Town Centre Securities advised by DLA (Mark Vipan). QPark advised by Hammond Suddards Edge (Ian Greenfield).
Manchester and Liverpool firm Davies Wallis Foyster has released figures showing a 22 per cent increase in turnover on last year.
The government's Proceeds of Crime Bill, part of last month's Queen's Speech, is considered unlikely by lawyers to ever become legislation because of a Strasbourg judgment that is due this month
In-house legal departments in the South East energy sector will grow by 50 per cent during the next year, according to a new survey.
A popular excuse for the hundreds that flocked to the Global Asset Securitisation Conference in Barcelona last month was "I'm here to network"
A former acting head of legal at personal injury (PI) specialist Claims Direct has defected to a newlylaunched lawyers' collective as business development manager.
Générale de Santé recieves euro183m (£111.5m) refinancing to solve indebtedness in the context of its initial pubilc offering from Natexis Banques Populaires and Credit Industriel
Natexis Banques Populaires and Credit Industriel et Commercialadvised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Jonathan Nabarro). Générale de Santé advised by Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
White & Case
It seems that no one can escape from Big Brother, not even the City. Security was being tightened at Richards Butler last week after both Penny Ellis, the schoolteacher who was the first to be voted out of this year's Big Brother house, and last year's winner Craig Phillips, stormed the building by abseiling down it. For some as yet unknown reason, they were joined by Paul Danon, alias Sol from Hollyoaks. For those of you that don't know, he was the troublesome ...
San Francisco firm Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe is taking on the former Citigroup general counsel for technology and intellectual property (IP) to launch a financial technologies practice.
Herbert Smith's Hong Kong office has lost litigation partner Martin Rogers to Clifford Chance.
Standard Chartered Bank
Stephen Scott, Vodafone
MTV Networks Europe
Lured into an in-house role for Barclays Capital after retiring from the partnership at Clifford Chance, Andrew Taylor is more than happy with the change of scenery. Kathryn Hobbs reports
The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has finally set a new discount rate in personal injury (PI) cases, ending years of waiting by lawyers who claim his failure to do so has left PI victims millions of pounds short
Typical - no juicy merger rumours for a while, and all of a sudden they all come along at once. Two particularly splendid stories are doing the rounds at the moment, so in keeping with the public-spirited ethos of The Lawyer, we feel we should share them with you.The first story, which has been circulating for about a month now, is that Allen & Overy is about to merge with
LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has hired Lovells' Beijing managing attorney to head its office in the city.
Hats, chickens, genitals and profanity - these are the things that occupy the mind of a Channel 4 lawyer. Fiona Callister reports on the ten-week legal damage limitation exercise that is Big Brother
"Daddy, would you want to live in the Big Brother house?" asked Deminimus, who is far too good with buttons and has learned that E4 broadcasts free during the day."As one who already spends his life with people I have to pretend to like, I'd rather stick pins in my eyes," said the Lawyer, cheerfully. "Besides, I think it should be against the law for the English male to bare his chest in public, no matter how much time he's spent down the gym.""But would you win?" asked ...
Susan Hall, head of property at DJ Freeman
Taylor Joynson Garrett is taking on the head of construction from Lewis Silkin, which in turn is replacing her with a partner from Hammond Suddards Edge
Sir Sydney Kentridge QC
Linklaters & Alliance has appointed a tax partner in Madrid, giving the office full tax capability for the first time.
Live telephone messaging service the Message Pad receives £1.75m third round funding from a syndicate of existing investors and new investor National Westminster Bank Pension Fund.
The Message Pad advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse (Nicolas Thompsell). National Westminster Bank Pensions Fund advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Existing investors Enterprise Venture Capital Trust advised by Martineau Johnson and MTI Partners advisedin-house.
Lovells corporate partner Marco Compagnoni has won the firm a major new client via his role in the demerger of the Smiths Group's Automotive Systems Division (ASD)
Denton Wilde Sapte, Wragge & Co and Steedman Ramage have won key roles advising Marks & Spencer (M&S) on its efforts to release value from its £2.7bn property portfolio, but the company's other main law firm SJ Berwin has not been picked
Marconi advised by Rowe & Maw (Paul Maher). OGS advised by Slaughter and May (Nigel Swycher).
Birmingham firm targets South East clients with employment andadministrative specialist
Merricks' policy of organic growth seems to be paying off
An increase in M&A activity and the desire for a better working life mean that more are relocating to pastures new. Richard Cree discovers how to help with the move
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Public Sector Team of the Year North Yorkshire Legal Services2nd place Kent County Council Legal Services3rd place Lewisham Legal ServicesLitigation Team of the Year Richards Butler2nd Place Freethcartright3rd place Clifford ChanceBarrister of the Year Rabinder Singh, Matrix chambers2nd Place Laurence ...
Norton Rose has adivised Stena Line for more than 25 years and was asked in March 1998 to deal with investigations by the EC, UK and French competition authorites into a merger of Stena Line and P&O's short sea operations. This joint venture for operative cross-Channel ferries was first approved by the EC in January 1999.This year, Norton Rose was asked to act for the company again andsuccessfully ...
Panda Energy International and Teco Energy sign $2.2bn (£1.6bn) power deal, underwritten by 18 banks led by Citigroup and Société Générale.
Teco and Panda advised by White & Case (Arthur Scavone). Citigroup advised by Latham & Watkins.
Peter Charlton, Clifford Chance
US firm Pillsbury Winthrop is relocating the bulk of the lawyers in itsWashington DC office into high-tech Northern Virginia.
Linklaters & Alliance
Simmons & Simmons has scooped its second major High Court victory in as many months, this time for client HFC Bank
Firm to fight negligence claim by former client; secret film andrecordings to be allowed as evidence
Nicholas Sinfield has become the latest Davies Arnold Cooper partner to quit the firm
Wragge & Co has appointed Sir Michael Lyons as a non-executive director.
Did the High Court's decision in the Interbrew case undermine the credibility of the Competition Commission? Jon Robins reports
The Environment Agency signs £130m project with Broadland
Environmental Services Limited (BESL), a consortium comprising Edmund Nuttall and the Halcrow Group, to upgrade the Norfolk Broads
BESL advised by Theodore Goddard (David Hickman). The Environment Agency advised by Masons.
Manchester firm Cobbetts has been instructed to advise the Manchester Evening News on its alleged breach of the injunction protecting the identities of the James Bulger killers.
If one phrase has come to represent the latest next big thing in management as well as human resources (HR) thinking it is that post-millennial buzzword du jour - creativity. Even the briefest of glimpses at one of the burgeoning selection of management magazines will reveal the depth of support for the current mantra of 'be creative'. Book review pages in particular are bursting with the latest selection of authors desperate to get anyone who will listen to create like mad.
Tweed Investments to acquire Acropolis Hotels from Sirdar for
£14.35m, subject to shareholder approval.
Tweed Investments advised by Norton Rose (Richard Sheen, David Ashworth). Sirdar advised by Hammond Suddards Edge (Jonathan Jones).
Only 20 per cent of the top US firms in London give their UK-qualified partners roles on their global executive, according to a survey by The Lawyer
This overhaul of Coventry's social housing stock takes the value of projects launched under the new project partnering contract PPC 2000 to more than £1bn. The contract was devised by Trowers & Hamlins partner David Mosey and marks a dramatic break with previous practice. Most significantly, the contract covers the entire procurement process and is a multi-party document. PPC 2000 has already ...
Italian and US finance boutique firm Zini & Associates is launching a London office to meet demand from institutional clients working with Italian issuers.