2 May 2011

The Lawyer

  • Adapt to survive

    2 May 2011

    From initially being seen as a threat, the ever-flexible Cayman is tackling the new regulatory environment head-on, says Robert Duggan

  • Addleshaws hikes transaction services

    2 May 2011

    Addleshaw Goddard’s transaction services team (TST) has grown almost eightfold since it was piloted in November 2010.

  • All for nothing

    2 May 2011

    Recent reassurances that Guernsey’s funds will be unaffected by changes to tax regulation cement the island’s position as a funds domicile of choice, argue Stuart Tyler and Jesse Owens

  • Ashurst, SNR Denton land Centrica-Qatargas deal

    2 May 2011

    Ashurst and SNR Denton have advised on a £2bn tie-up between British Gas parent company Centrica Energy and Qatargas.

  • Breaking China

    2 May 2011

    China has set up a number of obstacles to hinder investment into and out of its growing economy. By Guy Coltman

  • CC, Freshfields picked for Metrovacesa restructure

    2 May 2011

    Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed roles on Spanish real estate group Metrovacesa’s e5bn (£4.4bn) restructuring.

  • CC, Hogan Lovells, Travers act on Barclays’ acquisition of The Mill

    2 May 2011

    Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Travers Smith secured the top mandates on Barclays Private Equity’s (BPE) £119m acquisition of post-production business The Mill.

  • Chrysler turns to Sullivan as Fiat puts auto giants on road to full integration

    2 May 2011

    Sullivan & Cromwell has represented Chrysler Group on a $1.27bn (£77m) ­purchase by Italian car maker Fiat of an additional 16 per cent stake in the US car giant.

  • Flight of the phoenix

    2 May 2011

    Private equity activity has been reborn, with a bevy of new challenges and opportunities for those who provide the legal expertise. By Richard Addlestone

  • Focus: The Lawyer Awards 2011 Shortlist: The runners and riders

    2 May 2011

    The race is on for the industry’s most sought-after trophies at The Lawyer Awards 2011, highlighting star performers in a year of recovery. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday 21 June at Grosvenor House. And the contenders are…

  • Give thanks for the Manx

    2 May 2011

    The Isle of Man’s ability to attract international investment and promote growth makes it a central plank in the UK’s recovery strategy. By Geoff Kermeen

  • Global partner promotions plummet

    2 May 2011

    The number of international partners made up by UK firms in 2011 has dipped, despite this being the first round of promotions since last year’s spate of transatlantic mergers.

  • GTM blames first-year loss of £3.3m on start-up costs

    2 May 2011

    Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) London chief Paul Maher is remaining bullish about the merged firm’s fortunes after its LLP accounts revealed that it had made a loss of more than £3m during its first 10 months in the capital.

  • Haven forbid

    2 May 2011

    Jonathan Betts and Ernest Morrison relate how Bermuda sprang into action to escape the OECD grey list and rid itself of its ’tax haven’ label

  • Honey for nothing, kudos for free

    1-May-2011

    It is not actually a secret that there is a ­beehive on a rooftop in Middle Temple Gardens, but few of the barristers and staff who work ­nearby seem to know about it.

  • Isles apart

    2 May 2011

    Stephen Moverley Smith QC examines some recent cases involving fund investors’ redemption rights that reveal a BVI-Cayman split

  • Law firms braced for third year of stagnant financials

    2 May 2011

    Top firms anticipate another year in the doldrums this results season; picture more positive away from City giants

  • Nicky Bizzell, Eversheds

    2 May 2011

    I like my colleagues a lot. But I’m not sure I’d want to see them at the ­weekend.

  • On the move

    2 May 2011

    Reading-based Boyes Turner has boosted its commercial and technology group with the hire of CMS Cameron McKenna partner Isabel Davies.

  • Paper trails and trials

    2 May 2011

    The massive scale of the Madoff fraud has affected investors the world over. Philip Kite reports on liquidator Irving Picard’s attempts to claw back funds in Cayman and BVI

  • PJH law

    2 May 2011

    It is not every law firm founder who can say they have done jobs as varied as working in a haulage firm, an estate agents and at McDonald’s, but Phil Hyland is one.

  • Questionable trust

    2 May 2011

    There are potential weaknesses inherent in the BVI Vista trust structure, warns Jonathan Russen QC

  • Rock solid

    2 May 2011

    A competitive rate of corporate tax and an investment manager-friendly environment is keeping Gibraltar at the cutting edge of EU jurisdictions. Joey Garcia highlights the benefits

  • Savings grace: Liz Kelly, Nationwide Building Society

    1-May-2011

    Nationwide GC Liz Kelly has created the building society’s legal team from scratch to cope with a host of regulatory challenges in markedly altered business environment.

  • Secrets and agents

    2 May 2011

    A recent BVI Court of Appeal decision has evolved the use of Norwich Pharmacal orders in asset-tracing cases. Mark Forté and Tameka Davis report

  • Slaughters’ sports practice: more for show than dough

    2 May 2011

    Elite firm appreciates the value of backing a winning sports team. By Gavriel Hollander

  • Steady as she goes

    2 May 2011

    And so the rituals of the financial results season begin. As The Lawyer went to press the day before the Royal Wedding, most firms we contacted were still hoping their partners would be making one last push on billing.

  • Takeover Code tweaks do not augur an M&A revolution

    2 May 2011

    After taking longer than expected, in late March the Takeover Panel published draft proposals to implement the much-trailed amendments to the Takeover Code in response to the political outcry following Kraft’s acquisition of Cadbury.

  • Taylor Wessing mulls due diligence spin-off

    2 May 2011

    Taylor Wessing’s new in-house due diligence ­division, which the firm launched last week (The Lawyer.com, 20 April), could be spun out as a separate business in a move that represents a challenge to ­outsourcers.

  • The battle of Hastings-Bass

    2 May 2011

    It just became more complicated to set aside transactions on the basis of poor tax advice, say Paul Tracey and Richard Wakeham

  • Top firms get street smart on social mobility

    2 May 2011

    The legal sector is ­finally starting to take social ­mobility seriously.

  • Tulkinghorn: Sweet meets

    2 May 2011

    News reaches Tulkinghorn from Hogan Lovells Towers that the firm’s always innovative PR and marketing team has devised a new method of enticing partners into their office to talk.

  • Work Life Quiz: Jon Vivian, Irwin Mitchell

    1-May-2011

    Where’s the best place to go to find out what’s really going on in the office? Our local pub The ­Boardroom.