24 January 2011
Arbitration has muscled its way to the forefront of international contract law, but as Andrew Savage and Patrick Angenieux find, a recent high-profile dispute challenges the supposedly inviolate 1958 New York Convention
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Clifford Chance have landed the key advisory roles on a $1.5bn (£940m) convertible bond issue by Lukoil amid signs of recovery in the spluttering capital markets.
The Supreme Court has passed judgment on a lengthy legal battle over a property portfolio, at the heart of which was a sensitive issue with major financial ramifications for companies and their directors. By James Batham and Damian Hyndman
The fact that a number of law firms have discussed the insertion of an ‘anti-embarrassment clause’ into their partnership deeds is the latest evidence that private equity mentality is infiltrating the legal profession.
Despite the country’s economic malaise, Ireland’s funds industry is at an all-time high. Joanne Harris reports
Hogan Lovells has boosted its London debt capital markets team with the hire of Sidley Austin partner Dennis Dillon.
Joanne Harris explores the reasons why, despite the economic chaos in the country, Irish lawyers are still optimistic
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have been handed the prize mandates on BP’s £10bn share swap with Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft.
Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have secured instructions on the £260m sale of pension buyout house Paternoster to Goldman Sachs subsidiary Rothesay Life.
The film The King’s Speech has only been out since 7 January but has already established itself as a critical and commercial success and must be a shoo-in for an Oscar or two.
Morgan Cole has snared Leo Abse & Cohen partner Claire Johnson to lead its private client offering in Wales.
Publication of the Law Commission’s consultation on prenuptial agreements this month raises once again the role these contracts ought to play in English matrimonial finance law.
Bond Pearce, Jones Day and Osborne Clarke have advised on the £240m sale of Plymouth’s Drake Circus Shopping Centre to British Land.
Long-term health of US firm now in question.
A change of recruitment strategy at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman helped the firm post record profit figures for the 2010 financial year.
Clifford Chance has broken off its best friend relationship with India’s AZB & Partners after both firms saw fewer referrals than expected and Indian market liberalisation failed to materialise.
Scottish firms are known for their conservative approach to expansion and the legal market north of the border is divided between those that have opened in England and those that are staunchly opposed to it.
Six boutique employment law firms from across Europe and the US have joined forces to create an international employment law alliance.
Shell has upped the ante on anti-corruption prior to this year’s implementation of the Bribery Act by extending its scrutiny to law firms that advise third parties involved in joint ventures, and therefore are not employed by the company.
SJ Berwin’s former head of real estate Jon Vivian has not taken the firm’s biggest-billing property clients with him to Irwin Mitchell.
Real estate survives potentially devastating 16-person exodus.
Martin Cooke, until recently the first and only lawyer at spirits business Edrington, also enjoys a heady cocktail of non-legal roles.
Taylor Wessing has made two senior-level hires as part of an extensive reshaping of its board.
Switching chambers was once frowned upon at the bar, but with sets evolving into commercial beasts, movement is reaching unprecedented levels.
No big bang yet: silver circle firm reveals high-level discussions over ’anti-embarrassment clause’
Is SNR Denton really the one big happily merged family that its lawyers and PR people would have you believe? Tulkinghorn suspects not.
In the past three to five years South West-based firm Veitch Penny, which recently converted to LLP status, has enjoyed revenue growth of between 5 and 7 per cent.
Withers is to launch in Zurich in the next phase of the firm’s major investment in its international office network.
What was your first-ever job? I worked at a Baskin Robbins ice-cream shop in Florida. I ate a lot of ice-cream there.