24 October 2011

The Lawyer

  • A&O dispatches top man to Hong Kong to shore up energy practice

    24 October 2011

    Allen & Overy (A&O) is sending a senior oil and gas partner to Hong Kong in a bid to boost the firm’s Asia Pacific energy practice.

  • BLP’s loss of Colt brief is GTM’s gain

    24 October 2011

    Colt Technology Services has signed up Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) to take care of its employment law needs after a similar deal with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) fell through.

  • Chartis aims to bring down costs with European panel

    24 October 2011

    Chartis, the property casualty insurance carrier of US insurance giant AIG, is to launch its first European panel in 2012 in an effort to streamline its legal spend.

  • City holds mixed fortunes for European outposts

    24 October 2011

    Running a London office is proving to be a mixed blessing for European firms, as newly released LLP accounts reveal.

  • Clout of Africa

    24 October 2011

    African lawyers are feeling the benefit of a boom in the telecoms and minining industries. Dale McEwan reports

  • Clyde & Co: today BLG, tomorrow the world

    24 October 2011

    Merged firm plots moves in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Singapore and the US

  • Des mezz

    24 October 2011

    With an unstable debt environment predominating, a resurgence in mezzanine loans is anticipated. Tania Bedi reports

  • Desperate measures

    24 October 2011

    Rushed post-crisis financial regulation in Europe has resulted in badly executed and non-transparent laws, while bringing Fortress EU ever closer to reality, warns Charlotte Stalin

  • DLA Piper reassures partners as it lays ground for all-equity model

    24 October 2011

    DLA Piper last week unveiled its long-awaited plans to move over to an all-equity partnership model in the non-US side of its business.

  • Domestic bliss

    24 October 2011

    New legislation in the banking and power industries and high levels of foreign investment is keeping Nigerian lawyers busy, says Dale McEwan

  • Focus: Gordons - Gordons’ tonic

    23-Oct-2011

    How does a Bradford firm pay Slaughters-level remuneration? The managing partner behind this stellar performance reveals all

  • Freshfields, Gibson Dunn, RPC work on Zoopla-A&N merger

    24 October 2011

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) all landed roles on a merger agreement that is aimed at challenging the dominance of online search engine Rightmove in the online property sector.

  • Half-year results reveal revenue hikes

    24 October 2011

    A clutch of firms have unveiled half-year results that reveal a significant uptick at the mid-way point of the 2010-11 financial year.

  • Jones Day aids Alcuin on Krispy Kreme buy

    24 October 2011

    Jones Day lined up ­opposite Macfarlanes and Shoosmiths advising on the £25m acquisition of the UK business of Krispy Kreme by private equity house Alcuin Capital Partners.

  • Law and the order of things

    24 October 2011

    You wait months for a good judicial speech, then four come along at once.

  • Legal feminists take on the judiciary

    23-Oct-2011

    Why is there not more gender diversity at the top of the legal ­profession? What can be done to nurture and encourage female ­talent and, more importantly, accommodate women’s needs and perspectives at the highest ­echelons of the sector? Can you be both a feminist and a judge?

  • Mates’ rates: how to get ahead in exchange work

    24 October 2011

    Stock exchange work can be a slow burner, but the mandates can be lucrative for the firms in the know, says Joshua Freedman

  • New FFW chief puts growth top of agenda

    24 October 2011

    Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) new managing partner Matthew Lohn has vowed to put growth and talent development at the heart of his first stint as head of the firm.

  • Norton Rose helps to secure G4S’s £5.2bn acquisition of ISS

    24 October 2011

    Herbert Smith, Norton Rose, Slaughter & May and Danish firm Bruun & Hjejle have won roles advising on G4S’s £5.2bn acquisition of cleaning and security group ISS from private equity houses EQT and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

  • On the move

    24 October 2011

    Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has hired Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) ­partner Simon Chumas to its ­shipping ­practice.

  • Opinion: Legal advisers must be EU contract law savvy

    24 October 2011

    For some time the EU has been interested in harmonising member states’ laws of contract. Ideas for achieving this have ranged from the ’toolbox’ approach (model wording for lawmakers to use if they think fit) to establishing a single civil code that would replace existing national laws covering contract, tort and much else.

  • Osborne Clarke bags Taylor Wessing duo

    24 October 2011

    Osborne Clarke has ­continued its push in financial services with a double partner hire from Taylor Wessing.

  • RBS dumps Herbies for Links on Highland case

    24 October 2011

    Herbert Smith’s litigation team has been kicked off a $100m (£66m) dispute for RBS, with the bank turning to traditional counsel Linklaters mid-way through the action.

  • RJW beefs up PI arm to take on high street rivals

    24 October 2011

    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to expand rapidly the number of consumer products promoted through Claims Direct to compete with the arrival of alternative business structures (ABS) in the consumer markets.

  • SNR Denton and DLA Piper to bulk up Kuwait offices in face of partner exits

    24 October 2011

    DLA Piper and SNR ­Denton, the only two ­international firms with offices in Kuwait, are ­looking to bulk up in the country following the loss of key partners.

  • Squire Sanders moves partner to Moscow

    24 October 2011

    Squire Sanders & Dempsey is continuing the growth of its Moscow office by relocating London-based partner Stephen Nelson to Russia full-time.

  • Stone King

    24 October 2011

    These days, it’s all about focus, and this is particularly true at smaller firms. Stone King is no exception.

  • Swap stop

    24 October 2011

    A recent ruling on an Italian local authority’s ability to escape from a swaps contract could set the scene for a heavy fightback by lenders, say Lucio Bonavitacola and Riccardo Coassin

  • The future’s red

    23-Oct-2011

    With companies across Europe confronted by a huge wall of debt, Chris Howard says restructuring lawyers will soon be reaping the rewards

  • Trade mission: Valerie Hughes, World Trade ­Organisation

    24 October 2011

    Valerie Hughes, director of legal affairs at the World Trade Organisation, has been smoothing the path for the agency since its early days, says Joanne Harris

  • Tulkinghorn: Homburger with cheers

    24 October 2011

    Swiss giant Homburger moved house recently, out from the centre of Zurich to Switzerland’s new tallest building.

  • Work Life Quiz: Guy Burkill QC, Three New Square

    23-Oct-2011

  • Wragges client seals shopping centre deal

    24 October 2011

    Wragge & Co’s shopping centres team has advised new developer Queensberry Real Estate on its successful bid to build a £110m, 390,000 sq ft shopping ­centre at John Frost Square in Newport’s city centre.