27 September 2010
In investment circles they are known as distressed debt funds or specialist situation funds - to everyone else they are vulture funds.
Ashurst has won a major deal acting on the establishment of a new pan-Asian reinsurance business.
Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen said his firm will be seeking Barclays Capital (BarCap) mandates following the departure of high-profile partner Erica Handling to the investment bank.
Beachcroft managing partner Paul Murray has been elected to his post for a second five-year term following an uncontested election earlier this month.
An office launch and a merger sent ripples across the Nordic legal market this month.
An East Anglian bust-up is looming following the merger of Chelmsford-based Wollastons and Ipswich-based Birketts.
Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire’s county councils are to merge their legal departments from 1 October in what will create a single function with a £3m external legal spend.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have been handed lead roles in Deutsche Bank’s proposed takeover of Deutsche Postbank.
Kirsty Cooper, group general counsel at Aviva, is on a mission to build closer ties between the insurer’s disparate legal advisers.
Clyde & Co’s India-based alliance firm ALMT Legal is to open an office in Delhi in a effort to expand its international practice.
Complaints about ’unfair’ treatment of transfer students as college holds onto payments
DMH Stallard has hired the former corporate finance chief of Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells in the latest step in its plan to expand in London.
McGrigors has done away with the dual senior partner role, naming erstwhile Scotland senior partner Kirk Murdoch as the sole holder of the post.
Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) longstanding relationship with the BBC has seen it land the role of chief adviser to a consortium of broadcasting and communications companies on the launch of TV service YouView.
Entering law off the back of a previous career takes courage and can be tough, but law firms realise that the experience a mature starter can bring to the job is nothing to sniff at
Bakkavör Group, the international prepared foods manufacturer, has appointed John Stansbury as general counsel and company secretary.
Single-site Oxford firm Henmans is busily working on shedding its old-fashioned image.
Herbert Smith managing partner David Willis looks set to stand unopposed for a second term.
In-housers baffled and furious in equal measure by lawsuit show-and-tell rules. By Andrew Pugh
The secret that has eluded lawyers for so long - that vital attribute that will help them make partner - has been revealed.
The Lawyer’s sister title Lawyer 2B is launching a new event for mature applicants.
The three members of Baltic alliance Lawin are a step closer to a full merger after consolidating their management and creating firmwide practice heads.
Pro bono charity LawWorks has appointed four trustees to its board.
Bristows has taken on Marek Petecki as a partner in its corporate group. He joins after five years at Slaughter and May, where he was a senior associate.
Clifford Chance’s plans to launch a fast-track LPC have left many students asking why such an offering is not available for all aspiring solicitors.
In a world preoccupied by the economic recession, you might be forgiven for thinking this is not the time to be upbeat.
The extent of the gender disparity in the partnerships of the UK’s largest law firms has been much reported in the pages of The Lawyer.
SJ Berwin has acted for Coca-Cola Enterprises on its move into new European headquarters at the edge of London.
Infighting will always be there, but so will sharia-based business, says James Swift
The legal market’s finest rugby players turned out in force in Richmond on Sunday 19 September to battle it out at this year’s Taylor Root Law Society Rugby Sevens.
What do you do at weekends? Relax with my wife and children.
College of Law (CoL) chief executive Nigel Savage is intractable in his refusal to refund prepaid fees to LPC students who, by dint of securing a training contract, are obliged to complete the course at a rival institution.