28 November 2005

The Lawyer

  • Deals comment

    28-Nov-2005

    City law firms are lining up to cash in on the bidding war for UK pubs group Spirit.

  • Deals roundup

    28-Nov-2005

    City firm Rosenblatt is celebrating its first deal for new client Luminar. The firm advised Luminar on the £9.8m acquisition of 10 nightclubs from the Nightclub Company. The clubs are located across the UK. Rosenblatt was approached by Luminar for the work because of the reputation of senior partner Ian Rosenblatt. The deal was led by corporate partner Rosenblatt with Cathy Cearns. Hammonds and Speechly Bircham acted for the Nightclub Company.

  • 11 KBW launches information law group

    28-Nov-2005

    11 King's Bench Walk is launching a dedicated information law practice group.

  • Akin Gump coordinates operations for 24-hour handling of international deals

    28-Nov-2005

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is tackling the time zone challenge head-on by boosting its efforts to maintain a 24-hour operation.

  • Anglo-American law firms prepare for Indian assault

    28-Nov-2005

    Clifford Chance's famous strategic review earlier this year, in which it considered the economic consequences of three hypothetical scenarios (China invades Taiwan; the US adopts an isolationist policy after being bogged down in Iraq; and a continuation of the status quo), also contained a fourth: what will happen when the Indian legal market opens up to foreign lawyers?

  • B&M scoops lead role on Macquarie's bid for LSE

    28-Nov-2005

    Baker & McKenzie has scooped the lead role advising the Macquarie Bank on its expected bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

  • Bingham in relocation spree across the globe

    28-Nov-2005

    Bingham McCutchen is gearing up for a slew of global office moves, in a campaign that rivals Clifford Chance's record-setting spate of relocations in the summer.

  • Bird & Bird scoop two partners

    28-Nov-2005

    Lewis Silkin has lost head of employee incentives and partner Guy Abbiss to Bird & Bird, where he will lead the employee benefits and incentives team. Abbiss will remain a consultant at Lewis Silkin until February 2006. Bird & Bird has also recruited Richards Butler film finance associate David Quli (left) as a ...

  • BLP converts to LLP

    1-Dec-2005

    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest UK firm to agree to convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status.Following a partnership vote on 31 October, the firm has converted to LLP status, effective from today (1 December).Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “The conversion process has been very smooth.”

  • Careers: In brief

    28-Nov-2005

    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' board of trustees has elected Doug Jones, a partner with Australian firm Clayton Utz, as chairman. The London-based institute, which was founded in 1915 to promote and facilitate dispute resolution, has 10,500 members representing more than 90 countries.

  • Careers: People

    28-Nov-2005

    Yorkshire firm McCormicks has hired Martin Grange as head of property. Grange joins the Leeds office from Hammonds.

  • Catherine Regan: RiverStone Management

    28-Nov-2005

    When RiverStone's staff finish managing run-offs, they run for fun. Needless to say, the corporate structure is lean. Helen Morris meets general counsel Catherine Regan

  • CC drops single lockstep review vote as junior partner row rages

    28-Nov-2005

    Decision on non-equity partners postponed till 2006 as management buys back Cadwalader defector

  • CC scoops £2.7bn Punch deal after Slaughters conflict

    1-Dec-2005

    Clifford Chance has bagged its first successful M&A deal for Punch Taverns thanks to a Slaughter and May conflict.

  • CC's Brosnahan buy-back highlights tax demand

    28-Nov-2005

    Great news: tax just got sexy. It's fair to say most lawyers regard their tax specialists with a mixture of awe and incomprehension. But tax lawyers are no longer pigeonholed as the obscure boffins, or even as the awkward ones who always ask the bolshie questions at partnership retreats. They're now firmly at the top of headhunters' lists.

  • Clifford Chance Paris hit for six as partner arrives

    28-Nov-2005

    Clifford Chance's Paris office has bagged an acquisition finance partner from White & Case, but six lawyers resigned from the firm in the same week.

  • Clifford Chance, A&O scoop world's largest Reit flotation

    28-Nov-2005

    Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy's (A&O) Hong Kong branches have scooped key advisory roles on the world's largest IPO for a real estate investment trust (Reit).

  • CNIL consults Faegre on whistleblower rules

    28-Nov-2005

    Faegre & Benson partner Robert Bond has been appointed by the French data protection watchdog, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), to assist French companies with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

  • Colt creates dual legal role after shock departure

    28-Nov-2005

    Colt Telecom's new regulatory head Robin Saphra has been handed the dual role of legal and regulatory head following the resignation of general counsel Jane Forrest.

  • Debevoise to handle Novolipetsk flotation

    28-Nov-2005

    Debevoise & Plimpton has landed an instruction from Russian steel manufacturer Novolipetsk, which is set to list on the London Stock Exchange with a value of £6bn - the biggest UK flotation for five years.

  • DLA converts to US reporting

    28-Nov-2005

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has overhauled its finances as it aims to enhance Anglo-American integration within the firm.

  • DLA Piper Paris hires Paul Hastings IP/IT head

    28-Nov-2005

    DLA Piper Paris hires Paul Hastings IP/IT head" /DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has made its first lateral hire in Paris since Piper Rudnick launched in the French capital in July 2004. Paul Hastings' French IP/IT head Patrick Boiron will be DLA Piper's first dedicated partner in the Paris technology, media and ...

  • DMH Stallard boosts corporate finance and public teams

    28-Nov-2005

    South East law firm DMH Stallard has captured two new partners for its public law and corporate finance teams.

  • Drinks are on Weil Gotshal after Cadbury Schweppes purchase

    28-Nov-2005

    Weil Gotshal & Manges has completed its first successful mandate for Lion Capital and Blackstone Group on their £1.27bn purchase of Cadbury Schweppes' European drinks business.

  • EC wages war on harsh rules restricting lawyers' services

    28-Nov-2005

    The European Commission has warned European Union (EU) countries it will act against tough entrance restrictions and rules limiting services offered by lawyers.

  • Employment tribunal axed in Sinclair Roche sexism action

    28-Nov-2005

    Sinclair Roche & Temperley has made a successful application to replace the employment tribunal in its acrimonious case against two former partners.

  • EOC, Russell Jones win fair pay sex bias appeal

    28-Nov-2005

    Russell Jones & Walker has won a crucial employment appeal on behalf of a woman fighting for equal pay and treatment at work.

  • Equitable settles; A&O, Simmons get costs

    2-Dec-2005

    Equitable Life has settled its outstanding litigation against nine former directors, with Allen & Overy (A&O) and Simmons & Simmons recovering costs from the insurance firm, The Lawyer can reveal.

  • Eversheds bags jewels, then client

    28-Nov-2005

    National firm Ever-sheds has won Icelandic retail company Baugur Group as a new client after advising on its acquisition of luxury jeweller Mappin & Webb Group (M&W).

  • Eversheds secures foothold in Ireland

    28-Nov-2005

    Eversheds has entered a groundbreaking Anglo-Irish alliance with top-10 Irish firm O'Donnell Sweeney.

  • Ex-Mishcon chief sued by ex-client

    28-Nov-2005

    Former Mishcon de Reya managing partner Anthony Julius has been accused of breaching Law Society rules as part of a multi-million pound dispute between two brothers.

  • Extreme Group appoints new COO and legal head

    28-Nov-2005

    Extreme Group has gained a new chief operating officer and head of legal.

  • Eye-eye! Look who's been spying on the competition

    28-Nov-2005

    Spotted! Guess which Hong Kong office of a certain international firm has a high-powered telescope pointed directly across the road into the window of a competing law firm?

  • Finger flingers

    28-Nov-2005

    The 2005 Rock, Paper, Scissors International World Championship was held in Toronto last month. As more of a whist, backgammon and bridge afficionado, Tulkinghorn is mystified as to the nature of this so-called game, but is assured it is a wide-spread pastime, notably on the far side of the Atlantic.

  • Firm profile: Barnetts

    28-Nov-2005

    Senior partner: Richard Barnett Turnover: £6m Total number of partners: Four Total number of staff: 300 Main practice areas: Conveyancing, commercial, personal injury Key clients: Major institutional lenders Number of offices: One Location: Southport

  • Flash and dash

    28-Nov-2005

    A Shoosmiths partner found himself blushing during the firm's recent partner retreat in Spain. Having had his fill of good cheer earlier in the night, the wayward partner awoke to answer a call from nature. But in his bleary-eyed state he made a rather crucial wrong turn and found himself standing in the hallway, locked out of his room, in only his birthday suit.

  • Fulbright launches in Dubai and Riyadh

    29-Nov-2005

    Houston-based Fulbright & Jaworski has become the latest firm to launch in the Middle East, making the move through affiliated offices in Dubai and Riyadh.

  • Gap widens between Mourant and its rivals

    28-Nov-2005

    Mourant du Feu & Jeune has reaffirmed its position as the leading fund law firm in Jersey as the number of funds serviced in Jersey broke the 1,000 barrier.

  • Grapevine

    28-Nov-2005

    The plot thickens in the battle to become SJ Berwin's next senior partner. Whispers of discontent from within the partnership claim that incumbent senior partner David Harrell is 'secretly' backing head of private equity Jonathan Blake as his successor.

  • Harper Macleod supports autism advocacy service

    28-Nov-2005

    Harper Macleod supports autism advocacy service" /Scottish firm Harper Macleod is providing pro bono support for a new advocacy service being launched by one of the UK's leading charities for people with autism.

  • Hearsay

    28-Nov-2005

    Which former Simmons & Simmons partner racked up so many air miles that he won a special award from British Airways for exceeding the legal limit set for its pilots?

  • Hempsons raids Bevan Brittan to boost healthcare practice

    28-Nov-2005

    Hempsons has boosted the ranks of its London office with the hire of a healthcare specialist from Bevan Brittan.

  • Herbert Smith scores Swiss Re GE acquisition instruction

    28-Nov-2005

    Herbert Smith and its German ally has Gleiss Lutz have scooped instructions to advise Swiss Re on the $6.8bn (£3.95bn) acquisition of GE Insurance Solutions.

  • Holland & Knight shuts down nine offices

    28-Nov-2005

    Tampa-based Holland & Knight is to close nine of its regional US offices and lay off about 40 fee-earners in a dramatic shake-up aimed at increasing profitability.

  • Iberia

    28-Nov-2005

    There is little doubt that the Iberian market, in particular private equity, is rocketing. While historically the corporate market has focused on mid-cap transactions, the past 12 months have witnessed a surge in mega-deals, such as Cortefiel,Auna and Amadeus Global Travel.

  • International eye: US

    28-Nov-2005

    Gemma Westacott on the month in the US: Gibson Dunn examines salaried-partner tier Shearman overhauls NY banking and finance Coudert continues disbandment Kilpatrick downsizes City presence US firms focus on NY expansion Reed Smith and Greenberg Traurig hunt for US mergers International roundup Coming up: Europe: 5 Dec Asia: 12 Dec Europe: 9 Jan US: 16 Jan

  • International report: McGuire Woods, US

    28-Nov-2005

    McGuire Woods is growing fast and it intends to continue its rapid expansion, with a UK office high on its list of priorities.

  • Kilpatrick's London cuts herald firmwide review

    28-Nov-2005

    Kilpatrick Stockton has all but completed the downsizing of its London office, with former partners warning that the overhaul is likely to be rolled out to the firm's wider network.

  • Latham prepares Munich launch after Ashurst raid

    30-Nov-2005

    Latham & Watkins has raided Ashurst’s Munich office to hire three lawyers, including private equity heavyweight Jörg Kirchner, to launch its own local presence.

  • Lawson-Cruttenden in bid to stop peace campaigners 'harassing' arms makers

    28-Nov-2005

    Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, the scourge of animal rights activists, has turned his attention to peace campaigners in a High Court case for EDO Technology, which makes weapons and weapon-related equipment for the US and UK governments.

  • Linklaters expected to close gap on Clifford Chance by the year-end

    28-Nov-2005

    For the first time, The Lawyer has analysed UK law firms' half-year results to predict the top fifty's full-year figures

  • Linklaters wins new Dubai client after P&O bid

    29-Nov-2005

    Linklaters has landed Dubai-based container terminal operator DP World as a new client after advising it on its £3.19bn recommended bid for P&O.It is understood that the magic circle firm won the mandate to advise DP World following a beauty parade and thanks to a recommendation from Deutsche Bank.The all-cash offer, which was announced earlier today (29 November) will be implemented through ...

  • Management

    28-Nov-2005

    Matt Byrne on issues facing management in the last month: Assistant departure rate figures at alarming high Return to form on the cards for firms' 2005-06 revenue results n Wragge reshuffles corporate practice Lovells' global exec squeezed Monthly column Coming up: The bar: 5 Dec Regional: 12 Dec In-house: 9 Jan Management: 16 Jan

  • Mayer Brown's partnership group quits for Addleshaws

    28-Nov-2005

    Mayer Brown's partnership group quits for Addleshaws" /Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw's respected partnership law team is defecting to Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Milbank makes up two in London and Munich

    28-Nov-2005

    US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has elected two new partners in the firm's Munich and London offices. Former associate Ulrike Dormann has been named partner in Milbank's global corporate department in Munich, while James Warbey has been named partner in the firm's London finance group, which includes international capital markets and securitisations. They are two of eleven Milbank attorneys promoted to the partnership this year.

  • MoFo, Cooley, Davis discover cure for bird flu vaccine feud

    28-Nov-2005

    Morrison & Foerster, Cooley Godward and Davis Polk & Wardwell have been instrumental in ending a row between the Tamiflu vaccine inventor and its producer.

  • Nabarros pensions partner quits for Martineaus

    28-Nov-2005

    Midlands firm Martineau Johnson has poached Nabarro Nathanson partner Mario Conti for its pensions team. Conti was formerly an equity partner and member of the partnership board at Nabarros. He will join Martineaus' pensions group to work on merging and restructuring pension schemes. Conti is a qualified barrister and was called to the bar almost 30 years ago. First revealed on www.thelawyer. com 23 November

  • New labour rules

    28-Nov-2005

    Can Spain's latest legislation alleviate the legal doubt surrounding special working relationships between lawyer's and firms? Joaquín García-Romanillos reports.

  • Opinion

    28-Nov-2005

    Nikki Singla, barrister, Wilberforce Chambers Under-funding, high staff turnover and huge caseloads threaten our county court system

  • Orrick completes first HK IPO

    28-Nov-2005

    Orrick Herrington & Suttcliffe has completed its first Chinese IPO less than a week after opening in Hong Kong with the former Coudert Brothers team.

  • Orrick seals merger with Rambaud Martel

    30-Nov-2005

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has finalised its merger agreement with French independent Rambaud Martel in a deal which will see 18 Rambaud partners join the US firm in January 2006.

  • Ozannes team ride on Ashes

    28-Nov-2005

    Oh dear. Tulkinghorn had thought England's outstanding success in this summer's Ashes had been milked for all it was worth. Then Ozannes' newsletter arrived: "With England winning back the Ashes in tremendous fashion this summer, we are delighted to report that Ozannes' cricket team have faired [sic] equally well." Quite.

  • Partner performance

    28-Nov-2005

    Partners may be good lawyers, but some need help with their complementary skills. By Martin Wright

  • Partnership back within reach for City corporate assistants

    28-Nov-2005

    Top City firms are gearing up for promotions as a new M&A boom takes hold. By Catrin Griffiths

  • Paul Hastings boosts HK with Latham hire

    29-Nov-2005

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has poached Latham & Watkins lawyer Andrew Hutton as of counsel for the firm’s capital markets group in Hong Kong.

  • Purchasing power

    28-Nov-2005

    Strict laws governing financial assistance have not slowed the buoyant Spanish market. But such complex transactions need greater legal clarity, says Jose S´nchez-Dafos

  • Rogue partner

    28-Nov-2005

    Michael Fielding embezzled millions from Lawrence Graham’s client account and then fled to the US. In his first full interview since Fielding’s conviction this month, senior partner Bill Richards tells Donna Sawyer how much it damaged the firm - and why partnerships still have to be based on trust

  • Sense and liability

    28-Nov-2005

    Spanish law holds building contractos individually responsible for safety and quality issues, though blame is still often jointly apportioned in court, reports Alex Guillamont

  • Separated at birth

    28-Nov-2005

    Before he made his name in Coronation Street, Bryan Mosley played a very nasty man in Michael Caine's seminal British ganster flick Get Carter. Not a lot of people know that.

  • Simpson Thacher and Bech-Brunn win TDC auction

    30-Nov-2005

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Danish firm Bech-Brunn have teamed up to advise the Apax-led consortium that has won the TDC auction.

  • SJ Berwin bags Morano for Italian launch

    1-Dec-2005

    SJ Berwin has confirmed its launch into the Italian market, first reported in The Lawyer (11 July), with the hire of private equity and acquisition finance heavyweight Alberto Morano and a team of three partners.

  • Skadden raids A&O for finance partner

    2-Dec-2005

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has been rocked by the shock resignation of finance partner Clive Wells.

  • Skadden takes government role on Telstra sale

    29-Nov-2005

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has scooped the role of international adviser to the Australian government on the sale of its remaining stake in national telecommunications giant Telstra.

  • Slaughters, Lovells sweep up on Egg deal

    1-Dec-2005

    Slaughter and May and Lovells have retained their roles as advisers to Prudential and Egg as the insurer takes full control of the internet bank.

  • Sound of the underground

    28-Nov-2005

    Apparently a number of lawyers have jumped onto the increasingly popular trend for podcasting. In case you didn't know, a podcast is an on-demand radio-type programme in the form of an MP3 audio file that is downloaded from the internet and then loaded onto an MP3 player. According to Eriq Gardner of Corporate Counsel magazine, among the leading legal lights in this area is US firm Reed Smith IP lawyer ...

  • The work-life quiz

    28-Nov-2005

    Matthew Rea, managing partner, Dawsons

  • Top SA silk becomes Brick Court door tenant

    28-Nov-2005

    Brick Court Chambers has bagged a high-profile South African silk as a door tenant. Jeremy Gauntlett SC, a member of the Cape and Johannesburg bars, becomes the magic circle set's ninth door tenant. Gauntlett is currently leading the constitutional challenge to the last presidential election in Zimbabwe. His practice encompasses public and administrative law as well as general commercial work. In addition, Gauntlett serves as a Judge of Appeal in Lesotho twice a year and sits as an ...

  • Watson Burton posts record H1 results; turnover up 59 per cent

    28-Nov-2005

    Newcastle Watson Burton has seen its half year turnover rocket up 59 per cent.

  • Weil creates new management role

    28-Nov-2005

    Weil Gotshal & Manges' Paris managing partner Claude Serra will be elected to a newly created position on the firm's management committee this Friday (2 December).

  • Weil snares Paris Willkie Farr team

    30-Nov-2005

    Weil Gotshal & Manges is bulking up its Paris restructuring department with the hire of a team from US rival Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

  • White & Case and Entwistle end Royal Ahold dispute

    29-Nov-2005

    White & Case and US litigation specialist Entwistle & Cappucci have negotiated a $1.1bn settlement bringing the dispute between Dutch food retailer Royal Ahold and its shareholders to an end.White & Case New York litigation partner Glenn Kurtz led Ahold’s defence of the securities class action. Founding partner of Entwistle & Capucci Andrew Entwistle was lead counsel for the claimants, the ...

  • Who wears the trousers?

    28-Nov-2005

    The judiciary may be renowned for its eccentricities, but sometimes the clerks can outshine their lordships for oddness. One of Tulkinghorn's scribes gamely took it in good humour when, upon calling the High Court recently, a clerk playfully compared journalists with ladies of the night.

  • Wragges' Butts of joke

    28-Nov-2005

    Wragge & Co's head of pro bono Steve Butts may be a lot of things to a lot of people, but a black woman he ain't. So Tulkinghorn was surprised to see his name on a list of award winners for the Black Women in Business Awards. Is there some strange Michael-Jackson-skin-alteration-cum-gender-reorientation thing going on? If so, why hasn't Tulkinghorn been told about it?