4 May 2009
With surrounding legislation frequently complex, the Cayman Islands has sought to facilitate ease of aircraft ownership. By Mark Western
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is targeting a London litigation launch later this year as part of a wider international push by the Texas firm.
Ashurst and Linklaters have advised on the £207m rights issue for pub operator and brewer Greene King that will enable it to raise money to buy more properties.
Clyde & Co has swooped on Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to hire insurance partners Roger Doulton, Neil Beresford and Toby Rogers.
A Jersey cashbox vehicle has emerged as an expeditious tool for the creation of a rights issue for a UK plc. By Jonathan Walker and James Hill
Brabners Chaffe Street has restructured its management, with Michael Brabner stepping down as managing partner after 15 years in the role. Brabner’s role will be taken over by former Manchester head Mark Brandwood. He will also continue in his role as a corporate fee-earner. Clients include Kinetic, Cooke Group and ServiceSource. Brabner will in turn become senior partner. On 1 May 2009 ...
THE BUNCEFIELD litigation acted as a useful acid test for the recommendations of the commercial court working party on long trials (The Lawyer, 15 September 2008)
CARPHONE Warehouse is preparing to split in two, with the high street retail arm separating from the TalkTalk telecoms business.
Judges and politicians at loggerheads as Jackson review kicked into the long grass
Auction house Christie’s has slashed its legal advisers from more than 70 to 13 in a radical reshaping of its global law firm roster.
Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) has appointed its first general counsel with the hire of Citigroup global general counsel for non-resident Indian wealth management Aneta Polk.
EMI general counsel Chris Ancliff has resigned from the company to join its great rival Warner Music. He is currently understood to be on gardening leave.
Riva Gaming Group, the private equity-owned bingo operator, has struck a deal with lenders to write off £100m of its debt, leading to instructions for a raft UK firms.
Bob Charlton, Middle East head of finance at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has announced that he is leaving the firm to pursue other opportunities.
Hammonds has vowed to invest in its pensions business following the departure of London head and pensions star Jay Doraisamy, who becomes the latest in a series of defections from the practice.
Herbert Smith has pounced on the Madrid office of Linklaters for three partners to open an office in the city. The firm has brought four Spanish lawyers in total into its partnership for the launch. They include former Linklaters M&A and restructuring partner Alvaro Sainz and Miguel Riaño, an energy and infrastructure specialist. The hires will be joined by Herbert Smith finance partner David Wyles, ...
Who on earth would choose to be a managing partner nowadays?
The BVI provides a supple solution for mergers and schemes of arrangement that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, says Rachel Graham
The problem of high seas piracy, its causes and possible solutions, has become an increasingly high-profile staple of the international media in recent months.
Jersey is doing its bit to promote a global level playing field by managing clients’ wealth in a transparent and judicious manner, says Geoff Cook
This month saw LG make its debut at the top of the rankings for AIM advisers.
Linklaters has suffered another blow to its European tax practice with the loss of its last remaining Dutch tax partner.
Linklaters has cut associate pay bands by an average of 7 per cent and slashed bonuses across the firm. Linklaters associates will move up through the salary bands this year, but reduced rates mean that most junior lawyers will receive a pay rise of between just 2 and 4 per cent. The Linklaters announcement means that first-year trainees will continue to receive £37,400. Newly qualified rates fell by ...
Nigel Meeson QC and Stephen Leontsinis highlight the many benefits to the Cayman Islands of the recently introduced Amendment Law
Andrew Nulty, the lawyer who boasted of his £13m fortune, has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for his part in the miners’ compensation scandal. Nulty, who launched Avalon Solicitors in 2001 with 2,000 personal injury claims on his books, is the third lawyer to be kicked out of the profession for his conduct in the compensation scheme, following Jim Beresford and Douglas Smith of Beresfords Solicitors (The Lawyer, 11 December 2008). Nulty’s fellow partner Malcolm ...
In a highly unusual move, Mishcon de Reya has hired an adman as head of business development.
Norton Rose has boosted its investment funds team with a raid on DLA Piper, taking on partner Michael Newell.
NORTON Rose has put its flexible working plan into immediate action, cutting hours for entire teams in corporate, shipping, banking and dispute resolution.
Fraud and regulatory boutique Peters & Peters has promoted Michael O’Kane to lead its fraud practice.
Northrop Grumman European legal chief Wolf von Kumberg brings cutting-edge M&A nous to bear in the defence market.
Osborne Clarke has advised Babcock Marine on two major defence contracts, including a £150m deal to provide maintenance to the Royal Navy submarine fleet.
Pinsent Masons’ Dubai office has picked up a role advising the United Arab Emirates University following the institution’s first formal tender process for an external legal adviser.
In his 29 years at Appleby, Peter Bubenzer has transformed the firm from a three-office outfit to a global offshore player. Katy Dowell reports
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is set to bring its two London offices under one roof after completing a deal to move into refurbished premises in Chancery Lane.
Future Shoosmiths trainees have launched an attack against those who have criticised their firm for not compensating future joiners who have been forced to defer their start dates.
Simmons & Simmons has reshaped its Moscow office by sending two of the four partners back to London and laying off three associates. Project finance partner David Nelligan and corporate partner Isabella Roberts have returned to London, but will continue to work on Russian mandates. The reshuffle leaves two partners in Moscow: Konstantin Orlov in energy and infrastructure and office managing partner Tony Smith. The associate redundancies took place last month.
Key hire Mike Woollard credited with putting firm in the running for big-ticket contracts.
The ripples felt by the downturn are far-reaching and offshore economies have been particularly vulnerable. Paul Wilkes uncovers some home truths and reveals the lessons that should be learnt
Taylor Wessing is gearing up for a merger with new Polish affiliation firm BSJP, The Lawyer can reveal.
The legal profession’s premier event, The Lawyer Awards, is taking place at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday 23 June. Here are the strongest performers of 2009 that find themselves in contention
Current focus on the regulations surrounding offshore financial institutions is a diversionary tactic that deliberately misses the point, says Stephen Platt
THE CONSULTATION for the next managing partner at Travers Smith is entering the final stages, with a decision expected at the end of this month.
A recently established treaty has eased the passage for investors operating between Asia and Europe. By Frédéric Feyten and Chokri Bouzidi
US lawyers hit out last week at the UK Government over the new 50 per cent tax band introduced in the recent Budget.
Do offshore lawyers require different skills than their onshore counterparts? What effect has the economic downturn had on offshore firms’ recruitment? Katy Dowell finds the answers to these questions and more from those in the know