8 October 2007
Michael Burns joins Northern Ireland firm Robert G Sinclair & Co as head of commercial property and banking. Burns joins from MKB Russells. Robert G Sinclair & Co has also hired Claire Silcock as an associate. She was previously at Elliot Duffy Garrett in London.
Do in-house lawyers have a better work-life balance? Legendary Simmons & Simmons Portugal partner Pedro Rebelo de Sousa would say yes.
12-Oct 2007A week to remember
A raft of top firms have managed to land a £3.4bn cross-border friendly takeover, despite the financial markets’ jitters.
An Allen & Overy (A&O)-advised consortium has emerged victorious in the £4.2bn auction for Southern Water.
Addleshaw Goddard" /Addleshaw Goddard has become the latest firm to introduce a new rung to its career ladder, with 134 associates hoisted onto it, effective from 1 September.
Addleshaw Goddard has acted for Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co on its acquisition of Metalweb, having received the instruction on the recommendation of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
The joint head of 5 Raymond Buildings Desmond Browne QC has been appointed the Bar Council’s chair-elect for 2009, it was announced today (9 October).
Barclays's asset management business has appointed former Goldman Sachs general counsel Michael Crowl as its new global general counsel.
Niche Scottish property firm Bell & Scott is moving into new premises in Glasgow after expanding significantly in the year since opening in the city.
BHP Billiton has appointed Freehills’ managing partner Mike Ferraro as its chief legal counsel following the retirement of John Fast last June.
Bingham & McCutchen has completed its second merger in Japan, combining with New Tokyo in the Japanese capital.
So, Bingham McCutchen. Two Japanese mergers in less than six months: has it gone crazy, we ask?
Bircham Dyson Bell is representing Nottingham City Council in its bid to introduce the first workplace parking space levy in the UK.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was dumped by its oldest client the Bank of England after it chose to advise beleaguered mortgage lender Northern Rock.
Bond Pearce's managing partner Victor Tettmar intends to harness the growth in the renewable energy sector to pull the firm out of a period of unrest
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a consultation into its Equality and Diversity Action Plan.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has named two prominent general counsel as the new chairman and deputy chairman of its competition panel.
The food and drink sector remains key to the continued growth of businesses in the Midlands and has faced several significant challenges in the past year.
CC embroiled in pan-America death row saga
CMS Cameron McKenna has overhauled its sector groups after a summer of high-profile departures and arrivals, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
Jersey firm Carey Olsen has appointed Keith Hood in the newly created role of compliance director as the firm gears up for forthcoming changes in Jersey’s regulatory framework.
Trevor Lee has stepped down as senior partner at Challinors Solicitors after 45 years at the firm.
Former Linde general counsel Nick Deeming has resurfaced as group general counsel of auction house Christie’s after leaving the energy company last month.
City lawyers are flying to Beijing in an attempt to convince Chinese regulators to relax obstacles it is feared will stop Chinese companies listing on AIM.
Clyde & Co has recruited LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae partner Michael Knoerzer in New York to spearhead the firm's assault on the US insurance and reinsurance market.
The Government’s promise to inject £11m a year into the Law Officers’ Department to tackle fraud has been welcomed by attorney general Baroness Scotland.
Davenport Lyons and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) have acted on Macmillan Publishers’ successful acquisition of Kingfisher Books.
The first deal to be completed by newly merged firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has been closed by a London-based legacy Dewey Ballantine partner.
Dickinson Dees' managing partner of 10 years Neil Braithwaite has stepped down and Jonathan Blair, who has been with the Newcastle firm since 1989, will take over the reins.
The solicitors of former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Peter Bloxham have hinted that their client may appeal after losing a £4.5m age discrimination claim yesterday (10 October).
DLA Piper has hired Clifford Chance senior associate William Harrison as a partner in its Asian insurance practice.
DLA Piper is transferring its corporate chief to Hong Kong following a row over strategy and the resignations of two senior partners in the region.
With a touch of glitter about him, DLA Piper's Roger Meltzer is proving to be just the man to lead the firm's ambitious attack on Wall Street
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and Herbert Smith are thrashing out key pensions issues that are vital if Delta Two’s acquisition of J Sainsbury is to go ahead.
Eversheds has won another Tyco-style sole adviser role as environmental services group Severn Trent ditches its informal ties with more than 10 law firms.
Finnish independent Castrén & Snellman has brought in its first managing director from outside the firm, hiring Jukka Niemi from Scandinavian financial services group Nordea.
Managing partner: Nigel HaddanTurnover: £5.8m Total number of partners: 19 Total number of lawyers: 56 Main practice areas: Probate, family and employment Key clients: Hilton Hotel Group, Gladman Group, Asda Number of ...
The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) €71bn acquisition of Dutch bank ABN Amro has been declared unconditional, making history with one of the largest ever bank takeovers.
Last week the senior partner of France's largest firm Gide Loyrette Nouel announced his retirement from the firm that he has revolutionised over the past 10 years.
...but Tribunal finds the magic circle firm proportionately discriminating in its handling of former partner Peter Bloxham.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has launched an office in Shanghai, the firm’s second in China.
General Electric has launched its first ever European M&A panel, handing places to Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Slaughter and May and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake?The failure to take up the position of attorney-general of St Helena in the South Atlantic. That is a great regret of mine.
US-based Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has become the latest firm to join the goldrush to the Middle East, confirming plans to open an office in Dubai by the end of 2007.
Spanish independent firm Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has brought in the former chief financial officer of energy giant Endesa as a part-time consultant.
Hammonds' chief of international projects and finance William Abraham has resigned in a last-ditch attempt to get the firm to refocus its global strategy.
HBJ Gateley Wareing's Glasgow office was rocked last week when corporate partner Calum Jones was arrested on charges of conspiracy to rob and extort money.
Herbert Smith played a key role in ensuring the employees of tube contractor Metronet did not miss out on pension benefits when the company went into administration.
Herbert Smith’s China managing partner Jeremy Xiao is set to leave the firm to take up an in-house position with Credit Suisse.
US firm Howrey is shaking up its London office, as the firm seeks to raise its profile in the City.
Insurers are finally being dragged into line with the rest of the business world, with a consultation paper on contract law set to shake up the industry. Richard Evans and Tom Watkinson report
The insurance industry could be forgiven for appearing like a headless chicken since the US mortgage crisis sparked the global credit crunch. The market is waiting with bated breath to see what impact the collapse of the sub-prime mortgages will have in the insurance world.
Bermuda-based fixed satellite provider Intelsat has snared Tyco International general counsel for Latin America Armando Tirado to take up the role of general counsel for Europe and the Middle East.
Tulkinghorn was reading the weekend papers and came across a book review for The Betrayed by one Andrew Iyer.
Kings Chambers has snared His Honour David Gilliland as an arbitrator.
Kirkland & Ellis has made up four partners in London as part of a round that saw 62 promotions worldwide.
It is somewhat disheartening that out of the 100-odd law firms in the City, only three managed to secure places on The Times' 'Top 50 Places for Women to Work' list released last week.
The Legal Services Bill has paved the way for law firms to raise external capital. Whether this external investment comes from private equity or an IPO is up for grabs. Although this landscape may be new for lawyers, for other professional service sectors, such as accountants, it is not. So what lessons can be learned from them and how successful will any law firm float be?
Linklaters.jpg" alt="Linklaters and Ogier get in on Northern Rock" /Linklaters and offshore firm Ogier are the latest names on a long roster of firms advising on the Northern Rock saga.
Lord Harris of Peckham has turned to longstanding adviser Travers Smith to navigate him through his £850m offer for Carpetright, where he is currently chairman and chief executive.
Linklaters has axed its Cologne office, the birthplace of German legacy firm Oppenhoff & Rädler, which Linklaters merged with in 2001.
Linklaters-.jpg" alt="Linklaters hires spur lockstep reform" /Linklaters’ German equity ladder will be revised to match its London counterpart after six years of German partners getting around 30 per cent less.
A team of Portuguese associates that was asked to leave Linklaters after their plan to quit the firm was found on a laptop has resurfaced at Portuguese independent firm Rui Pena Arnaut & Associados.
Imagine this: MegaCo needs greater resources so it can expand. It decides to pursue a dual strategy - it will invite offers, but at the same time it will prepare for an IPO. It instructs MediumFirm on the possible sale and BigFirm on the IPO.
Lovells has scooped the mandate to advise the underwriters of an Islamic loan for a Pakistani energy plant.
Lovells has hired Steven Capon as the head of finance systems. He joins from Clifford Chance, replacing Nigel Nelson who plans to retire from the firm in July next year (2008) to move to Canada.Capon will join Lovells in January 2008.During his seven years at Clifford Chance, Capon managed a development and support team of 15 people.
Lovells has elected Shanghai managing partner Doug Clark to its partnership council following the promotion of Marc Gottridge to the international executive.
The ongoing extraordinary review of failed tube operator Metronet is to have a significant impact on London Underground Limited's (LUL) periodic PPP contract review (www.thelawyer.com, 24 September).
Memery Crystal has won its first piece of M&A work from airline services company Gate Gourmet as the firm seeks to ramp up its corporate practice.
Malaysia’s largest law firm, Zaid Ibrahim and Co has formed a strategic alliance with Allen & Gledhill, Singapore’s largest law firm.
Swedish powerhouse Mannheimer Swartling has raided rival Vinge for a partner in Malmö and is set to break the SKr1bn (£75.74m) revenue barrier for the first time.
McDermott Will & Emery has reversed the flow of high-level departures in its London office by hiring a partner for its employment team.
McGrigors has bolstered its partnership with the addition of a lawyer apiece from DLA Piper and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
Mills & Reeve is hoping to tap into the flow of work from China by setting up a number of alliances with Chinese firms.
A recent survey suggests that far from reducing the pay gap, the gap has actually grown since the introduction of the The Equal Pay Act in 1970 despite more woman obtaining positions of authority.
Monckton Chambers has scored a European Court of Justice (ECJ) victory for a group of mobile phone traders who got caught up in a carousel fraud that cost UK Companies billions of pounds.
Morgan Stanley's former global capital markets group director Andrew Case has joined Dechert as a corporate counsel.
Howard Shecter got off to a flying start last week as the new head of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s global M&A practice.
Reckless on conflicts? Freshfields? Certainly not. But goodness, the firm has some chutzpah. You would have thought that in the same year that former corporate head Barry O'Brien was hauled over the coals by a disciplinary tribunal for Freshfields' conflict on the M&S bid, the firm would want to keep up appearances.
UK domain name registrar Nominet is considering changes to its dispute resolution policy that could see it reduce fees by more than two-thirds for its expert decision service.
Norton Rose is to open an office in Tokyo before Christmas to take advantage of Japanese companies investing in the Middle East.
Private equity lawyers across the City keep telling Tulkinghorn that they are not as active as they were this time last year due to the credit crunch. A dreadful business.
Quadrant Chambers has raided 4-5 Gray's Inn Square for a trio of barristers as it ramps up its banking and financial services practice for the expected influx of work following the credit crunch.
Following last week's story on the controversial material adverse change (Mac) clause, a deal far larger than Harman's $8bn (£3.93bn) sale to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts appears to have cratered.
US reinsurance giant RGA International has hired RiverStone Management general counsel and company secretary Catherine Regan as international legal counsel.
Romana Abdin took on the role of director of corporate affairs at HSA with a view to reviving the ailing company. Now, following a rebrand, SimplyHealth is fighting fit. By Malar Velaigam
After a night spent watching too many Stallone/Schwarzenegger action adventure flicks, we can probably all admit to dreaming of escaping that tedious boardroom meeting with a daring base jump out of the window. However, few can claim to have actually gone through with such a manoeuvre.
The phoney war between Sallie Mae and JC Flowers came to an end last Monday (8 October) when the student lender filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court against the private equity house and its buyer group.
SanDisk has appointed Jim Belsford to take up the post as senior vice president, general counsel and company secretary in the flash storage card supplier.
Simmons & Simmons and offshore firm Ogier have landed lead roles on a dispute between beleaguered hedge fund Absoute Capital (AbCap) and a group of its investors.
SJ Berwin’s real estate division advised British Land on its pre-letting agreement with Reed Smith Richards Butler for space in the 35-storey Broadgate Tower development.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched a system that will allow investigations against solicitors to be settled without turning to the Tribunals Service.
Birmingham-based set St Philips has swooped on five chambers to take on five new barristers, including three silks, and a professor of law.
Hong Kong-based Stephenson Harwood & Lo, the Chinese offering of Stephenson Harwood, is planning tie-ups with three or four US firms over the next 12 months.
Following its stunning debut last year, The Lawyer HR Awards is set for its second year.
The Which?-JJB case has led the way for private competition-related claims. Caroline Binham reports
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have maintained their lead in announced European M&A deals during the first three-quarters of the year, despite an alarming slump in deal volume during the last quarter.
Marks & Spencer company secretary and head of corporate governance Graham Oakley seems to have taken the belt-tightening initiatives at the retail giant very seriously.
Tulkinghorn is obsessed with solicitors and soliciting in general. He therefore watched with interest Billie Piper's turn as an elite escort - one believes that is the correct term - in the TV programme The Secret Diary of a Call Girl - for the legal angle, obviously.
The Companies Act has placed greater weight on directors' liability in shareholder claims. Anthony Menzies reports on how the D&O insurance market is set for a boon
Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders has hired Salans corporate partner Robert Bata as its new London managing partner.
Two of England's barristers found themselves being pushed out of a hot-air balloon last week. Well, sort of. At the American Bar Association bash last Wednesday, Clive Freedman of 3 Verulam Buildings and Steven Gee QC of Stone Chambers were made to jump out of a balloon during the debate on the best dispute resolution methods.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has landed another role on Northern Rock by advising the Virgin Group on its proposals to the beleaguered mortgage adviser.
West End firm Vizards Wyeth has lost three partners in a month, as it moves away from its traditional core practice of insurance litigation into more lucrative commercial fields.
Insurers stand to lose more than most if the predictions on climate change hold true. Ashley Prebble and Natalie Perkin report on the industry's response to the scientific evidence
White & Case strengthened its relationship with Goldman Sachs last week, in particular in relation to Latin American projects, with the closure of Mexico’s largest-ever infrastructure financing.
Zurich Financial Services has snared Barclays' head of corporate legal Neil Hodges for the role of UK general counsel.