8 October 2007

The Lawyer

  • People moves

    8-Oct-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.

  • A tough cross to bear

    8-Oct-2007

    Do in-house lawyers have a better work-life balance? Legendary Simmons & Simmons Portugal partner Pedro Rebelo de Sousa would say yes.

  • A week to remember

    12-Oct-2007

    12-Oct 2007A week to remember

  • A&O and Shearman close £3.4bn SAP takeover

    8-Oct-2007

    A raft of top firms have managed to land a £3.4bn cross-border friendly takeover, despite the financial markets’ jitters.

  • A&O scores £4.2bn Southern Water victory

    9-Oct-2007

    An Allen & Overy (A&O)-advised consortium has emerged victorious in the £4.2bn auction for Southern Water.

  • Addleshaw Goddard

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Addleshaws advises on Reliance purchase

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Bar Council elects future management team

    9-Oct-2007

    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 Global Investors scoops Goldman Sachs GC

    9-Oct-2007

    Barclays's asset management business has appointed former Goldman Sachs general counsel Michael Crowl as its new global general counsel.

  • Bell & Scott expansion forces move to new site

    8-Oct-2007

    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 scoops Freehills chief as new GC

    10-Oct-2007

    BHP Billiton has appointed Freehills’ managing partner Mike Ferraro as its chief legal counsel following the retirement of John Fast last June.

  • Bingham McCutchen scoops second Japanese merger

    9-Oct-2007

    Bingham & McCutchen has completed its second merger in Japan, combining with New Tokyo in the Japanese capital.

  • Bingham’s oriental excess

    12-Oct-2007

    So, Bingham McCutchen. Two Japanese mergers in less than six months: has it gone crazy, we ask?

  • Bircham in Nottingham car parking levy scheme

    8-Oct-2007

    Bircham Dyson Bell is representing Nottingham City Council in its bid to introduce the first workplace parking space levy in the UK.

  • BoE drops Freshfields over Northern Rock

    8-Oct-2007

    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

    8-Oct-2007

    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

  • BSB consults on diversity action plan

    12-Oct-2007

    The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a consultation into its Equality and Diversity Action Plan.

  • BT and Microsoft counsel scoop CBI roles

    8-Oct-2007

    The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has named two prominent general counsel as the new chairman and deputy chairman of its competition panel.

  • Business with more bite

    9-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Byrne in the USA: CC makes US pro bono pledge

    8-Oct-2007

    CC embroiled in pan-America death row saga

  • Camerons reinforces CEE with sector group shake-up

    8-Oct-2007

    CMS Cameron McKenna has overhauled its sector groups after a summer of high-profile departures and arrivals, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

  • Carey Olsen pre-empts regulatory change with hire

    10-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Challinors chief hands over the baton

    8-Oct-2007

    Trevor Lee has stepped down as senior partner at Challinors Solicitors after 45 years at the firm.

  • Christie's appoints Deeming as GC

    9-Oct-2007

    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 delegation heads to Beijing on AIM quest

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Clydes swoops on LeBoeuf for NY insurance

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Darling sets aside £11m a year to tackle fraud

    10-Oct-2007

    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, DWS scoop Macmillan deal

    8-Oct-2007

    Davenport Lyons and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) have acted on Macmillan Publishers’ successful acquisition of Kingfisher Books.

  • Dewey & LeBoeuf closes first deal post merger

    8-Oct-2007

    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 leader steps down

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Disappointed Bloxham may appeal

    11-Oct-2007

    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 hires CC lawyer in Hong Kong

    12-Oct-2007

    DLA Piper has hired Clifford Chance senior associate William Harrison as a partner in its Asian insurance practice.

  • DLA Piper reshuffles as Asia chief quits

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • DLA Piper: The shining star

    8-Oct-2007

    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

  • DWS and Herbies wrestle with J Sainsbury pensions

    11-Oct-2007

    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 handed Severn Trent work

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Finland's Castrén bags non-lawyer director

    8-Oct-2007

    Finnish independent Castrén & Snellman has brought in its first managing director from outside the firm, hiring Jukka Niemi from Scandinavian financial services group Nordea.

  • Firm profile: sas daniels

    8-Oct-2007

    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 ...

  • Firms celebrate completion of RBS-ABN

    11-Oct-2007

    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.

  • French leave for Gide Loyrette head

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Freshfields wins Bloxham age case...

    10-Oct-2007

    ...but Tribunal finds the magic circle firm proportionately discriminating in its handling of former partner Peter Bloxham.

  • Fried Frank launches in Shanghai

    10-Oct-2007

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has launched an office in Shanghai, the firm’s second in China.

  • General Electric launches European M&A panel

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Geoff Wild: Kent County Council

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Gibson Dunn launches Dubai practice

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Gomez-Acebo signs former Endesa CFO

    10-Oct-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 UK strategy forces out projects chief

    8-Oct-2007

    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 partner arrested over stolen Da Vinci painting

    8-Oct-2007

    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 helps TfL safeguard Metronet pension scheme

    8-Oct-2007

    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 boss quits for Credit Suisse

    10-Oct-2007

    Herbert Smith’s China managing partner Jeremy Xiao is set to leave the firm to take up an in-house position with Credit Suisse.

  • Howrey relaunches in City with antitrust drive

    8-Oct-2007

    US firm Howrey is shaking up its London office, as the firm seeks to raise its profile in the City.

  • In a bind

    8-Oct-2007

    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

  • Insurance

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Intelsat brings in Tyco general counsel

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Iyer's made of the write stuff

    8-Oct-2007

    Tulkinghorn was reading the weekend papers and came across a book review for The Betrayed by one Andrew Iyer.

  • Kings Chambers takes on retired judge

    8-Oct-2007

    Kings Chambers has snared His Honour David Gilliland as an arbitrator.

  • Kirkland makes up London quartet

    8-Oct-2007

    Kirkland & Ellis has made up four partners in London as part of a round that saw 62 promotions worldwide.

  • Ladies awaiting

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Lessons in investment

    9-Oct-2007

    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 and Ogier get in on Northern Rock

    12-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Linklaters and Travers bag Carpetright deal

    10-Oct-2007

    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 cuts adrift Cologne for focus on Düsseldorf

    8-Oct-2007

    Linklaters has axed its Cologne office, the birthplace of German legacy firm Oppenhoff & Rädler, which Linklaters merged with in 2001.

  • Linklaters hires spur lockstep reform

    11-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Linklaters Three join Lisbon's Rui Pena

    10-Oct-2007

    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.

  • London must stop over-regulating conflicts

    8-Oct-2007

  • Lovells advises on Pakistani Islamic loan

    12-Oct-2007

    Lovells has scooped the mandate to advise the underwriters of an Islamic loan for a Pakistani energy plant.

  • Lovells hires finance systems head from CC

    8-Oct-2007

    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 Shanghai chief fills vacancy on partnership council

    8-Oct-2007

    Lovells has elected Shanghai managing partner Doug Clark to its partnership council following the promotion of Marc Gottridge to the international executive.

  • LUL's PPP review process in question after Metronet probe

    8-Oct-2007

    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).

  • M&A boost for Memery Crystal in Gate Gourmet deal

    8-Oct-2007

    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 and Singapore's finest unite to form South East Asia powerhouse

    11-Oct-2007

    Malaysia’s largest law firm, Zaid Ibrahim and Co has formed a strategic alliance with Allen & Gledhill, Singapore’s largest law firm.

  • Mannheimer raids Swedish rival Vinge to build on record results

    8-Oct-2007

    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 hikes employment team

    8-Oct-2007

    McDermott Will & Emery has reversed the flow of high-level departures in its London office by hiring a partner for its employment team.

  • McGrigors nabs two new partners

    8-Oct-2007

    McGrigors has bolstered its partnership with the addition of a lawyer apiece from DLA Piper and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).

  • Mills & Reeve travels to China to forge links with local firms

    8-Oct-2007

    Mills & Reeve is hoping to tap into the flow of work from China by setting up a number of alliances with Chinese firms.

  • Mind the equality gap

    9-Oct-2007

    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 scores ECJ victory in phone traders fraud trial

    8-Oct-2007

    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 banking ace joins Dechert

    8-Oct-2007

    Morgan Stanley's former global capital markets group director Andrew Case has joined Dechert as a corporate counsel.

  • New Orrick M&A head sets sights on London

    8-Oct-2007

    Howard Shecter got off to a flying start last week as the new head of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s global M&A practice.

  • No cause for conflict

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Nominet plans to slash expert fees

    8-Oct-2007

    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 Middle East links spark Tokyo launch

    8-Oct-2007

    Norton Rose is to open an office in Tokyo before Christmas to take advantage of Japanese companies investing in the Middle East.

  • Private equity - a nice little Bunsen burner

    8-Oct-2007

    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 raids 4-5 Gray's for banking trio

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Return of the mac: flowers tries to renegotiate Sallie mae price

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • RGA bags RiverStone counsel for global role

    8-Oct-2007

    US reinsurance giant RGA International has hired RiverStone Management general counsel and company secretary Catherine Regan as international legal counsel.

  • Romana Abdin: SimplyHealth

    8-Oct-2007

    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

  • Rope and glory

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Sallie Mae takes JC Flowers to court

    11-Oct-2007

    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 scoops new GC

    9-Oct-2007

    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 and Ogier act on AbCap restructuring dispute

    11-Oct-2007

    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 in Reed Smith City move

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • SRA scheme to bypass tribunal

    10-Oct-2007

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has launched a system that will allow investigations against solicitors to be settled without turning to the Tribunals Service.

  • St Philips gains QC trio to boost City ties

    8-Oct-2007

    Birmingham-based set St Philips has swooped on five chambers to take on five new barristers, including three silks, and a professor of law.

  • Stephenson Harwood China office eyes US West Coast collaborations

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • The Lawyer HR Awards 2008

    8-Oct-2007

    Following its stunning debut last year, The Lawyer HR Awards is set for its second year.

  • Third-party funders line up as competition law appeal grows

    8-Oct-2007

    The Which?-JJB case has led the way for private competition-related claims. Caroline Binham reports

  • Third-quarter dearth fails to dampen M&A figures as A&O, CC rule the roost

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Thrifty dealing

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Tricks of the trade

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Trouble at the top

    8-Oct-2007

    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

  • Troutman sparks London drive with new leader

    8-Oct-2007

    Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders has hired Salans corporate partner Robert Bata as its new London managing partner.

  • US shows arbitration infatuation

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Virgin choose A&O for Northern Rock

    12-Oct-2007

    Allen & Overy (A&O) has landed another role on Northern Rock by advising the Virgin Group on its proposals to the beleaguered mortgage adviser.

  • Vizards' overhaul chases off three partners

    8-Oct-2007

    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.

  • Weather warning

    8-Oct-2007

    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 advises Goldman on mega-Mexico PPP

    9-Oct-2007

    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 wins Barclays stalwart as new GC

    8-Oct-2007

    Zurich Financial Services has snared Barclays' head of corporate legal Neil Hodges for the role of UK general counsel.