Freshfields

Freshfields to pay £1bn to retired partners over next 50 years

28-Jan-2015 5:30 pm | By Margaret Taylor

The amount that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer expects to pay to fund current partners’ pensions fell in the 2013/14 financial year, despite the firm’s total future commitment to retired partners continuing to hover around the £1bn mark.

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Herbert Smith Freehills on board for HS2 rail project

28-Jan-2015 4:34 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has been appointed as the main adviser for High Speed Two (HS2), the developer of Britain’s new north-south high speed train line.

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Virgin Media bats off ninth patent infringement claim from tech company Rovi

28-Jan-2015 4:05 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Virgin Media’s in-house team has successfully fought off the latest in a string of nine patent infringement claims brought by US technology company Rovi, with the claim withdrawn before hitting the courts.

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Clyde & Co and 7KBW succeed in £8.8m typo claim against Companies House

28-Jan-2015 5:18 pm | By Natasha Bernal

The High Court has found in favour of a Clyde & Co client who claimed that a typo in a Companies House document forced his business into administration.

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KPMG general counsel Sharp stands down after 18 years

28-Jan-2015 10:28 am | By Natalie Stanton

KPMG’s general counsel Vanessa Sharp is set to quit her role in May to seek new opportunities.

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Freshfields and HSF among raft of firms advising on Hutchison Whampoa’s £10.25bn O2 buy

28-Jan-2015 0:03 am | By Natalie Stanton

Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills and Linklaters are among the firms to win roles on Hong Kong giant Hutchison Whampoa’s proposed acquisition of O2.

London

A&O and Ashurst win key roles on £680m Jurys Inn hotel chain sale

28-Jan-2015 0:02 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Dillon Eustace and William Fry have won key mandates advising on the £680m acquisition of the Jurys Inn hotel chain by US private equity group Lone Star.

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Eaglewood Europe hires former Sidley Austin associate as its first GC

28-Jan-2015 0:02 am | By Natalie Stanton

Eaglewood Europe has hired former Sidley Austin associate Dipali Sahni as its first general counsel.

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Finland's Roschier tempts Latham capital markets partner home from London

28-Jan-2015 0:01 am | By Joanne Harris

Finnish firm Roschier has announced the hire of Latham & Watkins capital markets partner Antti Ihamuotila, bringing him back home to Helsinki after 15 years in London.

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India's largest firm Amarchand splits as brothers battle over equity stake

27-Jan-2015 12:34 pm | By Margaret Taylor

When Indian firm Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A Shroff & Co splits in two on 1 April this year it will bring an end to the history of one of India’s oldest and best-known law firms.

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Almost half of all non-merged UK firms would consider a tie-up over the next two years

27-Jan-2015 11:50 am | By Natalie Stanton

As many as 95 per cent of managing partners expect their firms to merge within the next decade, and 45 per cent of firms that have not secured a merger in the past five years would consider a tie-up before 2017, new research has revealed.

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White & Case and Osborne Clarke reveal spring retention

27-Jan-2015 10:50 am | By Richard Simmons

US firm White & Case is to keep all 13 of its trainees due to qualify in March this year.

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Sovereign Housing Association adds four firms to 14-strong legal panel following review

27-Jan-2015 0:03 am | By Tabby Kinder

Sovereign Housing Association, the largest social housing provider for the south and southwest of England, has grown its legal panel by 40 per cent, adding four firms to its roster of advisors.

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East meeting West, again

The combination of US-European Dentons with China’s Dacheng will create the world’s biggest law firm. On paper, that’s a lot of global reach – as long as integration issues are tackled. For more on Dacheng and a close analysis of Chinese firms, check out our China Elite.

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The Hot 100 2015: The bar

26-Jan-2015

Laying the groundwork for an Ebola vaccine, throwing a lifeline to British manufacturing and holding Government to account for exceeded pollution limits – some of the inspirational stunts pulled off by this year’s A-listers. 

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After the easy fixes, what next for diversity?

26-Jan-2015 | By David Isaac

Law is in the vanguard of change when it comes to promoting diversity in the workplace, but much remains to be done in the office and beyond.

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Dentons chair on the Dacheng merger: "Like Halley's Comet and the Holy Grail"

23-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

After the announcement of the merger between Dentons and Chinese firm Dacheng, the two firms’ management speak about the opportunities for the future - and why they believe the tie-up is ground-breaking.

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The Global Law Summit: the Davos of ‘law meets business’

13-Jan-2015

The Global Law Summit next month will champion the rule of law as a tool for business growth.

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India's largest firm Amarchand splits as brothers battle over equity stake

27-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

When Indian firm Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A Shroff & Co splits in two on 1 April this year it will bring an end to the history of one of India’s oldest and best-known law firms.

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Special report: Cyber security – In a rights pickle

26-Jan-2015

The proposed counter-terrorism law looks set to leave ISPs and social media sites uncomfortably torn between security and privacy demands.

E-disclosure

Special report: E-disclosure – Gathering clouds

26-Jan-2015

Gaining access to data from cloud servers in multiple jurisdictions is adding to the complexity and cost of e-disclosure.

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Freshfields

Freshfields to pay £1bn to retired partners over next 50 years

28-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

The amount that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer expects to pay to fund current partners’ pensions fell in the 2013/14 financial year, despite the firm’s total future commitment to retired partners continuing to hover around the £1bn mark.

housing estate

Sovereign Housing Association adds four firms to 14-strong legal panel following review

27-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Sovereign Housing Association, the largest social housing provider for the south and southwest of England, has grown its legal panel by 40 per cent, adding four firms to its roster of advisors.

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The in-house interview: Pets at Home legal chief Louise Stonier

26-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

From management buy-out to becoming a listed company: legal head Louise Stonier has seen Pets at Home through some big changes.

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The in-house interview: Hovis GC Helen Selby

19-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Bread might sound a little humdrum for an ex-Royal Air Force officer but Helen Selby has been able to spread her wings at freshly-sold Hovis.

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In-house Interview: Cancer Research Technology’s Andrew Waldron

12-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

As legal boss at Cancer Research Technology, Andrew Waldron is blazing a pioneering trail to get life-changing drugs to market

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Freshfields and HSF among raft of firms advising on Hutchison Whampoa’s £10.25bn O2 buy

Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills and Linklaters are among the firms to win roles on Hong Kong giant Hutchison Whampoa’s proposed acquisition of O2.

London

A&O and Ashurst win key roles on £680m Jurys Inn hotel chain sale

Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Dillon Eustace and William Fry have won key mandates advising on the £680m acquisition of the Jurys Inn hotel chain by US private equity group Lone Star.

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Special report: The Baltics – A triple play

With economies conducive to investors and an appetite for growth among local businesses, cross-border work in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is on the rise.

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Special report: Luxembourg – on the IP offensive

Intellectual property is the next weapon in Luxembourg’s armoury of business offerings – but first it must past the EC ‘state aid’ test

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19 January 2015 cover

Top 10 stories: 16-22 January 2015

26-Jan-2015

The top 10 stories last week were dominated by our annual top 20 cases feature - but the creation of the world’s biggest law firm was close behind.

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