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Special report: Portugal's M&A false starts

2-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Portugal’s lawyers have been busy this year on a number of big deals, but not all have succeeded. Why?


GSK, Novartis and Crédit Suisse put Switzerland on a high

12-Oct-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Swiss firms have bagged major business from global brands such as GSK, Novartis and Crédit Suisse this year, while their Asia ventures have come good.

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Star briefings writers - Banking


This week our top briefings writers are taken from the banking sector, and their posts include trends for mid-market corporate finance, how economists can help with litigation awards, what to do if a dividend is unlawful, and advice for borrowers when their loan is sold.

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Crossing the divide: cross-border work and the Finance Team of the Year award

8-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cross-border work and political tensions are dominating this year’s entries for Finance Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards.

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Switzerland – Shaken then spurred


Tax evasion allegations and the uncapping of the Swiss franc have kept the country in the headlines recently, but it’s all good for lawyers.

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RBS £4bn shareholder battle adjourned to 2017 amid criticism of disclosure process

26-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have been criticised in the High Court for their “unfocused”, “unsettling” and “less than compelling” approach to disclosure in the bank’s £4bn battle with shareholders.

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Freshfields and Sullivan take the lead on £1.2bn Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold tie-up

26-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cross-border teams from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the €1.7bn (£1.2bn) tie-up between banking technology companies Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold in Germany and the US. 


Dechert boosts M&A practice as former Weil partner Faugérolas returns to practice

25-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Dechert has announced the hire of former Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate finance heavyweight Laurent Faugérolas as a partner, almost three years after he quit law to set up a corporate advisory boutique.

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​Legal implications arising from a Grexit


While the chances of Greece leaving the eurozone have diminished a Grexit still remains possible.

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Does RBS deserve the cold shoulder?

13-Jul-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Which firms will have the balls to walk away from the RBS review?

Stephen Ross

Tesco - Why City analysts and journalists need to learn to speak our language


The revelation by Tesco that it had overstated its trading profits by £250m wiped £2bn off its market value in one day.

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