It took a while, but it was worth it. Cooley’s launch in London had been awaited for over a year, but it didn’t diminish the impact. Indeed, The Lawyer’s revelation ten days ago that the firm was opening in the UK with 19 partners dominated our most-read stories list.
For both SJ Berwin and Ashurst the lure of an Asia deal was irresistible.
Citibank Global Markets Inc was recently saved, by the skin of its teeth, from being permanently barred from acting as a placement agent.
Gibson Dunn’s hire of former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen is one of the biggest corporate stories of the season.
Following the record-setting IPO of Alibaba, Jack Ma is now a global business icon.
The self-belief of Freshfields managing partner and corporate head is remarkable.
Pfizer’s $160bn merger with Allergan may well be the largest healthcare transaction in history, but at least the in-house team didn’t have to contend with a merger, injunction attempt, simultaneous de-listing and new listing all in one year.
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.
Herbert Smith Freehills will reopen in Riyadh in 2016 through an exclusive association with local firm Nasser Al-Hamdan and the hire of two partners from DLA Piper and White & Case.
Insurance mergers, chunky financings and several capital markets deals characterised offshore corporate work in the last quarter.
Slaughter and May is the law firm with the closest relationship with the FTSE250, advising 44 constituent companies, research gathered from new relationship management tool The Lawyer Market Intelligence has shown.
Privatised healthcare and the push for energy diversity are likely to be big generators of legal work as Finland slowly recovers after the global crash.
Dechert partner Corinna Mitchell has joined Pemberton Asset Management as its first general counsel.