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Why the Cooley effect is one to watch

19-Jan-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

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.

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SJ Berwin: a promising afterlife?

10-Nov-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

For both SJ Berwin and Ashurst the lure of an Asia deal was irresistible.

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Are there bad actors hiding in your client’s private placement?

13-Oct-2014

Citibank Global Markets Inc was recently saved, by the skin of its teeth, from being permanently barred from acting as a placement agent.

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The US firms right at home in the City

6-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Gibson Dunn’s hire of former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen is one of the biggest corporate stories of the season.

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Alibaba IPO shows why lawyers matter

29-Sep-2014

Following the record-setting IPO of Alibaba, Jack Ma is now a global business icon.

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Freshfields scores a US touchdown

29-Sep-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

The self-belief of Freshfields managing partner and corporate head is remarkable.

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A farewell to UK finance work

20-Jan-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

For some reason the politics of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s corporate department attracts extraordinary attention online from our readers.

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Mergers: the ultimate test of loyalty

11-Nov-2013 | By Catrin Griffiths

Dangerous things, mergers. I’m not talking about Penningtons’ takeover of zombie firm Manches, although that deal is tricky enough in itself – as we expose in considerable detail this week.

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Stay cool during a merger

11-Sep-2013

Mergers can boost profitability, but only if the negotiating teams stay calm and stick to the plan

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KWM corporate co-head Lever quits to launch Goodwin Procter PE practice

16-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) co-head of corporate Richard Lever is joining Goodwin Procter’s London office following the firm’s decision to launch a private equity practice.

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A&O, Linklaters and Slaughters win roles on sale of Virgin Active

16-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Slaughter and May have picked up the leading roles in Virgin Group and CVC Capital Partners’ sale of 80 per cent of its stake in Virgin Active to South Africa’s Brait for £682m. 

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Mishcon hires Proskauer Rose London lynchpin for corporate practice

16-Apr-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Mishcon de Reya has hired Proskauer Rose London heavyweight Michael Nouril as a corporate partner in a reverse of the current trend for US firms to hire private equity partners. 

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Africa Elite executive summary: firm profiles

30-Mar-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Our essential guide to the top legal outfits south of the Sahara advising on private equity 

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Portugal – Less pain, more gain

9-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Early repayment of its bailout and solid M&A interest from foreign investors have brought optimism to Portugal’s lawyers.

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Burness Paull and Levy & McRae face legal action over collapse of $400m hedge fund

20-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Scottish firms Burness Paull and Levy & McRae are facing legal action from the liquidators of Heather Capital over their involvement in the collapse of the $400m hedge fund.

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