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.
Mergers can boost profitability, but only if the negotiating teams stay calm and stick to the plan
To become a senior partner, you need to be a highly skilled politician who appears to shun politics
An interesting paper put out recently by Laura Empson, professor at Cass Business School is doing the rounds. It focuses on the ambiguities of law firm leadership.
Blame Kraft-Cadbury again. Since that politically controversial deal the Takeover Code has required that bids for UK-listed companies have to include estimates of legal fees on both the buy and sell sides.
Proposed changes to the Takeover Code could see the Takeover Panel expand its jurisdiction
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has re-shuffled its corporate leadership following the appointment of Ed Braham as global head of corporate in July.
This year the private equity industry has been delivering a clear message to governments around the world: far from being a cause of the current crisis, it is an important part of the solution. In the UK at least, that message has not fallen on deaf ears.
In recent months attention has focused on the potential demise of private equity resulting from the lack of leverage available to finance transactions.
Reports on the private equity market over the past few months have made for depressing reading for those in the fund raising industry.
Davis Polk & Wardwell and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have secured lead roles in the $2.5bn (£1.5bn) IPO of China Cinda Asset Management, Hong Kong’s biggest global offering so far this year.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst and Clifford Chance have advised on German drugs and chemicals group Merck’s £1.6bn acquisition of AZ Electronic Materials.
McDermott Will & Emery (MWE) has picked up Ashurst partner Nikolaus von Jacobs to lead its private equity practice in Germany.
Earlier this year Clyde & Co revealed a 33 per cent climb in corporate revenue, from £53m to £70.7m.
Freshfields and the London Stock Exchange have had a long and close association. Here’s how they keep things alive
A round-up of some of the most prominent corporate and litigation work that has been keeping offshore lawyers busy
Boutique funds firm MJ Hudson has added to its team with the hire of a duo of senior lawyers, including legacy SJ Berwin partner Graham Nicholson.
Linklaters has moved quickly to replace private equity partners Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw by relocating Stockholm-based corporate partner Roger Johnson to London and appointing corporate partner Nick Rees as head of the group.