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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.

Tina Williams

Stay cool during a merger


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


Top leaders are secret politicians


To become a senior partner, you need to be a highly skilled politician who appears to shun politics

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Who needs democracy in law firms?

8-Jul-2013 | By Catrin Griffiths

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.

New Leader 2012

Time to trim due diligence

10-Sep-2012 | By Catrin Griffiths

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.

Robert Adam

Higher, wider, stronger

16 July 2012

Proposed changes to the Takeover Code could see the Takeover Panel expand its jurisdiction


Freshfields revamps corporate management as Braham takes the reins

7-Oct-2009 | By Kit Chellel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has re-shuffled its corporate leadership following the appointment of Ed Braham as global head of corporate in July.

Opinion: Private equity can be our saviour – if it’s not demonised


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.

Private equity special report: why investors are reluctant to fund


In recent months attention has focused on the potential demise of private equity resulting from the lack of leverage available to finance transactions.

Corporate News


Dundas abandons Aberdeen and London offices early as CMS merger nears

25-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Dundas & Wilson will exit its Aberdeen and London bases early in preparation for the launch of its merger with CMS Cameron McKenna next week (1 May). 

Cleary and White & Case win lead roles on Zimmer’s £8bn acquisition of Biomet

24-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and White & Case are advising on the £7.9bn ($13.4bn) acquisition of orthopaedic manufacturing company Biomet by Zimmer, the manufacturer of the ‘zimmer frame’.


Ashurst makes up 15 partners in first post merger round

24-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst has added 15 new members to its global partnership, in its first integrated promotions round since its formal tie-up with Ashurst Australia went live on 1 November 2013.

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Corporate Analysis


The trophy lawyers

21-Apr-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Why well-connected PE partners are worth their weight in gold

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Happy ever after? Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn get hitched

16-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn have finally decided that three’s a crowd and, after months of flirting with Boyes Turner, gone ahead with a traditional two-way merger.

Russia Roundtable

Russia: Mind the bear traps

17-Mar-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

The surge of oligarchs heading to London for their court battles is slacking off. But Russia still holds potential for those advisers ready to tread carefully

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Liquidators of Madoff fund receive Privy Council blow in key ruling

17-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The liquidators of Bernard L. Madoff feeder fund Fairfield Sentry, represented by British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm Forbes Hare and Macfarlanes, have lost two key points before the Privy Council in an important judgment.


FFW hires finance partner Abbott from Simmons & Simmons

12-Mar-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Field Fisher Waterhouse has further bulked up its finance group with the hire of Simmons & Simmons partner Philip Abbott.

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