Robert Lewis

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.

Tina Williams

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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Top leaders are secret politicians

22-Jul-2013

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.

Corporate News

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Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group builds in Kenya and Tanzania with lateral hires

30-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group members Coulson Harney and East African Law Chambers (EALC) have expanded their teams with a total of five lateral partner hires.

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Freshfields "takes on Wall Street" and wants to discard magic circle tag in US

29-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer managing partner David Aitman and corporate chief Edward Braham are “taking on Wall Street” and want the US market to think of them a part of an international elite instead of the magic circle.

Singapore

Linklaters trumps Clifford Chance to advise Carlyle on RAC sale

29-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer took the key roles on Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC’s acquisition of a stake in RAC.

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Corporate Analysis

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Freshfields: in a league of its own

29-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields is taking on corporate America as part of a wider mission – to become a leading player not in the magic circle but in the ‘international elite’

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Freshfields bids for US M&A home run

22-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Magic circle player splashes out as it aims for the New York corporate heights

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Italy: Diversity strategy

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Italian M&A activity has hit a rough patch, forcing law firms to look for alternative sources of revenue

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Funds News

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The Akin deal is done, but what of the five Bingham refuseniks?

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The much anticipated tie-up between Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Bingham McCutcheon’s London office closes only one chapter of speculation over the fate of the US firm.

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Funds boutique MJ Hudson launches in Hong Kong amidst three-strong promos round

28-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Asset management and funds boutique MJ Hudson has launched in Hong Kong, creating the firm’s third office alongside London and Jersey.

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