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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.

Money

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.

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

Empson

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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Early contenders emerge to take BLP managing partner crown

19-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The debate around Berwin Leighton Paisner managing partner Neville Eisenberg’s replacement is hotting up with three partners including corporate head David Collins thought to be early contenders. 

Tokyo

HSF’s Asia losses continue as Tokyo M&A chief joins MoFo

17-Dec-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has suffered another departure from its Asian practice, with Tokyo corporate and M&A head James Robinson defecting to Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).

BT

Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Norton Rose Fulbright on call for £12.5bn BT EE acquisition

16-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is leading negotiations for BT on a £12.5bn deal to acquire telecoms operator EE, whose joint owners Orange and Deutsche Telekom are being represented by Norton Rose Fulbright and Clifford Chance.

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Corporate Analysis

Russia

Russia special report: Look the other way

24-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Western sanctions are making life tough for Russia’s companies and lawyers, so they are forging new links in the East 

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Offshore: deals and cases Q3 2014

17-Nov-2014

Several billion-dollar deals and a number of landmark cases characterised workflows for offshore firms in the third quarter of 2014

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Demystifying e-discovery: the art of the possible

11-Nov-2014

Given the growth in the amount of data businesses create and store, it’s a good point in time to determine how companies and law firms are working with eDiscovery and computer forensics.

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Funds News

Luxembourg

Simmons expands into Luxembourg with five-partner office

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Simmons & Simmons has announced plans to launch a five-partner office in Luxembourg to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s funds industry.

London

CVC swaps Perris to Credit Partners, promotes legal director

13-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

CVC Capital Partners general counsel Richard Perris is swapping roles to head the legal department at sister company CVC Credit Partners.

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Mourant Ozannes and Ogier switch senior Jersey funds lawyers

7-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Channel Islands firms Mourant Ozannes and Ogier have each hired a senior Jersey funds lawyer from the other firm.

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