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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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French boutique Villey Giraud Grolleaud makes first lateral from HSF

1-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French boutique Villey Giraud Grolleaud has made its first lateral hire since launching two years ago, picking up Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) corporate partner Frédéric Grillier.

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Bredin Prat, Darrois and Wachtell lead XPO Logistics' deal with Norbert Dentressangle

29-Apr-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Bredin Prat, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have picked up top roles in XPO Logistics’ €3.24bn acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle, with both French firms winning new clients in the process.

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Cleary and Slaughters advise as Santander Asset Management merges with Pioneer

29-Apr-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Slaughter and May have taken the lead roles on Santander Asset Management’s multi-billion euro merger with Pioneer Investments. 

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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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Travers Thorp Alberga bulks up with former Herbies partner

29-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Travers Thorp Alberga (TTA) has strengthened its corporate and funds team with the hire of former Herbert Smith partner and FourWinds Capital Management general counsel Louise Freestone.

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