The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014 features an in-depth look at 46 leading independent firms’ strategies in 15 key sub-Saharan jurisdictions, as well as the views of in-house counsel from some of Africa’s largest companies... Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Contrary to expectation, Allen & Overy client Macquarie finally emerged triumphant in the long-running auction for Thames Water by German utilities group RWE. The favourite was Qatar Investment Authority and UBS, advised by Herbert Smith. By 10 October it had reportedly upped its bid to £10bn. Macquarie's successful offer included agreeing to pay £1bn for the utility and paying off £7bn of debt. As well as the Qatari and UBS team, Macquarie beat off rivals including Australian utilities group Alinta and private equity fund Terra Firma. Relationship partner Alan Paul led the team at A&O, with Jeremy Hunt, Keith McGuire and Christopher Thornes. Also busy will be corporate partner Charles Randell's team at Slaughter and May, advising RWE, a longstanding client of Slaughter's best friend Hengeler Mueller, and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), advising Thames Water's board.