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.
Baker & Mckenzie advised on the first ever takeover of a listed company in Central and Eastern Europe last week. The firm advised US Pharmaceuticals giant, Bristol-Myers Squibb on the US$110 million takeover of Pharmavit, a pharmaceutical company listed on the Budapest Stock Exchange. The offer involved an innovative simultaneous domestic offer to Hungarian shareholders and an international offer to institutional investors holding Global Depositaryp Shares. Tim Gee, partner heading the deal, said the greatest challenge was devising an offer structure satisfying divergent regulatory requirements in the UK, US and Hungary. "We needed a structure that was sophisticated and state of the art enough to persuade a fund manager in Boston yet straightforward enough for a shareholder in Budapest to understand," he said.