The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the only research report to provide a ranking of the top 100 independent local firms and top 50 global firms in the region. The report offers critical review of some of the fastest growing firms and their strategies, a country-by-country guide to leading legal advisers and legal services market trends, plus exclusive insight into the current business development opportunities in the Asia Pacific. 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.
Freshfields and Slaughter and May advised on the £18bn merger of retail giants Kingfisher and Asda. The deal will create the biggest shopping group in the UK and the 10th biggest in the world. Freshfields corporate partner Edward Braham led a 10-strong team including partners Nick Spearing (competition), Roger Berner (tax), and Simon Evans and Jocelyn Mitchell (employment). Corporate support was provided by partner Andrew Renshaw from the firm's Brussels office. The Slaughters team was led by corporate partner Nilufer von Bismarck, assisted by Kathy Hughes, and also included competition and regulation partner Malcolm Nicholson and tax partner Fiona Ferguson. Freshfields involvement means it is starting this quarter where it left off. The firm came top of the M&A league tables for the first quarter of 1999, as reported in The Lawyer (12 April).