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.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has emerged as the surprise leader in a series of Europes largest rights issues. According to research conducted by The Lawyer (see table), the firm has dominated as issuer counsel by acting on four out of the 10 largest cash calls since 2000, when media group Pearson launched its massive £1.7bn rights issue. Commenting on the firms track record, which has also included Kingfishers bumper £2bn issuance last year, Freshfields securities partner Don Guiney said: We have maintained our position in the secondary rights market that we had in the primary issues market. Shearman & Sterling cemented its formidable European reputation in France and Germany after acting for Allianz and France Telecom, which launched the largest ever rights issue when its raised E15bn (£10.35bn) to reduce its massive debt mountain. Allen & Overy and US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell dominated as underwriters counsel, each acting on three of the largest European rights issues. Davis Polk acted on Ericssons £2bn cash call, which experts say kick-started the trend in Europe for euro-denominated deals launched by the likes of France Telecom. Guiney said: I think were going to see more of these deals because in current conditions, the primary markets are going to be difficult to access and companies are going to have to look to their shareholders to raise capital.