Going, going gong

Imagine the scene: you’ve just won one of the main prizes at a glittering awards bash; your celebrations are in full flight; your mates are congratulating you; your future is secure and life is sweet. Then BAM! You turn around and the worst has happened – someone’s nicked your gong.

This was the drama that unfolded last week at the prestigious Juve awards in Frankfurt after Hengeler Mueller was awarded M&A Team of the Year. Corporate partner Oleg de Lousanoff was reportedly incandescent with rage as the realisation dawned that his precious prize had been filched. Taking to the stage, the partner boomed: “Who’s stolen our award?” at the quivering throng. At which point a trembling Christof Jäckle, Hengeler managing partner, raised his hand.

Who said awards were about team bonding?