With hopes for an Indian summer beginning to fade we thought a quick look back at some of the summer’s biggest deals would bring a bit of warmth into the lives of lawyers2B (that is not a promise) - at least by showing that there is still some good work to be done out there.
Eurocrisis or no eurocrisis, a handy pipeline of M&A was available for corporate lawyers to get their teeth into. As in recent years, energy and infrastructure offered the shiniest prospects for fee-hungry firms, while the private equity industry has been relatively busy.
One theme that emerges from the deals list below is the importance of garnering contacts in emerging markets to win outbound work. Linklaters and CMS Cameron McKenna in particular benefited from links with Asian clients, taking major transactional roles for Japan’s Dentsu and Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure respectively.
The smaller, specialist outfits have been kept busy too with French advertiser Publicis Groupe’s buyout of rival Bartle Bogle Hegarty giving roles to Osborne Clarke and Lewis Silkin.
Closer to home, the Co-operative Group has given transactional instructions to Clifford Chance and Reed Smith, hiring the magic circle firm for its acquisition of 632 branches from Lloyds Banking Group. And Cinven has become the latest private equity house to board the bandwagon of making totally unpredictable decisions about which external firm to hire.
So here are the details on five of the best deals in this fee-earners summer