Deals summary

Speechly Bircham (Nick Janmohamed, Andrew Collins, Trevor Bettany) advised Applied Psychology Research on its £2.6m acquisition of the assets of Smartlogik Group. Smartlogik advised in-house (Rachel Bastin) and by Theodore Goddard.

Baker & McKenzie (James Richards, Phil Suse) advised Management Consulting Group on its £37.7m acquisition of Parson Group. Parson Group advised by Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman and Macfarlanes. KLegal advised the underwriter Beeson Gregory.

Hammond Suddards Edge has advised Birchin International on its acquisition of Park Row Group for £12.6m in a reverse takeover. Management and employees advised by Irwin Mitchell. Financial adviser Seymour Pierce advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse.

Davis Polk & Wardwell (Warren Motley, John Brandow) advised Morgan Stanley & Co on its $7.3bn (£5bn) offering of Securities and Exchange Commission-registered notes by parent company Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter advised by Sidley Austin Brown & Wood.

Lovells (Nick Parden, Bayo Odubeko) advised Henderson Global Investors on the sale of its private client asset management business to Newton Investment. Henderson also advised in-house. Newton advised by Dechert.

Norton Rose (Barbara Stephenson) advised Blacks Leisure Group on the sale of its sport and fashion division to JD Sports for £53.2m. JD Sports advised by DLA.