Deals summary

Field Fisher Waterhouse (Jon Fife, Teruo Kato) advised the Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry on its project to establish a $95m (£66.5m) chemical plant in the UK. BP, which will construct the chemicals site, was advised by Linklaters (Kirsty Corkum).

Rowe & Maw (Richard Page, Fiona Holland) advised AIM-listed telecommunications company ZipCom on a £6m fund raising by two placings of 133.46 million ordinary shares. Arranger Collins Stewart advised by Memery Crystal.

Addleshaw Booth & Co (Ian McIntosh) advised Portman Building Society on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of mortgage and asset finance provider Sun Bank worth £86.5m.

Linklaters advised the Strategic Rail Authority on its negotiations with Great North Eastern Railways (GNER) on a two-year extension of the InterCity East Coast franchise. GNER advised by Richards Butler.

Arnold & Porter (Jeremy Willcocks) advised Arrow Therapeutics on the acquisition of Oxford Gene Technology's (OGT) DNA microarray business. OGT advised by Manches.