Herbert Smith Freehills has shaken up its corporate leadership, appointing Melbourne-based Mike Ferraro as sole global corporate head.
Linklaters, Simpson Thacher, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin and Dickson Minto landed roles on the acquisition of a majority stake in House of Fraser by Chinese conglomerate Sanpower.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) has been appointed by SuperGroup, the corporate group behind the Superdry brand, to handle its continental European real estate matters, as part of a wider review of the fashion group’s external advisers.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Latham & Watkins have taken lead roles on the issuance of an international sukuk by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), worth $2.5bn.
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Field Fisher Waterhouse has witnessed the departure of two further partners from its IP practice.
Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell will be known as Charles Russell Speechlys LLP should the merger be succesful later this year.
Freshfields has made a landmark lateral hire in the form of former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton capital markets and US corporate partner Ash Qureshi.
Allen & Overy, Ropes & Gray and Latham & Watkins have scored instructions on Altice’s acquisition of France’s second-biggest telecom operator SFR.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Nigel Rawding to head up its arbitration practice in the City.
After a run of fairly quiet years for biotech flotations, it looks as if – like the rest of the IPO market – they’re back with a bang
Covington & Burling has advised new client Horizon Discovery on its admission to the Aim market, as the biotech market continues to pick up in the UK.
Morgan Lewis has hired Bird & Bird corporate partner Stephen Walters, adding to a string of recent hires from mid-tier firms.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed Thomas Eggar’s international and business taxation head James Quarmby to spearhead the growth of its private wealth practice.
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Slaughter and May has been instructed by a group of investors seeking compensation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), following leaked inaccurate reports of an investigation into the insurance markets.
Field Fisher Waterhouse managing partner Michael Chissick has been in the top job for a little more than a year but is about to embark on a period of change as his firm thinks once more about the future.
DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard, Pannone Corporate and TLT have been appointed to the first-ever legal panel installed by online fashion retailer Boohoo.com in the wake of its £560m IPO.
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DLA Piper, Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy are among the firms to have advised on the construction of a new six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey.
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The European M&A market has ballooned by more than a third in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year, with US firms dominating the rankings.
Slaughters is quietly reshaping its partnership for a post-crunch, Asia-centric era
BP has kicked off its first UK legal panel review since March 2011, as the current roster’s three-year mandate draws to a close.
Slaughter and May has made up seven associates to partner in this year’s promotions round – the highest number of promotions in more than six years.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s global planning head Nigel Hewitson has departed to join 20-partner Oxfordshire firm BrookStreet des Roches.
Private equity house HgCapital has shaken up its panel, adding White & Case to its roster for the first time.
Imagine you’re the general counsel of London-based private equity investor BC Partners. You’re sipping on your coffee, hashing out the details of your imminent £382m investment into UK-based business publishing company Mergermarket.
Taylor Wessing has strengthened its relationship with Brentford Football Club, advising on its successful planning application for a new 20,000 seat stadium.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed partner Andrew Edge to head up its corporate practice in London.
A quick scan of The Lawyer’s finance coverage over the past year or so serves to flag up a couple of key trends when it comes to deal-making. One is the migration of some of the magic circle’s top private equity talent to US firms.
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King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin is to shut down its Berlin operations, as two of its three partners exit to launch their own boutique.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has further bulked up its finance group with the hire of Simmons & Simmons partner Philip Abbott.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has hired partner Tom Cartwright from Taylor Wessing to launch its dedicated private equity practice in London.
Wragge & Co has been overlooked by Premier Foods in its £1.1bn capital refinancing plan, with Slaughter and May picking up the core mandate on the deal.
Competition and EU partner Efthymios Bourtzalas has quit Ashurst’s Brussels outpost, just weeks after the exit of renowned partner Julian Ellison from the same group.
Slaughter and May has announced a re-jig of its practice stream heads following a partner vote.
Stephenson Harwood has axed 15 per cent of its secretarial jobs, as a result of a redundancy consultation which kicked off last month (5 February 2014).
Clifford Chance and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are among the firms advising on the Carlyle Group’s $1.93bn buyout of Tyco International’s South Korean fire protection and security unit.
Slaughter and May has increased its lead in the rankings of total stock market clients, after closest competitor Pinsent Masons saw its total drop from 96 to 93.
The fragile refinance market is back in rude health and US-style alternative lenders are stepping up with innovative structures to sustain the recovery
A raft of ten firms including Clifford Chance, Norton Rose Fulbright and Burges Salmon, have been appointed to the UK Green Investment Bank’s (GIB’s) first-ever formal legal panel.
Eversheds, Forsters and Gordons are among the 170 firms to score places on Santander’s corporate and commercial banking legal panel, which includes 47 new panel members.
Linklaters and Osborne Clarke are thought to be advising on a potential merger between Carphone Warehouse and electrical retail chain Dixons.
DLA Piper, Fenwick & West and William Fry have advised King.com, the company behind Candy Crush Saga, on its proposed $500m IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Weil Gotshal & Manges and Fenwick & West advised Facebook on its $19bn (£11.4bn) acquisition of mobile messaging company WhatsApp.
Ashurst’s low cost support base in Scotland is expanding faster than expected, with the firm planning to more than quadruple the number of legal analysts based in the city within the next 12 months.
Pensions firm Sackers has just re-elected senior partner Ian Pittaway for a fourth term - but what keeps him passionate about pensions?
Speechly Bircham is in preliminary merger talks with six-office firm Charles Russell in a move that would propel the combined outfit into the top 25 firms by turnover according to The Lawyer UK200.
When a firm shouts loudly about a landmark merger, as SJ Berwin did when it joined forces with King & Wood Mallesons, departures are always likely to come under the spotlight.
Norton Rose Fulbright is set to open its third Latin American base in Rio de Janeiro with the hire of a senior in-house lawyer from BP.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won the mandate to advise West Midlands-based retailer Poundland on its long-awaited IPO.
Sackers has re-elected Ian Pittaway as its senior partner for his fourth consecutive term, which will run for three years from April 2014.
We should all tip our hats to those corporate regulators over at the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers. Why? It’s thanks to their rule change in September 2011 that we’re now granted a sneaky peak at the fees being charged by law firms for UK public M&A work.
A group of firms including Davis Polk and Willkie Farr & Gallagher advised on a £27bn ($45bn) all-stock deal to combine the two biggest cable providers in the US.
Reed Smith has hired Travers Smith leverage finance partner Ben Davis in a further boost to its UK finance practice.
Slater & Gordon’s numerous acquisitions are expected to more than double the firm’s UK revenue in 2014, according to the firm’s half-year results presentation to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
What do Thomas Eggar and Californian giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrick & Rosati have in common? Not much, you might answer.
Lafarge Tarmac has appointed Fiona Penhallurick as its new general counsel and company secretary, following the departure of its former legal head to Travis Perkins last month.
Norton Rose Fulbright reduced its net debt by 72 per cent last year, the firm’s LLP accounts have shown, with a 119 per cent increase in cash negating a rise in bank borrowings.
Lawyers used up their minutes on the latest instalment of the Vodafone/Liberty telecoms struggle in January, while football deals also featured strongly
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is set to combine with eight-partner Manchester boutique Heatons, after partners voted in favour of a merger last week.
Ashurst picked up the mandate to advise Crossrail on its decision to award a £1bn contract to Bombardier UK.
High-profile competition partner Julian Ellison has left Ashurst’s Brussels office to join Mayer Brown’s antitrust and competition team.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has seen two IP partners exit the firm in Melbourne, taking their 13-strong team to rival Minter Ellison.
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Stephenson Harwood is set to cut an undisclosed number of support staff, following a review of its secretarial and document production services in London.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s (KWMSJB) Rudiger Knopf has stepped down from his post after 16 years as German managing partner.
Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a global regulation and investigations practice, consisting of more than 600 of its lawyers worldwide.
Legacy SJ Berwin saw its group revenue increase by 1.7 per cent, from £179.9m to £182.9m, during its last financial year before merging with King & Wood Mallesons.
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The UK public M&A market picked up in the second half of 2013, with lawyers pocketing a total of £38.9m in fees - 44 per cent more than they received in the first half of the year.
Linklaters has won a mandate from HM Treasury to advise on its first-ever Sukuk issue.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance are among the firms advising on Liberty Global’s £5.7bn acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) has swiped Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) senior associate Tom Calnan to launch its real estate practice in the Middle East.
Hogan Lovells’ revenue outside the US dropped from £590.6m to £581.4m over the course of the 2012/13 financial year, according to the firm’s international LLP accounts.
Building and DIY retailer Travis Perkins Group has appointed Deborah Grimason as its new general counsel.
Slaughter and May has seen 10 partners retire over the last 12 months. Reporter Natalie Stanton asks what that means for career progression at the firm.
Slaughter and May’s first-ever female partner, and financial regulation group head, has retired after 37 years at the City firm.
Co-op in-housers work to forge legal roster system that suits bank and group
Osborne Clarke has been dropped from the Citibank panel following a restructure that saw its roster reduced from 21 to 19.
The Co-operative Group has finalised the process of dividing its legal function in the wake of losing control of its banking arm to investors in October.
Ashurst and Hogan Lovells have taken lead roles on Barclays’ innovative collaboration with alternative provider BlueBay Asset Management’s Direct Lending Fund.
Osborne Clarke has undergone a reshuffle of its sector and practice management, appointing corporate partner Conrad Davies as real estate and infrastructure head.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has named former SJ Berwin litigation head, Craig Pollack, as its global coordinator for dispute resolution.
Burges Salmon has witnessed the departure of legal director Suzanne Tarplee, who has jumped ship from its rail group to Stephenson Harwood.
Queens Park Rangers (QPR) has turned to Macfarlanes and Lawrence Graham (LG) to advise the football club on its plans to develop a new 40,000-seat stadium in Old Oak.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis has won a new job, as chief legal adviser to the United Arab Emirate Ras al Khaimah.
Holman Fenwick Willan’s (HFW’s) LLP accounts reveal that the firm increased its revenue by 13.7 per cent in the 2012/13 financial year.
Group deputy general counsel Dominique Bourrinet is to take the chief legal role at Société Générale (SocGen).
Osborne Clarke’s employment head David Cubitt has been elected as the firm’s new London chief.
Outgoing Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs is to chair the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC’s) Conduct Committee when he retires from the firm next year.
After holding the top spot for two consecutive years, Linklaters has fallen into 13th place in the 2013 UK M&A rankings.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) has extended its footprint in the Middle East, through an exclusive association with the Law Office of Majed Almarshad in Riyadh.
Kuwaiti property company St Martins has bought the More London estate from London Bridge Holdings for an estimated £1.7bn, marking one of the UK’s largest-ever commercial property deals.
Simmons & Simmons’ has published its LLP accounts for 2012/13, revealing that it substantially tightened up its financial management over the course of the year.
Norton Rose Fulbright partner David Baylis has become Norton Rose Fulbright’s first regional head of corporate, M&A and securities in the Middle East.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s (KWMSJB) City corporate head Steven Davis is to stand down after seven years in the position with legacy SJ Berwin.
Ashurst’s former global corporate head Stephen Lloyd is set to join Allen & Overy (A&O) as co-head of its private equity sector group.
Simon Beddow has been appointed as Ashurst’s new co-head of its corporate, commercial and competition (CCC) division replacing corporate star Stephen Lloyd who quit the firm last month.
Ashurst has hired Linklaters debt capital markets partner Francis Kucera, in a boost to its securities and derivatives practice.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst and Clifford Chance have advised on German drugs and chemicals group Merck’s £1.6bn acquisition of AZ Electronic Materials.
Kellogg’s EMEA legal head Orla Muldoon is leaving to join agricultural processing giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in January.
Ashurst has recorded a half-year turnover of £298m for the firm, compared to £281.7m for the same period last year.
Slaughter and May is paying a discretionary bonus to all staff for the first time since it abandoned its rigid associate lockstep in May.
Linklaters has as many FTSE 100 clients on its books as sector leaders Slaughter and May for only the second time since 2005.
The Canal & River Trust has appointed its first general counsel, after its legal and corporate services director Nigel Johnson announced plans to retire.
Speechly Bircham must look back to 2009/10 with an air of nostalgia. Back then the firm pulled off a merger with Campbell Hooper to boost revenue by 37 per cent, to £58.4m. The tie-up also helped the firm’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) to rocket by 29 per cent, from £331,000 to £428,000.
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Chadwick Lawrence has become the latest outfit to sell off its personal injury (PI) book, with the firm offloading the business to Slater & Gordon.
Watson Farley Williams’ Michael Greville has resigned from his role as managing partner after 12 years.
Osborne Clarke partners have elected Andrew Saul as the firm’s new senior partner, taking over from Tim Birt who has held the position since 2006.
The Bank of Ireland has hired John Bennett as general counsel to its UK subsidiary, succeeding Jan Karpinsky who retired earlier this year.
Essential Living, which develops and manages purpose built homes for rent, has revealed its first formal legal panel, which will remain in force for three years.
Shearman and Sterling is among a raft of firms to advise Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) on its $11bn (£6.79bn) takeover of NYSE Euronext.
Speechly Bircham has launched in Paris, just three months after opening a base in Geneva.
Jeffrey Eneberi, GC at online takeaway service Just Eat, keeps the start-up fire burning among staff, even as the business mops up rival operations around the world
Stephenson Harwood has posted half-year turnover of £57m – an increase of 10 per cent on revenue of £51.4m at the same point in 2012/13.
Osborne Clarke has seen its revenue increase by 12 per cent in the first half of the 2013/14 financial year, to €71.6m (£59.8m).
Norton Rose Fulbright has axed 30 jobs across its Australian offices, in a move that took effect earlier this month (14 November).
Former Harbotte & Lewis managing partner Lawrence Abramson has left Fladgate to join Keystone Law.
Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Ashurst are among eight firms to have won spots on the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) first ever EMEA panel.
Bristol-based firm Lyons Davidson expects to make 50 redundancies despite securing a number of recent high-profile alternative business structure (ABS) tie-ups.
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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has appointed Norton Rose Fulbright antitrust and competition partner Michael Grenfell in a senior policy role.
Irwin Mitchell has acquired Manchester personal injury boutique McCool Patterson Hemsi (MPH) Solicitors.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has advised Oxley on its £200m acquisition of Royal Wharf from Ballymore.
Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) half year global revenue has come in ahead of budget, ringing in at £49.9m.
Ashurst corporate partner Eavan Saunders Cole is set to exit the Appold Street firm after almost 14 years.
Baker Botts, Travers Smith and Maclay Murray & Spens have acted on GDF Suez’s recent entry into the UK onshore shale gas market.
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Stephen Lloyd’s exit piles on the pressure, just when firm was hoping for a breather
The exit of Ashurst corporate head Stephen Lloyd is just the latest in a string of changes at the City firm
Ashurst global corporate head Stephen Lloyd has resigned from the firm’s partnership.
The Co-operative Bank has hired a new general counsel, in the wake of news that the bank will host the UK’s first ever ‘bail-in’ by a consortium of hedge funds (4 November 2013).
Pinsent Masons has once again taken the top spot in Adviser Rankings’ latest Aim rankings, despite Memery Crystal closing its leadership gap by three clients since July.
Ashurst partners have voted for a raft of new board members, as the firm continues its push towards post-merger integration.
Clifford Chance has scooped a key advisory role for the Co-op Bank on its restructuring after Allen & Overy (A&O) found itself conflicted out due to a longstanding role as adviser to majority owner, the Co-operative Group.
One of the government’s leading lawyers, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) general counsel Anthony Inglese, is to retire.
The former director of legal and company secretary at Virgin Money, Jasan Fitzpatrick, has named as general counsel of consumer credit firm Premium Credit.
Clifford Chance’s finance operation is a complex beast, divided into two groups with some overlap. On the one hand there is the global financial group which includes lending and acquisition finance, derivatives, financial regulatory advice, insolvency and restructuring, real estate finance, project finance and asset finance. This group is headed by Mark Campbell.
OC gives private client practice a kick up the cut-glass as ‘traditional’ team hits the road
The Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) bar panel review has come to a close, with 20 sets of chambers winning appointments.
Canadian firm Gowlings’ EMEA head of energy, infrastructure and mining David Shasha has left the firm (1 November).
Clifford Chance and Hogan Lovells won lead roles advising AMC Networks on its €750m (£467.4m) acquisition of the international content division of Liberty Global, known as Chellomedia.
Debevoise & Plimpton, Linklaters and Irish firm Arthur Cox have won roles in the placement of a $1bn (£621.6m) seven-year Eurobond with an annual coupon rate of 5.55 per cent by Russian metals giant Norilsk Nickel.
Japan’s largest bank, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), is in the closing stages of establishing its first ever UK legal panel.
Baker & McKenzie’s former City managing partner Gary Senior has been elected to succeed corporate partner Beatriz Araujo on the firm’s executive committee.
Citigroup will announce details of its eagerly-awaited revamped panel early next month, with the banking giant preparing to unveil a new structure to the roster and show some existing advisers the door.
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Osborne Clarke has opened an office in Manhattan in a bid to enhance its relationships with tech companies and intermediaries in the US.
Travers Smith, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Dickson Minto have taken lead roles on the £100m sale of Byron Hamburgers to private equity group Hutton Collins Partners.
Slater & Gordon is to take over niche industrial disease firm John Pickering and Partners, the Australian firm’s fourth acquisition since August.
Ashurst real estate partner Matthew Hooton has quit the firm, making him the second partner to leave the practice in as many weeks.
Ashurst partners have voted legacy Blake Dawson chairman Mary Padbury into its vice chair position, just days after litigator Ben Tidswell emerged as the firm’s new chairman (16 October 2013).
Ashurst’s newly-elected chairman Ben Tidswell plans to consolidate the firm’s current international footprint and push for profit growth as he prepares to take the helm from the firm’s current senior partner Charlie Geffen.
Ashurst partners have elected litigator Ben Tidswell into its newly-formed chairman role, a move that has cost current senior partner, Charlie Geffen, the leadership post he has held since 2008.
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Wragge & Co is the latest firm to transfer a cohort of its support staff to third-party provider Intelligent Office, resulting in 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members opting to take voluntary redundancy.
Clifford Chance private equity partner Tom Evans is leaving the firm to join Latham & Watkins’ corporate practice.
A total of 185 firms have applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the extended indemnity period (EIP) of insurance having failed to secure professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover by the regulator’s 1 October deadline.
Wragge & Co’s projects head David Fennell as been elected as the firm’s new global managing partner, after the current chief Ian Metcalfe steps down next year.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has cut its legal panel from 27 to 23 firms, in its first major shake-up of legal advisers since it was set up under the Pensions Act 2004.
Brick Court Chambers has elected Helen Davies QC as its new joint head of chambers for a five-year term.
Ashurst’s collective redundancy consultation has come to an end, with the firm due to cut just over 120 support staff jobs from its City base.
DLA Piper has advised Coca-Cola Icecek, the Turkey-based international Coca-Cola bottler, in its inaugural offering of five-year bonds worth $500m.
Clifford Chance partners have re-elected Jeremy Sandelson for his second term as global head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice.
Shoosmiths has advised client Allied London on a joint venture with Manchester City Council to purchase the former Manchester television studios where Coronation Street was filmed.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer managing partner Ted Burke is planning to stand down in the first quarter of 2014 to take up a general counsel position of Boston private equity firm Arclight Capital Partners. Here we look back at his time at the top.
Slaughter and May and Macfarlanes have pinched the top spots for UK M&A for the year to date, thanks to their work on Verizon Communications’ acquisition of Vodafone’s 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130.1bn (£84bn).
Shale gas extraction is the hot environmental issue of the moment, offering great opportunities but meeting stubborn opposition
Ashurst and Ashurst Australia partners this morning (26 September) voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of the firm’s full financial tie-up. It is a monumental move that has been two years in the making. Here’s how they did it.
Ashurst partners have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of full financial integration with legacy Blake Dawson, now known as Ashurst Australia.
Ashurst partners are set to vote on the full financial integration between Ashurst and Ashurst Australia but it is the battle for the top managerial job that is really getting partners talking.
Ashurst’s London litigation partner Ben Tidswell will run for the newly created chairman position, alongside current senior partner Charlie Geffen, as the firm readies for the Australian merger vote.
Clyde & Co increased its corporate turnover by a third during 2012/13, with the group generating revenues of £70.7m over the financial year.
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Simmons & Simmons has added Peter Meyer and Alex Brown to its board in its latest round of periodic elections.
Clifford Chance, Sullivan & Cromwell and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken lead roles on Barclays’ bumper £5.8bn rights issue – the world’s largest rights issue by a bank since 2009.
Graham White, former executive partner at Slaughter and May, has been appointed to the board of diversity recruitment agency Rare as a non-executive director.
Property-focused Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall has raided regional rival Brachers for its former managing partner.
Slaughter and May and Linklaters have extended their lead at the top of the FTSE 100 client rankings for the second quarter of 2013, despite little movement in the market.
Speechly Bircham is staking its future on international expansion across Europe kickstarting today with the launch of a second office in Switzerland.
Stephenson Harwood, Macfarlanes, CMS and Hogan Lovells have won roles on Baker Tilly’s acquisition of debt-laden accountancy firm RSM Tenon Group.
Withers has issued a cash call to its equity partners, with partners allegedly asked to pay out as much as £5,000 per point.
Dickson Minto is understood to be advising long term client BC Partners on the flotation of estate agency Foxtons, which is expected to raise as much as £400m.
The exit of private equity heavyweight Raymond McKeeve has put the spotlight on Berwin Leighton Paisner’s corporate group. What’s next for the firm?
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s global private equity head Raymond McKeeve has exited to join Jones Day.
East Anglian firm Ashton KCJ is planning to overhaul its partnership structure, switching from a two-tier partnership to an all-equity partnership model with a modified lockstep system.
Charles Russell has opened its second Middle Eastern office in the Westbay district of the Qatari capital Doha.
Macfarlanes has made its third lateral hire in under a year, picking up Ashurst construction head Ann Minogue.
Slaughter and May is considering updating its traditional career progression structure and could expand the role of special adviser and consultants.
The fact that Barclays and Lloyds are eyeing up big capital markets transactions begs a big question – are the capital markets finally making a comeback?
Clifford Chance advised longterm client Montagu Private Equity on the £438m sale of the Host Europe Group to Cinven.
Speechly Bircham has hired SJ Berwin consultant Victoria Younghusband, who joined as a partner in the firm’s financial services and funds team on 1 August.
General counsel Carol Hui and her small team are guiding Heathrow through turbulent times
Pinsent Masons has retained its lead at the top of the most recent Aim rankings, with an increase of seven clients since the last quarter of 2012.
Taylor Wessing is set to axe 22 secretarial roles as its redundancy consultation involving all 96 of the firm’s current UK-based secretarial staff comes to a close.
DWF has scrapped a total of 38 roles across the firm following redundancy consultations in May.
Europhile Osborne Clarke gets busy in the City of Love, but dreams of New York
Burges Salmon has posted solid results for 2012/13, with turnover increasing by 3.8 per cent from £71m to £73.7m in 2012/13.
Clifford Chance advised longstanding client Abertis on the sale of Belfast International and Stockholm Stavsta airports to ADC & HAS Airports Worldwide.
Credit Agricole has opened the bidding for places on its new panel, just two years after its last review.
Withers was in the front line of a controversial Supreme Court challenge to the legal definition of religion in England today, acting for a woman wishing to marry her fiancé in the Church of Scientology.
SJ Berwin partners will vote on a combination with King & Wood Mallesons next week.
Wedlake Bell has seen its revenue boosted by 49.4 percent in 2012/13 after its April 2012 merger with Cumberland Ellis (1 February 2012).
Baker Botts has hired a large chunk of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Middle East operations, amid a rift between the post-merger firms legacy UK and US arms.
Stephenson Harwood has recorded a 2 per cent boost in turnover, from £110.2m in 2011/12 to £112.3m in 2012/13.
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Pannone’s white label legal arm Pannone Affinity has hired Jonathan Gulliford, one of the founders of Co-operative Legal Services, as part of an ongoing growth drive.
Ashurst is to review its development and promotion systems as it emerges that every trainee who failed to secure an NQ role at the firm came from a BME (black and minority ethnic) background.
Ashurst is to scrap its senior partner position, currently held by Charlie Geffen, after its proposed full financial merger with Ashurst Australia, which is expected to take place later this year.
Stephenson Harwood is hiring partner Lisa Marks from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), where she has been a partner in the finance practice since 2008.
Withers private client partner Ziva Robertson has quit the firm to join McDermott Will & Emery in London.
Berwin Leighton Paisner today concluded its redundancy consultation, confirming it will cut more than 100 jobs at the firm.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer saw its revenue grow by 7.2 per cent to £1.221bn in 2012/13 alongside increases in its average profit per equity partner (PEP) and net profit.
Macfarlanes has posted a revenue hike of 11.7 per cent for 2012/13, taking turnover above £110m, alongside a 16 per cent jump in net profit.
Clifford Chance regional corporate head Guy Norman is to return to London after a three-year stint in Dubai.
Shearman & Sterling and Slaughter and May have won roles on Nokia’s €1.7bn (£1.5bn) acquisition of Siemens’ 50 per cent stake in Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).
Withers has announced it has made up eight associates to its partnership across five of its 10 global offices.
Baker & McKenzie has made up 71 partners across its global network, eight more than last year, bringing its total to 1,450 partners worldwide.
Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy (A&O) have advised on a state-backed merger between property companies Sorouh and Aldar One, to create Abu Dhabi’s largest real estate developer.
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Speechly Bircham saw a slight growth in net profit but a similar drop in turnover and PEP in 2012/13, the firm’s financial results have revealed, after a year characterised by a number of departures, lateral hires and the failure of merger talks with Withers.
Travers Smith has concluded its associate pay review, opting to maintain its lockstep structure for junior associates but adding in additional flexibility for those working “excessive” hours or approaching partnership level.
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Norton Rose Fulbright has advised easyJet on its agreement to buy 135 planes from Airbus in a deal described as a blow to its US rival Boeing.
Seddons has named residential property partner Simon Ross as its new managing partner, succeeding Robin Austin who stepped down earlier this month (12 June).
Osborne Clarke has seen turnover increase by 14 per cent over the last financial year from £98m to £112m.
It’s all kicking off in the mid-level corporate sector, with upstarts such as RPC, FFW and Irwin Mitchell looking to cash in as discerning clients look for value. By Natalie Stanton
It’s all kicking off in the mid-level corporate sector, with upstarts such as RPC, FFW and Irwin Mitchell looking to cash in as discerning clients look for value
All those on the shortlist for this year’s The Lawyer Awards best banking & finance team show a knack for creating groundbreaking deal opportunities
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), HowardKennedyFSI and Mayer Brown have advised on New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation’s purchase of London’s Old Spitalfields Market for £105m, in a deal referred to as the UK capital’s largest retail investment this year.
Shepherd & Wedderburn has boosted its real estate practice in London with two new partner hires including the former head of property at Addleshaw Goddard.
DLA Piper has been added to the panel of Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH) following the hire of its new general counsel and company secretary Liz McDonald last October.
Poundworld is to review its legal department following the exit of legal chief David Dresser, who quit the company following a row over which firms the company should instruct.
DWF is entering another redundancy consultation which will put jobs at risk in its London, Coventry, Teesside and Manchester offices.
Withers chairman Anthony Indaimo is to stand down in July with the firm naming New York-based Ivan Sacks as his successor.
Transport for London legal director Andrea Clarke’s remit has extended to take in new in-house and policing tasks - all while ensuring that the city keeps on moving
A merged Withers and Speechly Bircham would have scaled The Lawyer’s UK 200 with a turnover of about £170m, and created one of the world’s largest specialist private client teams. So what went wrong?
Mike Giles, who has been finance director at SJ Berwin since 1999, is leaving the firm to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
Withers and Speechly Bircham will vote next week on whether the two firms should merge to create a £170m firm, The Lawyer has learned.
Farrer & Co and Olswang have both confirmed the results of redundancy consultations begun earlier this year, laying off fewer people than originally feared.
Osborne Clarke today (15 May) entered into a two week consultation programme with a view to cutting 13 senior associates.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today (14 May) announced plans to make a raft of redundancies affecting nearly 100 lawyers and staff at the firm.
Stephenson Harwood acts for buyer on UK debut after referral from Hong Kong base
Law firms often appear to focus their training efforts on the newbies to the legal profession, but increasingly programmes target mid-level associates
Wragge & Co has put up to 30 full-time equivalent support staff at risk of being made redundant in London and Birmingham.
Bond Dickinson has unveiled its first round of promotions since the merger between Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce, which went live last week (1 May).
After a competitive tender process, Anderson Strathern has once again been retained to advise the Crown Estate in Scotland.
Burges Salmon and Veale Wasbrough Vizards advise as Business Growth Fund puts cash in
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has announced partner promotions in London and Munich – two of its fourteen offices. From 1 May 2013, this will bring the total number of partners in the firm up to 126.