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
Linklaters and Kerman & Co are the big winners in the latest quarter’s rankings of law firms by number of listed clients, with the former’s FTSE 100 client count jumping by four to put it ahead of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
May was a good month for big players as Linklaters advised mega-miner Glenstrata on its first post-merger bond issue while CC and Freshfields both grabbed a piece of the £1.4bn Partnership IPO action.
The ‘Chinese walls’ technique is still widely used at top firms, especially on private equity deals. Did the great M&S conflict debacle of 2004 really change anything?
IT was the place to be in April, with Shearman involved in the sale of the ‘Chinese Twitter’ and Hogan Lovells in on the biggest corporate bond offering the world has ever seen, at Apple
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have taken headline roles advising on the Co-operative Group’s £1.5bn debt restructuring that will see bondholders offered shares in the bank through a so-called ‘bail-in’.
Paul Hastings’ London office has taken an advisory role for the corporate finance group behind a plan to distribute shares in RBS and Lloyds Banking Group to the public as part of the banks’ planned privatisations.
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.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Debevoise & Plimpton and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have advised on the sale of cinema operator Vue Entertainment
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May have taken key advisory roles on the IPO of state-owned Royal Mail, described as the largest UK privatisation for decades.