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Kromann Reumert and Reed Smith advise on exclusive licence for Ebola vaccine

24-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Reed Smith and Danish firm Kromann Reumert advised Bavarian Nordic on a licence and supply agreement for approximately $187m to grant its Ebola vaccine exclusively to Johnson & Johnson company Crucell Holland.

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Olney retires after 31 years at Slaughters as Wittmann is elected practice partner

24-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Slaughter and May corporate partner David Wittmann is to become the firm’s practice partner on 1 January 2015.

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Freshfields' fresh leaders: "We've got a strong US platform but need to be stronger"

14-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s new heads of corporate, litigation and employment are looking stateside in a bid to hang on to the lead created by former litigation head Christopher Pugh and corporate head Ed Braham.

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KWM SJB adds nine to Milan office and creates employment team

13-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWM SJB) has hired finance and employment teams in Milan led by partners from two local firms in a significant boost for its Italian practice.

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Freshfields and A&O's client Deutsche Bank loses latest Unitech court outing

8-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Indian property company Unitech has triumphed again against Deutsche Bank in the latest stage of the long-running $177m (£110m) Libor battle over allegedly missold loans and swaps.

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Slaughters advises Wonga on FCA-prompted £220m debt write-off deal

3-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Slaughter and May has advised Wonga on the agreement with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that wrote off £220m of debt from approximately 330,000 customers this week.

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George Clooney effect wreaks havoc on Doughty Street website

30-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Doughty Street Chambers has been forced to upgrade its website hosting arrangements to cope with a surge in traffic following the nuptials of member Amal Alamuddin and Hollywood star George Clooney.

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Doughty Street restructures clerks' room to focus on business development

29-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Doughty Street has restructured its clerking team to focus on practice areas and beefed up its criminal team, adding 2 Hare Court’s Maurice MacSweeney as a new business development director.

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Exclusive: Slater & Gordon set to acquire Cardiff-based Leo Abse & Cohen

25-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Slater & Gordon is in the final stages of a deal to acquire Cardiff-based trade union firm Leo Abse & Cohen, The Lawyer can reveal.

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Taylor Wessing hires three partners in a week for London and Dubai offices

2-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Taylor Wessing has announced three lateral partner hires for its private client practice and construction teams in London and Dubai.

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SFO requests £26.5m emergency cash injection for Tchenguiz and fraud battles

24-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has requested an urgent cash injection of £26.5m – 75 per cent above its core budget – in order to pursue its high-profile fraud investigations and pay out compensation to the Tchenguiz brothers.

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New competition regulator CMA creates three new cartel roles

9-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The newly-formed Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is looking to hire a director of criminal enforcement as part of three new director roles aimed at beefing up its ability to crack down on cartels.

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SFO in court for Alstom bribery case

9-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has enlisted Three Raymond Buildings’ Simon Farrell QC and Rachel Scott for its court case against French train giant Alstom, which it accused of paying around $8m (£5m) in bribes to officials over a six-year period.

Paris

Dentons picks up KWMSJB Paris restructuring team

24-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons has hired a partner and four associates from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB)’s Paris office in an effort to strengthen its restructuring team, following the departure of two partners earlier this year.

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Akin springs 22 Bingham partners

22-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

London restructuring team’s mass exit may speed $2bn mega-merger talks 

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The LCIA: New rules and new frontiers

19-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The LCIA is changing, but is it moving quickly enough?

Manchester

Too much, too soon? Linder Myers' acquisitive path to administration

13-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Manchester-based Linder Myers has spent the last few years acquiring distressed assets. Now the firm is on the hunt for a rescue-merger to pull it back from the brink.

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Jeremy Gauntlett: Meet Mandela's man

10-Feb-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Kate Beioley talks Mandela, democracy and the rule of law with Brick Court Chambers’ latest recruit, Jeremy Gauntlett.

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The Lawyer Management conference puts legal market innovation centre stage

20-Oct-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

Today (22 October) will see well over 100 of the UK legal market’s leaders converge on The Brewery in the City of London for the second annual The Lawyer Management conference.

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Linklaters launches LGBT ally scheme

17-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has continued its push on diversity by launching a new ally programme aimed at support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues.

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Lord Neuberger picks five top cases ahead of Supreme Court anniversary

15-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A raft of chambers and firms, including the likes of Blackstone and Matrix Chambers and Farrer & Co and Nabarro, have emerged as advisers on Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger’s picks of the most significant cases to have been heard in the court.

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SFO requests £26.5m emergency cash injection for Tchenguiz and fraud battles

24-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has requested an urgent cash injection of £26.5m – 75 per cent above its core budget – in order to pursue its high-profile fraud investigations and pay out compensation to the Tchenguiz brothers.

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Orrick and Withers lose at High Court as Excalibur funders forced to pay £23m costs

24-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The explosive $1.6bn oil row between Excalibur Ventures and Texas and Gulf Keystone took a new turn yesterday (23 October) when the High Court ruled the third-party funders backing the case were liable for indemnity costs.

London

Land Securities general counsel Adrian de Souza resigns

21-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Land Securities’ first-ever general counsel Adrian de Souza has handed in his resignation after over four years at the FTSE 100 property company.

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Akin negotiates more space at Bingham's 41 Lothbury office

21-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is understood to be negotiating to take the seventh floor at 41 Lothbury having taken over Bingham McCutchen’s lease on the fifth and sixth floors with immediate effect.

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Specsavers triumphs in Asda trademark battle after switching from Eversheds to HGF Law

20-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Specsavers has triumphed in a five-year trademark battle which went all the way to the European Court of Justice, having switched from Eversheds and Blackstone Chambers’ silk Michael Bloch QC to HGF Law and 8 New Square’s James Mellor.

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Edwards Wildman exodus continues as IP partner Goodger quits for Osborne Clarke

6-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Osborne Clarke has hired IP partner Ben Goodger, who becomes the latest partner to exit Edwards Wildman Palmer’s London office.

Saga

Freshfields and Linklaters scoop lead roles on Saga’s bumper £3bn IPO

12-May-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are advising on Saga’s planned IPO, which is set to be the largest public offer of shares since the privatisation of Royal Mail.

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Debevoise and Linklaters help AIA forge Asia partnership with Citibank

19-Dec-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

Debevoise & Plimpton and Linklaters have played lead roles advising the $4bn (£2.4bn) landmark bancassurance partnership between AIA and Citibank in the Asia-Pacific region.

Melbourne

Baker & McKenzie turns to Corrs for Aussie corporate hire

24-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Baker & McKenzie has bolstered its Melbourne office with the addition of a partner from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Facebook

Facebook sues DLA for "fraudulent lawsuit"; DLA slams tech giant's 'intimidation' tactics

21-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Facebook has launched a lawsuit against DLA Piper and a raft of US law firms alleging they represented a fraudulent claimant pursuing Facebook for 50 per cent ownership of the social network.

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Fried Frank continues to grow with Orrick’s London tax head Thornton

21-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has made its second major hire in a week, appointing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London tax chief Nick Thornton.

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KPMG awarded ABS licence

1-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

KPMG has become the latest ‘Big Four’ professional services firm to be granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

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Stephenson Harwood advises Govia on clearance for tripartite rail franchise

25-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Stephenson Harwood has advised transport company Govia on a phase one merger clearance from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) rail franchise.

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WFW launches in Dubai with three-lawyer team

18-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Watson Farley & Williams has today (18 September) launched its first office in the Middle East, based in Dubai.

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Clifford Chance and Herbies advise on EDF EU subsidy approval

17-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

EDF has turned to Clifford Chance antitrust partner Jenine Hulsmann to win approval for a nuclear reactor subsidy scheme from the European Commission (EC), enabling the first new nuclear reactors to be built in Britain for 20 years. 

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New competition regulator CMA creates three new cartel roles

9-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The newly-formed Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is looking to hire a director of criminal enforcement as part of three new director roles aimed at beefing up its ability to crack down on cartels.

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The Akin deal is done, but what of the five Bingham refuseniks?

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The much anticipated tie-up between Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Bingham McCutcheon’s London office closes only one chapter of speculation over the fate of the US firm.

Hong Kong

Funds boutique MJ Hudson launches in Hong Kong amidst three-strong promos round

28-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Asset management and funds boutique MJ Hudson has launched in Hong Kong, creating the firm’s third office alongside London and Jersey.