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Why LivaNova's merger was 2015's most complex life sciences deal

25-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pfizer’s $160bn merger with Allergan may well be the largest healthcare transaction in history, but at least the in-house team didn’t have to contend with a merger, injunction attempt, simultaneous de-listing and new listing all in one year.


Dechert boosts M&A practice as former Weil partner Faugérolas returns to practice

25-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Dechert has announced the hire of former Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate finance heavyweight Laurent Faugérolas as a partner, almost three years after he quit law to set up a corporate advisory boutique.

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Fieldfisher hit with €28k damages after tribunal rules it unfairly dismissed Paris secretary

24-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher has been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling €28,454 (£20,000) after a Paris employment tribunal found it had unfairly dismissed a secretary from its office in the French capital.


Bakers launches South Africa employment practice with Cliffe Dekker hire

12-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Baker & McKenzie has launched a South African employment practice with the hire of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s director of employment, Johan Botes.

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Financial Services

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Simmons launches online compliance tool for investment companies

11-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Simmons & Simmons has launched a new online tool to help financial institutions remain compliant when doing business across the EU, in another sign of firms’ efforts to address client needs with new technologies.


Macfarlanes advises new client Visa Inc in £15bn deal with Visa Europe

2-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Linklaters, Macfarlanes, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have won top roles on the €21.2bn (£15.1bn) acquisition of Visa Europe by Visa Inc to create a single global payments business. 

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Human Rights

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50 key cases revealed in defence of Human Rights Act

26-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

One Crown Office Row barrister Adam Wagner has launched a comprehensive study of human rights law in the UK to demonstrate the impact of the Human Rights Act (HRA) on the justice system.


Ex-Leeds Utd director Haigh's human trafficking claims dismissed

15-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

A magistrate has dismissed ex-Leeds United Football Club managing director David Haigh’s claims of human trafficking against his former employers and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray.

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Private Client


Clifford Chance leads on Cinven's £2.3bn pharma sale to Sullivan client Concordia

8-Sep-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A host of Canadian, US and UK firms have all won roles on Cinven’s £2.3bn sale of London-based Amdipharm Mercury Company (AmCo) to Toronto’s Concordia Healthcare. 


Farrers launches firmwide three-year strategy for growth

3-Aug-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Farrer & Co has unveiled its three-year strategy, as the independent firm plans to expand its offering with the introduction of a child protection unit and provisions to help new foreign clients.

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Fraud and Crime


Freshfields instructs Kingsley Napley for criminal advice in Tesco SFO probe

13-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has instructed a team from Kingsley Napley to advise it on the criminal law aspects of Tesco’s investigation by the SFO.


Slaughters secures success for Olympus as SFO drops prosecution

10-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Slaughter and May has successfully defended Olympus and its subsidiary Gyrus Group (GGL) against a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) which was dropped this morning (10 November).

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Insolvency and Restructuring


Linklaters finance veteran Ereira defects to Paul Hastings in City finance drive

18-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Paul Hastings has hired Linklaters finance veteran David Ereira as part of plans to boost its London finance practice.


Former GTM restructuring head Norley joins Bowman Gilfillan turnaround group

3-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Former Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) restructuring head Lyndon Norley has moved to South Africa to join Bowman Gilfillan’s new dedicated restructuring group.

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Regulatory and Compliance


Which US firm is for you? This year's International Top 30 offers some clues

28-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

With moves between US firms rocketing in the first half of 2015, The Lawyer’s Top 30 International Firms in London report reveals the most coveted firms to join and those losing out in the war for talent in London.

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BT plans chambers roster as it hunts for regional firms to join supplier network

18-Nov-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Telecoms giant BT plans to extend its network of preferred suppliers to include a roster of regional firms as well as launching a framework of preferred barristers’ chambers for the first time next year.


UK 200: Latham still number one international firm in London


Latham & Watkins has held on to its position as the largest overseas-headquartered firm in the UK market despite Baker & McKenzie posting an increase in its UK revenue to $220.25m, this week’s UK 200: the Top 100 reveals.

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Fieldfisher hit with €28k damages after tribunal rules it unfairly dismissed Paris secretary

24-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher has been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling €28,454 (£20,000) after a Paris employment tribunal found it had unfairly dismissed a secretary from its office in the French capital.


Ashurst HBOS clients "disagree" with PRA and FCA report into bank's collapse

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Former HBOS executives represented by Ashurst have defended their actions after the conclusion of a report into the failure of the bank by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 

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Real Estate

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The real estate blog: UK tops infrastructure development table

24-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The UK has been revealed as the world’s most attractive country for infrastructure development, according to research carried out by Nabarro.

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Blake Lapthorn partner ceases practice after misusing £220k of client funds

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

A former partner at legacy firm Blake Lapthorn has agreed to remove his name from the roll of practising solicitors after misusing £222,000 of client funds.

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Intellectual Property

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Schillings hires Army general as first non-lawyer partner since LLP conversion

19-Oct-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Schillings has hired former British Army Major General  Tim Robinson as a partner, in its first non-lawyer partnership appointment since becoming a limited liability partnership (LLP). 

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Alston & Bird opens first Asia office in Beijing

9-Sep-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

US firm Alston & Bird has launched an office in Beijing, its first location in Asia and second overseas.

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Media, Entertainment and Sport

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Forbes Anderson Free and Lee & Thompson tie up to create £13.5m media "powerhouse"

18-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Media and entertainment firms Forbes Anderson Free and Lee & Thompson have announced they are merging, creating a £13.5m firm with over 60 fee-earners.


Pearson kicks off additional panel search for UK employment work

10-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pearson is gearing up to appoint up to five firms to its new labour and employment panel, as it looks to finalise its first UK legal roster by the end of the year. 

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UK pharma companies' tax legal bill hits £1.46bn in 2015

8-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Leading UK pharmaceutical companies set aside a colossal £1.46bn in legal spend this year to fund tax litigation, according to new research.


Bakers boosts corporate tax practice with EY tax head of markets hire

25-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has boosted its corporate tax practice with the hire of Ernst and Young (EY) tax head of market Kate Alexander to join the London office as a principal tax advisor in the corporate practice.

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Shipping, Aviation and Logistics


Rolls-Royce promotes Gregory to GC as Webb returns to Brick Court

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Rolls-Royce has promoted its head of legal Mark Gregory to the role of general counsel, with former legal chief Robert Webb QC set to rejoin Brick Court Chambers as an arbitrator.


Rolls-Royce turns to Slaughter and May in late instruction on SFO criminal probe

11-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Rolls-Royce has instructed Slaughter and May as principal adviser on the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) probe into allegations of bribery and corruption at the company, it has emerged.

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British Airways

Hausfeld slammed by High Court over "abuse of court process" in BA air cargo case

3-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

A High Court judge has criticised Hausfeld over a “false statement of truth” and said its representation of 65,000 Chinese claimants in the British Airways air cargo cartel case represented an “abuse of court process”.

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BA strike-out appeal upheld as CoA rules against Peter Smith in air cargo cartel claim

15-Oct-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a strike-out application by British Airways on its mammoth legal battle over air cargo cartel claims.

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Pemberton Asset Management hires Dechert's Mitchell as first GC

15-Oct-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Dechert partner Corinna Mitchell has joined Pemberton Asset Management as its first general counsel.


Mishcon loses co-head of funds and financial services to O’Melveny

28-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Mishcon de Reya co-head of funds and financial services group Eve Ellis is set to join O’Melveny & Myers in London.

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Information Technology


BLP's Whalley: Using AI for processing is just the beginning

23-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has adopted artificial intelligence (AI) into its business in an attempt to boost efficiency and improve the morale of its lawyers. However, the firm’s head of legal risk consultancy Matthew Whalley believes this is only the beginning of how law firms can use AI.

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TransferWise hires Mind Candy GC as first-ever legal chief

21-Oct-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Currency transfer service TransferWise has created a general counsel role, appointing former Mind Candy general counsel Jenifer Swallow.

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