Corporate

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Freshfields and Mayer Brown book lead roles as Center Parcs opts for sale over IPO

2-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Mayer Brown have taken the lead on the sale of holiday company Center Parcs to Canadian property group Brookfield for around £2.5bn.

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Pérez-Llorca to launch office in New York as US hub and gateway to Latin America

2-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Spanish firm Pérez-Llorca has confirmed plans to open a foreign office in New York in the fourth quarter of this year, in a bid to gain more US related work and expand its presence in Latin America.

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Employment

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Exclusive: Foot Anstey instructs CMS to defend age discrimination claim by ex-partner

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Foot Anstey has turned to CMS Cameron McKenna to defend it against an age discrimination claim brought by an ex-partner.

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Dentons hit with €60,000 damages in French employment case

12-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

A Paris employment tribunal has landed Dentons with a €60,000 damages bill after finding that the firm unlawfully made a secretary redundant immediately prior to the 2013 merger between legacy Salans and SNR Denton.

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Financial Services

Barclays

Exclusive: Baker & McKenzie picks up Barclays instruction on UK forex fine aftermath

2-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Baker & McKenzie has picked up a rare instruction from long-standing Clifford Chance client Barclays on upcoming foreign exchange (forex) manipulation matters in the UK.

London

Funds giant BlackRock scoops up former Barclays EMEA investment GC Handling

27-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Barclays’ former general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) investment has joined alternative fund management company BlackRock.

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Human Rights

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Howe & Co wins against Kingsley Napley on Wetherspoon Traveller racism row

19-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Kingsley Napley client JD Wetherspoon has been ordered to pay £24,000 to a number of Irish travellers represented by Howe & Co following a Central London County Court ruling of “direct racial discrimination” by the pub chain on Monday (18 May).

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Human Rights Act to be scrapped under Conservative Government

8-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Conservative manifesto promise to immediately scrap the 1998 Human Rights Act (HRA) on winning the 2015 general election is nearing reality as David Cameron’s party wins an overall majority.

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Private Client

Los Angeles

Withers launches three new California offices with nine-partner McKenna Long team

1-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Withers has continued its US expansion by hiring nine new partners and 17 fee earners, the majority from legacy McKenna Long & Aldridge, and opening three new offices in California.

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Blake Morgan continues expansion with Piper Smith Watton merger

8-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Blake Morgan is merging with London-based firm Piper Smith Watton, nearly a year after the merger of Blake Lapthorn with Morgan Cole. 

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Fraud and Crime

Barristers

Serjeants' Inn announces bumper 28 per cent income growth for 2014/15

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Public, police and medical negligence set Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has reported growth in fee income of 27.5 per cent for the 2014/15 financial year ending 31 March on the back of a management overhaul.

Law Society

A “devastating blow” for access to justice: Court of Appeal rejects Law Society challenge over legal aid contracts

25-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge by the Law Society to Government plans that will cut criminal legal aid contracts for duty solicitors.

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Insolvency and Restructuring

Scotland

Burness Paull and Levy & McRae face legal action over collapse of $400m hedge fund

20-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Scottish firms Burness Paull and Levy & McRae are facing legal action from the liquidators of Heather Capital over their involvement in the collapse of the $400m hedge fund.

Dublin

William Fry wins Irish government tender for restructuring of AIB

13-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

William Fry has emerged as the winner of the Irish Department of Finance’s tender to appoint a legal adviser to work on the potential capital restructuring of Ireland’s investments in Allied Irish Banks (AIB).

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Exclusive: Shell hires pricing analyst to manage fees ahead of panel review

22-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a global sourcing officer from Reed Smith to manage its pricing arrangements with external counsel in a bid to reign in costs and ensure greater value from panel firms.

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Pharmaceutical consolidation: trio of US firms win roles on CVS acquisition of Omnicare

21-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Dechert, Sullivan & Cromwell and White & Case have all taken roles in the $12.7bn pharmaceutical deal between US pharmacy chains CVS Health and Omnicare. 

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Litigation

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Orrick joins handful of international firms with Geneva office

2-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has become one of only a few international firms to open in Geneva with the hire of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa.

Barclays

Exclusive: Baker & McKenzie picks up Barclays instruction on UK forex fine aftermath

2-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Baker & McKenzie has picked up a rare instruction from long-standing Clifford Chance client Barclays on upcoming foreign exchange (forex) manipulation matters in the UK.

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Real Estate

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Law firms lag behind accountants in office space efficiency plans

29-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Accountancy firms have outstripped law firms in space management strategies, new research from real estate company CBRE shows. 

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WM Housing appoints seven to socially-responsible legal panel

29-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

WM Housing Group has appointed seven firms to its legal panel in an attempt to incorporate social values into its legal activities.

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Intellectual Property

Luxembourg

Bird & Bird announces plans to open patent-focused Luxembourg office

21-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird has announced that it has applied to the Luxembourg bar for approval to launch in the Grand Duchy, its 28th office worldwide.

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K&L Gates adds German IP partner from Clifford Chance

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

K&L Gates has become the latest firm to pick up a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, recruiting the magic circle firm’s German trademark head Thorsten Vormann.

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Media, Entertainment and Sport

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Freshfields and Mayer Brown book lead roles as Center Parcs opts for sale over IPO

2-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Mayer Brown have taken the lead on the sale of holiday company Center Parcs to Canadian property group Brookfield for around £2.5bn.

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Charter and Time Warner Cable turn to raft of US firms for $78bn merger

26-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A raft of US firms are representing Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable (TWC) as the pair merge in a $78.7bn deal. 

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Tax

Court

Bernie Ecclestone drafts in HSF and five-silk team on £1bn HMRC bill judicial review

25-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Herbert Smith Freehills has applied for permission to seek judicial review against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for its client Bernie Ecclestone over his £1bn tax bill.

London

Cooley taps Olswang for first tax partner in London

15-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cooley has hired Olswang partner Natasha Kaye to join the firm’s London office as its first tax partner.

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Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

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Hill Dickinson marine quartet split off to launch boutique

21-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

A team of Hill Dickinson lawyers, including two partners, have left to start their own firm under the name Waterside Solicitors.

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Freshfields, CMS and Gide advise on SNCF acquisition of Eurostar

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, CMS and Gide Loyrette Nouel have advised on a deal allowing SNCF Mobilités to gain sole control over Eurostar International.

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Competition

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Greenberg Traurig joins competition recruitment spree with Mayer Brown hire

7-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Mayer Brown’s London antitrust and competition head Gillian Sproul has left the firm to join Greenberg Traurig Maher.

London

Linklaters’ UK competition head Riedel joins Kirkland & Ellis

1-May-2015 | By Matt Byrne

The trend for US firms to bring in some of UK firm’s top legal talent is continuing with the news that Kirkland & Ellis has hired the head of Linklaters’ UK competition practice Paula Riedel.

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Funds

London

Fried Frank poised for major UK funds boost with K&E partner trio

27-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Kirkland & Ellis is understood to have lost three private funds partners to Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, less than a year after the firm’s London head Graham White made the same move.

London

Funds giant BlackRock scoops up former Barclays EMEA investment GC Handling

27-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Barclays’ former general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) investment has joined alternative fund management company BlackRock.

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Information Technology

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eBay turns to Agilent for general counsel hire ahead of PayPal split

14-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

eBay has hired Agilent Technologies’ top lawyer Marie Oh Huber as its new general counsel as the company prepares for the split of eBay and PayPal into two separate companies later this year.

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Olswang victorious over Google in CoA ruling on online privacy

27-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed an attempt by Bristows’ client Google to block British users from pursuing it in the UK courts.

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