Corporate

Amsterdam

Bakers hires seven-strong Linklaters and Houthoff Buruma corporate team in Amsterdam

30-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has hired a seven-strong team from Houthoff Buruma and Linklaters to boost its M&A, capital markets and private equity offering in Amsterdam.  

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Freshfields and HSF among raft of firms advising on Hutchison Whampoa’s £10.25bn O2 buy

28-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills and Linklaters are among the firms to win roles on Hong Kong giant Hutchison Whampoa’s proposed acquisition of O2.

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Employment

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Freshfields adds Kirkland employment partner as US expansion drive continues

30-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has continued its series of bold US lateral hires with the appointment of Kirkland & Ellis employment partner Howard Klein to its New York office.

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Early contenders emerge to take BLP managing partner crown

19-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The debate around Berwin Leighton Paisner managing partner Neville Eisenberg’s replacement is hotting up with three partners including corporate head David Collins thought to be early contenders. 

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Financial Services

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Vedder Price wins key role on launch of the UK’s first regulated bitcoin trading platform

26-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

US firm Vedder Price’s London office has advised on the launch of Digital Securities Exchange (DSX) - the first company in the UK to bring bitcoin trading into a secure regulated environment.

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Clifford Chance's Simon Davis slams FCA pension leak in report

11-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance partner Simon Davis has branded the Financial Conduct Authority “seriously inadequate” in his published report into the leak on a FCA life insurance industry probe earlier this year. 

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Human Rights

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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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Private Client

London

Osborne Clarke hires Taylor Wessing private client partner Goodman in practice re-launch

19-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Osborne Clarke has hired two new private client partners in a bid to re-launch its private client offering, which it previously scrapped in late 2013.

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Bircham Dyson Bell keeps emphasis on private wealth with Pinsents hire

12-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) has announced the hire of Pinsent Masons’ former head of private wealth Karl Woolley as a partner.

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Fraud and Crime

Law Society

Bindmans and Kingsley Napley lead as Law Soc challenges government over legal aid

15-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Bindmans and Kingsley Napley are advising the Law Society and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) on their application for judicial review of the new tender process for criminal legal aid contracts, which is in court today (15 January).

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Hamburg Bird & Bird lawyer under fire for alleged involvement in €137m embezzlement charge

17-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

A Hamburg-based Bird & Bird lawyer, and a former partner from the same office, have been drawn into a corruption trial involving one of their clients.

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Insolvency and Restructuring

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White & Case picks up DX mandate on acquisition of City Link assets

9-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

White & Case has advised logistics and parcel distribution company DX Group on its acquisition of assets from its collapsed competitor City Link.

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Gateley, Macfarlanes and Mayer Brown deliver as City Link goes into administration

6-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Gateley, Macfarlanes and Mayer Brown have all played key roles advising on the controversial administration of courier business City Link, which was handed over to EY on Christmas Eve.

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Regulatory and Compliance

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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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Manchester

Browne Jacobson managing partner pledges further growth for third term

29-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Browne Jacobson’s managing partner Iain Blatherwick has been unanimously re-appointed to the role in a vote by the firm’s 96 partners.

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Hot 100 2015: record number of in-housers among this year's stand-out lawyers

26-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

A record 45 in-house counsel and 50 women feature in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2015, which is unveiled today after months of research.

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Litigation

London

BLP advocacy head Stuart Isaacs QC joins King & Spalding

30-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)’s advocacy head Stuart Isaacs QC has joined King & Spalding’s (K&S) global disputes team as a partner, effective 9 February.

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Deutsche Bank legal costs fall by 80 per cent in Q4 2014 as cases linger

29-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Deutsche Bank’s litigation costs fell by over 80 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, from €1.1bn to €207m (£155m), helping the bank to a surprise pretax profit.

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Real Estate

London

A&O and Ashurst win key roles on £680m Jurys Inn hotel chain sale

28-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Dillon Eustace and William Fry have won key mandates advising on the £680m acquisition of the Jurys Inn hotel chain by US private equity group Lone Star.

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Sovereign Housing Association adds four firms to 14-strong legal panel following review

27-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Sovereign Housing Association, the largest social housing provider for the south and southwest of England, has grown its legal panel by 40 per cent, adding four firms to its roster of advisors.

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Intellectual Property

San Francisco

Kobre & Kim launches fourth US office in San Francisco with IP hire

21-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

International litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has launched its fourth office in the US in San Francisco, led by Kerr & Wagstaffe’s Michael Ng who joins the firm as a partner.

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Lewis Silkin client Enterprise Holdings wins IP fight against Europcar

13-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Lewis Silkin client, rental services provider Enterprise Holdings, has won a trademark logo battle against rival company Europcar at the High Court.

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Insurance

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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Media, Entertainment and Sport

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Squire Patton Boggs advises on Sheffield Wednesday sale to Thai seafood businessman

29-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Squire Patton Boggs has advised on the deal to sell Sheffield Wednesday Football Club to Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri, representing owner Milan Mandaric.

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Virgin Media bats off ninth patent infringement claim from tech company Rovi

28-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Virgin Media’s in-house team has successfully fought off the latest in a string of nine patent infringement claims brought by US technology company Rovi, with the claim withdrawn before hitting the courts.

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Tax

Melbourne

Minter Ellison raids Maddocks for three-partner tax team

22-Dec-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Australia’s Minter Ellison has bolstered its tax practice with the addition of three partners from rival firm Maddocks.

London

White & Case wins first-time mandate from HM Treasury to advise on UK tax changes

9-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

White & Case has advised HM Treasury on its proposal for new tax legislation, which would help to provide new finance for business and infrastructure projects.

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Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

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Herbert Smith Freehills on board for HS2 rail project

28-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has been appointed as the main adviser for High Speed Two (HS2), the developer of Britain’s new north-south high speed train line.

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Clyde & Co's James Burns: "I’ve always thought of management as a team sport"

16-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

It has been just over a year since James Burns took over as senior partner at Clyde & Co, succeeding Michael Payton who stood down to become chairman after 28 years at the helm.

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Competition

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France's Veil Jourde launches competition group with Winston & Strawn team

23-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French firm Veil Jourde has capped off a strong 2014 with the hire of a competition team from Winston & Strawn led by partner Emmanuel Tricot.

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China’s Gaopeng takes on high-profile Microsoft hire

5-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

PRC firm Gaopeng & Partners has bolstered its Beijing practice with the addition of Microsoft’s China general manager and assistant general counsel Ron Xie.

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Funds

London

Eaglewood Europe hires former Sidley Austin associate as its first GC

28-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Eaglewood Europe has hired former Sidley Austin associate Dipali Sahni as its first general counsel.

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A&O and Herbert Smith Freehills advise on £1bn sale of Moorfield portfolio to Lone Star

5-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Moorfield Real Estate Fund on the sale of its diversified real estate investment portfolio to Lone Star Real Estate Fund, represented by Allen & Overy (A&O), for £1bn.

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Information Technology

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Vedder Price wins key role on launch of the UK’s first regulated bitcoin trading platform

26-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

US firm Vedder Price’s London office has advised on the launch of Digital Securities Exchange (DSX) - the first company in the UK to bring bitcoin trading into a secure regulated environment.

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Gunnercooke invites two-man boutique to share office in bid to bring in tech clients

22-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Manchester firm Gunnercooke has signed a deal to provide office space, regulatory, insurance and back office support services to two-man start-up firm Ignition Law.

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