RBS £4bn shareholder battle adjourned to 2017 amid criticism of disclosure process

26-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have been criticised in the High Court for their “unfocused”, “unsettling” and “less than compelling” approach to disclosure in the bank’s £4bn battle with shareholders.

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Freshfields and Sullivan take the lead on £1.2bn Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold tie-up

26-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cross-border teams from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the €1.7bn (£1.2bn) tie-up between banking technology companies Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold in Germany and the US. 


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.


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). 


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.


Mishcon picks up Investec claimants from Signature on £4bn RBS shareholder battle

18-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Mishcon de Reya has taken a further claimant from Signature Litigation in the mammoth £4bn shareholder battle against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), The Lawyer can reveal.

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Lloyds drops plans to appeal ruling over Linklaters' HBoS advice

17-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Lloyds Bank has abandoned plans to appeal a decision handed down in July that said advice given to it by Linklaters on its acquisition of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBoS) is not subject to privilege, The Lawyer can reveal.


Paul Hastings recruits BLP structured debt and capital markets head Severs

16-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) head of structured debt and capital markets Paul Severs is leaving the firm for Paul Hastings’ London office. 


Hogan Lovells joins magic circle trio in £13bn Northern Rock asset sale

13-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Allen & Overy (A&O), Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Slaughter and May have won top roles on the record-breaking £13bn asset portfolio sale by the UK Government to Cerberus Capital Management.  

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2-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

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12-Oct-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

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13-Jul-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

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