Herbert Smith Freehills raids Ashurst’s Asia Pacific offices for two corporate partners

31-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired two corporate partners from Ashurst’s Australia and Japanese offices.

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Norton Rose Fulbright elects CEO Martyr for fifth term as Scott takes up management role

29-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Norton Rose Fulbright has re-elected Peter Martyr as its global chief executive for his fifth three-year term, as of 1 January 2015.


Edwards Wildman left rudderless in London as management switches stateside

29-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Edward Wildman Palmer’s London head Nick Bolter no longer has a formal stake in managing the firm’s City base.


Allen & Overy and HSF set to pick up £9.8m in legal fees on Tui's £5.2bn merger

29-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Allen & Overy is set to take home the lion’s share of £9.8m in legal fees for its advice to Tui AG on its bumper merger with its FTSE 100 subsidiary Tui Travel.


Stephenson Harwood advises on $2.5bn Omagine development in Muscat

28-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Stephenson Harwood has taken a lead role advising the developer of a long-awaited $2.5bn (£1.55bn) real estate and tourism development project in Oman.


Raft of UK firms jump aboard Monarch’s bumper restructuring deal

28-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Macfarlanes and Forsters are among the firms to advise on the rescue of the Monarch Group by investment firm Greybull Capital.

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CVC turns to Freshfields for €700m Paroc acquisition

27-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

CVC has turned to long-standing adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has for its €700m (£551m) acquisition of Helsinki-based Paroc.


Pulling the plug: are failing deals set to impact long-term M&A?

27-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

M&A is a high-risk business where there are many motivations to drop a deal beyond crunching the figures. In this last week alone, three major international deals have pulled the plug – but how is this instability affecting the legal market? 


Latham and Bakers’ Saudi associates take key roles on $6bn National Commercial Bank IPO

27-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Latham & Watkins and Baker & McKenzie’s association firms in Saudi Arabia have won key roles advising on the IPO of the country’s largest lender, the National Commercial Bank (NCB).

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Corporate Briefings

Bill C-43 a game changer for extractive industry download subscription

Dentons 31-Oct-2014

On 23 October 2014, the government of Canada tabled an omnibus Bill C-43 introducing or amending dozens of laws.

Maddin v The Queen: failure to inquire leaves director liable download subscription

Dentons 31-Oct-2014

In Maddin v The Queen, the sole issue was whether the taxpayer could make out a due diligence defence under subsection 227.1(3) of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

Business ownership and concerns raised over loopholes in small business bill download subscription

IBB Solicitors 31-Oct-2014

MPs have been warned that a new law aimed at ensuring transparency surrounding the ownership of companies is likely to be easily circumvented by criminals.

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Deals Insider

Latham and Bakers get stuck into bumper Saudi IPO


The IPO market might be starting to slow in London after a particularly active stint in 2014. But in other climes, it still seems to have plenty of momentum.

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Corporate Analysis


Peer panel: IT – Oil the wheels of commerce with data


Information is key in M&A negotiations but the amount of data available is rocketing as a result of social media. Our expert panel give their advice


Freshfields: in a league of its own

29-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields is taking on corporate America as part of a wider mission – to become a leading player not in the magic circle but in the ‘international elite’

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Freshfields bids for US M&A home run

22-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Magic circle player splashes out as it aims for the New York corporate heights

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Corporate Opinion


Are there bad actors hiding in your client’s private placement?


Citibank Global Markets Inc was recently saved, by the skin of its teeth, from being permanently barred from acting as a placement agent.

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The US firms right at home in the City

6-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Gibson Dunn’s hire of former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen is one of the biggest corporate stories of the season.

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Alibaba IPO shows why lawyers matter


Following the record-setting IPO of Alibaba, Jack Ma is now a global business icon.

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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.

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