ashurst

Freshfields loses Australia country lead to Ashurst

29-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Ashurst has appointed London corporate partner James Wood from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was the partner in charge of the firm’s Australian relationships and a key player in the firm’s energy and mining team.

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McGuireWoods and Scott & Scott to take on Tesco in multibillion pound shareholder claim

28-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

US firm Scott & Scott has officially partnered with McGuire Woods in the UK and instructed Serle Court’s Philip Marshall QC to take on Tesco in a group action on behalf of the supermarket giant’s shareholders.

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King & Wood Mallesons corporate partner leaves for Paul Hastings

28-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Paul Hastings has hired King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) corporate partner Duncan Woollard to lead the firm’s private funds practice in London.

tesco

Exclusive: Tesco appoints Diageo M&A GC as first UK legal director amid restructure

28-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Tesco has appointed Diageo M&A general counsel and ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer David Berry as its first UK legal director.

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Charter and Time Warner Cable turn to raft of US firms for $78m 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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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. 

Barclays

CC and SullCrom advise on Barclays record $2.3bn penalty fine over forex rigging

21-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clifford Chance and Sullivan & Cromwell have taken lead roles on advising Barclays in relation to its $2.3bn (£1.4bn) foreign exchange manipulation penalty fine – the largest fine of the six global banks to settle with global financial regulators on Wednesday (20 May).

Linklaters

Linklaters breaks Slaughters' stranglehold on Unilever relationship with principal adviser role

21-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters’ ambition to be part of the “global elite” has taken a significant step in the right direction as the firm succeeded in winning the role of principal adviser to Unilever from Slaughter and May.

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Skadden and Ropes pick up lead roles on Endo's $8bn acquisition of rival Par

19-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Ropes & Gray have advised Endo International on its $8.05bn acquisition of rival Par Pharmaceutical Holdings. 

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Citigroup is to sell its £32bn stake in Yorkshire Water. Who next? 

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Covington, Wachtell and Weil win top roles on Verizon's $4.4bn acquisition of AOL

18-May-2015

Weil Gotshal & Manges and Covington & Burling have advised Verizon Communications in its $4.4bn acquisition of AOL, with Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz advising the target.

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Africa Elite executive summary: firm profiles

30-Mar-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Our essential guide to the top legal outfits south of the Sahara advising on private equity 

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Funds News

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.

London

Land Securities hires new GC from Mothercare

6-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Mothercare’s general counsel Tim Ashby is leaving the company in September for FTSE 100 real estate investment trust Land Securities. 

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