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Wonga's first-ever GC leaves for internet crowd-funder Funding Circle

24-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Wonga’s first-ever general counsel Lucy Vernall has left the company for internet lender Funding Circle, months after Wonga was forced to pay £2.6m in compensation for sending debt collection letters from fake law firms.


Why Alibaba's switch to a New York listing left Freshfields out in the cold

23-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Alibaba landed on the New York Stock Exchange with an almighty thump last Friday (19 September), becoming the largest initial public offering (IPO) of all time.


Baker & McKenzie achieves 50 per cent female board with new appointment

23-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Baker & McKenzie has appointed Gillian Coyle as its London HR director, bringing it closer to its diversity targets and handing it a 50 per cent female board. 

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Freshfields lures Fried Frank trio in latest New York hiring spree

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson head of capital markets Valerie Ford Jacob along with two corporate partners in New York.


Freshfields tops UK rankings as global M&A soars by 55 per cent in first nine months of 2014

19-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Global M&A has picked up over the first nine months of 2014, with deal value growing to $2,567bn from just $1,659bn at the same point last year - and elite firms have reaped the benefits.


Magic circle PE fighting talk

18-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Last week Ropes & Gray chief Mike Goetz said UK firms needed to be worried about their private equity finance “vulnerability”. Now the magic circle is hitting back.


Shearman bulks up private equity with hire of Addleshaws partner Rodham

17-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Addleshaw Goddard private equity partner Ben Rodham has quit the firm for Shearman & Sterling, less than two years after joining from Linklaters.

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Freshfields' latest US raid adds Shearman M&A veteran to bolster New York practice

16-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields has continued its dramatic US hiring spree, adding Shearman & Sterling M&A lawyer Peter Lyons as co-head of its public M&A group.

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Linklaters names Bennett as new litigation head amid group structure overhaul

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has named London litigation head Michael Bennett as its new global litigation head and put him in charge of a new standalone litigation team, condensing two executive committee roles into one.

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October 2014 — health and safety legislation download subscription

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From 1 October 2014, three new pieces of safety legislation will come into force in the UK. 

Scotland votes ‘no’ in independence referendum: what does it mean? download subscription

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The following commentary provides a brief overview of the short to medium term changes expected in the post referendum environment.

The perils of office jargon: ‘The WAOC, APM and AFR are ready for you’ — no, me neither download subscription

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Have you noticed how each firm develops its own special language in the form of three- or four-letter acronyms?

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Freshfields pulls away from rivals in UK M&A during first three quarters of 2014

22-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Corporate lawyers will tell you that the global M&A market has been cranking up in recent months. And the latest preliminary figures from Thomson Reuters confirm that it is very much back to business.

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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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Italy: Diversity strategy

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Italian M&A activity has hit a rough patch, forcing law firms to look for alternative sources of revenue


Private equity: keep out

1-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Can City firms close the door on line of PE staff heading out for US practices?

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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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Funds boutique MJ Hudson launches in Hong Kong amidst three-strong promos round

28-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Asset management and funds boutique MJ Hudson has launched in Hong Kong, creating the firm’s third office alongside London and Jersey.

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