Pharma sector remains active as Pfizer and Allergan agree $160bn merger


A host of US and Irish firms have won top mandates in what is believed to be the biggest pharmaceuticals deal in history, between Pfizer and Allergan.

Over a dozen firms win big on £71bn brewery deal


Over a dozen firms won roles last week on what is being billed as the largest UK M&A transaction between brewing giants Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) of SABMiller.

US and EU firms win big in wave of $5.9bn deals


There was a surge in billion-dollar M&A deals last week, with both Shire and Activision Blizzard making $5.9bn (£3.8bn) purchases.

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Treasury wanted to retender Eurostar legal adviser role over "concerns" at Freshfields' £2.8m bill

6-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The Treasury considered retendering for a new principal legal adviser on the sale of its stake in Eurostar midway through the transaction over concerns that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s £2.8m bill was too high, it has emerged.

Ashurst and Osborne Clarke win big on £241m sale of Gala Bingo


The summer saw a surge in the number of M&A transactions involving gambling companies, with deals proposed involved Betfair, Paddy Power, bwin and GVC.

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Capita completes panel review with Addleshaws, DWF and Pinsents winning spots

27-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A raft of national firms including Addleshaw Goddard, DWF and Pinsent Masons are both understood to have won roles on Capita’s commercial panel review, which concluded this month. 

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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. 

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Why LivaNova's merger was 2015's most complex life sciences deal

25-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pfizer’s $160bn merger with Allergan may well be the largest healthcare transaction in history, but at least the in-house team didn’t have to contend with a merger, injunction attempt, simultaneous de-listing and new listing all in one year.

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Special report: Offshore deals, Q3 2015


Insurance mergers, chunky financings and several capital markets deals characterised offshore corporate work in the last quarter.

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Relationship capital: The FTSE 250’s favourite law firms video

9-Nov-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

Slaughter and May is the law firm with the closest relationship with the FTSE250, advising 44 constituent companies, research gathered from new relationship management tool The Lawyer Market Intelligence has shown.


Finland firms find pick-me-up in healthcare and energy

19-Oct-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Privatised healthcare and the push for energy diversity are likely to be big generators of legal work as Finland slowly recovers after the global crash.

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