Firms cash in as offshore M&A balloons by 63 per cent in 2014

2-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

While the M&A market has generally been on the up, it’s clear that one group has been given a major boost by the recent activity: offshore firms.


It’s a Ball for Skadden and Slaughters in revived public M&A market

23-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Insurance and drinks cans aren’t usually the most scintillating of topics. But they’ve certainly had tongues wagging among public M&A lawyers over the past couple of weeks.

A&O and Linklaters earn £10.4m from Aviva’s Friends Life deal


There’s no denying it has been a sluggish few years for the public M&A market. Not only has the total volume of deals plummeted, but their value has also slipped on a downward trajectory. Unsurprisingly, the amount of fees shelled out to the legal advisers with a foothold in the market has also dropped.


Linklaters and its post-Arab Spring foray into Tunisia

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

It has been four years since the Arab Spring shook up the political and economic map of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).


Bakers, Freshfields and Linklaters ring in on Three’s O2 deal

2-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

When BT opted to announce a £12.5bn industry-shaking marriage with EE, it looked as if its other budding suitor O2 was going to be left by the wayside.

Corporate Briefings

Luxembourg: SCS and SCSp are transparent for income tax treatment download

Wildgen 6-Mar-2015

SCS and SCSp are transparent for corporate income tax and municipal business tax purposes.

Luxembourg: a new approach to the taxation of income and gains from IP rights download subscription

Wildgen 6-Mar-2015

A new IP tax regime, in line with the so-called “modified nexus approach”, is to be introduced in Luxembourg. This is aimed at creating a level playing field in the area of IP taxation.

Court fees to rise up to sixfold from 9 March download subscription

Dentons 6-Mar-2015

The maximum court fee payable will rise from £1,920 to £10,000 for all claims of £200,000 and above, and a 10 per cent discount is to be offered on all money claims made online.

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City Gherkin

45 years and counting: Will Fried Frank's City bet finally pay off?

6-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Fried Frank launched in London in 1970. But the hire of Kirkland & Ellis UK head Graham White is a more recent statement of intent. Here’s why.


Clifford Chance, CMS and Freshfields take key roles as Government sells Eurostar stake

5-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Firms including Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have stepped up to advise on the sale of the Government’s stake in Eurostar.

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Latham adds two City-based counsel to partnership in nine-strong promos round

3-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Latham & Watkins has elected two London-based counsels to its partnership, amounting to just under a quarter of its global total for 2015.

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Israel Technology

Special report: Israel – A hi-tech attraction

16-Feb-2015 | By Joshua Freedman

Technology M&A is leading the way in Israel as foreign companies clamour to invest, but will a regulator’s U-turn put the brakes on growth?


Special report: European M&A – Mergers rising

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

While deal numbers were up last year, their value rocketed – and this time it’s not the US firms taking the lion’s share.

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Clifford Chance’s growing critical list

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.

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