Magic circle firms scoop roles on mega £5.6bn insurance merger

24-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

In what is likely to be one of the biggest public M&A deals of the year, insurance giants Aviva and Friends Life look set to seal a £5.6bn tie-up


Freshfields gets cosy with Lazard and Rothschild

17-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Financial advisers such as Lazard and Rothschild are becoming an increasingly regular feature on London’s main list IPOs.

Ashurst, KWM and the corporate puzzle in Asia Pacific


Firms always pitch mergers, with much fanfare, as the beginning of a bright new era for their whole offering. But in any huge tie-up, there are inevitably going to be winners and losers.

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Flock of firms lands on Monarch Group restructuring deal

3-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

A huge raft of firms flew in to help out travel business Monarch Group on its rescue by Greybull Capital last week.

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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Watson Farley pushes revenue up 8 per cent to £56.8m at half-year

26-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Watson Farley & Williams has increased revenue by 8 per cent over the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, reaching £56.8m.


Weil prioritises London and finance in 12-strong promotions round

26-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Weil Gotshal & Manges has added 12 new partners to its ranks in its most recent promotions round, up on nine the previous year, adding four partners in London.

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Simmons' turnover up 8 per cent to £140m at half year

25-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Simmons & Simmons has boosted revenue by 8 per cent over the first half of the 2014/15 financial year compared to the same period in 2013/14, bringing in revenues of over £140m. 

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Russia special report: Look the other way

24-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Western sanctions are making life tough for Russia’s companies and lawyers, so they are forging new links in the East 

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Offshore: deals and cases Q3 2014


Several billion-dollar deals and a number of landmark cases characterised workflows for offshore firms in the third quarter of 2014

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Demystifying e-discovery: the art of the possible


Given the growth in the amount of data businesses create and store, it’s a good point in time to determine how companies and law firms are working with eDiscovery and computer forensics.

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