White & Case pockets first mandate from HM Treasury

15-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

In the past, HM Treasury has tended to turn to the likes of Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Slaughter and May for its legal advice.

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Linklaters closes in on Slaughters’ dominant position among FTSE 100

8-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

It’s been impossible to ignore the heightened activity on the UK stock market in 2014. But, over the three months running to 5 November 2014, the total number of companies on the UK stock market actually shrank from 2,208 to 2,172.

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Clifford Chance rebuilds Carlyle relationship with Altice deal

1-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

There’s no question that Clifford Chance’s longstanding relationship with private equity group Carlyle has been on the rocks in recent years.

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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

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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.

Corporate Briefings

IPO Watch: a look back at the year's capital market activity download subscription

Kemp Little 17-Dec-2014

Let’s look back over some of the capital market activity which captured the attention of the investors and the media this year.

Defining directorship: de facto directors and the BVI business company download subscription

Conyers Dill & Pearman 16-Dec-2014

Difficult questions often arise in connection with BVI companies, with regard to directors.

Employment appeal tribunal decision changes holiday pay calculation download subscription

IBB Solicitors 16-Dec-2014

A recent Employment Tribunal decision means that overtime must be taken into account when calculating holiday pay.

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Tokyo

HSF’s Asia losses continue as Tokyo M&A chief joins MoFo

17-Dec-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has suffered another departure from its Asian practice, with Tokyo corporate and M&A head James Robinson defecting to Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).

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Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Norton Rose Fulbright on call for £12.5bn BT EE acquisition

16-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is leading negotiations for BT on a £12.5bn deal to acquire telecoms operator EE, whose joint owners Orange and Deutsche Telekom are being represented by Norton Rose Fulbright and Clifford Chance.

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Sidley makes up 32 in promotions round with two in London

11-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Sidley Austin has made up two lawyers to its London office in its boosted 2014 promotions round, which saw 32 lawyers added to its ranks including four in Europe. 

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Russia

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

17-Nov-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

11-Nov-2014

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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