Ashurst and Slaughters advise as RBS chops Coutts International


Coutts International, RBS’ private banking and wealth branch in Europe and Asia, is no longer in British hands. The bank sold its international assets valued at around $30bn to Swiss bank Union Bancaire Privée last week as part of its strategy to focus more on the UK market.

A&O, HSF and Linklaters’ heavy hitters cash in on £1.7bn takeover sale of TSB to Sabadell


This week saw the conclusion of a significant cross-border banking deal as UK bank TSB accepted a £1.7bn takeover offer from Spanish bank Sabadell

Slaughters and Cleary advise as GSK sells off half its stake sale in Aspen


This week has seen Slaughters amd May and Cleary Gottlieb advise GlaxoSmithKline as it slashed ...


Nabarro and Clifford Chance hired by Canadian investors on UK deals

9-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Over the past week or so, there has been notable deal activity sprouting from one part of the world. Step forward, Canada - whose institutional investors have been on a spending spree on this side of the pond.


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.

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As well as the minimum wage and tax changes, pensions, special purpose share schemes and company cars are getting a political tweak.

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Hogan Lovells launches in Australia with Allens two-partner hire

31-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Hogan Lovells has launched an office in Australia with the hire of partners Nicky Lester and Tim Lester from Linklaters’ best friend firm Allens.

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Baker Botts scores Trowers big-hitters for Dubai office

30-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Baker Botts has announced the hire of Trowers & Hamlins’ United Arab Emirates (UAE) head Abdullah Mutawai and head of international disputes Lucas Pitts in a boost to its Dubai offering.

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KWM replaces Clifford Chance as AA's principal legal adviser following panel review

30-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has replaced Clifford Chance as principal legal adviser to the AA following a corporate panel review that took effect on 1 January.

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30-Mar-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Our essential guide to the top legal outfits south of the Sahara advising on private equity 

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Portugal – Less pain, more gain

9-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Early repayment of its bailout and solid M&A interest from foreign investors have brought optimism to Portugal’s lawyers.

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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?

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