Qatar scores prime hotel real estate with Barclay brothers’ Claridges sale

27-Apr-2015

Qatar has added some prime hotel real estate to its London-based portfolio through the acquisition of Barclay brothers’ shares in emblematic London hotel Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught.

Clifford Chance and Skadden latest winners in wave of food deals

20-Apr-2015

Nomad Food’s move for Birds Eye owner Iglo is the latest in a spate of food deals, mostly taking place in the US, that include the multi-million dollar acquisition of Kraft Foods in March.

Freshfields and Slaughters strike oil in Shell BG Group megamerger

13-Apr-2015

Shell’s £47bn swoop on gas group BG Group announced last week is one of the largest takeovers in the oil sector in years, and is largely a consequence of plummeting oil prices globally.Slaughter and May advised Royal ...

Ashurst and Slaughters advise as RBS chops Coutts International

30-Mar-2015

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

23-Mar-2015

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

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French boutique Villey Giraud Grolleaud makes first lateral from HSF

1-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French boutique Villey Giraud Grolleaud has made its first lateral hire since launching two years ago, picking up Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) corporate partner Frédéric Grillier.

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Bredin Prat, Darrois and Wachtell lead XPO Logistics' deal with Norbert Dentressangle

29-Apr-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Bredin Prat, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have picked up top roles in XPO Logistics’ €3.24bn acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle, with both French firms winning new clients in the process.

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Cleary and Slaughters advise as Santander Asset Management merges with Pioneer

29-Apr-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Slaughter and May have taken the lead roles on Santander Asset Management’s multi-billion euro merger with Pioneer Investments. 

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