Skadden, Baker Botts and two very different types of energy deals

18-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Last week was one of fancy footwork in the global M&A market, with a couple of mega-deals from across the pond hogging the limelight

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Linklaters and A&O wade into Med for BES sale


Linklaters and Allen & Overy (A&O) have become the latest international firms to play a defining role in the reshaping of Europe’s banking sector, advising on the rescue of Portugal’s beleaguered Banco Espirito Santo


A busy summer in the City for DLA Piper

4-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

The start of August is usually prime time for the City’s dealmakers to ditch their files for flip flops. But this year it seems that there are more than enough deals to keep lawyers holed up in their offices over the summer months

Bakers and Clifford Chance help to mop up Spanish banking sector


The UK banking sector has generated rich pickings for corporate lawyers over the past few years, with deals including the Co-op Group’s split and Lloyds’ reprivatisation


Freshfields takes the lead as Liberty Global continues telecoms charge

21-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

What with the IPO market taking flight, and a couple of massive pharma deals hogging the spotlight, it’d be easy to forget that for many companies it’s business as usual

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HMRC proposed debt recovery powers criticised download subscription

IBB Solicitors 28-Aug-2014

Leading trade organisations have criticised plans outlined by George Osborne to allow HMRC to take taxes directly from taxpayers’ bank accounts.

Iniquity exception to privilege JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov download subscription

Dentons 28-Aug-2014

This judgment considers the iniquity exception to legal professional privilege and the point at which a client conducts himself so dishonestly that the advice given is in furtherance of a fraud.

Privacy and M&A transactions: the dos and don’ts download subscription

DLA Piper 28-Aug-2014

DLA Piper’s privacy experts have compiled a list of dos and don’ts for addressing privacy compliance in M&A transactions.

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Funds boutique MJ Hudson launches in Hong Kong amidst three-strong promos round

28-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Asset management and funds boutique MJ Hudson has launched in Hong Kong, creating the firm’s third office alongside London and Jersey.

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Climbing the ladder: A closer look at Ropes & Gray's private equity project

27-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ropes & Gray’s hire of Travers Smith private equity star Phil Sanderson is quite a coup for the US firm.


UK firms' PE offerings “increasingly vulnerable”: Ropes chief on his firm’s raid on Travers Smith

27-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ropes & Gray has hired Travers Smith private equity rainmaker Phil Sanderson to bolster its European private equity offering.

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Special report: Funds – Social climbers

4-Aug-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Entries for this year’s Lawyer Awards Funds Team of the Year saw innovative structures and many firsts for good causes


Special report: Offshore - The Cayman Islands

21-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The Cayman Islands dominates the offshore world, but can it maintain its leading position? 


Offshore: Deals and cases Q2 2014


The latest offshore deals comprise a few firsts, including a groundbreaking hybrid mutual in Bermuda and the largest ever catastrophe bond issuance

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