Online April 2013
Have you bought an investment property in the last four years? Was the transaction effected by the grant of a long lease for a premium?
Mohamed Khodeir is a partner at Al Tamimi’s Qatar office. He joined the team in 2011 to help develop the strategic Gulf foothold through fast-paced times in the market.
The Electronic Signature & Electronic Transactions Law No. 78 of 2012 was approved by Iraq’s Presidential Council on 18 October 2012.
Henry Carr QC, sitting as a deputy High Court judge in the Patents Court, has made only the second reference to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling on the patentability of stem cells.
Following changes to the law on collective redundancy consultation, ACAS has published guidance for employers on how to manage collective redundancies.
Addleshaw Goddard has been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list for this year.
Interpretation of section 25 of the Self Regulation Code of Marketing Communication.
Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of Alex Jones as a partner in its national real-estate group.
The European Union is battling yet another crisis among one of its members, with the looming bankruptcy of Cyprus threatening to further destabilise the region at a time when it can ill-afford it.
Ambassador Attilio Massimo Iannucci, an expert in international law, has joined NCTM Studio Legale Associato as of-counsel.
The parliament of Mongolia has approved an amendment to its strategic foreign investment law.
Andrew Loach has joined Addleshaw Goddard as chief operating officer of its Transaction Services Team.
Appleby has acted as British Virgin Islands and Bermuda counsel for Asia Mezzanine Capital Corporation in relation to the provision of a $30m facility to CAAM.
Appleby has acted as British Virgin Islands counsel for CNPC General Capital in relation to the issuance of guaranteed senior notes due in 2016, 2018 and 2023.
Appleby has announced the promotion of three lawyers to the partnership and the appointment of five lawyers to the position of counsel.
Appleby has announced two senior additions to its funds and investment services team in Guernsey.
Appleby has been named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ in several categories at the 2013 Corporate INTL Legal Awards.
Appleby and the organisers of the Bermuda Day Half Marathon (the committee) have announced a further five-year commitment to sponsor Bermuda’s half marathon held on 24 May every year.
Appleby has won Technology, Media and Telecoms Deal of the Year at the Asian Legal Business China Law Awards.
The Money Advice Liaison Group has released a briefing note on the best practice for appropriately processing data from individuals with mental health problems.
Pamboridis has released an update in regards to the banking system in Cyprus.
The federal government has now released its implementation plan as a follow-up to the release of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ white paper in October 2012.
The Australian government has released the draft legislation for final ‘third’ element in the Investment Manager Regime (IMR) — being ‘IMR 3’ or the ‘full’ IMR.
Young, dynamic industries such as the technology sector have perhaps felt rather smug that they are not embroiled in the complexities that surround pension provision.
The Coalition’s long-awaited alternative plan for the NBN has substantial implications for the Australian telecommunications industry.
It is often said that confidentiality clauses have no teeth. It can be tricky to show a breach and, even then, what loss has been caused?
Banking & Finance Litigation Update download
DLA Piper has released issue 63 of its Banking and Finance Litigation Update.
BCCI: it has ceased to be download
Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Overseas) Ltd and the other Cayman entities in the BCCI Group are now dissolved.
In March 2012, the Federal Government enacted the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Amendment Act 2012.
Bermuda insurance companies download
This memorandum has been prepared for the assistance of those who are considering the formation of an insurance company in Bermuda.
Bermuda continues to maintain its position as an attractive jurisdiction for the international high-net-worth private client.
Binder Grösswang has advised Austrian Stock Exchange-listed Lenzing on the auction sale of its plastics business unit.
How you approach the issue of BYOD depends on the nature of your business, whether the practice offers you any real benefits and your IT budget and capabilities.
The Supreme Court has stated that the EU’s temporary copying defence to copyright infringement should apply to the acts of browsing the internet, caching browsed material and viewing material on screen.
The Brussels Court of Appeal has acknowledged the existence of legal professional privilege for in-house counsels who are members of the IBJ/IJE.
Business secretary Vince Cable has opened Mills & Reeve’s new Cambridge office.
This article from Al Tamimi will examine only the carrier’s responsibly under the CMR, HVR and RR conventions.
Chadbourne has represented the liquidators of SCL to resist a challenge by Carillion.
Chadbourne & Parke has represented INFONACOT in the successful placement of corporate debt in Mexico amounting to $160m.
Chadbourne has represented the owners of Solar Gen 2 LLC in its sale to First Solar.
Hogan Lovells’ global life-sciences practice has been placed in band one for the second year running in the Chambers and Partners Global 2013 rankings.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been highly ranked in the 2013 edition of Chambers Global.
Charity insolvency download
In November 2012, People Can, a charity employing around 300 people, went into administration after being overwhelmed by a pensions deficit of more than £17m.
On 28 March 2013, the Code Committee of the Takeover Panel made a number of amendments to the Takeover Code.
This article set outs the main civil litigation reforms that will directly affect the work you undertake, highlighting the salient points you will need to consider.
Clarity for charities: not-for-profit reforms deliver new statutory definition of 'charity' download
The Federal Government has taken a further step forward in its efforts to reform and simplify the regulation of the not-for-profit sector.
This guide from Nabarro explains the differences between exoneration and indemnity clauses in a scheme’s trust deed and rules.
King & Wood Mallesons examines key class action decisions over the past 12 months and considers the impacts of proceedings on plaintiffs and defendants.
The CMS provides stakeholders with the opportunity to comment on certain aspects of the Sunshine final rule that were not raised in the proposed rule.
Forfeiture is a common and cost-effective method of terminating commercial leases, but is not always the best course of action.
Approval of the introduction of the employee shareholder status has finally been given by Parliament, but only after a number of amendments to the relevant legislation were agreed by the government.
Comparative advertising in the UAE.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has compared the trust laws in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.
Al Tamimi’s Qatar litigation team successfully won a recent lawsuit brought on behalf of a Swiss watchmaker following a dispute that arose from the trademark registration process.
The April 2013 issue of Nabarro’s Construction and Engineering newsletter is available now.
The April 2013 issue of King & Wood Malleson’s Contract Law Update is available now.
Convention against double taxation between Italy and Hong Kong.
Conyers’ Anna Chong has advised Fantasia Holdings Group Co Ltd on issuance on senior notes.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised companies controlled by Viatcheslav Mirilashvili and Lev Leviev on the sale of an indirect 48 per cent interest in VK.com to United Capital Partners.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has represented SeaCube Container Leasing in connection with the acquisition of SeaCube by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan by way of amalgamation.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has earned top marks in the UAE offshore category of Legal 500’s EMEA directory.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been named Offshore Legal Firm of the Year at the 2013 Asian Legal Business China Awards.
Conyers Dill & Pearman advises on Canacol Energy credit agreement with banking syndicate.
Conyers provides BVI advice to Kerzner on multi-jurisdictional refinancing of $145m of its debt.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Hong Kong office has won five China Business Law Journal Deal of the Year awards.
Conyers is regularly involved in the largest, most innovative and complex corporate transactions involving companies in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius.
Chadbourne & Parke has released the April 2013 edition of its Corporate Practice Newswire.
The Court of Appeal has upheld the Commercial Court decision that a ship-owner is entitled to redirect the payment of freight due under bills of lading and separately rely on a charterparty lien on sub-freights.
The CJEU has confirmed that investment advice provided to certain investment funds by a third party constitutes an activity of ‘management’ and therefore benefits from VAT exemption.
The Jackson Reforms herald a new era in the management of, and procedure for, civil litigation. To a great extent, though, we have no real idea of what this new era may bring.
The National Minimum Wage will rise again in October 2013 when both the adult and apprenticeship rates will increase.
The qualification year for Phase 2 of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme ended on 31 March 2013.
The latest issue of Data & Information E-Alerts is available now from Addleshaw Goddard.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the 19 April 2013 edition of its Data & Information E-Alerts.
Data and Information E-Alert download
Addleshaw Goddard has released a Data and Information E-Alert.
Welcome to Stephenson Harwood’s latest Data Protection Update summarising recent key developments.
Welcome to Stephenson Harwood’s latest Data Protection Update, summarising some of the key developments over the last month.
A recent decision of the English Commercial Court has clarified the legal test for determining the governing law of an arbitration agreement.
Hogan Lovells has released the latest edition of its weekly newsletter on UK employment matters.
DLA Piper has advised Etihad Airways on its investment of $379m in a 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways as part of a strategic alliance between the two airlines.
A recent Court of Appeal judgment has been welcomed by many participants in the aircraft leasing industry.
DLA Piper has announced that senior international energy infrastructure and finance lawyer Alexander Sarac has relocated to Tanzania.
DLA Piper has released its European Acquisition Finance Debt Report for 2013.
DLA Piper wins Euromoney Middle East Deal of the Year Award 2012.
For clients to be able to claim privilege over legal advice, the advice must have been given by a practising solicitor or barrister.
Time charterer Cargill withheld hire from disponent owners NYK pursuant to a period off-hire clause in a time trip charter on amended NYPE terms.
Draft Jordanian Investment Law download
The Draft Jordanian Investment Law is intended to attract and encourage both local and foreign investment in Jordan.
Economic sanctions against Iran download
Local and international companies in the Middle East must be compliant with several jurisdictions at the same time.
Walker Morris has released the April 2013 edition of its Education Update.
Definition of medical negligence according to UAE law.
The government has announced that the timetable for some of the proposed employment law reforms expected to come into force in 2013 has changed.
Employment News — 15 April 2013 download
Hogan Lovells has released the latest edition of Employment News.
Hogan Lovells has released the latest edition of Employment News, focusing on warnings, employment reforms and whistleblowing.
Karanovic & Nikolic has released the April 2013 edition of its Employment newsletter.
Addleshaw Goddard has released its Employment Up to Date publication for April 2013.
xThe FERC has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to approve, subject to certain modifications, Version 5 of the CIP Standards proposed by the NERC.
Enforcement of a mortgage download
The judgment discussed in this briefing highlights how a mortgage can be enforced by the Execution Court in the event a debtor defaults on paying the mortgage instalments.
Certain judgments issued by foreign religious courts may now have a greater chance of being enforced.
In the past 10 years, 105,290 companies have been registered in the Cayman Islands. However, the number of companies on the Cayman Islands Corporate Register has only increased from 64,495 to 92,964.
Significant changes to the law concerning listed buildings and conservation areas are set to be made under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, which received Royal Assent on 25 April.
The Forest Service is to implement a pre-decisional objection process in lieu of the current administrative appeal process.
Olswang has released its Equity Capital Markets Update for quarter one of 2013.
The Qatar Ministry is aiming to expand the reach of application of the Foreign Investment Law.
The EU digital commissioner, Neelie Kroes, has indicated that the EU plans to accelerate its proposals for a single market for European telecoms.
Olswang has been recognised as European Outsourcing Advisory of the Year 2013 by the European Outsourcing Association.
Exchange – International Newsletter download
DLA Piper has released issue 18 of its Exchange — International Newsletter, dated April 2013.
In UsedSoft GmbH vs Oracle International Corp (C-128/11), the ECJ ruled that the principle of ‘exhaustion of rights’ applies to the DTO software market.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) introduced the Fees for Intervention (FFI) scheme on 1 October 2012. Six months on, what has been the experience of clients?
A judgment from the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has emphasised the primacy of the investment agreement between the fund and its investors.
Fighting counterfeit trade in Dubai download
There is an area in one of the older districts in the emirate of Dubai that is well known for an abundance of ‘genuine fakes’.
Finally — CIOs are here download
The regulations required to make Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) a reality have been laid before parliament.
In each of these new quarterly updates, Mourant Ozannes will be focusing on issues that affect financial institutions in Jersey.
The ECJ has dismissed the complaints of Spain (C-274/11) and Italy (C-295/11) against the Council of the European Union with a view to the Unitary Patent.
Judgment has been rendered in the case Fédération Cynologique Internationale v Federacion Canina Internacional de Perros de Pura Raza (Case C-561/11).
Jo Keddie has been quoted in the Financial Times on Aviva’s decision to reduce redundancy packages.
The appellant was a podiatrist — Raymond Wisson — registered with the HPC. It was alleged by a female colleague that he had made sexually inappropriate comments during a conversation with her at work.
Goodman Derrick announces employment law seminar.
The government has launched a consultation on whether NHS organisations should be made subject to compulsory data protection audits.
Commercial action was filed before the Dubai Court by a subcontractor (Party A) against (Parties B and C — together the Defendant Parties).
Guide to Guernsey foundations download
This guide is intended to provide basic information needed to answer questions on Guernsey foundations and the migration of foreign law foundations to Guernsey.
A guide to takeover and reconstruction transactions involving an Australian listed trust.
The LSE has announced that its new market segment aimed at fast-growing companies is now open for applications for admission to trading.
Hogan Lovells has advised Al Bayan Group Holding Company, a Saudi-based conglomerate, on its RM200m sukuk, issued on 24 April 2013, out of its inaugural RM1bn Sukuk Wakalah Programme.
Hogan Lovells has advised Alstom Holdings in relation to its extension of a multi-currency resolving dual-tranche committed bonding guarantee facility until July 2016.
Hogan Lovells has advised American Midstream on its acquisition by ArcLight.
Hogan Lovells has advised Arris on its $2bn purchase of Google’s Motorola Home unit
Hogan Lovells has advised Ivanhoé Cambridge in relation to the sale of a portfolio of four hotels located in the centre of Paris.
Hogan Lovells has advised the trustees of the Kodak Pension Plan on a comprehensive settlement of its claims against the Eastman Kodak Company.
Hogan Lovells has advised Promon International in negotiating and documenting a follow-on equity investment in DeepFlex to fund a manufacturing centre in Brazil.
Hogan Lovells partner Harriet Pearson has advocated for cybersecurity voluntary codes of conduct before a congressional committee.
Hogan Lovells has been recognised in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women survey 2013.
Hogan Lovells has announced that litigation partner Dean Hansell has been awarded the Founders Award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will bring unfair dismissal awards and whistleblowing claims under much stricter scrutiny, according to Hogan Lovells.
Roger Tym, London financial institutions partner at Hogan Lovells, has raised concerns for UK financial regulation.
Hogan Lovells has been selected by Yale Law Women for inclusion in its report on the top Family Friendly Firms of 2013.
Hogan Lovells has announced its sponsorship of the 2013 SEED Gender Equality Awards.
Hogan Lovells has expanded its IP team in Tokyo with the appointment of Dr Frederick Ch’en.
Hogan Lovells has secured a victory in the Supreme Court on behalf of its client, US Airways, in US Airways v McCutchen.
Hogan Lovells has been named European Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
On 28 March, the Arbitration (Amendment) Bill was gazetted. The bill proposes to amend the Arbitration Ordinance to support incoming revisions to the HKIAC Rules.
The Hong Kong Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) came into force on 1 May 2011 and introduced a statutory minimum hourly wage rate of HKD28.
The Federal Reserve has finalised key rules on criteria for non-banks to be determined ‘systemically important’.
On 7 March 2013, the European Commission published a green paper on a European strategy on plastic waste in the environment.
The last couple of months have seen some interesting decisions made by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The Advertising and Marketing Communication Self-Regulation Authority has ruled that the expressions that emphasise the excellence of cleaning products are not in breach of the Code of Marketing Communication Self-Regulation.
OIG’s ‘Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Entities’ is the strongest statement to date that investing in or doing business with a POD is a significant Antikickback law risk.
The case of Cifci and Others v Erbil and Others (2012) emphasised the importance of good administration in evidencing governance decisions.
Ince & Co has announced the imminent promotion of three lawyers to the partnership.
Ince & Co set to discuss key issues in Indian shipping at Mumbai seminar.
The increasing public awareness of the existence of the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2005 has led to an increase in queries and complaints in respect of the control of ‘personal data’.
King & Wood Mallesons has released its April 2013 edition of its Information Technology Update.
With the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure & Representations) Act 2012 coming into effect on 6 April 2013, Hogan Lovells takes a closer look at its potential impacts.
The April 2013 issue of Walker Morris’s Intellectual Property Matters online publication is available now.
Interim rent guide download
Interim rent is a source of confusion for landlords, tenants and practitioners alike.
Are you deriving the most value out of your IP assets? Unless you have implemented an effective IP management programme, the answer will most likely be in the negative.
This newsletter includes articles such as ‘Australia High Court settles heated constitutional challenge to international arbitration’.
International law firm selects the QlikView Business Discovery platform to gain instant financial insights download
Berwin Leighton Paisner selected QlikView to help improve productivity, profitability and client-level engagement.
Chadbourne international partner completes book-launch tour.
Companies large or small or anyone with a commercially attractive product should consider international markets.
An interview with Essam Al Tamimi, founder and senior partner of Al Tamimi.
Management services provided to a fund in which the assets of defined-benefit pension schemes are pooled for investment purposes are not exempt from VAT.
Karanovic & Nikolic presents a brief overview each month of some of the hot topics from the field of intellectual property for the region of southeast Europe.
The IRS has had a flood of calls about a suggestion that turbine supply agreements should not have liquidated damages provisions.
The IT industry has seen a rapid move towards ‘virtualisation’, the benefits of which should be considered in light of the security risks applicable to using virtual products and/or services.
On 2 April 2013, the Italian Antitrust Authority published the new turnover thresholds.
On 25 March 2013 the Italian Antitrust Authority published an updated version of the Antitrust Leniency Notice.
The ‘Jackson reforms’ on civil costs and funding will become law on 1 April 2013, but much ambiguity remains around a number of key issues, according to Hogan Lovells.
In March 2012, the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the case of Barr and others v Biffa Waste Services Ltd .
Conyers Dill & Pearman has released issue three of its Jurisdiction Update for 2013, covering Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. Topics include insurance developments in Bermuda, a new ‘approved manager’ regime in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands master funds and more.
Karanovic & Nikolic will hold an essay competition for final-year law students of the University of Belgrade Law Faculty.
Karanovic & Nikolic helps organise business breakfast on ‘The New World of Work’.
Keeping it in the family download
A number of high-profile English cases have recently shone the spotlight upon the treatment of inherited property in divorce proceedings.
This checklist compares the requirements of a premium listing, a standard listing, the high-growth segment and AIM for a commercial/trading company looking to admit equity shares.
King & Wood Mallesons has acted for Singapore-listed Far East Orchard (FEOrchard) on its $225m investment with Australian hotel and property company Toga Group.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised Leighton Holdings on the sale of its telecommunications assets to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
King & Wood Mallesons is advising China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation on a share purchase of oil and gas assets from China Petrochemical Corporation.
King & Wood Mallesons’ competition team has won two awards at the Global Competition Review Awards 2013.
King & Wood Mallesons has represented Hunt and Hunt on a landmark High Court proportionate liability ruling.
KWM has sponsored the establishment of a new chair at the University of New South Wales in partnership with the CIFR.
As first announced in the 2011 Waste Policy Review, the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme came to an end on 31 March 2013.
The London Stock Exchange launched a high-growth segment to its main market on 27 March 2013.
The London Stock Exchange has announced that the new high-growth segment of its main market is now open for admission to trading.
Law à la Mode: Issue 9 — Spring 2013 download
Issue 9 of DLA Piper’s Law à la Mode publication is available now.
Hogan Lovells has announced that Washington DC partner Mike McGill has been named on this year’s Law360 Rising Stars list.
The Legal 500 has ranked Binder Grösswang as a Tier 1 law firm in the fields of banking and finance and corporate and M&A.
Olswang has been recognised by Legal 500 in its 2013 EMEA edition.
Legal advice privilege does not apply to advice given by a professional other than a lawyer download
The Supreme Court has confirmed the Court of Appeal’s decision that legal advice privilege does not apply to legal advice given by a professional other than a lawyer
Mann J has refused an application by HSBC pursuant to a letter of request for assistance seeking the appointment of administrators over Tambrook.
The law of forfeiture, in particular the landlord’s right to repossess and the tenant’s right to relief, is highly complex.
Our Litigation team comprises senior advocates who have appeared in many leading decisions before the courts, as well as in global, multibillion-dollar disputes.
The European Commission has published a consultation on future climate change and energy policy. There are three targets already in place for 2020.
The law of 6 April 2013 introduces substantial changes to Luxembourg’s securities legislation.
The Czech Republic has put an end to its (legal) past. On 1 January 2014, the new Civil Law Code and the Act on Corporations will enter into force.
Taylor Wessing has announced that it has appointed Mark Owen to its international technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) group.
This article is intended to address some of the concerns relating to the amendments to MARPOL Annex V.
The UE General Court, in the case T-378/11 regarding Medinet trademarks, took position on the relevance of colour in the perception of the relevant public.
Mills & Reeve has announced six new internal partner appointments, which will take effect from 1 June 2013.
Mills & Reeve has announced that it will be merging with Manchester firm George Davies on 1 June 2013.
On 15 April 2013, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013) came into force. This document should be complied with unless exceptional circumstances arise.
Mills & Reeve staff have raised £5,870 for St Martins Housing Trust in Norwich.
The High Court has examined whether minority shareholder protection afforded by the Companies Act 2006 extends to a holder of beneficial interest in shares.
Chambers Europe has recognised Mourant Ozannes as a leading law firm in the offshore sector.
Mourant Ozannes has advised a consortium of investors on the £700m sale and leaseback of 12 UK private hospitals from the Spire Healthcare Group.
Mourant Ozannes has advised on a €350m private equity fund for DPE Deutsche Private Equity, a German investment firm.
Barney Lee will be joining Mourant Ozannes as a partner in the Guernsey corporate practice.
Mourant Ozannes recently hosted a forum dedicated to international trusts and private wealth management in Jersey.
Mourant Ozannes has been named Offshore Law Firm of the Year by legal directory Chambers Europe.
Mourant Ozannes has been named Best Offshore Law Firm at the HFM European Hedge Fund Services Awards.
Mourant Ozannes’ third annual International Trusts & Private Client Conference will be held on 4 October 2013 in the Cayman Islands.
Mourant Ozannes is sponsoring the Summer Music programme in Guernsey.
Incentivising performance in an IT contract requires a panoply of commercial and contractual incentives and sanctions.
This briefing analyses the current Myanmar regime for the arbitration and enforcement of foreign awards and considers the likely future developments necessitated by accession to the New York Convention.
Nabarro has announced the passing of Clare Grayston, partner, on 8 April 2013 following a short illness.
This article revisits the substantive policies of the NPPF and considers its impact on the retail, office and residential sectors.
NCTM Studio Legal Associato has assisted Fiera Milano in its expansion project in China, with the acquisition of a 75 per cent stake in Guangzhou Shi Zhan Exhibition Service.
Winckworth Sherwood has released issue four of its Need to Know HR Law Update.
New housing and work law legislation download
The Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law 2012 is expected to be brought into force on 29 April this year.
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has announced the launch of its new high-growth segment.
On 27 March 2013, the European Commission published for consultation a proposal to simplify and limit the burden associated with merger control filings to the commission.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has restructured its state media and in doing so has established a new authority to regulate audio-visual broadcasters.
The UK Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the case of Public Relations Consultants Association Ltd and the Newspaper Licensing Agency & Others.
On 18 April 2013, the NSW government released its response to the Collins Inquiry into insolvency in the NSW construction industry.
Appleby’s Carlos de Serpa Pimentel has provided an overview of offshore PC&T developments in the Cayman Islands and BVI in 2012.
Olswang has acted for Alpha Private Equity Fund 6 on the acquisition of Redcats’ children and family division from Kering/PPR for €119m.
Olswang has acted for Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC on HSBC QT acquisition agreement.
Olswang has acted for the shareholders of MergerID on the completed disposal to NYSE-quoted Intralinks Holdings.
Olswang’s leisure practice has advised Hill Capital Partners and LDC on the investment of £2.7m of development capital in New World Pubco.
Olswang has acted for Scripps Networks Interactive in its acquisition of the Asian Food Channel.
Olswang and the Social Enterprise Association have launched the Social Enterprise Partner Programme.
Olswang has announced the re-election of David Stewart as chief executive officer to lead the international law firm for the next three financial years.
Olswang is set to sponsor the Listing in London Forum on 21 May 2013.
On 19 March 2013, Olswang’s fashion team hosted a dinner discussion on the globalisation of fashion at the Showroom Bonami Mannequins in Aalter, Belgium.
This infographic provides an overview of the shopping centres market.
Albion Water Ltd has finally succeeded in obtaining at least some recompense in its struggle to compete with incumbent Welsh water monopolist Dwr Cymru.
The Ninth Annual International Conference on the Croatian real-estate market was held in Zagreb on 9–10 April 2013 at the Esplanade Hotel.
Pensions News — February 2013 download
The latest developments in pensions legislation.
Pensions update — March 2013 download
Nabarro has released its pensions update for March 2013.
The Commercial Court has considered the circumstances in which a term may be implied into a contract as a result of a course of dealing between parties.
It may seem anomalous when consumer spending remains generally depressed, courtesy of macro-economic conditions, that the luxury goods market has remained comparatively resilient.
Procurement and tax — update download
The government has revised the scope of its procurement and tax proposals in response to extensive concerns raised by stakeholders.
Chadbourne & Parke has released its Project Finance Newswire for April 2013. Topics covered include renewable energy projects in Saudi Arabia, the cost of capital for energy projects, China’s new energy goals and more.
Since 2009, the scope of proportionate liability legislation across all Australian jurisdictions has been constrained by the imposition of a high hurdle by the Victorian Court of Appeal in St George Bank v Quinerts(2009) 25 VR 666.
There has been much speculation about a potential liberalisation of the Law of Mongolia on the Regulation of Foreign Investment in Business Entities Operating in Sectors of Strategic Importance that was enacted on 17 May 2012.
This issue of Radar looks at privacy issues with apps on smart devices in the context of a recent Article 29 Working Party Opinion.
The decision in the case of Re Yung Kee Holdings has highlighted some of the issues that can arise in resolving shareholder disputes where offshore companies are used to hold assets and businesses elsewhere.
Walker Morris has released the Spring 2013 edition of Real Estate Matters.
This briefing examines a number of issues that arise on the redemption of shares by an investor in a BVI investment fund that may lead to disputes between the investor, the fund and other investors.
The government recently made a surprising announcement that it intends to push back many of its employment reforms from April 2013 to ‘the summer’.
The European Union is now committed to reducing harmful emissions across the continent, with the focus of recent regulation set on plant and machinery installed within buildings.
After various consultations and draft versions of the proposed regulations, the new revised regime for the registration of charges is due to come into force on 6 April 2013.
Mandatory reporting of over-the-counter derivatives contracts will start this year for Australians.
Al Tamimi focuses on the requirements to register as a developer for real-estate projects in Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Under section 106 of the Construction Act 1996, parties to a construction contract have a right to refer a dispute to adjudication.
Resolution — spring 2013 download
Appleby has released the spring 2013 edition of its Resolution offshore publication.
The Spring 2013 issue of Resolve is available now from Addleshaw Goddard.
This briefing is intended to cut through the pages of small print and to see where CCGs will stand in the new world order when it comes to planning and securing services for patients.
Global Insight is a digital publication bringing you news, views and analysis from DLA Piper’s Global Restructuring Group.
Same-sex marriages and civil unions/partnerships will not be recognised in Bermuda.
The federal government released Australia’s Satellite Utilisation Policy on 9 April 2013.
School expansion projects in England download
The number of pupils in England is rising and there are high levels of demand for pupil places, which local authorities are struggling to meet.
For public authorities struggling with mounting challenges to tenders and stringent transparency requirements, a ruling by the Scottish Court of Session is likely provide some relief.
Tods Murray has empowered its lawyers to manage their own data and drive benefits back to its clients with QlikView.
In Edward Allchin v HMRC, the First-tier Tribunal has confirmed that the novation of a contract does not fall within the SDLT sub-sale relief provisions.
On 21 March 2013, the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets issued guidance regarding Rule 15a-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
On 19 March 2013, the FSA (now the FCA) published its second consultation paper on transposing the AIFMD into UK law (CP2).
The Budget 2013 contained a number of measures to extend the capital gains tax relief for re-investing gains in Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme shares.
King & Wood Mallesons sets out the seven key regulatory issues driving risk, operations and market trends for asset managers this year.
On 11 April 2013, a press conference was held in Shanghai to announce the establishment of the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.
DLA Piper has released the spring 2013 edition of SHE Matters.
The April–May 2013 issue of the Shipping and Transport Bulletin is available now.
Shoosmiths has reached 100 employees at its Manchester office.
Laurence Kaye, Shoosmiths’ new publishing and digital media specialist, is to chair an IP seminar at the London Book Fair.
Shoosmiths on good faith: High Court decides to swim with the tide and recognise fair dealing download
In Yam Seng Pte Ltd v International Trade Corporation Ltd, the High Court recognised an implied duty of good faith and fair dealing.
Shoosmiths has recruited Ben Turner as a partner in its corporate team.
Shoosmiths unveils website detailing services of professional discipline team.
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill has finally been agreed and received Royal Assent as the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced that asset-based lending specialist Simon Prendergast has joined its banking group as a partner.
Hogan Lovells partner Song Zhu has been named in this year’s Daily Top Intellectual Property Lawyers list.
The Spanish gambling watchdog announced in a press release last Friday that it will authorise betting exchanges and online slots, following the lead of other EU countries including Italy.
Reaction to the new five-year energy plan that China released in late January has been mixed.
Renewable energy companies and the Obama administration are looking for ways to reduce the cost of capital for renewable energy projects in the US.
Saudi Arabia is expected to issue procurements for 41,000MW of solar power projects worth more than $60bn, plus another 13,000MW of wind, geothermal and waste-to-energy plants, by 2032.
Renewable energy projects traditionally attract financing only after securing a long-term contract to sell the electricity to a credit-worthy offtaker at a relatively fixed price.
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Underperforming schools are being asked to work with sponsors to provide vision and support.
DLA Piper has released the April 2013 edition of Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence.
Loyalty Management has won its long-running battle to deduct input tax incurred during the ordinary course of its business.
Supreme Court holds proof of materiality not needed to certify securities fraud class action download
The Supreme Court has held that plaintiffs in a Rule 10b-5 securities fraud class action for damages need not prove materiality to obtain class certification.
Taylor Wessing has released the April 2013 edition of Synapse, its publication dedicated to law for life sciences.
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The Serbian government has decided to further amend the law on personal income tax and the law on property tax.
Tax Update — April 2013 download
Arendt & Medernach has released the April 2013 edition of its Tax Update.
Taylor Wessing has advised Hyperion Insurance Group on the agreement by General Atlantic to acquire just more than 30 per cent of the shares in Hyperion from 3i Group and BP Marsh & Partners.
This month, Taylor Wessing’s Download site focuses on the topic of 3D printing.
Winckworth Sherwood has expressed concerns over the UK benefit system changes.
Section 27 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 provides the tenant that does not wish to renew its tenancy with a flexible right to end the tenancy on or after contractual expiry.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has released an implementation update focusing on AIFMD and Bermuda.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has released the March 2013 edition of its Cayman Islands AIFMD implementation update.
The Arbiter newswire — March 2013 download
The March 2013 issue of Chadbourne & Parke’s international disputes newswire — The Arbiter — is available now. Topics covered include joint operating agreements and interim relief.
The Astra: single hire default entitles owners to withdraw and claim loss of profit for remaining charter period download
A Commercial Court judge has decided that a failure to pay hire under an NYPE charterparty amounts to a breach of condition, entitling a ship-owner to terminate and seek damages.
On 1 April 2013, there will be a cultural shift in the civil litigation landscape, mostly arising out of recommendations made by Lord Justice Jackson.
Corruption can take many forms that vary in degree from the minor use of influence to institutionalised bribery.
The ECHR has rejected, as inadmissible, an appeal from the two founders of Pirate Bay — one of the world’s largest file-sharing web platforms.
Financial consultation is one of the most prevalent types of consulting throughout the world because the services that it provides are of particular interest to individuals as well as businesses.
The future of heating: meeting the challenge sets out progress so far and outlines a new set of actions specifically targeted at industrial heat, heat networks and heat in buildings.
Griffon Shipping LLC v Firodi Shipping Ltd (the Griffon)  EWHC 593 (Comm).
The Jackson Reforms to the Civil Procedure Rules represent the most significant changes to civil litigation for more than a decade.
The European Commission has announced a review of the trademark system in Europe with a view to modernising the system, both at EU and national level.
This briefing from Walker Morris looks at the latest word on changes in employment law. It considers those changes that are already in force, those coming into force later this year, and those expected in 2014–15. The firm also looks at changes that currently face an uncertain future.
The Life Sciences Law Review explores legal issues of special interest to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies in 27 jurisdictions.
The new Kuwaiti companies law download
A new companies law has been recently promulgated in Kuwait.
An independent review published in April 2011 looked into the way that capital is spent on schools in England and recommended a complete overhaul of the system.
In IKEA v Hauxwell-Smith and others (10/2012), IKEA was found to have been the victim of serious procurement irregularities involving Mr and Mrs Hauxwell-Smith between 1998 and 2000.
Recent amendments to the TVG registration application process promise more reassurance for developers.
The Iranian Trademark Registry has launched an electronic trademark application and workflow system.
Trademark protection in Ethiopia download
The Ethiopian Trademark Registration and Protection Proclamation No. 501/2006 dealing with the protection of trademarks in Ethiopia was published on 7 July 2006.
Doctors treating transgender patients will be required to adopt a change of attitude or potentially face fitness-to-practise investigations by the General Medical Council.
We focus on the creation and reorganisation of trusts and corporate structures for the purpose of the preservation of client capital and the succession planning of ownership structures for family businesses.
Winckworth Sherwood has appointed solicitors James Lynas and Hazel Anderson to the partnership.
In the penultimate issue of its step-by-step guides to the new regulatory landscape, Taylor Wessing looks at what dual-regulated firms can expect from their new prudential regulator, the PRA.
In the final issue of its UK Regulatory Update, Taylor Wessing considers how firms will be supervised by the FCA.
Will the Cyprus bailout be enough to end the island’s appeal as an offshore financial centre for Ukrainian businesses?
In First Investment Corporation of the Marshall Islands v Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, a US court recently refused to recognise and enforce an arbitral award issued against two entities from the PRC.
The US Food and Drug Administration is undergoing a major culture change, and nowhere is that impact being felt more than in the food industry.
The SEC has issued new guidance permitting companies to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to disclose material information provided that investors are first alerted to the sites that will be used.
The USDA is now accepting applications to provide up to $20.8m in grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to make efficiency improvements.
Verisona Solicitors and DLA Piper have advised Pompey Supporters’ Trust and Portsmouth City Council respectively on the purchase of Portsmouth Football Club.
Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Hargreaves Services on its proposed £42m placing.
Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised private equity firm NorthEdge Capital on its investment in Help-Link.
Corporate and energy lawyers from Walker Morris have advised on a joint venture to use farm waste to generate green electricity.
Walker Morris has appointed registered UK and European trademark attorney Rachel Hearson.
Parklane Plowden Chambers and Walker Morris have provided 10 A-level law students with a unique insight into the legal profession by running a mock High Court trial as part of a week of work experience.
Willis v Derwentshire was a claim for damages in nuisance, negligence and under the rule in Rylands v Fletcher.
Walker Morris’s Renewables, Energy and Resources Group is to attend All-Energy 2013 on 22–23 May in Aberdeen.
Walker Morris is hosting an event to help individuals and organisations to understand the importance of IP rights.
Walker Morris’s renewables, energy and resources group is set to present at Sustainability Live 2013.
In R (Newhaven Port and Properties Ltd) v East Sussex County Council and another, the Court of Appeal has decided that ‘land’ should cover a tidal beach.
In Resolution v Lundbeck, Arnold J has allowed Resolution Chemicals Ltd to pursue its own revocation proceedings against Lundbeck’s SPC/GB02/049 protecting escitalopram.
The recent decision of Rubin v Euro Finance SA and others  UK SC 46 has been welcomed in England and Wales.
The Financial Services Authority (now replaced by the FCA) took action against Digital Satellite Warranty Cover Ltd to wind it up ‘in the public interest’.
Winckworth Sherwood has appointed Nikki Lynds-Xavier as partner in its housing management team.
Winckworth Sherwood has announced that it has elected John Rees to the post of senior partner and Richard Tinham as its finance partner.
Winckworth Sherwood’s Karen Cooksley has commented on the simplified National Planning Policy Framework — which marked its first anniversary on 27 March 2013.
Winckworth Sherwood’s employment partner David von Hagen quoted in FT and Daily Mail.
King & Wood Mallesons has released the April 2013 edition of its Workplace Essentials publication.
Recently I took a trip around Jones Day’s London office. Stay with me, it was more exciting than it sounds. Not only did a fire alarm empty the building’s inhabitants out onto the chilly street, on the inside the exposed walls and hanging wires confirmed that a big chunk of the US firm’s floorspace at 21 Tudor Street is literally a work in progress. Most things property related are usually a major headache for a law firm. Just ask Camerons
Allen & Overy (A&O) and DLA Piper played key advisory roles on the £160m sale of Scottish whisky producer Burn Stewart Distillers to South African drinks group Distell.
Allen & Overy has raised its trainee salaries to £39,000 and £44,000 respectively for first and second years.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired Shearman & Sterling corporate partner Hans Diekmann as a partner in its Düsseldorf office.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has come out at the head of a new ranking of foreign law firms’ Indian practices, narrowly beating magic circle rival Linklaters.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has unveiled its smallest partnership promotions round since 2010, with 19 being taken into the fold.
Addleshaw Goddard has received the regulatory approval to open in Hong Kong and has named private equity head Andrew Carpenter to international managing partner.
Singapore-headquartered Rajah & Tann has blamed the exit of five international arbitration partners to rival Allen & Gledhill on “professional disagreements” between them and the firm.
This issue of The Lawyer Management deals with the perennially thorny issue of data, and more precisely business intelligence. As our practice management feature in this week’s issue of The Lawyer highlights, access to sophisticated business intelligence has never been more critical in today’s fast-changing and ever-more competitive market, but at many firms the technology is not up to the job. Read ...
Ashurst has appointed its first CFO with the selection of Allen & Overy (A&O) London CFO Brian Dunlop to replace longstanding financial director Nigel Morland.
A raft of Irish, UK and US firms have won roles on the battle for control of Irish biotechnology company Elan, which yesterday rejected an offer from Royalty Pharma.
Ashurst has made up 12 lawyers to partner from 1 May in its annual promotions round, with seven sitting in the London headquarters.
Ashurst, CMS Cameron McKenna and Norton Rose have advised on the £260m IPO of closed-ended infrastructure fund Greencoat UK Wind.
Baker & McKenzie has introduced a target of 30 per cent female equity partners as part of a push to increase women’s involvement at the firm’s highest levels.
Baker & McKenzie is to merge with United Arab Emirates law firm Habib Al Mulla & Co.
Baker & McKenzie and Clifford Chance have played lead roles on CP All’s $6.6bn (£4.3bn) acquisition of a controlling stake in Siam Makro.
Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance and Osborne Clarke (OC) have advised on Best Buy’s £471m exit from Europe
It’s generally agreed that Germany is one of the European jurisdictions where the UK’s magic circle, having got in early, has succeeded in building truly strong practices on a par with the top domestic firms.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won the lead role acting for Betfair in relation to a £910m takeover bid from private equity group CVC Capital Partners.
BHP Billiton has appointed Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) litigator Geoff Healy as its new chief legal counsel, succeeding incumbent David Williamson who is returning to Ashurst Australia after three years at the mining company.
Bird & Bird has formed a strategic cooperation agreement covering French-speaking Switzerland with local firm BCCC Avocats.
Bird & Bird has added 11 lawyers to its partnership including one in London in its annual promotions round.
Blackstone Chambers stalwart Thomas Beazley QC is to leave the bar to take up partnership with top level litigation boutique Hage Aaronson.
Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has expanded its partnership after promoting 17 associates, with the majority of the promotions made in London.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) real estate chief Robert MacGregor is stepping down from the role next month and will hand over to Chris de Pury.
It’s been all go in Paris over the past fortnight, with a seemingly endless flow of partner hires and moves. Which move is the most interesting is debatable.
Brick Court Chambers’ Mark Hoskins QC has been instructed to mount a challenge against the financial transactions tax, known as the Tobin tax, that is to be adopted by 11 EU states.
US firm Brown Rudnick has expanded into California after picking up Orange County litigation boutique Rus Miliband & Smith.
Burges Salmon has promoted three lawyers to partner in its Bristol headquarters from 1 May including two with an energy and environment emphasis.
The former Scotland legal head at Lloyds Banking Group’s business support unit Gaenor Cassell has joined the Edinburgh office of Burness as director of banking and funds.
The FSA officially ceased to exist today, replaced by a new regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). And already the new boss in the City has picked up a handful of funky powers to go with the new stationery.
Health and social care specialist Capsticks has promoted two lawyers to the partnership in its Birmingham office.
Corporate partner Daniela Weber-Rey has been appointed chief governance officer and deputy global head of compliance at Deutsche Bank.
Geely Holding Group, which acquired Swedish automaker Volvo in 2010, has appointed veteran in-house lawyer Kenneth Tung as chief legal counsel to oversee all international legal affairs.
Beijing-headquartered Yingke has launched in Israel through a local merger, making it one of the first foreign firms to have done so following the deregulation of the legal market.
The world’s largest bank by market capitalisation, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), is overhauling its European legal panel and has sent out pitch invitations to a broad range of firms.
A storm has erupted among City law firms over the use of the possessive ‘s’ at the end of firms’ names
Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Chinese firm Jiayuan have secured roles advising on the issue of RMB bonds by Chinese state-owned metals and mining conglomerate China Minmetals.
Clifford Chance has promoted 20 lawyers to partners across its global network, seven fewer than last year.
Clifford Chance is hiring Ashurst’s French fund formation chief Xavier Comaills and a team of lawyers to lead the firm’s Paris private funds group.
Clifford Chance, DLA and Hogan Lovells are among the firms appointed to FCA panel to undertake investigations at banks.
Clydes expands international footprint with the launch of a base in Madrid after raiding DAC Beachcroft for a team.
Clyde & Co has unveiled a slimmed-down promotions round, with seven lawyers joining its partnership in seven separate offices.
CMS Cameron McKenna has become the latest UK firm to announce its partnership promotions with nine UK lawyers being made up in a global round of 31 appointments across the CMS network.
CMS Cameron McKenna, Foot Anstey, Norton Rose and Wragge & Co advised on Kuwaiti investor Dimah Capital’s £19m acquisition of Everything Everywhere’s Bristol office.
Camerons is to introduce a revamped partner pay system that will see junior partners make equity faster but be put under more scrutiny once on the lockstep.
CMS Cameron McKenna is to move into City site Cannon Place, with the news coming just over a year after it turned down a relocation to a new-build skyscraper on the fringe of London’s financial centre.
The Court of Appeal has refused to reverse a High Court ruling that Dresdner Kleinwort and Commerzbank should pay bonuses to more than 100 bankers, gifting Stewarts Law and Mishcon de Reya a win over Linklaters.
Cobbetts’ administrators are set to work with the SRA to assist a potential investigation into the conduct of the failed firm’s partners, a report by KPMG reveals.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) is gearing up to unveil its first-ever general counsel, whose appointment is expected to be announced in the coming week.
Australian firm HWL Ebsworth has boosted its partnership with four lateral hires including the partner in charge of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Melbourne office, Andrew Pitney.
Cripps Harries Hall has announced that Jonathan Denny, its managing partner for the past 23 years and the first lawyer to hold that title at the firm, is standing down at the end of April.
Watson Burton construction and engineering chief Roddy Gordon has left the firm to head DAC Beachcroft’s construction practice in Newcastle.
DAC Beachcroft has made up five lawyers to partner after promoting the same number last year.
Having started out as an auditor, Tilleke & Gibbins’ Darani Vachanavuttivong soon made the transition to law, becoming an expert in IP in the process
Debevoise & Plimpton has replaced Reed Smith as the litigation management team for power plant Ust-Kamenogorsk Hydropower Plant’s Supreme Court battle.
Dechert, Quinn and Weil among big risers in revenue terms in what was generally a positive period for most US firms in London.
Network Rail has cut its core legal panel from 12 firms to five following a review that has seen Dentons win a new spot on the roster.
Dentons and Linklaters have led the advice on the sale of HMV to Hilco UK, which was confirmed three months after the retailer went into administration.
DLA Piper has entered into a strategic alliance with Indonesian firm Ivan Almaida Baely & Firmansyah (IAB&F) to tap into one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world.
The administrators of Manchester firm Donns have extended the administration period by six months to ensure there is time to pay dividends to creditors.
Dundas & Wilson has seen another partner exit the firm with City corporate specialist Julian Mathews joining Wedlake Bell as part of double hire for the London firm.
Manchester firm DWF is among four firms to be handed first-time spots on the legal panel of the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC).
The Employment Tribunal has thrown out a constructive dismissal claim brought by The Apprentice 2010 winner Stella English against Alan Sugar’s company Amshold Group declaring it was “a claim which should never have been brought”.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
The former head of Eversheds’ in-house advocacy unit Tom Keith has quit the firm to return to the bar, taking up tenancy at Devereux Chambers.
Eversheds and Osborne Clarke (OC) have taken the lead UK roles on networking giant Cisco’s $310m (£205m) acquisition of Swindon-based technology group Ubiquisys.
Eversheds has made up 28 lawyers to its partnership, with more 60 than per cent of the new partners based outside the UK.
Accountancy firms are making better use of social media than their legal market rivals, research by benchmarking company Living Ratings has found.
Exchange Chambers has seen a return to growth for the 2012/13 financial year, with the set posting a revenue rise of 10 per cent.
Amey is considering introducing a formal legal panel within a year following the infrastructure support group’s merger with rival Enterprise.
A former Cobbetts partner reportedly owed £365,000 by the failed firm has been appointed to the defunct Manchester outfit’s creditors’ committee.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis is set to pay $511,145 (£335,000) to the defunct firm’s liquidation trust to resolve claims against him in relation to the US outfit’s dramatic collapse last year.
Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner Konstantin Mettenheimer is set to join asset manager Edmond de Rothschild Group this summer as its Germany chairman.
Olswang chief executive officer David Stewart has been re-elected for a second three-year term, effective from 1 May.
Saudi Arabian firm Osool Law has terminated its agreement with Canada’s Fasken Martineau after two years, citing an “absence of joint strategy” as the reason the co-operation came to an end.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) senior partner Matthew Lohn and Old Square Chambers’ Jennifer Eady QC have been appointed to the Pensions Regulator’s determinations panel.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) public law partner Martin Smith has been hired to advise on the fresh inquest into deaths of the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and 4 New Square have taken headline roles in relation to allegations of racehorse doping by Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.
Fladgate has posted a provisional 8 per cent rise in turnover for the 2012/13 financial year, with total revenue rising from £25.9m to £28m.
Specialist food law firm ABC Food Law has been given the green light by the SRA to become an ABS.
British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm Forbes Hare is launching a contentious advisory practice in its London office in what is believed to be the first move of its type by an offshore firm.
Former Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston has joined designer outlet manager McArthurGlen as deputy chair after standing down from his leadership role last year.
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has announced partner promotions in London and Munich – two of its fourteen offices. From 1 May 2013, this will bring the total number of partners in the firm up to 126.
French independent Orsay Avocats has hired a duo of partners to strengthen its international capabilities, including one from Nixon Peabody in Paris.
Freshfields and Hengeler have taken lead roles on CVC Capital Partners’ €3.1bn acquisition of energy metering group Ista from private equity rival Charterhouse.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case are among a raft of firms to win roles on CVC’s sale of a $1.3bn stake in Indonesian retailer Matahari Department Stores.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired Department of Justice (DoJ) former acting criminal division head, Matthew Friedrich, as partner in its Washington DC base.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lured Herbert Smith Freehills partner Tim Mak to its Asia dispute resolution practice in Hong Kong.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made a rare lateral hire in London with the addition of Shearman & Sterling finance partner Tim Pick.
Gide Loyrette Nouel is in early discussions over a possible merger with corporate and litigation firm Veil Jourde, The Lawyer can reveal.
US firm Greenberg Traurig has opened an office in Seoul despite the rising threat from North Korea.
Scottish firm Harper Macleod has posted record financial results that reveal solid growth in what continues to be a tough local market.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added 19 associates to the partnership in its first round of promotions following the merger between Herbert Smith and Freehills, with over half based in Asia Pacific.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to relocate disputes partner Caroline Kehoe from London to its United Arab Emirates (UAE) practice where she will be based in Dubai.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to open offices in Berlin and Frankfurt in its first move into the German market as a standalone firm.
Herbies’ association with Saudi Arabian firm Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association will come to an end in August, with the firms saying they have “evolved in different ways”.
Firm makes up nine partners as global shipping and transport head George Eddings steps into the role of managing partner.
When is Greek yoghurt legally Greek yoghurt? That was the question put to Mr Justice Briggs in a major IP battle.
Liverpool firm Hill Dickinson is kicking off a business review that could lead to job cuts in a move blamed on the tough economic climate.
Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell have won lead roles as Eastman Kodak offloads its personal film business to UK pensioners.
Hogan Lovells and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have advised on Apple’s $17bn (£10.9bn) bond issue, described as the largest corporate bond offering in history.
Holland & Knight has appointed DLA Piper’s former global head of Islamic finance Oliver Agha, who quit the firm in 2009.
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has added to its London construction practice with the hire of a three-partner team from boutique Maxwell Winward.
Hong Kong’s largest independent firm Deacons has appointed senior private equity lawyer Robert Woll as a partner in its financial services group.
With Legal Aid being cut beyond recognition, Zoe Saunders takes a look at what potentially lies ahead with the rise of litigants in person
Weightmans’ incoming management team has vowed to make its London office a priority as the firm refocuses for a post-Jackson world.
The wage gap between private practice and in-house lawyers is closing as the time taken to reach partnership increases.
The majority of in-house salaries rose in the last financial year, according to new figures.
Insurance group Ageas UK has become one of the first insurers to set up an ABS to provide legal advice.
Integreon business development president John Croft has left to launch the UK arm of Elevate Services, a US-based legal services provider founded by Integreon’s former CEO two years ago.
Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has posted a 5 per cent rise in total revenue for the 2012 financial year, with turnover rising to €44.4m.
Irwin Mitchell has promoted its communications head Mark Duffell to the partnership in its largest partnership round to date.
Clifford Chance has been replaced by Irwin Mitchell in a High Court battle that two Saudi princes are attempting to keep out of the public eye by alleging it will damage relations between London and Riyadh.
Irwin Mitchell strategic client relationships chief executive Joe Simpson is to retire after more than 30 years with the firm.
Disputes lawyers across the market have broadly welcomed the Jackson Reforms, which come into force today, saying they will ease the burden created by disclosure.
Nishimura and Asahi, one of the largest firms in Japan, has set down plans to open two new offices in major centres in Myanmar and Thailand as part of a regional push.
French independent Jeantet Associés has appointed Orrick Rambaud Martel partner Catherine Saint Geniest as a partner in its real estate group.
Jones Day is completely refurbishing its London office, which has seen headcount grow dramatically in recent years, in a bid to avoid a costly premises move.
Kennedys could be forced to defend in court a decision not to reimburse a client who alleges he was the victim of client money theft by a rogue partner.
Kent-based solicitor Dale Walker is one of eight men charged by the FCA with conspiracy to defraud UK investors of over £5m through unauthorised land banking frauds.
Keystone Law has continued its hiring spree by adding another 10 lawyers from the likes of Berwin Leighton Paisner and Davenport Lyons.
US firm King & Spalding has hired King & Wood Mallesons’ arbitration co-head Peter Megens as a partner in its Singapore office, as the firm plans to expand its base in the city state.
Kirkland & Ellis has named Shanghai corporate partner Li Chuan as the partner who will lead its proposed Beijing office.
Managing partner David Beech has claimed that the traditional training model is “dead” because it continues to teach students in the same way it did 30 years ago.
Latham, Linklaters and Joelson Wilson have advised on Carlyle Group’s purchase of London minicab group Addison Lee, a deal reported to be worth £300m.
Latham & Watkins has announced the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) German capital markets partner Okko Behrends in a boost for the US firm’s Frankfurt office.
Firms cannot automatically be held liable for costs when they have funded a claimant’s disbursements in a failed claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Lawrence Graham partner Jane Fox-Edwards has quit the firm to join Allen & Overy (A&O) as head of its property litigation group.
LawVest is bracing itself for a “dramatic increase” in sales this year after accounts revealed a £3.2m loss during its first 16 months of trading.
Who’s better: lawyers or accountants? Oh all right, the actual question is ‘who’s better at social media: lawyers or accountants? The answer is: @beancounters.
Lawrence Graham (LG) has promoted three lawyers to partner from 1 May after making up four last year.
Linklaters client RBS has been refused an appeal against hedge fund Highland Capital after the court rejected a first instance ruling.
A female partner in Linklaters’ employment practice has endorsed quotas for women on executive boards
Linklaters has made up 24 lawyers to partner in this year’s promotions round, including six in London.
Macfarlanes has announced the promotion of four lawyers to partner, including two in its corporate practice.
Barclays is to attempt to stamp out fraudulent misrepresentation claims related to the Libor scandal at the Court of Appeal (CoA), after the High Court yesterday said the bank could challenge the fraud claims.
Women made up just 16 per cent of partners across the top 30 international firms in London last year, with a male-dominated lateral hiring market seen as the reason.
Manchester firm Glaisyers Solicitors is splitting its practice in two, saying the move will help it double the growth of its city-centre office.
Insurer MetLife has appointed former UBS Asia-Pacific general counsel Kevin Wilkey as its new head of legal in Asia.
Midland’s firm Knights Solicitors has hired an energy associate from the City office of US firm Vinson & Elkins (V&E) in a bid to expand its energy practice.
Mills & Reeve and Manchester firm George Davies are to vote on a potential merger within the next few weeks after both firms confirmed that they were in talks .
Mills & Reeve is set to merge with Manchester firm George Davies on 1 June after their respective partnerships voted in favour of a tie-up yesterday afternoon (23 April).
Mishcon de Reya has beefed up its private equity practice with the hire of Dundas & Wilson partner duo Simon Sale and Nadim Meer.
Financial mis-selling claims specialist All Square Treasury has appointed Optima Legal non-standard debt litigation head Melanie Dickinson Denby as legal director.
The Ministry of Justice has unveiled the appointment of four High Court judges following the promotion of 10 to the Court of Appeal.
FTSE100 insurer Admiral has stepped into the legal sector via two ABS joint ventures, with Bristol-based claims specialist Lyons Davidson and Cardiff-based compensation firm Cordner Lewis.
Mourant Ozannes has rehired partner Barney Lee from Appleby, three years after Lee left to set up the rival firm’s Guernsey office.
Nabarro has named insolvency and restructuring head Patricia Godfrey as head of international and board member.
Nabarro has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, six based in London and two in Sheffield.
Norton Rose has made up 33 lawyers to partner in its annual promotions round, including five in London.
Osborne Clarke (OC) has swelled its UK partnership headcount to 100 after signing up its eighth City partner this year in the shape of Speechly Bircham restructuring specialist Keith Bordell.
Olswang has followed the re-election of David Stewart as CEO with the creation of a new eight-person executive committee that will run the firm from 1 May.
The head of court of protection at Pannone’s Manchester office has left the firm to set up his own court of protection outfit with former Pannone partner Rachel Dobson.
Parabis is to expand its Scottish footprint with a second office just six months after launching a Glasgow base.
Partner headcount in the top 30 international firms in London has increased by around 25 per cent since the credit crisis in 2008, while turnover has increased by an average of 8 per cent.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is gearing up to unveil its new-look legal panel following a delayed process to shrink its 27-firm roster.
Peters & Peters is acting for a group of former Israeli intelligence operatives in a breach of contract claim against businessman Vincent Tchenguiz.
Business tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz has settled a High Court dispute with an agency run by a group of Israeli ex-secret service agents, who claimed he had failed to pay his bills.
Pinsent Masons is to launch a technology, media and telecoms (TMT) practice in Singapore with the addition of Brian Tan, the founding partner of local IT boutique Keystone Law Corporation.
Pinsent Masons has made up 14 partners in its second promotions round since it took over Scottish firm McGrigors on 1 May last year.
Pinsent Masons is set to make roughly 13 lawyers redundant in its employment practice in its third round of layoffs since merging with Scottish firm McGrigors last year.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired one of the best-known products liability lawyers in the US, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s mass torts and insurance group co-head Sheila Birnbaum, as a partner in its New York office.
Motoring giant RAC has laid the foundations for a move into the legal market after agreeing a deal with the Quindell Portfolio estimated to be worth £500m annually.
Clifford Chance finance partner Claude Brown is set to join Reed Smith in the latest boost to the US firm’s structured products and derivatives practice in London.
US firm Reed Smith has launched a competition practice in Paris with the hire of Hogan Lovells antitrust, competition and economic regulation co-head Michel Debroux.
Question: Does the fact that there are generally fewer fag packets lying around in the UK these days mean that firms will need a bigger piece of paper to forward-plan their trainee numbers?
Allen & Overy (A&O) threw away more money invested on trainees than any other top 20 UK firm, according to research by The Lawyer that shows that trainee attrition last year cost magic circle outfits more than £10m between them.
Ropes & Gray has added to its London and Hong Kong offerings with a double partner hire from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson covering finance, capital markets and corporate.
US firm Schulte Roth & Zabel has added two London restructuring partners with the hire of Brown Rudnick duo Peter Declercq and Sonya Van de Graaff.
Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates has launched a dispute resolution service to provide advice on arbitration, mediation and adjudication.
US firm Seyfarth Shaw is set to open in Shanghai in May, marking its second overseas launch following London.
Shearman & Sterling is closing down two-thirds of its German office network, with many of the lawyers in Düsseldorf and Munich set to lose their jobs with the US firm.
Shearman & Sterling’s decision to focus its German efforts on Frankfurt appears to be more a strategic plan than a reaction to a string of exits
Leeds-based Shulmans has posted its 2012-13 financial results which show a continued rebound from a significant drop in revenue three years ago.
Sidley Austin has hired partner Tom Deegan from Simmons & Simmons’ Hong Kong office to build up its global energy practice.
The group general counsel of Man Group Stephen Ross is to join Sidley Austin as co-head of London investment funds.
Simmons & Simmons’ director of business transformation Abby Ewen, one of the best-known IT professionals in the UK legal market, has left the firm and joined Berrymans Lace Mawer as IT director.
Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has revamped its governance structure, with Allen & Gledhill senior partner Lucien Wong appointed to chair its new board of directors.
The Singaporean High Court has refused permission for a suspected $50m fraudster to instruct London counsel to defend criminal proceedings against him.
Singapore’s former deputy prime minister Shunmugam Jayakumar has retired from his long-standing political career and will take a consultancy role at Singaporean firm Drew & Napier.
One of Singapore’s largest firms, WongPartnership, has revamped its management structure by appointing Rachel Eng and Ng Wai King as joint managing partners.
SJ Berwin has promoted five lawyers to partner including two in its London headquarters.
SJ Berwin has paid out partners’ profit distributions in full after holding back February earnings due to a sizeable tax bill.
Slaughter and May has boosted trainee and associate pay for the first time since 2011, with junior lawyers getting a two per cent wage hike.
Speechly Bircham to move to larger Luxembourg offices after taking on Clifford Chance counsel François Lerusse as a partner.
Stephenson Harwood has made up four lawyers to partner from today (1 May), with the promotions coming alongside its seventh partner hire from Dentons in two years.
Stephenson Harwood has launched in Beijing and set up an exclusive association in Singapore in a double move to boost its Asian presence.
Steptoe & Johnson has hired three professionals from FFW for its international environment and life sciences team in Brussels, including partner Ruxandra Cana.
How long does it take to launch a rights issue claim? It has been more than three years since lawyer Steven Baker began advising the RBOS Shareholder Action Group on a potential £4bn claim against the bank.
As the Easter term gets under way, Katy Dowell takes a look at who is doing what in the Supreme Court
Zhong Lun Law Firm’s Robert Lewis gets to grip with the changing tax laws facing law firms in China
Taylor Wessing has made up just one London associate to partner in a 16-strong annual promotions round, with the news coming alongside Mills & Reeve’s addition of six new partners ahead of its merger with George Davies.
Taylor Wessing will secure Lucasfilms as a client following the hire of Harbottle & Lewis IP heavyweight Mark Owen.
No international firms have opened in Spain since 2009 - that was Herbert Smith, which picked up three partners for its Madrid launch.
Third-party funder Argentum has agreed to bankroll a multi-million pound claim against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
Thomas Eggar is set to merge with 40-lawyer London firm Pritchard Englefield, boosting its revenue by 17 per cent to roughly £42m and doubling the size of its City base.
Those poor Slaughter and May NQs! Getting by on just £61,500 a year. Thanks to the firm, then, for raising salaries for newly-qualifieds to £63,000, ensuring that a new car is well and truly on the cards.
Trowers & Hamlins has added seven to its partnership with promotions across its offices in London, Dubai and Manchester.
Trowers & Hamlins has named its Bahrain resident managing partner Dominic O’ Neil as its first international managing partner.
Eversheds has secured a two-year extension of its multi-million pound contract with US industrial conglomerate Tyco.
MoFo is acting for some of America’s largest baby food and juice makers in a trial relating to the publication of lead warnings on their products.
Shearman & Sterling and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have played key roles on Chinese internet giant Sina Corporation’s sale of a stake in the country’s Twitter-like site Weibo.
London teams from US firms Kaye Scholer, Paul Hastings, Reed Smith and Sidley Austin have won roles advising on the fresh refinancing of toy retail giant Toys“R”Us.
US firms Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Proskauer Rose have advised on a duo of funds amassing close to £4bn that indicate the mixed success of private equity houses’ fundraising efforts.
Vehicle incident management group FMG has become the latest business to launch an ABS in a bid to offer legal services.
Walkers’ recently-elected managing partner Ingrid Pierce has spoken of the way the offshore sector is reviewing its transparency and corporate governance laws in a video interview with The Lawyer.
Winckworth Sherwood has elected new senior and finance partners while handing another term to managing partner Roger Fitton.
Chinese firm Zhong Lun has hired the first western partner for its London office following its recent launch in New York.