Raft of firms advise on Terra Firma's acquisition of Garden Centre Group

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  • Exactly how many of these firms were advising Bank of Scotland? I count three, which is absurd. Great to see taxpayer's money being spent so wisely. God bless the great bureaucracy and chinese walls of our banks.

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  • By Bank of Scotland, I mean Lloyds in its various guises ...

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  • AC @ 12:09 - I read in the FT that Rothschild ran the sale process ... so add that fee to the pot!

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  • Add the different firms advising the company itself, Memory Crystal and Macfarlanes. Since Lloyds owns this company, that means it had 5 advisors on this transaction!

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  • That's a heavily staffed transaction. I bet egos were flying all over the place in a battle to be the number one chief amongst many. Glad my firm wasn't involved, although would perhaps have been interesting to see the dynamic between all of Bank of Scotland's advisors! Were they together or taking instructions from different people at Bank of Scotland?! SJ Berwin was seemingly the lone wolf against all those advising the bank

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  • Not often I say this, but ... I (almost) feel sorry for SJ Berwin! 1 against 5.

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  • At least the Dundas & Wilson associates on this deal aren't being made redundant (see other story in The Lawyer) - well, one would hope!!

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  • Out of all this "raft" of advisors, only 3 women are mentioned as against 9 men. Are we a little saddened about that or is not on trend to talk about female under representation in the industry anymore?

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  • Anon @ 5:27pm

    That's actually a pretty low comment - I'm sure you meant it with good intentions, but we have no idea about the situation or the decisions being made at Dundas & Wilson, and whether any of the individuals affected were on this transaction. Surely you have the good sense to know that one deal doesn't save you from redundancy.

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  • Anon @ 5:34pm, that is such a stupid statement! I'm almost certain that there will have been plenty of women working on this in the wings, the legal industry is most certainly not light on women.

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  • To Anon @ 7:19pm, that was entirely my point. "Working in the wings" but not being named in the press = under representation, imbicile.

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  • Hope the reference in the headline to 'raft' doesn't mean there's a sinking ship.

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  • Why is this turning into a debate on female representation in the legal industry?! Ludicrous. I think this article presents a pretty fair picture - 4 women, 8 men. Bear in mind the departments the article lists - corporate finance, corporate, finance, debt restructuring and recovery ...

    That's pretty representative.

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  • I give up - all of your counter-arguments are precisely what I'm saying! It's not about the article, it's about (or at least it was in my mind) how few women there are in these areas of law. But never mind, please. I'm sorry I mentioned it.
    Lets circle back to what we were originally commenting on, which was the obscene number of firms advising one entity (dress it up how you like - they were all representing Lloyds).

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  • Has anybody noticed that some of the people mentioned in this article are very hot? Refreshing to see for a change!

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  • Anonymous @ 11:07am - Having looked up said people mentioned in the article, it doesn't take a lawyer to work out who you're referring to ...

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  • Eugene O'Keeffe?

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  • Yes Mr F, you don't need a law degree for this one. When I said 'people' I really meant 'person' ... I really meant 'woman'.

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  • Perhaps comments like this are why more women aren't working in this industry??

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  • Anon at 2:17pm, it's not degrading to say that somebody is fit. You have every right to say the same about a man named in the article.

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  • Why don't we just say that SJ Berwin wins on all counts, gender neutral.

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  • Ahem, indeed.

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  • HOT

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  • Errr, how many law firms were involved in this??

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