The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014 features an in-depth look at 46 leading independent firms’ strategies in 15 key sub-Saharan jurisdictions, as well as the views of in-house counsel from some of Africa’s largest companies... Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
This deal for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) means Berwin Leighton Paisner's (BLP) property finance department has worked on up to £4bn worth of deals in the past six months, compared with £3bn for the whole of last year. As an elite player in property finance, RBS accounts for a good third of that work. Other recent RBS deals in which BLP has been involved include the provision of £1.25bn to enable Nomura's acquisition of Le Meridien Hotel chain from Compass. Simon Kildahl led on that deal, while Mark Waghorn led on the £400m refinancing for More London, which is fully underwritten by RBS. The highly structured refinancing included three separate development facilities - one relating to the Greater London Authority headquarters, one to Ernst & Young's new premises, and a third which enables value to be drawn from the remainder of the site where pre-lets are pending. The financing is structured to enable the bank to syndicate the loan either during the development phase - which is a less common step - or later.