Gabriella Kane

Gabriella is a reporter at The Lawyer. She covers corporate and real estate.

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Addleshaws and Weil Gotshal lead on Abraaj funds sale

A raft of firms including Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Debevoise & Plimpton have scored roles on Actis’s acquisition of stakes in the Middle East’s former biggest buyout firm, Abraaj. Following Albraaj’s filing for provisional liquidation in the Cayman Islands in June 2018, it underwent a complicated unwinding process after a […]


Simmons’ upward trajectory continues as profits leap 9 per cent

Simmons & Simmons has posted modest growth for 2018/2019, with revenue up by 6 per cent to £374m. The latest figures represent another year of upward trajectory, after a slump in 2015/2016 when the firm’s revenue grew by just 1.7 per cent and profit per equity partner (PEP) tumbled by 10 per cent. Simmons managed […]


BBC in-housers match Kirkland’s junior lawyers for salary

The BBC has revealed how much its highest earners are paid, with four lawyers picking up a salary exceeding £150,000. The BBC’s 2018/2019 annual report discloses the pay of all employees that earn over £150,000, and the four highest-earning lawyers have seen their pay increase over the last year. Group general counsel Sarah Jones and […]

ASOS GC leaves fashion retailer after seven years

Andrew Magowan, the general counsel of ASOS, has left the company after seven years at the online fashion retailer. Magowan, who was also company secretary at the company, joined in 2012 from industrial aviation services provider Bristow Group. ASOS was his third general counsel role, having been the legal director at Bristow and also legal […]

DLA Piper appoints new head of its Birmingham office

DLA Piper has appointed Trevor Ivory as the new managing partner of its Birmingham office. Real estate partner Ivory replaces Huw Dolphin, who has headed the Birmingham office for five years. Ivory joined DLA in 2015 from Howes Percival and specialises in real estate planning, with a particular focus on delivering strategic development and infrastructure […]

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Stephenson Harwood partner joins former KWM colleagues at Proskauer

Stephenson Harwood is to lose a partner in its corporate finance team to Proskauer Rose, in a move that will reunite him with his former colleagues at King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Warren Allan joined Stephenson Harwood in 2017 from the collapsed UK arm of King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin). He had spent […]

City M&A heavyweights take the lead on Legoland’s £4.8bn Merlin deal

Clifford Chance, Slaughter and May, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and Ashurst are acting on the £4.8bn acquisition of Merlin Entertainments by a private equity consortium. The mega deal sees the five firms rally on the take private, which sees Merlin snapped up by a consortium made up of KIRKBI, the investment vehicle of […]


Slaughters and Freshfields spearhead L&G’s £4bn tie-up with Oxford University

Slaughter and May and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have led in Legal & General’s (L&G) £4bn house-building partnership with the University of Oxford. Slaughters corporate and finance partners Guy O’Keefe and Harry Bacon spearheaded the deal for longstanding client L&G, in its latest bid to tap into the rapidly expanding market of student accommodation. The financial […]

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