Gabriella Kane

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

Luxembourg

Ashurst bets on Europe with Luxembourg launch

Ashurst has been given the go-ahead to open in Luxembourg after receiving approval from the local bar association. The new office, focusing on finance and funds, will open in October this year, with corporate partner Isabelle Lentz at the helm. Lentz is currently the head of Ashurst’s Luxembourg desk in London, which was set up […]

Deloitte secures long-awaited ABS licence ahead of UK expansion

Deloitte has received its alternative business structure (ABS) licence, becoming the last of the Big Four to set up a legal arm in the UK. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) confirmed that it has granted Deloitte the right to operate as a multi-disciplinary practice. The licence came into effect on the 15 June. The new move will […]

Linklaters and Bakers lead on €1bn Cerberus deal

Linklaters and Baker McKenzie have led in the €1.2 billion sale of the world’s largest air cargo handler, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), to New York based private equity company Cerberus Capital Management. Linklaters corporate partners Ben Rodham and Christopher Boycott acted for Cerberus, which from 2015 has been owned by Platinum Equity. They were supported by finance partners Daniel […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields brought in to advise students on legal tech

As universities look to jump on the innovation bandwagon, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has teamed up with the University of Manchester’s law school and AI company Neota Logic to offer a course on legal technology. The new course, which will commence in January 2019, is called “legal tech and access to justice” and will be offered as an […]

Deloitte’s UK arm forges alliance with US firm

Deloitte UK has announced an alliance with US immigration law firm Berry Appleman & Leiden as its aspirations to grow in the legal market continue. The British arm of the Big Four accounting firm will acquire BAL’s non US businesses in the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, Dubai, Mozambique, Singapore and South Africa. This will add 170 practitioners, […]

Royal Bank of Scotland RBS

Slaughters loses out to Freshfields on RBS government share sale

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has taken the lead advising the UK Government in the sale of 925 million Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) shares, as it attempts to raise £2.6bn to reduce national debt. Freshfields global transactions partners Julian Makin and Ashar Qureshi advised the United Kingdom Financial Investments (UKFI), which controls the Treasury’s stake in RBS, and is selling […]

Over 30 roles at risk as Ince launches redundancy consultation

Ince & Co has launched a restructuring programme that looks set to affect over 30 business services staff and fee-earners, including some partners. The firm has said the number of redundancies is expected to total between 30 and 36 staff. In terms of fee-earners, associates will be the most affected but there is the possibility […]

Pinsents and Mayer Brown lead on £250m travel start-up sale

A raft of firms have acted in the £250m sale of independent leisure business Travel Counsellors to UK buyout firm Vitruvian Partners. Pinsent Masons advised the seller Equistone Partners, with a team led by corporate partners Gregg Davison and Amie Norris, who featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 this year. The firm previously acted for Equistone in October 2014, when it […]

Tidswell Ben Ashurst

Ashurst partners vote for status quo in chairman election

Ashurst chairman Ben Tidswell will continue in his role for a further four years after claiming victory in the firm’s leadership elections. Litigator Tidswell became Ashurst’s first post-merger chairman in 2013 after the firm announced its merger with Australian outfit Blake Dawson. He will continue in the position for a second term of four years from November 2018, […]

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