Gabriella Kane

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

Bakers picks Florida for third business services centre

Baker McKenzie is set to open its third support centre in Florida as it kickstarts a business services overhaul. The service roles that will be based in Tampa, Florida, include legal services, finance, IT, knowledge management, operations, business development, marketing and communications, and talent. The new office is expected to employ 300 people and will […]


DLA Piper and Addleshaws secure rescue buyout for American Golf

DLA Piper and Addleshaw Goddard have stepped in to rescue ailing retail giant American Golf from administration as it is purchased by private equity investor Endless. With its head office in Warrington, American Golf’s buyout was handled entirely in the firms’ regional bases. DLA Piper’s corporate restructuring partner Richard Obank and corporate insolvency partner Colin […]

Ince loses insurance chief amid merger talks

Ince & Co’s global head of insurance Joe O’Keeffe has departed for Stephenson Harwood, just two weeks after it was revealed that Ince had entered into merger talks with Gordon Dadds. Insurance partner O’Keeffe, who specialises in trade, shipping, yachts and superyachts, joined Ince in 1991 and was made partner in 2000. During his time at the firm, […]


Clifford Chance wins Blackstone mandate as it closes in on NEC deal

Clifford Chance, Kirkland & Ellis and Eversheds Sutherland have bumped shoulders in another beefy British business buyout, advising in Blackstone’s proposed £800m takeover of live events business NEC Group. Just one month ago, the trio worked on the record £1.5bn sale of Network Rail’s commercial estate to Blackstone Property Partners and Telereal Trillium. This time round Clifford Chance […]

Clydes dismisses partner after “inappropriate behaviour” investigation

Clyde & Co has dismissed a partner after allegations surfaced of “inappropriate behaviour”, forcing the firm to carry out an internal investigation. The Lawyer understands that the UK-based partner, who has not been named, was removed from the partnership on Friday 28th September. Allegations of inappropriate behavior were reported from more than one female junior lawyer, […]


Ashurst advises i newspaper owner as it puts itself up for sale

Ashurst is advising multimedia publisher Johnston Press, which owns titles such as i newspaper, as it puts itself up for sale in response to financial struggles. Corporate partner and The Lawyer Hot 100 2017 Karen Davies and global head of restructuring and special situations Giles Boothman are leading the sale and strategic review of the beleaguered company, which […]

Baker McKenzie

Bakers rebuked for shortcomings in #MeToo investigation

A review carried out by Simmons & Simmons into Baker McKenzie’s handling of a sexual misconduct incident has concluded that there were “shortcomings” in the way the case was handled. Bakers hired Simmons earlier this year to probe an incident six years ago, where an associate alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a Bakers […]

Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Valerie turns to Osborne Clarke in accounting turmoil

Osborne Clarke is advising Patisserie Valerie as the café chain launches an investigation into alleged fraud and accounting irregularities at the company. The owner of Patisserie Valerie, Patisserie Holdings this morning suspended its shares, as a potential accounting black hole looms over the business. Patisserie Holdings is chaired by serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson, who owns […]

Ex-Taylor Wessing lawyer joins trade group as first GC

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has appointed its first head of legal, to lead the company as data privacy and consumer rights ramp up within the regulatory landscape. Corporate and data privacy lawyer Asli Yildiz joins the DMA from Taylor Wessing, where she was in-house counsel for data privacy & cyber security compliance within the firm’s risk […]

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