Rachel Moloney

Rachel is news editor of The Lawyer and primarily covers corporate and the City

Simon Marchant

Shearman hires Freshfields veteran for strategic help

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ex-corporate chief Simon Marchant is joining Shearman & Sterling as a senior adviser on firm and client strategy. Marchant joins Shearman after two years away from the magic circle firm, which he retired from in 2018. This is his second strategic gig at a law firm, travelling out to Australia over 2018/19 […]

technology

US corporate duo lead on Softbank’s $40bn ARM sale

Morrison & Foerster and Latham & Watkins have won the top advisory mandates as technology company ARM is sold for the second time in just over four years. ARM Holdings, a former FTSE 100 member, has been sold by Softbank to US company NVIDIA in a transaction valued at $40bn. It comes four years after […]

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Weightmans launches redundancy consultation in latest restructuring exercise

Weightmans is to carry out a redundancy consultation as part of a long-term strategy to restructure its business. The consultation will affect both a small number of fee-earners and support staff, with the hope that some individuals can be redeployed elsewhere, while others will take voluntary redundancy. The cuts are not related to the coronavirus […]

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Gibson Dunn corporate partner exits for Baker Botts

Baker Botts has brought in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Nigel Stacey to its corporate team, as it seeks to expand its M&A practice in the City. Stacey was one of several corporate partners to defect from Ashurst to Gibson Dunn in 2014, coming just after Jonathan Earle, and ahead of Charlie Geffen and Mark […]

Gherkin Kirkland

Kirkland leads for Bain Capital in latest insurance-related investment

Three firms fielded teams of lawyers on a deal that saw Bain Capital Credit agree a strategic partnership deal with insurance investor Beat Capital Partners. Kirkland & Ellis won the mandate from Bain’s credit arm, with a team led by transactional partners Rajab Abbassi and Aprajita Dhundia, as well as insurance regulatory partner Parimah Hassouri and […]

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Cleary duo launch tech tool for capital markets lawyers

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is piloting a new tool created by two of its associates to help lawyers and in-house teams with regulatory disclosure and filing documents. John Kwan and Mohamed Taha have set up the product. Both have worked at Cleary for around five years before making moves to set up their new […]

Sainsbury's

HSF and DACB in and Addleshaws out: Sainsbury’s cuts panel roster by a third

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has handed panel places to eight firms, including longstanding advisers Linklaters and a new spot for DAC Beachcroft. Places on the panel last for three years, with Linklaters the only magic circle firm to secure a spot. CMS and Dentons have also been reappointed, while Herbert Smith Freehills is another big City […]

Dublin

Dentons targets more local firms for delayed Dublin launch

Dentons has opened its doors in Dublin, after postponing the launch over the summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The firm had planned on opening in Q2, having announced its intentions at the start of the year. Initially the firm hired three partners to kickstart operations; Eavan Saunders and Peter O’Brien from William […]

Gary Hamp

Shearman tops up City finance team with Latham hire

Shearman & Sterling has replenished its London partner headcount, with the arrival of a new hire from Latham & Watkins’ Hong Kong office. Shearman has added Latham leveraged finance partner Gary Hamp to its team in the City. Hamp will relocate from Latham in Hong Kong, having been based out there for over a decade. […]

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Government Legal Department brings in new litigation supremo

The Government Legal Department has appointed a new director of litigation, with Mel Nebhrajani taking on the role after working on matters related to the Covid-19 pandemic this year. Nebhrajani has spent four years at the Department of Health and Social Care, where she was its legal director. As such, 2020 matters have largely been […]