Rachel Moloney

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

US and European firms lead on Bayer’s latest billion-dollar disposal

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has teamed up with German firm Hengeler Mueller on the sale of Bayer’s animal health business for $7.6bn. The two firms advised the purchaser Elanco Animal Health, which sells products to support farmers and pets alike. The Paul Weiss team was led by partner Tarun Stewart and litigation partner […]


Gowling WLG is latest firm to grab Commonwealth Games advisory role

Gowling WLG has won the advisory role for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games following a tender process for the post. The firm will support the organisers on corporate governance, procurement and general commercial matters. Gowling’s pitch team was led by partner Michael Luckman, who will be working with Birmingham 2022’s chief legal officer Caroline McGrory […]

The speed read: Reynen Court arrives; Goodwin keeps hiring and Burford’s IPO dilemma

It’s been a week that litigation funder Burford Capital would rather forget, while legal tech providers have flocked to offer services on the new “one stop” solution for the industry. Here are the key takeaways. Reynen Court’s one-stop shop still has much to prove Reynen Court, the platform claiming to be a “one-stop” tech solution […]

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Kirkland and Travers land roles on BC Partners’ software deal

Kirkland & Ellis has represented BC Partners on its investment into UK software company Advanced, in the firm’s latest advisory role for the private equity house. The US firm fielded a team that included partners David Higgins, Rory Mullarkey and Tom Bartram. Last September, Higgins advised BC Partners on its agreement to acquire majority ownership […]


HSF lands its Shanghai joint venture by mining its alumni network

Nearly six years since the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) was first set up, Herbert Smith Freehills has emerged as the latest international firm to set up shop with a joint operation licence. HSF has sealed a deal with Kewei Law Firm, in a move that enables the former to offer local law capabilities in […]

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Magic circle firm acts for Majestic Wine in retail sale

Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells have won the top roles on the sale of Majestic Wine’s retail business to Softbank-owned Fortress Investment Group. The magic circle firm fielded a team led by partner Seth Jones and Alex Tilley for Majestic Wines. They were supported by partners Alasdair Balfour and Nigel Parker on antitrust and […]


Clifford Chance and Kirkland among firms sharing in £16m Merlin fees

Legal fees on the take-private acquisition of Merlin Entertainments are set to exceed £16m, with firms such as Clifford Chance, Kirkland & Ellis and Slaughter and May sharing in the total. According to the scheme document, Merlin is expected to incur £5.6m in fees, the bulk of which will go to Slaughters. The firm advised […]

BT creates new transformation role in legal team

BT has created a new position in its legal team to oversee transformation of its in-house function. Dave Hart, who has been with the business since 2015, has become director of transformation and is in charge of delivering the technology vision for the function and managing its operations globally. He was appointed to the role […]

Freshfields and Slaughters lead on CVC’s £1bn aerospace deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has taken the advisory role for private equity house CVC on its purchase of BBA Aviation’s aerospace manufacturing unit. The magic circle firm worked with CVC on the acquisition, which will see BBA Aviation part ways with its Ontics business after 13 years. The sale will enable BBA to focus on its […]


Sports Direct reveals new legal head after torrid week

Sports Direct has appointed a new general counsel in what has been a turbulent week for Mike Ashley’s retail emporium. Tom Piper has stepped into the head of legal and company secretary role after the departure of Cameron Olsen this month. Piper has been with Sports Direct since 2017 when he joined as legal counsel […]

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