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Cleary Gottlieb client Russia wins appeal against $50bn Yukos award

The District Court of the Hague has overturned a $50bn arbitral award against the Russian Federation in a long-standing dispute with the shareholders of oil company Yukos. The claimants’ lawyers from Shearman & Sterling and Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek said the court had “incorrectly applied” Russian law provisions and articles of an international […]

France’s Veil Jourde opens in Brussels

French firm Veil Jourde has launched a Brussels office, in its first foray outside Paris. The move comes just a year after the firm launched a competition team with the hire of partner Emmanuel Tricot from Winston & Strawn. The Brussels office will advise on competition, state aid, regulated industries such as telecoms, merger control […]

European independents branch out with foreign offices

Luxembourg firm Arendt & Medernach, Germany’s GSK Stockmann & Kollegen and Italian firm Pavia e Ansaldo have all announced the launch of new offices in neighbouring European jurisdictions. Arendt opened a representative office in Paris at the start of the year, becoming the first Luxembourg firm to have a presence in the French capital. The […]

Magic circle duo on call with Slaughters for Vodafone and Liberty Global Dutch merger

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are advising Liberty Global on its joint venture with Vodafone’s Dutch operations, with the latter turning to Slaughter and May and NautaDutilh. The merger concerns Liberty Global’s Dutch cable brand Ziggo with Vodafone’s mobile business in the country. Vodafone turned to Slaughter and May on the 50/50 […]

brussels houses

DWF opens second overseas office in Brussels

DWF has opened an office in Brussels, the firm’s second office outside of the UK after opening in Dubai earlier in the year. The new office will provide advice on greater competition and regulatory support for its UK and international clients. The practice will specialise in central and local government, food and retail, transport and […]

allen & overy

A&O revenues grow nearly 4 per cent in half-year results

Allen & Overy (A&O) has reported a 3.6 per cent rise in revenue in the first half of 2015/16, with the firm’s turnover growing from £619.7m to £642m. The firm attributed a significant proportion of its growth to London, with its corporate practice boosted by several large M&A deals and equity capital markets (ECM) work.  […]

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Dentons expansion continues with Luxembourg tie-up

Dentons has announced its fifth merger of 2015, confirming a tie-up with Luxembourg firm OPF Partners. OPF is one of the larger independent Luxembourg firms with 34 lawyers including nine partners. The merger will take effect on 1 January 2016.  The news follows Dentons’ mergers with Chinese firm Dacheng, US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, […]

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US firms win top roles on Altice’s billion-dollar acquisition of Cablevision

A host of US firms are advising on telecommunications company Altice’s $17.8bn (£11.5bn) acquisition of US cable operator Cablevision, as the former continues to grow its presence in the US.   Shearman & Sterling is representing Altice on the acquisition, with New York partners Creighton Condon and David Connolly leading the deal alongside of counsel John […]

Amsterdam

Taylor Wessing merges with Dutch firm Deterink for Netherlands foothold

Taylor Wessing has announced a merger with Dutch firm Deterink, which will give the firm two new offices in Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Deterink’s seven partners and 47 lawyers are to join Taylor Wessing from 1 September 2015, bringing the latter’s headcount numbers up to over 1,200 across 28 offices in Europe, the US, the Middle […]

Analysis

Luxembourg: the push for fintech

Buoyed by its recent push towards fintech, Luxembourg  remains a major hub of the financial world. Many firms – including Dentons – are trying to get a foothold there

Luxembourg

Luxembourg – on the IP offensive

Intellectual property is the next weapon in Luxembourg’s armoury of business offerings – but first it must past the EC ‘state aid’ test With its favourable regulatory environment, landlocked Luxembourg has long been a centre of excellence for financial services. However, with crises and scandals rocking that sector for the best part of a decade […]

Belgian waffle

It’s all talk and no action as far as Belgium’s vacant government is concerned, but as Joanne Harris finds, the legal market is soldiering on  As you are reading this, it has been almost 250 days since Belgium last had a government. The prime minister, Yves Leterme, resigned in late April 2010 after the […]

Landlocked and loaded

It has been a diplomatic incident waiting to happen for decades. Germany’s efforts to claw back tax from citizens who hold bank accounts in Luxembourg has been an ongoing bone of contention, but recessions have a habit of strengthening people’s resolve, and political pressure from the G20 countries appears to have driven the first wedge […]

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