Homebase hands first-time mandate to Kirkland on restructuring bid

Kirkland & Ellis has won a first-time mandate from struggling DIY chain Homebase, which earlier today confirmed it was planning a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). Homebase is the latest retailer to announce such a move and follows in the wake of similar CVAs entered into by New Look, Prezzo and Mothercare. A CVA can be used by […]


Slaughters and Weil lead on £1.2bn bid for Sheilas’ Wheels owner

Weil Gotshal & Manges and Slaughter and May have advised on the £1.2bn buyout of esure to Bain Capital in one of the largest insurance deals of the year so far. Slaughters led for esure, the owner of insurance brand Sheilas’ Wheels and former owner of price comparison website The deal team was led by corporate […]


Trio of firms lead on latest Wembley development

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang and Womble Bond Dickinson are acting on a joint venture between Boxpark and Quintain to create a sprawling 50,000sq ft food, beverage and events complex in Wembley Park. CMS advised property investment and development company Quintain, led by real estate partner Marie Scott and associate Richard Cameron. Quintain is leading the Wembley […]

House of Fraser

City firms on call in last-ditch attempt to save House of Fraser

A host of firms, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and RPC, have been on call this morning following the news that Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley is to buy House of Fraser through a pre-pack administration. The collapse marks the end of 169 years of solvent trading and puts 17,500 jobs at risk. A team from Freshfields […]


The battle for Sky: A&O to reap £20m in 21st Century Fox offer

Legal advisers working on the high-stakes bidding war for Sky are set to pick up fees of around £65m, according to documents published by competing bidders 21st Century Fox and Comcast. Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to pick up £20m in fees for its work advising 21st Century Fox in the high-stakes bidding war with […]


Clifford Chance and Freshfields clients go head-to-head in Arsenal FC bid

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May are advising on the £600m takeover tussle for full control of Arsenal FC. The deal is between majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. Kroenke currently owns 67 per cent of the Premier League club through his company Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE). A team at Clifford Chance, […]

Virgin Money

City heavyweights to rake in £9m on Virgin Money takeover

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance are among the firms in line to pocket up to £9m in fees after the £1.7bn takeover of Virgin Money. According to documents published this week, legal fees expected to be incurred by Virgin Money total £4.7m. Virgin Money is being represented by A&O partners David Broadley and George […]


Travers and Osborne Clarke lead as Exponent snaps up owner of The Week

Travers Smith and Osborne Clarke have advised on the £166m buyout of Dennis Publishing to private equity firm Exponent. Travers corporate partners Ian Shawyer amd Lucy Cawood, who both specialise in M&A, led for Exponent, alongside private equity senior counsel Alex Dixon and senior associate Victoria Bramall. London-based boutique firm and media-specialists Simons Muirhead & Burton […]

Trio of firms step in to salvage Countrywide in emergency funding

Slaughter and May, Ashurst and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison have advised in Countrywide’s emergency £111.4m equity raising, as the crisis-hit estate agency group seeks to reduce its colossal debt figures. Corporate partner Richard Smith and finance partner Ed Fife led the Slaughters team acting for Countrywide. Smith is the firm’s client relationship partner for Countrywide, […]

Cooley and Davis Polk advise UK company on first-of-its-kind tech IPO

Cooley and Davis Polk & Wardwell have won roles on the US listing of UK tech provider Endava, which has been valued at around $126.8m. A cross-border team from Cooley was on hand to advise the company, consisting of Boston-based partner Nicole Brookshire, Virginia-based partner Darren DeStefano and London partner Ed Lukins. Lukins told The Lawyer: “For Endava […]

Las Vegas

Latham and Gibson Dunn line up on GVC’s US joint venture with MGM

Latham & Watkins and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher have advised on the transatlantic joint venture between GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts in another breakthrough transaction for the betting industry. Latham & Watkins acted for gaming operator GVC with a team in the US, supported by a UK team. Corporate partner and co-chair of the firm’s public company […]


Pinsent Masons and Brodies lead on new Barclays development

Pinsent Masons and Brodies have advised on Barclays’ multi-million pound development of a new 450,000sq ft campus on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow, in one of the largest Scottish property deals of the year. Real estate partners Paul Connolly and Katharine Hardie led the team advising Barclays on the deal, which has purchased the development […]

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