Infrastructure

Freshfields and Simpson Thacher lead on John Laing’s £2bn acquisition

A raft of firms have been called up on KKR’s £2bn acquisition of FTSE 250 infrastructure investor John Laing. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was on hand for John Laing, led by corporate partner Oliver Lazenby and senior counsel Holly Baker. Freshfields has counted John Laing as a client since 2015, when it acted on its listing […]

bitcoin

Bird & Bird wades into Bitcoin inventor battle

Bird & Bird is advising a non-profit cryptocurrency group in the battle over Bitcoin, as it demands a judicial declaration that Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is not the digital coin’s creator. Wright proclaims he penned and owns the copyright to a Bitcoin whitepaper published in 2008 under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, which first outlined […]

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Former Dechert partner leads six-strong finance team hire at EY

EY Law is bringing in a team of six lawyers to boost its financial services practice, including a former Dechert partner. The legal arm of the accountancy firm has brought in a collective helmed by Monica Gogna, a finance expert who left Dechert last September. The team hire is aimed at building out a financial services […]

Corporate M&A veteran launches boutique

Former Macfarlanes partner Robert Ogilvy-Watson has launched his own boutique to advise on situations involving UK-listed companies. Ogilvy-Watson departed Macfarlanes at the beginning of the year, having joined just two years previously from Ashurst to bulk up its public M&A offering. The corporate veteran spent over two decades at Ashurst, including six years as the firm’s […]