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Addleshaws crowns pro bono efforts with Prince’s Trust aid

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DLA raids Wilmer Cutler for financial regulatory expert

DLA is ramping up its financial regulatory practice with the hire of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering lawyer Eva Heffernan. A former of counsel at Wilmer Cutler since 2003 Heffernan joins DLA as a partner. Prior to joining Wilmer Cutler, Heffernan was director and senior counsel at Merrill Lynch Europe where she handled investigations by the […]

Fidal scoops EY Law partner

EY Law in Paris has lost yet another partner – this time to rival Fidal. Hervé Bidaud, a tax specialist, moves to the French number one after time as a partner at both Archibald Andersen and EY. As well as being a part of Fidal’s tax practice, Bidaud will work with Fidal’s management to develop […]

Herbert Smith closes first RBS leveraged financing after panel win

Herbert Smith has closed its first leveraged financing for Royal Bank of Scotland after winning its coveted place on the £100m plus deals panel last November. The firm successfully advised RBS on a funding package for Cygnet Healthcare, a provider of psychiatric treatment and care centres in the UK. The size of the deal has […]

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