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Ashurst Morris Crisp (Mark Vickers) is advising the Royal Bank of Scotland in connection with Duke Street Capital Leisure Investments’ hostile public takeover bid for Esporta. The bid is worth £133m. Duke Street is being advised by Clifford Chance (Robert Lee).

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