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Swiss firms must innovate to get a piece of the action

Switzerland’s stability in a volatile world is fuelling its economy, and local law firms are having to innovate to compete with global players The Swiss market is in good shape but that does not mean there are no challenges to face. The Lawyer asked for the opinions of some of the market’s leading figures on […]

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Exclusive: Clifford Chance launches second probe into partner sexual misconduct

Clifford Chance has launched a second investigation in under 12 months into the behaviour of a current partner, following  allegations of sexual misconduct leaked to The Lawyer. The first allegations emerged in 2015 when the accused partner was based in one of the firm’s European offices, and include multiple allegations of sexual impropriety with staff in […]

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CEE special report: For local and global firms, teamwork is best

Fallout from the global financial crisis keeps lawyers in CEE busy. But the region’s complexity means the work is best handled by local and international firms working together The EU bailout of Greece is often cited as the pinnacle of national financial mismanagement. Less often spoken about is the situation in Central and Eastern Europe […]

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Hogan Lovells wins the top role for Novartis in $9bn pharma deal

Hogan Lovells and Cravath Swaine & Moore have won the top roles on Novartis’ $9bn purchase of Chicago-based gene therapy company AveXis. The deal, in which the Swiss pharmaceutical giant is offering $218 per share for AveXis, is being led by Hogan Lovells Washington DC-based corporate transactions partner Joseph Gilligan who is advising Novartis. He is working alongside New […]

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The largest law firm real estate practice in the world is…

Dentons has the largest real estate team in the world, new data from The Lawyer has revealed, but the firm faces stiff competition in the global rankings thanks to accelerating consolidation. The global firm, which just last week merged with another seven firms across Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia, has 375 partners who […]

DWF launches in Turkey through local alliance

DWF is to open an offering in Turkey through an alliance with local firm Özkan Law. This combination will gift DWF with 12 lawyers in Turkey, led by managing partner Orkun Özkan. The firm acts for clients such as  Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), HSBC Bank, Euler Hermes Insurance, Rail Cargo Austria AG, De Rigo […]

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Darwin triumphs in DLA senior partner election

DLA Piper has elected developing markets managing director Andrew Darwin as its next senior partner. Darwin has fought off competition from global corporate co-chair Bob Bishop and corporate partner Jon Hayes, who were the only candidates left standing of the original eight contenders for the senior partner role. The original candidate lineup also included London-based […]

Linklaters opens fifth German office to chase banking work

Linklaters will open its fifth office in Hamburg in the first quarter of this year to capitalise on an increase in banking work for German clients.

The firm has made no lateral hires with the launch, instead transferring two existing partners from Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

Freshfields trio exit to set up German boutique

A trio of partners in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s German offices are to leave the firm to launch a boutique.

Environmental, planning and regulatory partner Wolf Spieth is exiting the firm, having led its Berlin office for a number of years. Spieth is one of 10 partners in Freshfields’ Berlin office.

Why is project work so tricky in CEE?

Infrastructure and projects work is a core practice area for many firms operating across the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. In theory there should plenty of work around because these countries need significant improvements to their transport, energy and public buildings. In practice, things are not quite so clear-cut. “My feeling is that if you […]

Partner promotions: European trio make up five lawyers apiece

Three European firms have expanded their partner ranks, each promoting five new members in the past week.

In Spain, Pérez-Llorca appointed Fernando Bedoya, Beatriz García, Javier Gómez, Pedro Marques da Gama and José Suárez to bolster the firm’s corporate, public law, tax and litigation and arbitration practices.

Dechert launches training contracts in Dublin

Dechert has begun offering training contracts in its Dublin office, as the US firm eyes growth opportunities in the Irish market. Dechert launched training contracts in its Dublin office in the second half of 2017 by taking on two local law graduates as trainees. It is understood that the US firm will offer two or […]

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Gide launches third Middle East office

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is set to launch an office in Egypt’s capital city Cairo, its second expansion in the Middle East in four months.

Gide’s Cairo office will open in the first quarter of 2018 and the latest expansion is headed by partner Baudouin de Moucheron.

The lawyers behind Veon’s digital transformation

       IN ASSOCIATION WITH Prompted by a declining global telecommunications industry and a hefty fine by the US and Dutch authorities over a bribery probe in Uzbekistan, Russian-backed and Amsterdam-headquartered telecoms giant VimpelCom has embarked on a global-scale business transformation. It has been moving away from the traditional infrastructure provider model and reinventing itself […]

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Clifford Chance sets up ‘Big Four’ style global tech group

Clifford Chance has launched a new technology group emulating the initiatives from the Big Four accounting firms and push for wider adoption of innovation within the firm.

The technology group was formally unveiled to clients at an event in London last week and will span the entirety of the magic circle firm’s global offices.

European firms in London spot the opportunities of Brexit

As 2016 was hailed the year of disruptive political change at the heart of the Anglo-Saxon world, many expected the political storm to sweep the European continent in 2017 due to the elections in several key countries. But election results in The Netherlands, Germany and France provided a certain level of relief and continuity for the EU […]

The 60 second interview: Compliance should watch uncontrolled data growth

FTI Consulting’s European Information Governance leader Sonia Cheng talks to The Lawyer about using Information Governance as a proactive tool as well as the main challenges companies face when implementing their governance framework, ahead of her session at Managing Risk and Litigation today. How can information governance help companies to be proactive with their compliance framework? […]

Veon to expand global shared legal services offering in major transformation

Telecoms giant Veon – formerly known as Vimpelcom – has made a new pledge to boost the offering in its three global shared services centres, The Lawyer can reveal. This effort is part of Veon in-house legal department’s major drive for efficiency and compliance. Veon set up three global shared services centres (GSS) in Moscow, […]

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Slaughters ramps up Luminance investment in $10m round

Slaughter and May has invested in artificial intelligence platform Luminance as part of a $10m Series A funding round. The round, which was led by Talis Capital and also including Invoke Capital, values the M&A due diligence tool at $50m. Luminance, which launched last year, said it would use the funds to expand its operations […]

BonelliErede opens its first Middle East office

Italian firm BonelliErede is opening its first office in the Middle East, launching an offering in Dubai.

Former London managing partner Andrea Carta Mantiglia will be the executive chairman of the new office, while corporate lawyers Marco De Leo and John Shehata will be on-site local partners.

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Bird & Bird to open Amsterdam ‘hub’ for client meetings

Bird & Bird is set to open its second office in the Netherlands in January 2018, but will make no additional hires to run it.

The firm does not expect partners to be based in the office, but instead use it as a resource to meet clients and work on specific projects.

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Gide shakes up management in strategy refresh

Gide Loyrette Nouel has appointed a new executive committee, led by newly elected senior partner Xavier de Kergommeaux.

Paris-based banking and finance partner De Kergommeaux will succeed Baudouin de Moucheron, who has held the senior partner role since 2012. De Kergommeaux served as Gide’s managing partner between 2004 and 2009.

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Deloitte loses tax team to Dentons in Russia

Dentons has hired Deloitte head of technology, media and telecoms Vasilii Markov as part of an eight-strong tax hire to grow its St Petersburg office. Markov, who will join as head of tax for Dentons’ St Petersburg office, was at Deloitte for over 11 years in the R&D and government incentives programme. He will be […]

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Clifford Chance boosts Germany with White & Case M&A hire

Clifford Chance has hired White & Case corporate M&A partner Markus Stephanblome into the firm’s German practice and will join the firm next month.

Stephanblome will join the partnership in the firm’s Frankfurt office after a transitional three years for Clifford Chance’s German corporate practice.

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Mayer Brown promotes four in London in global round

Mayer Brown has promoted four lawyers to partnership in London as part of its 31-strong global round. The firm has promoted corporate and securities lawyer Rebecca Bothamley, tax transactions and consulting lawyer Ben Fryer, restructuring bankruptcy and insolvency lawyer Jessica Walker and real estate lawyer Iain Roberts in London. Mayer Brown’s London promotions matched those […]

The 60 second interview: London’s arbitration will remain unscathed

In a preview of his session at next month’s Managing Risk and Litigation conference, Clyde & Co partner & co-chair of the global arbitration group Peter Hirst talks to The Lawyer about the future of international arbitration and the relationship between arbitration and third party funding. What changes are on the horizon when it comes to […]

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Pearson pledges to improve diversity after scrutiny of law firms backfires

Pearson has launched a new diversity pledge after telling its external law firms to improve their gender and BME representation. The publishing giant’s pledge came after Pearson decided to hold its advisers to account on diversity issues. In response this prompted the firms to query the company’s own diversity commitment. Pearson associate general counsel Andy […]

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Succession planning for GCs – recruitment, career progression and managing mature teams

How can GCs attract the appropriate talent and keep the lawyers in their teams motivated? Panellists at the GC2B roundtable provide insight as well as practical ideas on managing teams in-house. Participants Alex Williamson, head of FRM legal, Man Group Sally-Ann James, general counsel, Metro Bank Ian Jameson, managing director and general counsel EMEA, Sumitomo […]

HSF launches first office in Italy with Simmons hire

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has expanded in Europe, opening its first office in Italy with a hire from Simmons & Simmons.

The new Milan office, which has been described by the firm as an “IP boutique”, will launch through Laura Orlando, Simmons’ former leading IP partner in the Italian city.

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Kinstellar: It’s time to invest in CEE

Investment in the central and eastern European (CEE) healthcare market is booming at the moment. It’s time to start looking at the region seriously.

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Three GCs on the key to talent management

Ahead of their panel session on ‘Bringing your team along for the journey’ at The Lawyer’s In-house Counsel as Business Partner 2017 in association with EY, Jonathan Lipman, Vicky Sandry and Katherine Thomas are sharing their thoughts on helping your team identify and pursue their career goals and making them feel valued. Many argue that […]

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Brad Karp: Law firm leaders should expect the unexpected

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison chairman Brad Karp talks to The Lawyer about what law firm leaders can learn from the crisis. In many respects, the financial crisis feels like a lifetime ago; in others, it feels like just yesterday‎. The economic upheaval brought about by the crisis created secular change, the repercussions of […]

Kinstellar partner Jitka Logesova speaks at IBA Europe Caucasus Asia Forum 2017

Kinstellar is delighted to have been part of this year’s IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia (ECA) Forum, which took place in London on 6 – 8 September. The conference, a linchpin between Asia and Europe, introduces lawyers from around the world to the post-Soviet region for over a decade, offering its delegates great cultural programmes with numerous networking events every […]

Wolf Theiss advises BGK on financing acquisition of Luka Rijeka DD shares

Wolf Theiss advised BGK (Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego) on the financing of OT Logistics’ expansion in Croatia. The PLN 125 million (EUR 30 million) BGK loan will be used to finance acquisition of Luka Rijeka d.d., the operator of the port in Croatia. The first tranche of the facility in the amount of PLN 46.6 million […]

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Osborne Clarke opens new office in Sweden through five-strong team hire

Osborne Clarke has opened a new office in Sweden with a five-lawyer team hire from Baumgarten Byström Rooth & Partners, Bird & Bird and SEB Merchant Banking. Baumgarten Byström Rooth & Partners founding partner Fredrik von Baumgarten, Bird & Bird partner Henrik Bergström and senior associate Angelica Lundqvist will join the firm alongside lawyer Isabella Palmgren and […]

Schoenherr advises Groupe PSA on acquisition of General Motors’ Austrian Opel operation 

Schoenherr has advised PSA Peugeot Citroën SA (‘Groupe PSA’) on the acquisition of General Motors’ Opel Austrian subsidiary and Opel manufacturing site in Vienna. The transaction, which was part of a EUR 2.2 billion takeover by Groupe PSA, was completed on 1 August 2017 after receiving approval from regulatory authorities including the EU antitrust authorities. The acquisition […]

Walder Wyss advises Talixo in financing round

Talixo, a Berlin-based B2B ground transportation service, closed a seven-digit EUR financing round. Backers included Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Amman Group Holding AG and another Swiss institutional investor. Talixo intends to use the funds to further accelerate growth and expand operations. Founded in 2012 by CEO Sebastian Kleinau, Talixo provides a B2B ground transportation booking […]

LK Shields acts for Suir Valley Ventures in IoT startup funding

Internet of Things startup Wia Technologies Limited has raised €750,000 in funding from Suir Valley Ventures and Enterprise Ireland. We acted for Suir Valley Ventures, the entrepreneur-led venture capital fund, in an investment in Wia Technologies Limited, which aims to be the “Stripe for the Internet of Things”. The funding round was led by Suir Valley […]

UK data protection laws to be overhauled

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has published a statement of intent (the “Statement of Intent”) for a New Data Protection Bill. While the General Data Protection Regulation (the ‘GDPR’) will become directly applicable in all EU Member States from 25 May 2018, it is the government’s intention to bring this EU law […]

Przemysław Kozdój joins Wolf Theiss Warsaw office as head of banking and finance

Przemysław Kozdój has joined the Warsaw office of the Wolf Theiss law firm as a partner and head of the banking and finance practice group in Poland. Przemysław Kozdój has been advising foreign and domestic banks and investors on various aspects of financial transactions and regulatory matters for almost 20 years. He has participated in […]

Schoenherr advises Tele2 on sale of subsidiary to Hutchison Drei

Schoenherr has advised Swedish telecommunications group Tele2 on the sale of its subsidiary Tele2 Austria to mobile company Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH (Drei) for an enterprise value of EUR 95m. The transaction is expected to occur following approval by the Austrian competition authority. Tele2 Austria is a local telecommunications provider and the second-largest landline company in Austria […]

Kinstellar advises Mohawk on Emilceramica acquisition

Kinstellar has advised Marazzi Group S.r.l. in connection with obtaining the merger control clearances from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the acquisition of Emilceramica S.r.l. and Emil Russia LLC. Marazzi Group S.r.l. — a member of Mohawk Group and a subsidiary of Mohawk Industries, Inc., a Fortune 500 company — is a global supplier […]

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Brexit clouds surround Ireland’s biggest corporate deals

Ireland’s lawyers are used to turbulence. After all, it is not so long ago that the country was ­navigating the bumpy waters of the financial crisis and a bailout by the EU. So the last year of volatility caused by the UK’s Brexit vote and the US presidential election was something Irish firms were ready […]

Election 2017: Live blog

The Lawyer provides live updates from across the industry on the election and its aftermath.

Europe moves: Paul Hastings loses duo in Paris to K&L Gates

Paul Hastings partner Mounir Letayf and counsel Adeline Roboam have joined K&L Gates in Paris. Both will join the firm’s finance team. These latest hires come after K&L Gates also boosted its Milan office with a hire from Jones Day, partner Giovanni Meschia. France Bird & Bird has hired partner Eric Charvillat to join its […]

KWM elects Australia head as new global managing partner

King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Australia chief executive partner Sue Kench as its new global managing partner, six months after Stuart Fuller stepped down from the post. At the same time, the Asia-Pacific based firm has created a new role of global chief operating officer and elected Chinese corporate partner Rupert Li to the […]

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DLA Piper expands in Frankfurt with K&L Gates team hire

DLA Piper has expanded its Frankfurt office with a corporate team hire from K&L Gates in Frankfurt. K&L Gates partners Mathias Schulze Steinen, Andreas Fuchsel and Claudius Paul are set to join the firm from May 1, bringing DLA’s current 21 partners in Frankfurt up to 24. Schulze Steinen – whose practice focuses on TMT, […]

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Adopting new technology: an action plan

By Janet Day and Tony Williams Almost all of us object to imposed change – we rebel, deny, hamper, complain and generally do everything we can to avoid changing at someone else’s command.  When, as individuals we decide we want to change, we use the same degree of energy and determination to ensure that we […]

Moves: A&O hires new tax head in Madrid

Move of the week Allen & Overy has announced the hire of Adolfo Zunzunegui as a partner in Madrid, where he will also lead the firm’s Spanish tax law practice. He was previously a partner at Ernst & Young, after joining the accountancy firm in 2010 from Freshfields, where he was counsel. UK London Simmons […]

TWM wins as Law Rocks smashes into 2017 with Six of the Best

TWM kicked off this year’s Law Rocks season in style last night with a barn-storming performance that electrified the massed ranks at a packed-out 100 Club. In the first of five bands all fronted by female lead singers, TWM’s Charlotte Donald astonishing, multi-octave voice took on Aretha Franklin’s Think and won. Donald, a solicitor in […]

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Mipim Day 1: Barely time for the DLA boat

By Lars Reubekeul, partner, DLA Piper This is an exciting year at MIPIM. The high liquidity in the real estate investment market can be felt everywhere. One can almost see the goose bumps when people are whispering in the corners, in the restaurants or on the boats saying, “I know someone who might intend to […]

Mipim Day 1: Here we go again

By Michael Twining, partner, Gowling WLG Here we go again. Can it really be a year since the last Mipim? Apparently so. Journey begins somewhat worryingly. A 4am start on one’s 37th birthday is never welcome but taking a wrong turn off the straight road to the airport compounds the problem. Meeting a colleague at […]

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European Awards: Meet the Iberian heavyweights

Whether it is expansion into new territories such as Latin America or amplifying current network relationships, moving into larger offices to implement collaborative and flexible working, or overhauling management, this year’s contenders for The Lawyer‘s Iberian Law Firm of the Year show they have an appetite for innovation to help them win the big prize. […]

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Boutiques will benefit from Brexit as big firms struggle to future-proof

There is something strange happening in the legal market. A new breed of law firm is emerging – not the traditional geared partnership structure but a small agile animal that is highly specialised in its feeding habits: the boutique law firm. Unlike the traditional full service model, boutique firms are typically highly specialised, run by senior lawyers and characterised by low gearing.

Moves: Paul Hastings hires Paris real estate team from KWM

Paul Hastings has appointed partner Jean-Louis Martin to lead the firm’s real estate practice in Paris. He previously held the same position at King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), while also serving as real estate co-head for Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining KWM in 2015 Martin spent 10 years as an associate at Jones Day.

Ireland’s jobs minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor opens entreprenuers showcase

Over 100 start-up stakeholders were welcomed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor as she opened the DIT / IADT New Frontiers Annual Showcase hosted by William Fry. The Showcase featured 30 top entrepreneurs of Enterprise Ireland’s 2016 ‘New Frontiers’ programme. These included Popertee, Local, Cambrist, Nasal Medical and HomeSpun Foods. The […]

Schoenherr advises on acquisition of real estate developer BAI Group

Schoenherr has advised a group of investors around Erwin Krause and Franz Kollitsch – counselled by INVESTER, an Austrian property investment manager – on the formation of a 50/50 joint venture with SIGNA, and on the acquisition of BAI Bauträger Group by the joint venture. The signing of the purchase agreement took place on 25 January […]

Molson Coors hunts for UK legal director

Global brewer Molson Coors is searching for a UK and Ireland director of legal and corporate affairs, after promoting current legal chief Anita Adam to director of legal and corporate affairs for export.

Walder Wyss acts as legal counsel to Zug Estates on capital market transaction

Zug Estates has successfully issued its first 100 million Swiss franc fixed interest bond with a 0.7 per cent coupon and a 5-year maturity. Walder Wyss acted as legal counsel to Zug Estates on the capital market transaction. The Walder Wyss team is being led by Alex Nikitine (partner, capital markets, M&A) and includes Sarah Schulthess (associate, capital markets, M&A) […]

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Exclusive: Gina Miller lawyer on historic Brexit case

Mishcon de Reya partner James Libson says acting on the Gina Miller case provided “the recipe for a litigator’s dream”. But despite the landmark win in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the case has provoked vicious controversy and has led Libson to question the shortcomings of the legal profession.

Irish banks’ toughest test

For Ireland’s banking sector, 2017 could be a significant year. Almost a decade on from the financial crisis Allied Irish Bank (AIB) which – along with Bank of Ireland, is one of the country’s two pillar banks – could return to private ownership in 2017.

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6 lessons Chinese firms with global ambitions can learn from KWM

With the Chinese New Year fast approaching, it is once again the time for Chinese firms to take stock of the last year and look ahead. Perhaps the single most significant event concerning top Chinese firms, and which has widespread global implications, is the dramatic fall of King & Wood Mallesons’ UK, Europe, and Middle […]

Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners announces 11 new partner hires

Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners has appointed 11 new partners: Francesco Bruno, Massimiliano Calabrò, Stefano Cunico, Elisabetta Gardini, Biagio Giliberti, Marco Martinelli, Matteo Padellaro, Dario Pozzi, Magda Serriello, Gianfranco Toscano e Vittorio Zucchelli. Francesco Bruno, a member of the energy and infrastructure department, focuses on private and public M&A transactions. Massimiliano Calabrò, a member […]

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Moves: Linklaters hires DLA Piper real estate head

Move of the week Linklaters has appointed Carsten Loll to the firm as a partner. Munich-based Loll was formerly international real estate head at DLA Piper, having joined the firm in 2010 from Hogan Lovells. At Linklaters Loll will work alongside German practice group head Wolfram Krüger and the firm’s two other real estate partners […]

Lex Mundi enlists Pennsylvania firm Pepper Hamilton as member

Lex Mundi’s board of directors have voted unanimously to admit Pepper Hamilton as its exclusive member firm for US, Pennsylvania. Pepper Hamilton is a leading, full-service law firm with more than 450 lawyers. It provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organisations and individuals throughout the US and around the world. Joan […]

Walker Morris ‘one of the UK’s most active deal advisers’

The corporate team at Walker Morris has been recognised for its deal success in Bloomberg’s Global M&A Market Review Legal Rankings for 2016. Walker Morris has been ranked joint 17th overall in terms of number of M&A deals on which it has advised in 2016, making it one of the UK’s most active deal advisers. The […]

Khaitan & Co advises lending consortium on Accord Healthcare transaction

Khaitan & Co advised a consortium of lenders including, Citibank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and HSBC in relation to a term loan facility of £385m to Accord Healthcare for the purchase of Actavis UK and Actavis Ireland. The deal includes the manufacturing unit at Barnstaple. The loan facility was primarily […]

Schoenherr ranked top in Austrian M&A for the ninth year in a row

Schoenherr has maintained its position as top legal adviser in the Austrian Mergermarket M&A league tables for the ninth consecutive year. Mergermarket is a leading business intelligence provider, and based on the comprehensive deal data that Mergermarket assembled throughout 2016, Schoenherr’s M&A practice is number one in terms of the number of qualifying M&A transactions […]

Walker Morris sports team advise on Leeds United sale

Specialist sports lawyers at Walker Morris have advised Eleonora Sport on the sale of 50 per cent of the shares in Leeds United Football Club to Greenfield Investment, ultimately owned by Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani. Following the acquisition Greenfield will be co-owner with Eleonora Sport, which is run by the Cellino family, which retains a […]

Khaitan & Co advises 3M on Indian leg of its Identity Management sell-off

Khaitan & Co advised 3M Cogent on the Indian leg of its transaction involving the sale of Identity Management Business in various countries including India to Gemalto for $850m. 3M serves customers through five business groups, which increase speed and efficiency by sharing technological, manufacturing, marketing and other resources. 3M has various products in business sectors […]

Walder Wyss appoints litigation partner Roger Staub and new consultants

Walder Wyss has announced that a new partner, Roger Staub, as well as new consultants, Thiemo Sturny and David Vasella, will be joining its chancellery as of 1 January 2017. Roger Staub is a partner in the information technology, intellectual property and competition team. He represents national and international companies from various industries, such as luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, fashion, […]

Walder Wyss announces fresh partners in New Year promotions round

Walder Wyss has promoted Ayesha Curmally,Michael Isler, Robert von Rosen and Stefan Knobloch to its partnership, effective from 1st January 2017. Ayesha Curmally is a notary in the canton of Basel-Stadt, a certified specialist SBA in inheritance law as well as a lawyer in the private clients team. Her main areas of practice include marriage and inheritance law, estate and succession […]

Schoenherr wins victory for Z-Mobile in Kosovo’s largest commercial arbitration

Schoenherr has led Kosovan mobile operator Z-Mobile to victory in its dispute against state-owned Telecom Kosovo in Kosovo’s largest commercial arbitration to date. An ICC tribunal composed of Georg von Segesser (president), Franz Schwarz (Z-Mobile’s appointee), and Jernej Sekolec (Telecom Kosovo’s appointee), awarded Z-Mobile damages, lost profits, contractual penalties, arbitration costs, and interest in the […]

No5 barristers instructed in Brexit European economic area agreement challenge

No5 Chambers’ barristers Ramby de Mello, leading S Chelvan, have been instructed by David Tang of David Tang & Co to seek a declaration from the Divisional Court on the requirement of approval from HM Treasury and an Act of Parliament to withdraw the UK from the European Economic Area Agreement 1994. Pursuant to Article […]

Sanofi and Boehringer swap businesses with advice from Bär & Karrer

Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim confirmed closing (in most markets) on 1 January 2017 of a $25bn transaction involving the exchange of Sanofi’s animal health business and Boehringer Ingelheim’s consumer healthcare business. Bär & Karrer acted as Swiss legal adviser to Sanofi. The team included Ralph Malacrida, Micha Schilling (both M&A), Mani Reinert (competition), Markus Wang […]

Bär & Karrer advises Credit Suisse on subsidiary launch

Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG started operating in Switzerland as a fully owned banking subsidiary of Credit Suisse AG with its own banking licence, effective November 2016. Bär & Karrer selected approximately 20 law firms in various jurisdictions and streamlined, in co-ordination with Hengeler Mueller in Germany, the advice provided by these firms with regards to […]

Client confidentiality in the digital age – webinar 17 January 2017

Client confidentiality is the bedrock of any trusted legal practice. It’s a priority that informs everything from personal interactions to firm-level data protection—all of which requires effort, diligence, and planning. But in the information age, there are more opportunities than ever to breach confidentiality—are you REALLY giving it the attention it deserves? A recent study […]

Bär & Karrer acts for Sempione Retail in Charles Vögele deal

On 19 September 2016, Sempione Retail, a company owned by OVS, Retails Investment and Elarof Trust, launched an all-cash public tender offer for all listed shares in Charles Vögele Holding. With the satisfaction of all its conditions, the offer was settled on 16 December 2016. Sempione Retail currently controls 95 per cent of the voting […]

Schoenherr advises Haniel on joint venture deal with Rentokil Initial

Schoenherr has advised Franz Haniel & Cie alongside lead counsel Glade Michel Wirtz in Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia over the formation of a joint venture with Rentokil Initial to create a leading provider of workwear and hygiene services in Europe. The joint venture will be formed through the transfer of the Rentokil Initial […]

Bär & Karrer advises Credit Suisse and UBS in Meyer Burger recapitalisation

Meyer Burger Technology completed a rights offering as part of a recapitalisation programme on 20 December 2016. The recapitalisation programme consisted of three pillars: the amendments of the terms and conditions of the outstanding convertible bonds approved in a bondholder meeting (subject to the approval of the High Court of the Canton of Berne); a […]

Court of Arbitration for Sport partially upholds Real Madrid appeal

On 20 December 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued its decision in the arbitration procedure between Real Madrid Club de Fútbol and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The CAS partially upheld Real Madrid’s appeal, set aside the FIFA Appeal Committee’s decision of 8 April 2016 and replaced it by a […]

Bär & Karrer advises Ardian on Weber Auto purchase

Ardian has acquired a majority stake in Weber Automotive, a leading worldwide supplier in the automotive industry. Bär & Karrer acted as Swiss legal advisor to Ardian as well as Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Frankfurt, as lead counsel. The Bär & Karrer team included Christoph Neeracher, Luca Jagmetti, Philippe Seiler and Manuel Baumberger (all M&A).

LK Shields advises information management client Oasis on expansions

Oasis Group, the fastest growing records and information management (RIM) company in Europe, has recently completed six acquisitions in the Netherlands, UK and Republic of Ireland markets. Since November, the company has secured the RIM business of Meta Archiefbewaarneming (Mierlo, the Netherlands), Anglian Archives (Norwich, UK) and EndEx Archives (Ipswich, UK). In addition, Oasis Group recently closed on […]

Gowling WLG advises on Primrose solar farms sale to Greencoat

Gowling WLG has advised client Primrose Solar on its disposal of a portfolio of six solar farms, with an aggregate capacity of 78MW, to Greencoat Capital’s first solar vehicle, Greencoat Solar I LP, one of 2016’s largest private solar M&A deals in the UK. The portfolio comprises solar farms in Cornwall, Wimbourn, Chichester, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Morecambe […]

Walder Wyss advises on Unilabs acquisition

The joint owners of Switzerland-based Unilabs, private equity funds Apax Europe VI, Nordic Capital Fund VI and Apax France VII, announced today that Nordic Capital and Apax Partners France have accepted an offer from Apax IX, advised by Apax Partners LLP, to acquire their respective stakes in Unilabs. The transaction marks the successful completion of the […]

Walder Wyss advises Allied World on Fairfax Financial merger

Fairfax Financial and Allied World Assurance are to merge, pursuant to which Fairfax will acquire all of the outstanding registered ordinary shares of Allied World. Under the terms of the agreement, Allied World shareholders will receive a combination of Fairfax subordinate voting shares and cash equal to $54 per Allied World share, for a total equity […]

Supreme court decides on application of Article 7 in R v Docherty

The Supreme Court handed down its judgment in R v Docherty [2016] UKSC 62 on 14 December 2016. No5 Chambers’ Philip Rule presented the appeal to the Court of Appeal that successfully established the application of Article 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the principle of lex mitior in English law. However, […]

Bär & Karrer aids UBS on merger of European wealth management subsidiaries

UBS has merged various wealth management subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Luxembourg into the new subsidiary UBS Europe SE, headquartered in Frankfurt. Bär & Karrer is advising UBS on these transactions as counsel with respect to Swiss tax law. The team includes Susanne Schreiber, Michael Abegg and Corinna Seiler (all tax associates).

Bär & Karrer acts for Lonza on Capsugel buy

Lonza has announced that it will acquire Capsugel from KKR for $5.5bn to create a leading integrated solutions provider to the global pharma and consumer healthcare industries. The transaction includes the refinancing of an existing Capsugel debt of $2bn and will be financed with loan facilities arranged by BofA Merrill Lynch and UBS. Lonza intends […]

Bär & Karrer advises Bauwerk on Croatian Haas Dom acquisition

Bauwerk Parkett has completed its acquisition of the Croatian-based Haas Dom from the German Haas Group. Bauwerk Parkett is part of the Bauwerk Boen Group which is a leading player in the European parquet industry. Bär & Karrer acted as legal adviser to Bauwerk in the transaction. The team included Christoph Neeracher, Luca Jagmetti, Yves […]