Senior appointment further strengthens trusts and probate expertise

Shoosmiths continues to expand its expertise in contentious trusts and probate with the recruitment of Angela Bowman, who will be based at the firm’s Thames Valley office. A partner with her previous firm, Freeths (formerly Henmans), Angela will head up Shoosmiths’ specialist contentious trusts and probate team in the South of England. Her previous experience […]

Sarah Clarke QC acts for the Pensions Regulator in ground-breaking prosecution

This is the first time that the Pensions Regulator has exercised its power to prosecute for breaches of the workplace pensions regulations.  Sarah Clarke QC has advised and acted for the Regulator throughout the proceedings.  The case will have far-reaching implications for the reputation of the Regulator and demonstrates its willingness and ability to use its […]

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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Harneys launches legal services offering in Shanghai

BVI-headquartered Harneys has become the second offshore law firm to obtain a licence to offer international legal services in Shanghai.

This new development comes two years after the firm first set up an office in the city to offer fiduciary services.


Latham loses former Carlyle in-houser to Linklaters

Linklaters has strengthened its ties to the Carlyle Group after hiring former in-house lawyer and Latham & Watkins partner Tom Alabaster.

Alabaster joins Linklaters after three years at the US firm, which he joined in 2014 from Carlyle’s New York office. He relocated to the City after working as a senior counsel at Carlyle.

His arrival formed part of an effort at Latham to cement its ties with Carlyle in Europe.


Manchester: private equity’s Northern Powerhouse

Private equity’s regional scene is thriving, particularly in Manchester. Some of this is the preserve of the large national firms, but smaller regional outfits are getting their slice of the pie as well. Though the northern England private equity market represents only around a quarter of the overall UK market, London’s monstrous size disguises just […]

How the top funds teams earn their crust

Dementia, reinsurance and an end to the UK Government’s ownership of Northern Rock – it’s been a busy year in the world of funds. This year’s shortlisted entries at The Lawyer Awards showcased the variety of funds work undertaken by law firms, with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) taking the top accolade for a landmark secondary transaction.

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Africa Elite 2015: The new face of private equity in Africa

This year’s Africa Elite reveals the domestic firms and international lawyers leading the continent’s rise. As this executive summary shows, private equity is a growing force Private equity is the story of Africa in 2015. With interest in the continent rocketing in recent years, investment houses are turning their eyes away from South Africa’s developed […]

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Africa Elite executive summary: firm profiles

Our essential guide to the top legal outfits south of the Sahara advising on private equity BOTSWANA Collins Newman & Co Founded: 1977 Offices: Gabarone Management: Managing partner Parks Tafa The Botswanan member of the Africa Legal Network, Collins Newman & Co is at the cutting edge of the country’s nascent private equity sector. Under […]


Private equity: keep out

Can City firms close the door on line of PE staff heading out for US practices? A big private equity hire can make or break a firm’s sponsor-side practice. So, it is no wonder that firms are eager to wade into the bun-fight that continues to rage over the City’s relatively small pool of private […]

Featured Briefings

Luxembourg: Modernisation of the limited partnership regime

The limited partnership legislation in Luxembourg has been modernised by the Luxembourg law dated 10 July 2013 (the Law) in ways that assist the establishment of vehicles suitable for structuring liquid or illiquid funds and unregulated and regulated funds. The Law also transposed Directive 2011/61/EU on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (the AIFMD) into Luxembourg domestic law. […]

Pensions Legal Update: New regulations from 6 April 2018

By Suzanne Burrell and Alexandra Ventham  A number of regulatory changes relating to pension schemes came into force on 6 April 2018. These changes include regulations covering the following: Bulk transfers of money purchase benefits without consent; Safeguarded flexible benefits, risk warnings and appropriate independent advice; Chair’s Governance Statement and disclosure of costs and charges; […]

At-a-glance guide to launching a fund in Jersey

Jersey as a funds domicile: • Is a centre of excellence for investment funds with a skilled workforce and a proportionate regulatory regime • Is outside the EU but enjoys access to EU investors via member states’ National Private Placement Regimes • Is tax neutral–it does not impose domestic tax on the investment fund or […]

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