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Breaking: Freshfields to pay €50m in tax dispute with insolvent German bank

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has paid a €50m settlement to the administrators of an insolvent German bank, which was represented by Linklaters. Maple Bank’s liquidators CMS Hasche Sigle sued Freshfields in Frankfurt for €95m for its advice on so-called ‘cum-ex’-deals. The firm advised the bank in controversial share-swapping schemes that allegedly allowed investors to reclaim billions […]

Penningtons Manches Cooper records modest growth in pre-merger year

Penningtons Manches Cooper’s revenue has risen to nearly £80m while profits have taken a hit, in the firm’s second year as a member of the UK top 50. Over 2018/19, the firm saw slower growth compared to its previous two financial years, when both revenue and profit saw double-digit growth. Revenue rose 4.5 per cent, […]

HSF bids farewell to Berlin after strategy review

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is set to shut down its Berlin office before the end of the year after a consultation exercise around its Continental Europe strategy. The closure of the office in the German capital, which houses 10 lawyers, four trainees and five business services staff, will not affect existing premises in Frankfurt and […]

From hub to lab: Freshfields goes digital in Berlin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched its first digital solutions lab in Berlin, the latest step in building a network of innovation units across its global footprint. The lab, located in the Factory co-working space nested in the Görlitzer Park area, will be led by the firm’s German real estate and litigation counsels Gerrit Beckhaus and […]

Freshfields picks WeWork as interim location for Berlin tech hub

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is in the final stages of launching officially its legal and technology venture in Berlin, with WeWork acting as an interim base for the project, The Lawyer understands. Lawyers and members of staff have started to use the co-working space, while the firm prepares for permanent rooms to be available in its existing Berlin office. […]

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