1 August 2005

Ashurst lands Apax Spanish acquisition

Ashurst has carried out its first successful Spanish deal for Apax Partners since landing a place on the private equity house’s panel in June 2004. Jesus Almoguera, a Madrid-based corporate partner, led the Ashurst team advising Apax on its acquisition of a majority stake in Spanish bakery business Grupo Panrico for an amount reported to […]

Simpson Thacher leads Adidas acquisition of Reebok

Six firms have secured roles on Adidas’ EUR3.1bn ($3.8bn) acquisition of US rival Reebok. Adidas will pay $59 cash for each Reebok share, a 34.2 per cent premium on the pre-announcement price. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett led the Adidas legal team with support from Beiten Burkhardt, Eversheds and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Ropes […]

Taking People Strategy To The Front Line

If there is one word that has come to define our work with clients of late – both within the legal sector and beyond – it is ‘ownership’. HR directors are finding increasingly that they do not have trouble, as they did even say five years ago, in securing partner or manager acceptance of the […]

Minter Ellison partner earns judicial appointment

Australian law firm Minter Ellison’s Brisbane chairman of partners Andrew Greenwood has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Greenwood will be sworn in to the role on 4 August. He replaces Justice Richard Cooper, who passed away in March. Greenwood has subsequently stood down from his roles at Minter Ellison […]

DLA Piper scoops Red Letter Days administration

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has landed an instruction to act for the administrators of Red Letter Days, the business run by television personality Rachel Elnaugh. Red Letter Days appointed Andrew Pepper and Alastair Beveridge from corporate investigation firm Kroll as administrators yesterday (1 August) after ongoing difficulties with suppliers. Red Letter Days, which sells […]

Marks & Clerk to open in France

Patent and trade mark attorney firm Marks & Clerk has joined up with the IP arm of electronics group Thales to launch its first office in France. The new venture is 60 per cent owned by the management team of Thales’ IP department, with Marks & Clerk owning the remaining 40 per cent. The office […]

Dentons inflicts first infringement defeat on OFT

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today suffered its first ever infringement decision defeat at the hands of Denton Wilde Sapte. The firm won the landmark ruling from the Competition Appeal Tribunal over the sale of interactive betting rights. Dentons advised the Racecourse Association (RCA) and the owners of 34 racecourses in the UK. In […]

Criminal bar pay freeze discriminates against women

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) last week warned that the freeze in public funding for short criminal trials is hitting women hardest. Cases affected by the freeze in fees for cases lasting up to 10 days – a 23 per cent reduction in real terms – include most sexual offences, which historically are mainly prosecuted […]

Pannones hires Pinsent Masons property partner

Pannone & Partners has snagged Pinsent Masons Manchester property partner Stephen Chalcraft as the firm continues a major hiring spree. Chalcraft, who started work at Pannones on 25 July, is a former Masons partner. He was joint head of Pinsents’ Manchester property department, and specialises in commercial property work. Clients Chalcraft brings to Pannones include […]

Paul Hastings fights breach of privacy action

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is being sued in the US by a former employee of one of its clients after revealing her medical records while litigating a workplace discrimination suit. Caron Rakich has filed for breach-of-privacy against Paul Hastings claiming the firm humiliated her by attaching an insurance form to one of its court […]

Wilson Sonsini to open in China

West Coast law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is gearing up to launch in China, its first presence outside of the US. Corporate securities partner Carmen Chang has rejoined Wilson Sonsini from rival Shearman & Stirling to lead its Asian push. The Silicon Valley firm is looking to open an office in Shanghai, although […]

Another blow for Haarmann Hemmelrath as two star partners quit

One of the founding partners of Haarmann Hemmelrath’s Munich operation has announced he is the leave the firm, just a week after name partner Wilhelm Haarman handed in his resignation. Andreas Oldenbourg will leave the firm on 30 September 2005 along with fellow partner Simon Preisenberger. In a statement sent to The Lawyer Oldenbourg said: […]

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