1 June 2009

Freshfields secures South African media merger role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been instructed by South African company MTN Group to advise on its merger with mobile ­operator Bharti Airtel. Freshfields partner Bruce Embley advised MTN on the deal, which could see the company acquire a 36 per cent interest in Bharti, with Bharti acquiring a 49 per cent shareholding in MTN. Bharti […]

Reed Smith HK helps forge $1.3bn China IPO listing

THE HONG Kong arm of Reed Smith has advised on one of the largest Asian IPOs this year, winning an instruction from China Zhongwang Holdings on its $1.3bn (£800m) listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Richards Butler, in association with Reed Smith – which had been the Hong Kong arm of the UK’s Richards […]

Russia: Cold front

Western companies operating in Russia have been beset by legal problems in recent years, with courts consistently ruling against them despite seemingly watertight cases. Western lawyers take note: if you get invited to Western Siberia to defend a client, packing a thick overcoat is essential. Travel books would also do well to advise that you […]

Russian convolution

The vexed question of extradition between the UK and Russia (which has increasingly arisen in cases involving commercial and corporate issues) continues to engage the courts in this country and to stir controversy and debate. There is a common perception that extradition between the two countries is not legally possible. This is only half true. […]

Justice of the lease

What is it with Hammonds and convoluted partner disputes? Just as the dust settles on one money-related argument (remember the group of former partners that, apart from one, settled with the firm after refusing to pay back overdrawings?), it has become embroiled in another. As our front page story details, Hammonds is trying to hold […]

Davenport comes good for Private Eye in Irwin Mitchell privacy battle

DAVENPORT Lyons has won a Court of Appeal victory for satirical magazine Private Eye against Irwin Mitchell that could result in complaints made against law firms being made available to the public. Irwin Mitchell instructed Carter Ruck to seek a ruling that would prevent Private Eye from publishing details of a complaint made against the […]

Freshfields secures South African media merger role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been instructed by South African company MTN Group to advise on its merger with mobile ­operator Bharti Airtel. Freshfields partner Bruce Embley advised MTN on the deal, which could see the company acquire a 36 per cent interest in Bharti, with Bharti acquiring a 49 per cent shareholding in MTN. Bharti […]

Reed Smith HK helps forge $1.3bn China IPO listing

THE HONG Kong arm of Reed Smith has advised on one of the largest Asian IPOs this year, winning an instruction from China Zhongwang Holdings on its $1.3bn (£800m) listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Richards Butler, in association with Reed Smith – which had been the Hong Kong arm of the UK’s Richards […]

BMI chairman flies in Linklaters to force Lufthansa’s hand

BMI BRITISH Midland chairman Sir Michael Bishop has drafted in Linklaters to try to force rival airline Lufthansa to complete its planned takeover of the company. Bishop is attempting to enforce a contract requiring the German airline to buy his majority stake in BMI, calling on Linklaters corporate partner Matthew Middleditch. But Lufthansa, represented by longstanding adviser […]

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White & Case cull silence is sapping partner morale

Mystery surrounds the White & Case partnership cull. Earlier this year the US firm announced it would be shedding 15-20 per cent of its global partnership, as well as 200 associates and 200 from its support staff workforce (TheLawyer.com, 10 March). But so far numbers have not been revealed, even internally, while the fine details […]

Jones Day goes for broke

Jones Day hires magnificent seven to cement pole position in restructuring. Last WEEK’S hire of a seven-lawyer restructuring team from Kirkland & Ellis by Jones Day (TheLawyer.com, 28 May) has shone a light on the latter firm’s capabilities in this area on both sides of the Atlantic. As Paul Leake, the head of Jones Day’s […]

K&L Gates hires ex-Ashurst Dubai head as international expansion gathers pace

K&L Gates has hired the former head of Ashurst’s Dubai office as it prepares to open its first office in the Middle East. Middle East Partner Paul de Cordova has joined the firm’s Dubai office, which is set to open its doors today (1 June). As part of the launch Pittsburgh-based litigation partner Neal Brendel […]

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