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Share Trading

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton represented Goldman Sachs Equity Securities (UK) and Deustche Bank London on the £3.2bn block trade of shares of Vodafone AirTouch. Clearys corporate partners Sebastian Sperber and Edward Greene led a team of four on the deal. Dewey Ballantine acted for Vodafone AirTouch.

CC nabs Norton Rose corporate partner

Clifford Chance has poached a partner from Norton Rose, driving another nail into the coffin of the gentleman’s agreement which controlled competition for partners between the eight large City law firms. Keith Hyman will join Clifford Chance’s 35-partner corporate finance group. Hyman says: “I understand that I am the first corporate finance partner to move […]

Rabins snubs UK law firms to sell to investment bank

A second South African law firm has been bought by an investment bank after snubbing merger offers from international law firms. Rabin Van Den Berg & Pelkowitz is a 14-lawyer Johannesburg-based practice which split from top South African firm Werksmans five years ago to concentrate on international mergers and acquisitions work. The five-partner practice has […]

It’s been a good week for…

Janet Dobson. The wife of hapless mayoral candidate Frank had a better week than her husband. At an industrial tribunal she was cleared of sexual and racial discrimination, although her employer Hackney Council was found guilty. Dobson accused Wangui Wa Goro, an academic employed as an equality officer, of “gross misconduct” and alleged that Wa […]

Food and Leisure

A new breed of international investor is eyeing up the UK food and leisure industry sparking a rash of complex big money deals that offer rich pickings for private practice. David Wigan and Claire Smith report. When United Biscuits (UB) was sold to an international consortium last month the headline writers had a ball: ‘Crunch […]

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