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Life sciences law review – Switzerland

Switzerland harbours many sectors of the life sciences industry. Swiss research, development and production are well known in all corners of the planet. Switzerland is home to world leaders and is the origin of many groundbreaking ideas turned into successful start-ups, some set to become top players within a generation. The Federal Institutes of Technology […]

FCA guidance on supporting customers impacted by coronavirus in the high-cost credit market

The FCA has announced a package of measures to help protect consumers in the high-cost credit (HCC) market. This guidance has been published alongside guidance for customers in the motor finance market and follows on from finalised guidance issued last week in relation to the protection of customers in the personal loan, credit card and overdraft markets.

Banking themes to expect in 2020

Despite the global economy stuttering following months of trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty, and the more recent impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, existing trends in the banking sector continue to march on. In this article, partners Paul Gair and Tim Waller and legal director Harry Parker, give their views on what we’re likely to see across three areas shaping banking at the start of this new decade.


Brown, Nick – Hot 100

As one of CMS Cameron McKenna’s most consistent performers in property, Nick Brown has been instrumental in securing some of the sexiest deals to pass through the department in recent years. Brown’s 20-year close relationship with Taylor Woodrow was reaffirmed last April when he secured a place on the builder’s advisory panel alongside Eversheds. Among […]

CC hires finance director after a year’s search

Clifford Chance has appointed a new finance director after searching for a year. Stephen Purse succeeds Christopher Merry, who quit in November 2003 for headhunting company Whitehead Mann. For the last year Clifford Chance has had an interim finance director, William Barnes. Purse has been finance director at Management Consulting since November 2001. Merry was […]

Schmidt, Mario – Hot 100

2004 saw Clifford Chance secure one of the most coveted roles in German private equity – that of lead adviser to 3i. And young Frankfurt partner Mario Schmidt was instrumental to the win. It was Schmidt’s work on the e50m (£34.6m) buyout of German pharmaceutical company Lichtwer Pharma that first impressed 3i, which then sent […]

Keal, Tony – Hot 100

He may be aggressive. He may be abrupt. He may even, on occasion, be a little bit rude. But when you are as good as Tony Keal, you can get away with it. One of the doyens of the leveraged finance business, Keal built up Allen & Overy’s lender practice from nowhere in the 1990s […]

Nussbaum, Peter – Hot 100

It was the most important lateral move of 2004, heralding major investment of top New York firms in the German market. Norbert Rieger, Rolf Füger and Peter Nussbaum were a vital part of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s most profitable German office, Munich. Their departure rocked the firm and gave Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy a running […]

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