10 May 2010

Links’ Lisbon office axes six associates as Portugal gears up for difficult year

The faltering Portuguese economy has forced Linklaters to cut half a dozen associates from its Lisbon office as the ­country’s lawyers warn of a tough year ahead. In a move almost unheard of in the Portuguese legal market, ­Linklaters has asked six associates from four different departments ­within its Lisbon office to leave the firm. The decision was made amid […]


White & Case pushes into Asia via Moscow

White & Case is strengthening its Moscow office in a bid to make it a ’gateway to Asia’. Jan Matejcek, White & Case head of Central and Eastern Europe, told The Lawyer the firm planned to make Moscow a hub for an increased CIS operation. “The corporate sector’s growing, the work’s more international, the economies […]

Philip Sinel

Work Life Quiz: Philip Sinel, Sinels

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? A spook. What was your first-ever job? Picking potatoes by hand after the harvester broke down. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Writing wills that ­contained gifts to the client’s legal advisers. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find […]

Nick Dingemans

People Moves

Norton Rose has raided Clifford Chance for corporate counsel Nick Dingemans who will join the firm’s Moscow office. Move of the week Dingemans advises on contracts in the oil and gas, power and mining and minerals sectors. Norton Rose partner Valentina Gluhovskaya, who heads the Moscow office, said: “Corporate and commercial work constitutes the backbone […]

MAB and McGrigors act on Asda’s partnership with website

Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) and McGrigors have advised on an agreement between supermarket giant Asda and price comparison website mysupermarket.co.uk. The deal will see Asda use technology developed by the independent price comparison site to launch a scheme whereby shoppers will be refunded the ­difference if they find their purchases cheaper at a rival supermarket. MAB […]

Ashurst, Simpson Thacher lead on Candover takeover

Ashurst and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have bagged leading roles on the proposed takeover of private equity firm Candover by Canadian pension fund Alberta Investment Management Company (Aimco). Corporate partner Bruce Hanton led the Ashurst team acting for the private equity house’s listed parent company Candover Investments on the mooted £230m swoop. Aimco turned to Simpson […]

Marco Compagnoni

CC, Weil secure Warburg Pincus’s £200m acquisition of Poundland

Clifford Chance and Weil Gotshal & Manges have taken prime roles on the all-equity sale of Poundland to US-based private equity house Warburg Pincus. Clifford Chance corporate finance partner Spencer Baylin and private equity chief David Walker are leading on the relationship side of the deal for long-term client Warburg Pincus. Fellow private equity partner Amy Mahon […]

Glen Ireland

Latham laterals come good with Norsk Hydro instruction

Latham & Watkins’ recent push into the recruitment market has already paid ­dividends after the US firm secured the lead role for new client Norsk Hydro on its $4.19bn (£2.78bn) acquisition of Vale’s ­aluminium business. The team that won the mandate featured three of the firm’s recent lateral hires: former White & Case partner Glen […]

Guy Norman, Clifford Chance

The Lawyer Awards corporate shortlisters defy the downturn

A wide range of deals in face of adversity creates contenders. Clifford Chance” src=”Pictures/web/e/u/b/Norman_Guy_150.jpg” /> Guy Norman, Clifford Chance The past year has not been a vintage one when it comes to ­dealmaking, which makes the ­achievements of those firms that have made it onto the shortlist for The Lawyer Awards Corporate Team of the […]

Rodney Page

Bryan Cave reprioritises its search for a merger partner in the City

New London managing partner installed to target international growth. By Matt Byrne All eyes may have been on Hogan Lovells last week as the two firms finally became one, but there were other merger-related ­mutterings making their way through the ­London market. And no, we do not mean SJ Berwin and Orrick, which last Tuesday […]

Mark Blair

Marks & Clerk Solicitors

Specialist IP firm Marks & Clerk Solicitors may be small, but it is proving more than able to compete with the larger City players. Associated with Marks & Clerk LLP (a separate firm of patent and trademark attorneys), Marks & Clerk Solicitors has recently undergone a significant phase of expansion with the appointment this year […]

English briefs join jet set as chambers go global

“Having a permanent base abroad with a ­permanent barrister situated there is really the key to success internationally. If you don’t have that then you don’t have any credibility,” states Nicholas Luckman, senior practice manager at XXIV Old Buildings. XXIV Old Buildings has had an outpost in Geneva for more than nine years and Luckman […]

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