11 February 2002

La Fondiaria battle reaches next round

Ashurst Morris Crisp and Grimaldi Clifford Chance are engrossed in the latest twist in a seven-month battle for control of Florence-based insurer La Fondiaria.Ashursts’ Milan office is acting for insurance company Società Assicuratrice Industriale (SAI) in connection with the acquisition of the majority shareholding of La Fondiaria.SAI first tried to take control of La Fondiaria […]

Staying up

Camerons, Nabarros and Hammonds were overjoyed to snap up roles on the Nomura-Le Meridien deal. Helen Power asks if the three mid-size firms can maintain their momentum Last year’s M&A figures make depressing reading for most corporate lawyers. Firms such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which usually head the pecking order, saw big ticket M&A work […]

Keeping it real

IT companies seem to be chasing their own tails in the quest to come up with ‘the next big thing’. David Naylor reports Chances are that if you are reading this, that you have some level of interest in technology and the technology market. At the very least, you probably have a desktop PC which […]

Gray Cary gains DC office with Blumenfeld merger

Technology slump sees Valley firm look to the future with East Coast link-up Palo Alto-based Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich has acquired its first East Coast office following its merger with Washington DC telecoms boutique Blumenfeld & Cohen.The merger gives Gray Cary its seventh office in the US and an opportunity to add regulatory expertise […]

Taiwan law rejig makes foreigners welcome

The Taiwanese parliament has passed a new law to make cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving local companies much easier The law is part of a broader package of corporate reforms designed to encourage foreign participation in the Taiwanese economy as the government fights to attract foreign direct investors in the face of intense regional competition.Previously, […]

Halliwells scores Everton FC project

Halliwell Landau has won a tender to advise Liverpool City Council on the controversial Kings Dock development in the city Kings Dock is the future home of Everton Football Club. Everton FC is being advised by DLA, while the North West Development Agency is using Eversheds for its legal work. The development is expected to […]

Collyer-Bristow snaffles two Kingsford partners

Collyer-Bristow in Holborn has taken on two corporate and commercial partners from Kingsford Stacey Blackwell Robert Neville was head of commercial at Kingsford, having been a partner there for 30 years. Jonathan Roper had been a partner since 1999. They are bringing assistant Silvia Fazio with them, as well as a portfolio of clients. The […]

White & Case loses partner to Latham

The Tokyo office of Latham & Watkins has taken on corporate partner Michael Yoshii from US rival White & Case in a rare example of a Japanese lateral hire Yoshii, who has been a foreign law partner in White & Case’s Tokyo office since 1999, joins a developing Latham corporate practice. He will become the […]

McGrigors merger delayed by one month

McGrigor Donald is losing a partner to DLA’s London office as it is forced to delay its merger McGrigors was due to merge with KLegal on 4 February, but this has now been put back until 4 March, although integration will begin this month. According to McGrigors senior partner Robert Glennie, the delay is due […]

Lawyers ordered to disclose costs

Litigation lawyers face having to disclose details of their costs evaluations to the losing party after a recent landmark ruling In his judgment in Dickinson v Rushmer, Mr Justice Rimmer stated: “I can see no good reason why the client care letter and the payment calculation could not have been disclosed to the defendant, as […]

Bevan Ashford banks on Theodores hire

Bevan Ashford has hired banking lawyer Andrew Smith (right) from Theodore Goddard to its banking unit in Exeter Bevan Ashford is understood to have been keen to boost its banking capability following a record year for the practice group. Managing partner Simon Rous said that, having handled more than £1.5bn worth of deals last year, […]


Tulkinghorn would like to offer his thanks for a letter from one Maurice Millen, the head of IT at Macfarlanes. Millen was immortalised as the subject of The Lawyer’s correction that won the highly acclaimed prize of Correction of the Year in Private Eye. For those of you who don’t remember, the slightly tongue-in-cheek item […]

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