11 July 2011

Jason Mogg

UK 200 2011: Kinstellar

Kinstellar has big plans to expand and aims to become one of the leading independent law firms in emerging Europe. “The quality of our services and the team we have means we’re competing with domestic and ­international firms,” claims managing partner Jason Mogg. The outfit began as a joint venture with Linklaters in 1999, having […]

Tulkinghorn: On the pull

Rowing at this time of year is all about blazers, big hats and Pimm’s by the river – except when it happens indoors on rowing machines, where it’s more about red faces and sweaty Lycra. A bunch of lawyers got a taste of the latter recently at the Row Hard event to raise money for […]

Mishcon, Reed Smith scoop Reuben Bros Piccadilly buy

Mishcon de Reya and Reed Smith both won roles on the Reuben Brothers’ £130m purchase of the ­historic Piccadilly Estate from receivers Allsop. Reuben Brothers investment vehicle Aldersgate Investment Managers paid cash for the 1.3 acre estate, which comprises six buildings including the former site of the In & Out Club. The property had been […]

Swiss duo advise on wealth manager deal

Two Zurich firms advised on the acquisition of an independent wealth manager for high net-worth individuals by a family bank dating back to the 1880s. Multi-family office Fleming Family & Partners (FF&P), which holds assets worth some £4bn, acquired wealth manager Gebhard, Corrodi & Partner (GCP), along with its SFr1bn (£733m) in managed assets. The deal was […]

Dewey calls up purchaser team for Polish mobile operator sale

Eleven law firms advised on the $6.6bn (£4.1bn) sale of Polkomtel, Poland’s ­second-largest mobile phone network operator, in Europe’s largest leveraged buyout for three years. Dewey & LeBoeuf scored a top role representing purchaser Spartan Capital Holdings, which is controlled indirectly by Polish media tycoon Zygmunt Solorz-Zak, handling both the acquisition and financing for the […]

Eversheds guides pioneering £3bn private housing vehicle

Eversheds is the sole legal adviser behind UK Regeneration’s innovative £3bn Barclays Capital-backed fund, designed to invest in private rented housing. UK Regeneration has promised to build 20,000 rental homes across the UK by 2020 through its private rental vehicle. The fund will focus on buying land from local authorities under the Government’s ’build now, […]

Tiago Mendonça De Castro

Consolidation of Mozambique’s legal market prompts PLMJ’s local merger

Portuguese firm PLMJ is set to exploit Mozambique’s changing legal ­landscape following the launch of a new office in partnership with a local Maputo-based practice. PLMJ and Tomás Timbane & Associados Advogados have created Gabinete Legal Moçambique (GLM). The move follows the end of the three-year partnership between PLMJ and Mozambique firm MGA Advogados & […]

Richard Morrissey

Sullivan inflicts ‘punishing’ schedule on new City chief

Earlier this month Sullivan & Cromwell unveiled a new management line-up for its London office. The firm is the latest in a line of top US firms to replace their senior lawyers recently. The move, which saw M&A partner Rich ­Morrissey take over from co-­managing partners Rob Schlein and Vanessa ­Blackmore, provides a neat excuse to examine the […]

John Smart

Opinion: UK business remains unprepared for Bribery Act

While we seem to have been on an eternal countdown to the twice-delayed ­implementation of the Bribery Act, its passing on 1 July finally marked the advent of greater regulatory scrutiny of UK companies. But despite having years to become compliant, the evidence suggests that organisations’ HR, training and ­recruitment policies remain woefully underdeveloped, leaving […]

High Court judge returns to Maitland

Lincoln’s Inn set Maitland Chambers has added former High Court judge Sir William Blackburne QC to its membership roster as a door tenant. Blackburne joined the Chancery Bench in 1993 from 13 Old Square, which later evolved into Maitland. He was involved in one of the highest-profile cases of 2005 when he was selected to […]

Former Wragges chief joins IT boutique

Former Wragge & Co senior partner John Crabtree has joined niche ­corporate and technology firm White & Black as ­chairman. White & Black managing partner Phil Riman said Crabtree will have a client-facing role where it is hoped he can leverage experience as a corporate lawyer. “John’s role will be about relationship building,” said Riman. “When we set up the firm in […]

Midlands universities prepare to launch first joint legal panel

A consortium of ­universities in the Midlands is set to appoint its first shared panel of external legal ­advisers. Led by the University of Wolverhampton, the group includes Aston, Coventry, Worcester and Harper Adams universities. Karl Eagles, procurement manager at Wolverhampton, said the joint framework, which is worth £4m-£5m, would be a first for the region […]

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