11 October 2010

Exposed: Taylor Wessing’s focus on image

Most firms probably would not want to be associated with photographs of drug-addicted prostitutes and half-naked women, but for Taylor Wessing it is a case of any publicity is good publicity. Since 2008 the firm has sponsored the National Portrait Gallery’s (NPG) annual photographic portrait prize, and as far as branding exercises go, few law […]

Schultze & Braun launches Paris arm to bolster French presence and woo US clients

German insolvency specialist Schultze & Braun has set up an office in Paris. The office is being led by senior associates Ellen Delzant and Patrick Ehret, both French and German dual-qualified lawyers. It will advise clients on German insolvency and restructuring cases that have a France angle, but will not act as administrator in France. […]

Gide snares A&O and Hogan Lovells high-flyers to boost Moscow office

Gide Loyrette Nouel has expanded its Moscow office by hiring an associate from Allen & Overy (A&O) and one from Hogan Lovells, and installing them as partners. Gide Loyrette Nouel has expanded its Moscow office by hiring an associate from Allen & Overy (A&O) and one from Hogan Lovells, and installing them as partners. Boris […]


Freeth Cartwright remains optimistic about debt levels

Top 100 firm Freeth Cartwright has a “reasonable expectation” that it will continue as a going concern despite being heavily reliant on overdraft facilities to meet its working capital needs. The firm’s annual LLP accounts reveal the amount of loans and overdrafts with LloydsTSB rose from £7.1m in 2008-09 to £7.5m in the 2009-10 financial year. The […]

Allen & Overy boss Morley moves to Germany

Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley has relocated to Germany for a month as the firm seeks to increase its footprint in Europe’s largest market.  Morley said he decided to second himself because he felt it was hard to get to know the firm’s five offices in the country through “piecemeal visits”. In an email to the firm Morley […]

Tulkinghorn: Move over Don, there are new suits in town

Back in July you may recall that Kennedys marked the opening of its Sheffield office by producing a thrilling music video of its lawyers miming – yet still somehow managing to massacre – Queen’s classic hit Don’t Stop Me Now. The production must have hit a nerve with deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, who, ­Tulkinghorn […]

John Machell

Work Life Quiz: John Machell, Serle Court

What was your first ever job? Saturday job in a sports shop. My best friend and I were nearly sacked when we dressed up in ski gear, stood in the ­window pretending to be ­mannequins and made small children jump. What was your worst experience as a trainee? My first appearance in court. Despite my […]

Olaf Grabowski

On the move

The head of Hogan Lovells’ German banking practice has left the firm for partnership at German independent Noerr. Move of the week Real estate and acquisition finance expert Olaf Grabowski will join Noerr’s corporate finance practice in Frankfurt. Grabowski had been a partner at Hogan Lovells’ legacy firm Lovells. Noerr is particularly keen on utilising […]

Skadden helps SocGen fight off US subprime class action

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has successfully defended Société Générale (SocGen) in a class action that alleged the bank violated US securities law and misled investors over its exposure to subprime mortgages. The consolidated securities class action was brought against the bank and several executives, including former chairman and chief executive officer Daniel Bouton. […]

SJ Berwin Paris fund contingent nabs leading role on AIP close

SJ Berwin’s Paris funds team has secured the lead role acting for BNP Paribas-backed Antin Infrastructure Partners (AIP) on the close of a e1.1bn (£0.95bn) fund. Paris corporate finance partner Arnaud David led the SJ Berwin team on the deal, with Paris tax partner Sylvie Vansteenkiste acting on tax matters. The deal’s value exceeded the […]

HBJ Gateley Wareing acts for Lancs CCC on refurb

HBJ Gateley Wareing has picked up the mandate to act for Lancashire County Cricket Club on the redevelopment of its Old Trafford ground. The programme, which includes £32m of new investment, will ensure the future of international cricket at the famous Manchester venue after the game’s governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board, said […]

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