12 August 2002

The IT boy

After 18 years at Clifford Chance, IT whizz Christopher Millard has finally found his niche at Linklaters. Kathryn Hobbs reports Christopher Millard, the man who dared to do the unthinkable when he crossed the magic circle in June, is a self-confessed geek – but “not too geeky”. Unlike his IT counterparts on the groovy West […]

Goodbodys elects new chairman

Irish law firm A&L Goodbody has appointed M&A partner Michael Greene to replace retiring chairman Marcus Beresford

Mayer Brown becomes easynet favourite after double acquisition

It has been a client of DLA, and more recently Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, but it is Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw that has picked up the latest corporate work for internet service provider (ISP) easynet, advising on two European acquisitions. The first was the acquisition of the majority of the web-hosting assets […]

Deals summary

Osborne Clarke (Greg Leyshon) advised the shareholders on the disposal of the Hobgoblin Group to the Balaclava Pub Company. Balaclava advised by Bond Pearce (Simon Hewes). SJ Berwin (Michael Goldberg) has advised First Calgary Petroleum on its C$25m (£10m) admission to AIM in the UK and Canada. UK nominated financial adviser Nabarro Wells & Co […]

Skadden Italian tie-up proves its worth with closure of two deals

US giant Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Italian magic circle firm Chiomenti e Associati are reaping the rewards of their exclusive alliance after joint teams closed two deals in the space of a week.Lawyers from Palo Alto and Milan advised longstanding Chiomenti client Biosearch Italia on its acquisition by California-based biotech company Versicor, […]


Lorenzo Zurbrugg aims to cut across barriers dividing legal cultures Specialising in foreign personal injury (PI) cases, this two-partner London-based firm acts mostly for insurers, with 70 per cent of its work coming from a combination of UK insurers with litigation abroad and foreign insurers that have litigation in the UK. The other 30 per […]

The bust boom

In the brave new world of bondholder restructurings, the US model is gaining ground. David Frauman gives the lowdown Economists may continue to examine data to determine whether a recession has occurred, but lawyers who specialise in financial restructurings have little doubt that the market is seeing the most significant increase in the level of […]

BLP, Camerons join Linklaters on Amec

Linklaters, one of the main global corporate advisers to Amec, is now having to share its client with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and CMS Cameron McKenna as a result of an overhaul of the company’s external legal advisers and the setting up of a formal corporate panel.The selection process involved a variety of firms that […]

The insolvency pill

With its Enterprise Bill, the Government has set out its intention to streamline the insolvency process and make it more inclusive. Simon Neilson-Clark details the proposed changes In the productivity and enterprise white paper ‘Insolvency – A Second Chance’, the Government outlined its proposals to modernise the UK’s insolvency regimes. Commentators have been at odds. […]

Dentons grabs DJ Freemans defector

Denton Wilde Sapte has snapped up the latest in a string of DJ Freeman defectors, appointing partner James Pilgrim-Morris to its insurance team Pilgrim-Morris is an insurance litigator, with particular expertise in Lloyd’s work, reinsurance and product liability disputes. His departure will be a serious blow to DJ Freeman, which has seen a dramatic drop […]


Whether you love or loathe incumbent Competition Commissioner Mario Monti, he has done his bit to bolster the flagging M&A market with the Schneider-Legrand saga. Bought and sold twice since last autumn, Legrand has kept lawyers in France and London busy during a dry spell.The big winners in Monti’s sale of the century are the […]

Norton Rose concludes financing of £345m London schools project

Norton Rose has completed its third major financing of a Government building project this year at a time when it is also advising Tube Lines in relation to its bid for a London Underground network. The firm has just finished advising Abbey National Treasury Services, the lead financial arranger for a £345m project to transform […]

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