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A&O loses private equity co-head to Simpson Thacher

US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has hired private equity expert Derek Baird from Allen & Overy (A&O) in London. Baird will join Simpson Thacher as a partner in its London corporate practice. He joins from A&O, where he was a partner and global co-head of its private equity group. Before joining A&O in 2006, […]

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DLA and Squire Sanders Leeds team lead on financing by GE and Ares

DLA Piper and a UK team from Squire Sanders landed roles on a deal by GE Capital and Ares Capital Europe to provide unitranche debt facilities to Callcredit Information Group. This is the first deal from GE and Ares’ joint venture for unitranche funding in Europe, to which the companies have committed €1.75bn. In this […]

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DAC Beachcroft to separate out volume arm

DAC Beachcroft is to corporatise its claims solutions arm as a subsidiary of the firm’s LLP in a bid to boost the efficiencies of the business. The firm has long harboured plans to standardise its commoditised business following legacy Beachcroft’s acquisition of Kingslegal in May 2009 (11 May 2009). Following the acquisition the firm established […]

Safari, so good

In-demand Botswana firm flips allegiance as UK firms get serious about Africa Africa may not be experiencing the same invasion of UK firms that Australia is, but activity levels there have definitely stepped up. After years of largely empty rhetoric over the continent’s promise, firms are now putting their money on the line. Following the […]

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One Crown Office Row duo lands roles on BBC review

One Crown Office Row silk Christina Lambert QC and Kate Beattie of the same set have won roles on the Dame Janet Smith-led review of the BBC. The barristers have been brought in by Reed Smith partners Richard Spafford and Carolyn Pepper. Former High Court judge Dame Janet is examining the culture at the BBC […]

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