13 November 2000

Three Internet Deals For Manches in Three Weeks

The firm’s latest deal involved advising Musicunsigned Ltd (www.musicunsigned.com) – the internet company which promotes unsigned artists via the web – on a venture capital deal with a private investor. The internet deals from the previous fortnight involved Marks & Spencer and Moss Bros. “We have seen an explosion of Internet business this autumn,” says […]

LCD Agency To Be Broken Up

Senior civil servant, Ann Chant, who headed the quinquennial review, says the Public Trust Office has not come up to scratch in terms of efficiency and performance in client services since it became an executive agency in 1994. The report demands that the PTO be stripped of its key functions, such as fund management, which […]

UK Lawyers Negotiate Fund For Forced Labour Victims

Leigh Day & Co and Manchester firm, Fentons are co-ordinating claims on behalf of British forced labour claimants and will play a consultative role in establishing a foundation in the UK. A delegation, headed by Leigh Day partner, Martyn Day and Fentons partner, Kieran Maguire met with German Government representatives in Bonn yesterday, who promised […]

Skadden Arps Poach Sports Supremo

Jeffrey Mishkin represented several sports leagues as a partner at Proskauer Rose before joining the NBA in 1992. He joins Skadden Arps on 1 January. Skadden Arps executive partner. Robert Sheehan describes Mishkin as “one of the leading sports lawyers in the United States” and says he will be a great addition to the firm’s […]

McKee Nelson Ernst & Young Nab New Partners

McKee Nelson Ernst & Young, which is backed by a loan from Ernst & Young and based in the accountants’ Washington offices, has persuaded King & Spalding partner, Tom Wessel to follow three of his former tax colleagues to the new firm. William McKee, William Nelson and Abraham Shashy left King & Spalding to launch […]

Leading Bankruptcy Judge Joins US Firm

Garrity will join Shearman & Sterlings international bankruptcy and insolvency practice which focuses on debtor, creditor group, bondholder and asset acquisition clients and out-of-court restructuring. The firm’s senior partner, Stephen Volk says: “Judge Garrity has broad expertise and will be able to counsel and represent clients on questions arising in insolvencies of virtually any size […]

Norton Rose Bag Bulgarian Tender

Norton Rose formed a consortium with Deloitte & Touche and Thomas & Associes and beat off competition from six other consortia to triumph in a competitive tendering process. The team will advise the National Electricity Company of Bulgaria on the establishment of three new power plants which will replace the ageing – and potentially dangerous […]

New Guidelines On Judges' Bias

The country’s three most senior judges yesterday laid down guidelines to help check the trend of challenging judges on the grounds of bias, which has become more prevalent since the House of Lords ruling in the Pinochet case. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Woolf, the Master of the Rolls and Sir […]

Queen's Speech Heralds Limited Liability Partnerships

A Department of Trade and Industry spokesman says LLPs will be available to two or more persons carrying on any trade or profession and will have the organisational flexibility of a partnership, with the internal agreement between members remaining confidential. “This is likely to be of particular interest to professional firms such as lawyers, accountants […]

Halliwells boosts commercial property

The firm has poached the group solicitor from Preston-based property company The Eric Wright Group. Jane Coyle joins as a senior solicitor, as does Andrew Ward, formerly an equity partner and head of property at 11-partner Manchester firm Cooper Sons, Hartley & Williams. Stephenson Harwood has lost senior solicitor Nicola Tobin to the firm, and […]

Sullivan & Cromwell Name New Chairman

Currently the firm’s Vice Chairman, Cohen succeeds Ricardo Mestres, who must retire under the firm’s rules when he turns 67 next year. Cohen says he anticipates “very little in the way of change of course” at the 500-lawyer firm which has ten offices in the US, Europe and Asia. Controversially, Cohen only accepted the Chairmanship […]

Herbert Smith Appoints New Paris Partner

Lazarus, who has been a partner with Jeantet for 20 years, joins Herbert Smith early next year with a team of three assistant avocats. Neil Brimson, managing partner of Herbert Smith’s Paris office says: “The arrival of Claude and his team will provide us with a first class EU/ competition law capability in Paris and […]

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