15 July 2002


Competitive streak

McDermott’s London competition partner Scott Megregian arrived from the US to fill a gap, but as Kathryn Hobbs discovers, he’s more than just a patch-up job McDermott Will & Emery seems to specialise in large, fast-talking, charismatic lawyers. If it wasn’t for the US accent, I would have thought that McDermott’s senior partner William Charnley […]


At the moment, I’m firmly of the school which says, ‘This is all too difficult, we’d better give up’,” So said Mr Justice Ferris after hearing econometric evidence in the Reference to the Restrictive Practices Court of the rules for the sale of rights to televise Premier League football. His words were a recognition that […]

Deals summary

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Iain Thomas) advised the Royal Bank of Scotland hotel and leisure team in relation to a facility (amount undisclosed) to Peel Hotels to fund the acquisition of the Avon George Hotel in Bristol and the George Hotel in Wallingford, and on the refinancing of existing borrowings secured on other hotels. […]

Herbert Smith lands role on Malaysian Maxis IPO

Herbert Smith has scored a lead role on the first international initial public offering (IPO) to come out of Malaysia in five years.A combined Singapore and London team advised global coordinator ABN Amro Rothschild and joint bookrunners ABN, Goldman Sachs and ING Bank on the international and US law aspects of the Maxis Communications IPO.The […]

Deals summary

Herbert Smith (Stephen Wisking, Jonathan Scott), has obtained European Commission merger clearance for Andersen’s UK merger with Deloitte & Touche. The deal, which was entered into on 9 April 2002, was cleared by the commission on 1 July 2002. Macfarlanes (Charles Meek, Stephen Drewitt) advised 3i on a £35m funding package for Partners for Finance, […]

UK law cleaned up by soap

As most of you will be aware, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) last week issued a historic judgment in the case of Goodwin & I v UK. After almost 50 years of case judgments in the UK and the ECHR that have failed to protect transsexual people’s rights, the ECHR last week ruled […]

The Leader Column

Oh, what a circus it was on Friday. Simmons & Simmons partner David Sandy turned up at the offices of the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times and The Independent to get hold of the leaked Interbrew documents following the refusal of permission to appeal to the Lords. He was greeted by a battery of […]

Wet suits

Tulkinghorn is always fascinated by what those crazy types at Slaughter and May are up to. After all, it’s nothing but a rollercoaster ride of fun in Bunhill Row at the moment. So he was particularly happy to bring you the latest instalment of the saga of the pond in reception. If you recall, this […]

Picking up the pieces

Enronitis has defined new frontiers of professional and corporate governance, says John Powell QC Enronitis is the epitome of colossal failure of corporate governance and the consequences that follow. WorldCom is one of the latest to exhibit the disease, and there are more collapses to come. Investment banks, analysts, accountants and others who are perceived […]

The blame game

Directors’ liability insurance may not be as big as predicted, but as Gareth Chadwick reports, it is lurking at the threshold Directors’ and officers’ liability (D&O) was supposed to be the new rock ‘n’ roll. In the aftermath of the Companies Act 1989, professional indemnity (PI) insurers and insurance lawyers were predicting an explosion of […]

The Gladiators

It’s a war out there and Amelans is in the thick of the action. Jon Robins talks to the firm’s only two partners about their battle against the insurers and the costs negotiators “We find ourselves right in the middle of a major war,” declares Martin Cockx, right at the start of our interview. “There […]

The truth about transparency

Have you noticed that certain words seem to crop up more often than others? It is buzzword syndrome. One such buzzword being a little greedy with airtime at the moment is ‘transparency’. Whether in reference to the plague of scandals currently rocking the post-Enron corporate US or our own NHS, everyone wants to make it […]

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