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Compagnoni arrival sees duo quit Weil for Dechert

Dechert” />Weil Gotshal & Manges has lost two corporate and securities partners to Dechert in a rejig of the corporate team following the trophy hire of Lovells partner Marco Compagnoni. Corporate partner Graham Defries and capital markets partner Wayne Rapozo handed in their resignations at Weil last Friday (12 May) and are expected to start at […]

No debt about it

Sharia-compliant sukuks have been attracting notice on the international financial markets, but a regulatory framework is essential if they are to realise their potential, says Roger Wedderburn-Day The rapid development of the sukuk, or Islamic trust certificate, market has garnered significant attention from the international financial world. Initiated in 2002 with the $600m (£323.9m) global […]

Big lenders

The influx of new sources of money, together with a reinvigorated interest in investment, has prompted a flurry of leveraged buyouts. Chris Howard analyses the trend and what it means in the long term Private equity is showing no signs of slowing down after enjoying a record year in 2005 as the avalanche of European […]

Freshfields advises Xstrata on $18.1bn hostile takeover

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped a mandate to advise longstanding client Xstrata on its US$18.1bn hostile bid for Falconbridge. Xstrata’s bid, which was announced earlier today (17 May), rivals the previous takeover bid by Falconbridge’s rival Inco. The magic circle firm advised Xstrata, on the Swiss mining group’s original purchase of a 20 per cent […]

Deals comment

Herbert Smith has drawn first blood in the race to win the real estate investment trust (Reit) war, securing the first public mandate to convert Hammerson from a listed company to a Reit. Herbert Smith scores reit coup with Hammerson deal Herbert Smith has drawn first blood in the race to win the real estate […]

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