16 October 2000

Eversheds boosts private equity department

Ian Richardson, who was head of corporate at Eversheds’ Leeds office for 18 months, is relocating to London with two associates to shore up the two partner City private equity group. He will also be responsible for building up the firm’s private equity client base in its French and Dutch offices as well as being […]

Baker & McKenzie "becomes second London firm" to offer US tax facility

The move is thought to make the firm only the second in the City to offer both UK and US tax advice – after Allen & Overy nabbed US partner Stephen Fiamma from the London office of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue (The Lawyer, 13 March). Jeff VanderWolk is joining B&M after spending five years […]

Clifford Chance woos Wolf Theiss to plug Austrian gap

In its latest quest for European expansion, Clifford Chance is courting the Austrian firm Wolf Theiss & Partners. But Vienna-based Wolf Theiss stresses that it is keeping its options open, although it does not deny that it is in talks with Clifford Chance. Wolf Theiss partner Richard Wolf says: “We are in a position to […]


It is the second coming for business services company Regus and Slaughter and May. The whole IPO team has hooked up again a year after Regus’ 1999 London Stock Exchange (LSE) float was cobbled together at the very last minute. This time round, the announcement has been made, and trading is expected to begin this […]


Wyevale Garden Centres in £111m recommended offer for Country Gardens. Theodore Goddard represented Wyevale (Simon Griffiths, Michael Black). Country Gardens advised by Berwin Leighton.

UK games retailer

UK games retailer Gameplay.com buys Israeli games publisher Pixel Broadband for £34m. Clifford Chance (David Lewis, David Martin) and Israeli firm Herzog Fox & Neeman represented Gameplay.com. Pixel Broadband advised by Daniel Blankleder (Daniel Blankleder) and Harbottle & Lewis (Sebastian Belcher).


Asda buys 48 in-store NHS pharmacies from Alliance UniChem. Moss retail division of Alliance UniChem, advised by Mundays (Simon Withers). Asda advised by Eversheds (Suzanne Stokers).

WestLb/British Land

This joint venture with British Land marks a new departure for WestLB in the UK property market. The German bank is used to making loans into property companies, but this is its first experience of taking on equity as well as debt risk. The joint venture was funded by a £265m loan from West LB […]

ITIS Holdings

ITIS Holdings floats on Alternative Investment Market (AIM). ITIS Holdings advised by Paisner & Co (Stephen Nelson). Nominated adviser and broker Altium Capital advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett (Tim Stocks).

The Firm

HENDERSON: Goodbye Reggie. You were one in a million. I just hope my floral tribute was tasteless enough. MAN: Oi you slag. Keep it schtum. Remember – you saw nothing here. HENDERSON: Sorry Reverend. That was a bit strong. And why were you kneecapping those mourners earlier? MAN: Well, it’s what he would have wanted. […]


The Internet and Everyone, by John Chris Jones, published by Ellipsis (ISBN 1899858202) There are many odd things about The Internet and Everyone. It’s almost 600 pages long, but each one is odd – first its A6 size, then in layout, sometimes one column, sometimes two, sometimes both, and then in content. Written by a […]

The senior clerks

Together, these men control businesses with a total annual turnover in excess of £100m. They are the big boys commanding big pay packets and governing an empire, the influence of which extends across global financial centres. They are the senior clerks. Between them, they run the five premier commercial sets of chambers in the country, […]

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