17 July 2006

A&O and Slaughters toast £497m Whitbread pubs sale

Allen & Overy and Slaughter and May celebrated the sale of 239 Whitbread pubs to Mitchells & Butler with a glass of champagne in the early hours of the morning. M&B has paid £497m for the pubs in a effort to as it looks to repositioning itself for the eating-out market ahead of the smoking […]

DLA Piper grows in Italy with raid on Carnelutti

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has upgraded its Italian technology, media and communications (TMC) practice with the hire of a partner from demerged McDermott Will & Emery firm Carnelutti. Giangiacomo Olivi becomes head of TMC at DLA Piper in Italy. He specialises in the preparation and negotiation of distribution, licence and output and audiovisual production […]

Wedlake Bell wins rescue mandate for The Sportsman

Wedlake Bell is advising the administrators of The Sportsman newspaper which has put itself into administration just four months after its launch. Head of business recoveries team Martin Arnold is advising joint administrators Peter Kubik and Andrew Andronikou of the accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young. The firm has a long standing relationship with the accountancy […]

Mofo hires LawGram outsourcing partner

Morrison & Foerster has boosted its London outsourcing practice with the hire of outsourcing partner Jon Edgell from Lawrence Graham. Edgell specialises in advice to purchasers of IT systems, such as banks and airlines, with particular emphasis on the Indian outsourcing market. He becomes the firm’s third outsourcing partner in London, working alongside Alistair Maughan […]

Akin Gump loses $1.1m negligence suit

Texas firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has been ordered to pay a former client $1.1m in damages after being found to have been negligent in its representation. The suit filed by National Development and Research Corporation (NDRC) and its owner Robert Tang did not name any individual lawyers as defendants. The judgement calls […]

Winston scoops Orrick head of European M&A

Winston & Strawn is boosting its Geneva office with the hire of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe corporate partner and head of pro bono Carl Liederman. Liederman joins from Orrick’s London office, where he was head of the firm’s European M&A practice. He becomes the first corporate partner in Winston & Strawn’s Geneva office, which already […]

Ashurst beefs up German capital markets team with Freshfields hire

Ashurst has strengthened its German capital markets team with hire of a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate, its second German hire in as many months. Tobias Krug joins as a partner and will start at Ashurst’s Frankfurt office in October. The structured finance expert specialises hybrid capital, equity-linked instruments and securitised derivatives, according to German magazine […]

New Law Soc president labels Falconer “naive”

Law Society president Fiona Woolf has hit out at the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, over the draft Legal Services Bill and the powers it gives to the new umbrella regulator. Speaking to The Lawyer, Woolf said: “For the Lord Chancellor to suggest to me that the Legal Services Board would not use its powers is […]


Reed Smith launches women’s career forum and sacks female blogger

Reed Smithhas launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging women’s careers just days after the firm came under fire for sacking IP partner Denise Howells in the US. Howells has become something of a legend in the US for pioneering law blogs in the US and coining the phrase “blawg”. Her blogs have championed the […]

Silks: The full list of new QCs

The ranks of female and solicitor-advocate QCs have been swelled by a record number of new appointments in the first round of the revamped silk application process. Nearly half of the 68 female applicants were awarded silk, with the 33 women practising across a wide range of areas. Previously the highest number of women to […]

Gibson Dunn launches UK employment practice

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has set up a UK employment practice, scooping Ashurst employment partner James Cox for its London office. Cox specialises on the employment side of M&A deals, industrial disputes, corporate governance matters and employment issues facing private equity companies. “We are pleased to welcome James to the firm,” said Gibson Dunn managing […]

Spanish lawyer bags top EC competition role

A senior lawyer at the Spanish competition authority is expected to be appointed to the European Commission’s directorate general for competition today. Nadia Calviño Santamaría, will become the deputy director general with special responsibility for mergers. She will report to director general Philip Lowe, who is also currently the acting deputy director general for mergers. […]

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