17 May 2010

Dechert raids CC in Moscow to hike dispute resolution

Moscow newcomer Dechert has scored a coup by hiring Clifford Chance’s local head of litigation and arbitration. Ivan Marisin has joined Dechert’s four-strong dispute resolution team as a partner, bringing with him counsel Vasily Kuznetsov and associate Alexander Sidorov. Marisin had been at Clifford Chance in Moscow since 1992, where he represented domestic and international clients, most notably the Bank […]

Anton Balkitis

Work Life Quiz: Anton Balkitis, Rothera Dowson Solicitors

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? My office is right next to our boardroom and the kitchen. I have both bugged and our ­receptionists are open to bribes. What was your first-ever job? Saturday assistant at Lord John Men’s Fashion shop. I […]

Stuart Carter

People Moves

Bond Pearce has strengthened its oil and gas team with the appointment of Stuart Carter as a partner. Move of the week Carter was previously regional general counsel (Europe and Africa) for Burlington Resources until its 2006 merger with ConocoPhillips. Since the merger he has acted as a consultant to several oil ­companies, including ExxonMobil […]

Tulkinghorn: Saints and winners

Tulkinghorn loves Southampton. The Titanic, Matt Le Tissier, Craig David… so much history. But it appears Graham Prentice loves the city more. The former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner once bid more than £10,000 for a winner’s medal from Southampton FC’s 1976 FA Cup victory over ­Manchester United FC. Sadly, Prentice’s bid wasn’t high enough to […]

Sportingbet sides with Nabarro for move to LSE

Nabarro’s gaming team has advised Sportingbet on its £343m move from AIM to the main market. Sportingbet’s prospectus was published on 28 April and the company is ­expected to be admitted to the London Stock Exchange on 14 May. Corporate partner ­Graham Stedman led on the deal for Nabarro’s longstanding client along with senior associate James Archibald. Oriel Securities, […]

Dentons advises banks on £2.8bn highways PFI

Denton Wilde Sapte has helped a consortium of banks reach financial close on the £2.8bn Birmingham highways PFI – the largest local authority project of its kind. The firm was retained by the sponsor Amey Ventures as lenders’ counsel prior to Amey’s appointment as ­preferred bidder last ­summer. Dentons advised a ­consortium made up of Bank of […]

Lloyd Williams

Nabarro and Norton Rose lead on ING’s takeover of Rugby Reit

Nabarro and Norton Rose have claimed leading roles on a deal that will see ING’s offshore real estate arm take over a portfolio of properties from Rugby Real Estates Investment Trust (Rugby Reit). The deal is thought to be the first takeover offer for a UK Reit by a non-Reit. A Norton Rose team led […]

Boris Johnson

Top firms oversee TfL’s £310m purchase of Tube Lines venture

CMS Cameron ­McKenna, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose have won mandates ­advising on various aspects of the sale of the Tube Lines consortium to Transport for London (TfL). The consortium, a joint venture between Amey and Bechtel, was formed as part of a controversial public-­private partnership (PPP) deal to upgrade and ­maintain the London Underground network. The £310m transaction will see […]

Frances Coulson

Moon Beever

A growing focus on insolvency and related areas helped Bloomsbury firm Moon Beever grow both revenue and profit during the recession last year. The firm is already known for handling a range of corporate and personal insolvency, including fraud and antecedent transactions, as a special area. It extended that range in the latter part of […]

Per Nyberg

Links remains sanguine about Swedish exodus

Since entering the market in 2000 through a merger with Lagerlöf & Leman, Linklaters has gone from 35 to just nine partners. In only the first four months of 2010 two more partners left the firm’s Stockholm office. But even with the latest departures, ­Linklaters remains calm about its steadily shrinking office, safe in the knowledge […]

Christopher Rees

Google case highlights gaps in geoinformation law

The recent Google case in Italy in which the internet company’s chief legal officer was convicted of a criminal breach of ­privacy in relation to online video (Google is appealing the conviction), demonstrates how important it is for businesses around the world to take proper account of the developing law of information.   The 19th […]

Lupton Fawcett in JV with Irish footy star

Yorkshire firm Lupton Fawcett has launched a sports agency as part of a joint venture with former Arsenal, Manchester United and Republic of Ireland footballer Frank Stapleton. Strategic International Management, which will primarily represent footballers and other sportspeople, will operate in conjunction with Lupton Fawcett’s sports and media department. Lupton Fawcett head of sports and […]

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