18 July 2016

The Lawyer Awards 2016: offshore winners

OFFSHORE FIRM OF THE YEAR: HARNEYS Harneys wins its first Offshore Firm of the Year title in 2016 for consistent and impressive growth around the world while retaining a significant presence in its headquarters in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Judges praised the way Harneys “stays hungry” for growth. In the past two years Harneys […]

The Lawyer Awards 2016: in-house winners

Ingrid Cope In-house lawyer of the year How can a global brand-owner maximise value from a widely-dispersed consumer and leisure market? That was the question occupying Ingrid Cope, senior legal adviser at Pernod Ricard, the global distiller that owns Absolut, Chivas whisky, Jameson and Perrier-Jouet. A large section of Pernod Ricard’s business is ‘on-trade’, the […]

Offshore report: top mandates of H1 2016

DEALS Multi billion-dollar transactions have characterised the offshore M&A market in the first half of this year BERMUDA Carlyle Group’s acquisition of Veritas Group Completed 29 January 2016 Global asset management company the Carlyle Group acquired information management systems provider Veritas from Symantec Corp for $7.4bn (£5.7bn). The deal, announced in August 2015, was the […]

The Lawyer Awards 2016: pro-bono initiative

Avon & Bristol Law CentrePro bono initiative of the year The news that 90 people a month had died after being declared fit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions made headlines last summer. But while campaigners and the opposition called for an overhaul of the welfare system, law students at the Avon & […]

The Lawyer Awards 2016: transactional teams

Slaughter and MayCompetition team of the year   The award-winning Slaughter and May competition team won an advisory spot last year on a groundbreaking appeal in the electricity and gas sector. The firm advised Northern Powergrid as it lodged an appeal to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) against Ofgem’s decision to modify the electricity […]

Law Firm of the Year 2016: Clyde & Co

Over the past decade Clyde & Co has undergone a massive transformation, doubling in size twice. In 2005 the firm’s turnover stood at £125m and it boasted 13 offices. By 2015, revenue at the award-winning firm had soared by 316 per cent to £395m and Clydes operated from 45 offices globally. During the 2014/15 financial […]

Moves: KWM finance head joins Cadwalader

Move of the week Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has hired King & Wood Mallesons’ head of Europe and Middle East finance Jeremy Cross. Cross joins the firm as a fund finance partner in the City and acts for lenders, borrowers and fund sponsors. He is expected to build out Cadwalader’s European fund finance practice and […]

The ‘dotcom’ law firm

When I was a junior associate in the early 1990s it never seemed strange that we were not entitled to an evening at home or a weekend. Secretaries were all female, partners generally male and the junior associates roughly 50/50 male and female.

IT and the route to higher law firm performance

growing number of firms are turning to cutting-edge technology to improve their performance in areas such as financial management and service delivery. At The Lawyer’s Business Leadership Summit in September, HSBC’s head of professional services Simon Adcock will discuss the level of investment firms are currently making in technology and how increasing this investment can pay dividends.

LMI analysis: BP

Falling oil prices have hit energy companies hard, and none more than BP. The oil and gas giant had a difficult year in 2015 with its upstream business in particular bearing the brunt of this, reporting a pre-tax loss of $700m (£530m). Added to these woes are the continuing liabilities from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, which has so far cost BP £55.5bn.

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Awards that crash the corporate ceiling

I was speaking to a partner at a major international firm last week who professed himself a little baffled. “Clyde & Co won Law Firm of the Year?” he said. “But I don’t know them at all!” Said partner is – you will be unsurprised to hear – an M&A specialist at a household-name law firm.

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