19 August 2002

Smokin’

Addleshaws’ Paul Lee is turning his attentions to the Big Smoke, where he has a new audience to test his comedy routine on. Kathryn Hobbs reports

Finance

For firms that had their fingers burnt in the crash of 1998, Russia has been regarded with a good deal of caution over the past few years. But finally there are signs that Moscow is rising from the ashes and now is the time for law firms to get their Russian houses in order.None more […]

The green mile

Many commentators are gleefully rubbing their hands in anticipation of a complete drubbing of the legal profession in Ireland from the forthcoming Competition Authority report. But as Jon Robins finds out, most lawyers aren’t really sweating it “The competition agenda for the next government can be summed up in three words: the legal profession.” This […]

Mayer Brown, A&O set for UK LLP revolution

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw goes for UK option as US LLP ruled out; A&O to follow Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) is about to become the largest law firm to convert to a UK limited-liability partnership (LLP), while the US operation of the combined firm faces delay because of Bar rules in the […]

On the map

Ireland is no longer the poor cousin in the insurance and reinsurance sectors. Liam Flynn reports on the past year’s performance The Irish insurance and reinsurance industries have developed dramatically in recent years. The domestic insurance sector has seen increased revenues, while the emergence of an international insurance and reinsurance sector, based in Dublin’s International […]

Arthur Cox snr partner conflicted on Smurfit

Arthur Cox senior partner James O’Dwyer faced a potential conflict on the Jefferson Smurfit deal, but removed himself from any involvement in the transaction O’Dwyer is a director of Smurfit, but Arthur Cox was instructed to advise US private equity group Madison Dearborn on its e3.7bn (£2.37) bid for the paper and packaging company.O’Dwyer notified […]

Ireland's first solicitor turned High Court judge speaks out

High Court judge seeks end of second-class citizenship for solicitors and speedier case management The Republic of Ireland’s first solicitor High Court judge is already voicing his own ideas for reform of the system following his groundbreaking appointment.Michael Peart is the first solicitor to be appointed to the High Court bench without previously taking silk. […]

Deals summary

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Mark Vickers, Stephen Clark) is advising Barclays Bank Leveraged Finance in relation to an offer for Jersey company Principal Healthcare Finance and a US public offer for Omega Worldwide by Four Seasons Group, an existing Alchemy Partners investment. Barclays is to provide £59m of senior debt and Alchemy an additional £25m. Macfarlanes […]

Tite & Lewis leads BNP Paribas on UK private bank restructuring

Ernst & Young-tied law firm Tite & Lewis has cemented its burgeoning relationship with European investment bank BNP Paribas by completing one of the first banking business transfers under new rules introduced late last year.A team led by finance partner Charles Proctor advised the bank on the restructuring of its private banking business in the […]

Prague's law firms hit by floods

The local offices of a number of international law firms have been hit hard by the severe flooding in Prague. Among those forced to close or evacuate their offices are Allen & Overy, Dewey Ballantine, Lovells and White & Case.

Taylor Wessing makes first post-merger hire

Taylor Wessing has made its first hire in Germany since its merger two months ago. Peter Hellich will join the firm’s Düsseldorf office next month from Clifford Chance Pünder. Hellich, a corporate partner with a focus in the technology sector, had been at the magic circle firm since 1997. At the same time, Munich Wessing […]

Leinemann initiates Frankfurt practice

Construction and public procurement boutique Leinemann & Partner has opened its fourth office in Germany. Marc Oliver Hilgers and Birgit Franz will launch its new Frankfurt operation this autumn. Leinemann, which spun off from Mütze & Partner after the latter merged with PwC Veltins last year, now has offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. Recent […]

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