19 March 2001

How to participate in online workshops

The Workshop Window has three panes: Left window – this displays all comments made in the workshop since you joined Right window – lists everyone else currently logged into this workshop Bottom (narrow) window – this is where you type your comments. To participate, place your cursor in the bottom window, type your comment, and […]

RHM foodservice

Doughty Hanson is a longstanding Lovells client and since RHM was acquired by Doughty Hanson last year, Lovells has in-evitably started working for RHM. Whole business securitisation was developed in the UK several years ago, but this is the first time it has been applied to a multi-faceted business. The deal, which involved issuing £650m […]

Cooley boosts tax with West Coast lawyer

Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward has pulled off a coup against nearest rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with the hire of its former head of tax. Glen Kohl is one of the top tax and M&A lawyers in California. He left his position at Wilson Sonsini in 1993 to join the US Department of […]

Dechert merges

Dechert partners have voted for a merger with Luxembourg firm Brucher & Seimetz, subject to approval by the Luxembourg bar. Bruchers is a two-partner firm, specialising in investment management. London senior partner Steven Fogel says Dechert now has a strong London investment management practice, and that Luxembourg is central in Europe for this type of […]

Eversheds IP chief moves to Martineau

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson is taking on the head of intellectual property from Eversheds‘ Nottingham office to boost its high-tech practice. Niall Head-Rapson joins the firm a week after it won Tom McGuire from Cambridge firm Taylor Vinters, where he was head of innovation and technology. Head-Rapson, a specialist in biotechnology work, says: “There is […]

Burton Copeland embarks upon national drive with Liverpool office

White-collar crime firm Burton Copeland opens its new Liverpool office today (19 March) as part of a bid to become a national firm. The office will focus on all aspects of white-collar crime cases, and it is hoping to rival Liverpool firms such as Quinn Melville for fraud work. Commercial fraud partner Lesley Burrows, who […]

prudential / american general

This is the second big M&A deal for Freshfields and Prudential, after the firm advised Prudential on its £1.9bn bid for fund manager M&G two years ago. On that deal, co-head of the financial institutions group Philip Richards led the transaction, while this time corporate partner Graham Nicholson gets the call-up. Nicholson was asked in […]

rbs / chrysalis group

Before the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) merged with NatWest last year, Weil Gotshal & Manges handled securitisation work for Greenwich NatWest, part of NatWest Markets. After the merger, Weil Gotshal developed a relationship with RBS and it now advises the bank on much of its asset-backed finance work. The Chrysalis deal is the first […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Everyone has an opinion about US firms in London: rubbish; no work; propped up by US parent; fantastic lateral hires; deep pockets; salary wars; the future; here for good; short-lived… you name it, someone thinks it. The only thing that most agree on is that it is too early to make lasting judgements. But there […]


Durlacher Corporation forms joint venture and alliance with venture capitalist BMP. Durlacher advised by SJ Berwin (Jonathan Metliss). BMP advised in-house. Stessa makes £68.7m bid to take property investment company Moorfield Group private. Stessa advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Barney Hearnden). Moorfield advised by Herbert Smith (Nigel Farr). Abbott Laboratories acquires BASF’s pharmaceuticals business for […]

A&O instructed by Celltech on largest Euro biotech deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) is acting on what is believed to be Europe’s largest ever biotechnology deal. A&O has been instructed by biopharmaceutical group and long-term client Celltech. The deal is to license CDP870, an injectable medicine for rheumatoid arthritis, to Pharmacia Corporation. Celltech will receive an up-front payment of $50m (£34.5m). Then, dependent on […]

Lord Irvine takes up cause for specialist court in Birmingham

A leading Birmingham set has set up a taskforce to justify the introduction of the only administrative court outside London following discussions with the Lord Chancellor. Lord Irvine expressed an interest after the submissions of planning and environmental barristers Jeremy Cahill and Ian Dove of 5 Fountain Court. He visited the set after attending the […]

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