20 March 2006

Linklaters private equity duo quit for Kirkland

Linklaters global head of private equity Graham White has resigned from the firm along with partner Raymond McKeeve to join the London office of Chicago giant Kirkland & Ellis. The move will bring to an end months of market speculation surrounding White and McKeeve. The pair have been at Linklaters since 2001, when they moved […]

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James Chapman splits between Halliwells and Brabners

Halliwells and Manchester personal injury specialist James Chapman & Co are to merge in the North West’s most significant legal development for years. However James Chapman’s 19-strong commercial team, including senior partner Maurice Watkins and his trophy client Manchester United, has chosen to join Brabners Chaffe Street in a £2m boost for the firm’s commercial […]

Skadden scoops top spot for Q1 M&A

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has come top of mergermarket’s preliminary European M&A league tables after advising on four of the five biggest deals in the first quarter of 2006. The US firm acted on 13 deals worth EUR115bn. This included roles on the quarter’s biggest deal, Endesa’s EUR47bn takeover by E.ON, Arcelor’s proposed […]

London partners dominate as A&O elects new board

Allen & Overy’s global management board has been completely overhauled with Amsterdam corporate partner Sietze Hepkema the only candidate to be re-elected to the board. The new-look board is almost entirely City-based with litigation specialist Tim House, corporate partner Alan Paul, banking partner Ian Powell and international capital markets partner Boyan Wells all newly elected […]

Hutchison 3G wins IP dispute with O2

Lewis Silkin has won a High Court victory on behalf of Hutchison 3G over the use of bubbles to advertise mobile phone networks. Partner Giles Crown acted for the company, which runs the 3 network, in its dispute with rival O2. O2 claimed that Hutchison’s use of bubble imagery in a television advertisement infringed its […]

Milbank and Slaughters lead bid for ITV

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Slaughter and May have secured the lead roles advising the consortium attempting to take control of ITV with a groundbreaking deal that marks the first of its kind in the UK. Milbank and Slaughters are advising the consortium consisting of Apax Partners, Blackstone and Goldman Sachs, which have been […]

CC bolsters Paris finance with second W&C raid

Clifford Chance has boosted its French acquisition finance offering with the hire of four assistants, including two from White & Case. The hires follow December’s hire of partner Thierry Arachtingi, who also joined from White & Case. Arachtingi and the new assistants join Clifford Chance’s Paris-based acquisition finance team led by Diane de Moüy. Senior […]

CC litigation partner elected president of LSLA

Clifford Chance litigation partner Simon Davis has been elected as the new president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), taking over from Lovells’ Graham Huntley. Davis has been elected for a two year term, following his selection as the LSLA vice-president a year ago. As well as being a member of the LSLA committee, […]

Maclays rocked by loss of private equity star to Latham

Latham & Watkins has swooped on Maclay Murray & Spens to snare private equity partner Graeme Sloan, dealing a potentially massive blow to the Scottish giant’s private equity ambitions in the capital. Sloan, who has been at Maclays for 15 years, is a recognised star performer in private equity circles. He expected to join Latham […]

Reits get the green light from Brown

Commercial property lawyers across the City are breathing a sigh of relief after Chancellor Gordon Brown confirmed the introduction of real estate investment trusts (Reits) for the UK in his Budget today (22 March). Reits, which have been successful in Australia and the US for a number of years, will be introduced from January 1, […]

Fulbright bolsters London projects with Vinson hire

Fulbright & Jaworski’s London office has bolstered its projects capacity with two high-profile hires from Vinson & Elkins and Denton Wilde Sapte. The firm has poached rated UK project finance lawyer Christopher Clement-Davies from US rival Vinson, where he spent the past seven years. Former Denton Wilde Sapte international managing partner David Moroney also joined […]

House of Lords supports Muslim dress ban

Luton Borough Council’s legal team has won a victory in the House of Lords, supporting a school’s decision to exclude a pupil wearing Muslim dress. Shabina Begum was excluded from Denbigh High School in Luton for wearing a jilbab. The Court of Appeal ruled that the school had violated the Human Rights act. However this […]

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