20 September 2010

Dominic Buckwell

Sea worthy: Dominic Buckwell, GE SeaCo

GE SeaCo legal chief Dominic Buckwell takes a commercial approach to his job and a careful approach as to which firms he chooses to spend his significant legal budget on. Two years after Dominic Buckwell joined GE SeaCo as general counsel, the shipping container leasing company embarked on the most radical restructuring in its nine-year history. It […]

Lord Bingham, 1933-2010

Lord Bingham of Cornhill, who died earlier this month at the age of 76, will be remembered by ­barristers and lawyers alike as the greatest English judge of the past century. He will also be fondly remembered by his friends at Fountain Court for his brilliant advocacy skills and ­mischievous sense of humour. “Tom Bingham […]

Mark Warham

BarCap’s rise to prominence sees the top firms come a courting

M&A practices see Barclays Capital as a worthy investment, says Gavriel Hollander A quick history lesson from Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham serves to demonstrate how quickly things can change in the investment banking world. During a recent presentation to ­partners, Popham showed a list of the top 20 banks prior to the 1929 […]

Simon Cooke

CC, Milbank and Skadden score Permira telecom deal

Clifford Chance, Milbank Tweed Hadley McCloy and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have landed the key roles on private equity house Permira’s acquisition of Asia ­Broadcast Satellite holding company Kingsbridge. The deal, understood to be worth around $200m (£129m), marks the first Asian investment by the buyout firm since the start of the financial crisis. Skadden […]

FFW lands Kazakh energy outfit’s North Sea stake

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised Kazakhstan’s JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP) on its acquisition of a 35 per cent stake in North Sea oil and gas fields from BG Group. The deal, which is estimated to be worth between $25m (£16.2m) and $30m, represents KMG EP’s first non-Kazakhstan investment. Corporate partner and energy […]

Freshfields, Links and Eversheds oversee sale of 333 Mitchells pubs

Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have assisted on the sale of a string of pubs up and down the country by brewer Mitchells & Butlers to Stonegate Pub Company. Freshfields partner Piers Prichard-Jones provided corporate advice to Mitchells on the sale of 333 pubs for the sum of £373m in a deal that was completed in […]

Ian Martin
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Macfarlanes instructed on Four Seasons debt restructure

Macfarlanes has claimed the prize role acting for longstanding client Four Seasons Health Care on the restructuring of £800m of debt. The debt was left outstanding following a deal last year that saw the company reduce its debt package. Corporate partner Ian Martin led on a transaction that extended the maturity of various classes of commercial […]

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US firms enjoy improved fortunes in French market

Two-thirds of the top US firms in France saw their revenues rise last year and, according to research by Juristes Associés, a total of 12 US firms made it into the country’s top 50 firms by turnover in 2009-10. Latham & Watkins remains way ahead of its rivals after posting a turnover of e90.3m (£75.31m), […]

Richard Lissack QC

New whistleblowing legislation puts US regulators on the back foot

Dodd-Frank Act paves way for a slew of claims and new entrants to the market. By Matt Byrne The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other US regulators will be unable to cope with the expected flood of fraud-related allegations following the introduction of new whistleblower legislation. That is the conclusion of one high-profile New […]

Leading UK firms in French capital take 5 per cent hit in turnover stakes

UK firms’ Paris offices endured a disappointing 2009-10, with SJ Berwin suffering the biggest drop in turnover among the top 50 highest-earning firms, falling by 25.8 per cent to e21m (£17.4m). Research compiled by Juristes Associés revealed that among the 12 UK ­players (not including accountancy firms) to make the top 50, turnover fell on average by […]

David Thompson
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Moore Blatch

Southampton-headquartered firm Moore Blatch bounced back last year after a period of severe belt-tightening. Turnover exceeded expectations by around £750,000 in 2009-10, rising by 12 per cent, from £13.5m to £15.1m. “The previous year was tough,” admits managing partner David Thompson. “We introduced several cost-cutting measures that took around £800,000 off the expenditure line. There […]

Ted Burke

Will and Ted’s excellent adventure

Voting for the senior partner role at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer got underway this week, with partners at the firm finding it hard to separate the two candidates. Current chief executive Ted Burke and financial institutions group (FIG) chief Will Lawes have for some time been the only names in the frame to replace outgoing joint […]

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