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A guide to preferences

By Simon Bonney A closer look at preferential transactions and creditors

Amendments to permitted development rights for new homes

On 1 August changes to the current permitted development regime will be introduced. These will assist in meeting housing demand, whilst ensuring that conversions to residential use provide adequate natural light.

The restructuring review 2020: Switzerland

In the latest issue of “The Restructuring Review”, Daniel Hayek and Mark Meili provide an overview of the special features of Swiss restructuring law, taking into account the latest legislative developments due to COVID-19.


Watson Farley wins two partners from DJ Freeman

Leading asset finance firm Watson Farley & Williams has recruited two partners from DJ Freeman. Tax partner Christopher Comyn and corporate partner Jonathan Martin are still negotiating their departure dates. They will join Watson Farley as partners. Comyn and Martin say that the main reason for their departures is to take advantage of Watson Farley’s […]

HSBC demands global discount from City firms

Firms on the panel of HSBC Holdings could scoop a huge influx of international work after being accepted as the client’s preferred global advisers. Each firm had to submit a tender to Bennett outlining their discount proposals before they were accepted. The eight firms used by HSBC in London were asked to pitch to the […]

case study: war on want

War on Want is a registered charity set up to combat world poverty and promote human rights. It is involved in a dispute with the Foreign Office (FO) about the FO’s decision to permit the export of gun parts to Morocco for use in its occupation of Western Sahara. War on Want believes that the […]


Sanitec acquires Caradon’s bathroom business from HSBC Private Equity for £83m. Sanitec advised by Allen & Overy (Pervez Akhtar). Financial adviser Enskilda Securities. Caradon Bathrooms represented by Eversheds (Edward Pysden). Financial adviser Ernst & Young Corporate Finance.

Linklaters wins top spot in M&A table

UK and US firms witnessed a bumper year for M&A in 2000, despite a 20 per cent fall in deal activity and a marketplace increasingly dominated by regulators. In a survey of European deals completed in 2000 published by Thomson Financial Securities Data, Linklaters & Alliance came top (see table). The firm worked on 221 […]

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