23 January 2006

Pinsent Masons announces move to CityPoint

Pinsent Masons is set to vacate its Dashwood House premises for new office space at CityPoint, in the first stage of the firm’s plan to unite staff under one roof after merging in 2004. The firm has announced it will sublease a newly refurbished 41,000 sq ft floor from Simmons & Simmons at CityPoint in […]

Herbies lands breakthrough financing mandate on £3.5bn PSA bid

Herbert Smith has scooped the £3.545bn debt finance mandate on PSA International’s bid for P&O. A team led by Clive Barnard and Euan Ferguson is understood to be advising Goldman Sachs, RBS and UBS on the acquisition financing, after a series of other City firms were conflicted out. However, the deal represents a major breakthrough […]

Cobbetts wins Sock Shop administration

National firm Cobbetts has won an instruction to act for the administrators of retailer Sock Shop. Birmingham-based insolvency practitioners Poppleton & Appleby have been appointed administrators to the Sock Shop chain. Sock Shop is on its third administration since it was set up in the 1980s and it now only has 13 stores compared to […]

Pillsbury faces management shake-up as Cranston quits

West Coast giant Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is set for a full-scale overhaul of its management following the decision of charismatic chair Mary Cranston to step down when her term end in December. Managing partner Marina Park has also said she is considering her future bringing a dramatic end to the pair’s seven-year management partnership. […]

Boutiques merge to create Munich media specialists

Munich media boutiques Poll Ventroni and Straßer Feyock are set to merge, according to the German legal publication JUVE. The new firm, which will be known as Poll Straßer Ventroni Feyock, will have ten lawyers including name partners Günter Poll, Robert Straßer, Stefan Ventroni and Martin Feyock and five associates. Joining them will be film […]

Mofo boosts antitrust team with senior DoJ hire

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has boosted its antitrust practice with the hire of a senior Department of Justice lawyer. Roger Fones, former chief of the US Department of Justice’s transportation, energy & agriculture section of the antitrust division, will join the firm’s Washington DC office. As well as Fones, Rony Gerrits and Jonathan Gowdy, associates […]

RFL overhauls legal panel

THE RFL, the UK’s governing body for rugby league, is reviewing its legal panel, looking to appoint a specialist sports law team as it faces broadcasting and sponsorship rights negotiation to secure the future of the sport. RFL general counsel Rod Findlay has split the legal work into two panels, one for specialist sports law […]

Orrick raids White & Case for Russian team in Tokyo

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have raided White & Case to add a new Russian practice team to its Tokyo office. Sergey Milanov, Dmitri Rezchikov and Alexey Losev are set to join the firm as of counsel, associate and researcher, respectively. Milanov and Rezckikov have advised Japanese clients on foreign investment ventures. Milanov remains the only […]

Gibson hires boost DC office

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has added two new partners to its Washington DC office. Karen Manos has joined the firm from Howrey, where she was a partner and led the firm’s governments contracts practice. She has experience of government contract issues, including civil and criminal fraud investigations and litigation, bid protests and others. Barry Goldsmith […]

West Midlands merger creates top 100 UK firm

West Midlands firms Cartwright & Lewis and Challinors have announced they will merge, in a partnership that is expected to push the new firm into the top 10 in the region. The agreement will come into effect from April 1, with 34 partners and 120 fee earners set to join the new firm, Challinors Incorporating […]

Sutherland and Freshfields land BNFL roles on £2.8bn Toshiba deal

US firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have scooped instruction from British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) on the pending US$5bn (£2.8bn) sale of its US subsidiary Westinghouse to Japanese congolmerate Toshiba. BNFL’s in-house legal director Alvin Shuttleworth and UK general counsel Sue Quaint have led the deal along with Atlanta-based firm Sutherland Asbill […]

SJ Berwin raids W&C, A&O for Italian job

SJ Berwin has launched the recruitment process for its new Italian team following the opening of offices in Milan and Turin in December. Federico Pavetto joins the firm from White & Case’s Milan office, where he was a banking finance associate. The firm also has a new senior assistant, Andrea Luciano, who specialises in capital […]

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