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COVID-19 has put many businesses in a difficult financial situation

Although the Government recognised this by pushing the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 through Parliament to try and stem the inevitable wave of insolvencies, directors and owners cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball for a second.


Dewey postpones European plans

US firm Dewey Ballantine has put European expansion plans on hold as a result of the Iraq war and concerns about the international economic climate. The firm has stalled planned launches in France and Germany, although it continues to look for suitable merger partners. The Lawyer understands that Dewey had been in talks with the […]

Vizard Oldham Brooke Blain

What do you do when your senior partner and 15 other partners, plus their teams, walk out on you? You pick yourself up and start again Senior/managing partner: Ron PerryNo of equity partners: SevenTotal number of partners: NineTotal lawyers (excluding trainees, paralegals and legal executives): 23Main practice areas: Commercial and propertyMain clients: Network Rail, British […]

Baker & McKenzie picks Senior for London managing partner

Baker & McKenzie has named corporate partner Gary Senior as its new London managing partner. Senior replaces Russell Lewin, who moves up to sit on the firm’s global executive committee after five years in the top job in London. Senior has also been the partner responsible for professional development and knowledge management at Bakers’ London […]

Fried Frank rocked by exits

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has been hit by the departure of its highly-rated head of structured finance and securitisation. Laurence Isaacson, who has been a partner at Fried Frank since 1997, is leaving for Ernst & Young-associated firm McKee Nelson, taking with him partner Andrew Kwok. He will join McKee Nelson on Wednesday […]

Freshfields tops German M&A

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has netted the largest share of Germany’s deals despite the slow market, as revealed by Thomson Financial’s M&A tables for announced deals, January-June 2003. It is understood that some of the firm’s German offices are now matching, or are slightly outperforming, London. Meanwhile, Slaughter and May‘s best friend Hengeler Mueller has had […]

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