26 April 2010


Curtis Mallet-Prevost names new Milan chief

US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has appointed a new managing partner in its Milan office. Galileo Pozzoli, an energy law specialist who focuses on oil and gas, will replace Michele Edoardo Tamburini, who has served as managing partner since 2007. Pozzoli will begin his term on 1 May. He joined the Curtis ­Mallet-Prevost […]


Matrix to focus on diversity and environment

Matrix Chambers has put diversity and the environment at the forefront of its new core values ahead of the set’s tenth birthday. The set will identify a major project in the community to encourage young people from different backgrounds to consider entering the law. “We’re most worried about diversity,” said chief executive Lindsay Scott. “It’s about increasing the […]

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Work Life Quiz: Seamus Smyth, Carter Lemon Camerons

What was your first-ever job? Schoolteacher. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Failing to notice that page 99 was missing from a ­document that had to be initialled on every page by several important people. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the […]

Richard Jordan

People moves

Thomas Eggar has announced that ­partner Richard Jordan is to succeed Patricia Woolgar and take over as head of the firm’s private client group on 1 May. Move of the week Jordan has been a private client lawyer for more than 14 years and has experience in providing advice on tax, ­succession, asset protection and […]

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Channel 4 turns to Travers for HD advice

Travers Smith has advised new client Channel 4 on a deal that will see it broadcast Channel 4 HD on Freeview. Travers commercial partner Richard Brown worked alongside senior associate Ben Chivers and Channel 4 in-house counsel Rebecca Miller on a ­project that will see the broadcaster’s high-definition programming broadcast via the group known as Multiplex B. […]

Pinsents, SJ Berwin score CareTech deal

Pinsent Masons and SJ Berwin have secured the ­mandates on AIM-listed healthcare company CareTech Holdings’ £165m debt refinancing. SJ Berwin finance partner Stuart Brinkworth advised the three joint mandated lead arrangers on the deal. These included longstanding client RBS, new client Santander UK and Lloyds Banking Group. Finance partner Martin Bishop advised the Pinsents team acting […]

Eversheds handed £450m Qatar skyscraper project

Eversheds has advised Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance Company (QGIRC) on a QAR2.5bn (£450m) project to ­construct four skyscrapers in Qatar. Eversheds is acting for longstanding client QGIRC, which is constructing the towers via its joint venture with Ezdan Real Estate and Al Sari Trading Company. It is understood that the joint venture partners were both advised […]

CC, Cleary gear up for e4.5bn Volkswagen capital raising

Clifford Chance and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have secured prize roles on one of Europe’s biggest capital ­raisings of recent times – Volkswagen’s e4.5bn (£3.9bn) rights issue. Frankfurt capital markets partner Markus Pfüller led the deal for Clifford Chance, advising the German car manufacturer. Capital markets partner Sebastian Maerker and corporate partner and chief relationship […]


Reed Smith at the ready as Pinsents’ construction team prepares to defect

Are Pinsents’ consolidation plans going to score it an own goal? When a group of senior partners leave a market-leading practice for a firm with little standing in their area of expertise, eyebrows are inevitably raised. It is understood that four ­Pinsent Masons construction partners – Gordon Bell, Peter ­Cassidy, Keith Hartley and ­Vincent Rowan […]

ACC conference flags up irreversible change to GC-private practice relations

Partner, not firm, loyalty and cheaper, quicker advice emerge as top issues. Law firms were warned last week to expect a “sea change” in their client relationships over the coming years, while any expecting a swift return to the halcyon days before the collapse of Lehman Brothers were ­”deluding themselves”. These were some of the […]

Herbies’ Paris finance boss returns to BNP Paribas in global GC role

Herbert Smith’s Paris ­international banking and finance head Georges Dirani has been ­appointed global general counsel of BNP Paribas. Dirani will leave Herbert Smith in May and take up the new post in July. He won the role after ­acting as BNP Paribas’ ­relationship partner at ­Herbert Smith, having begun his legal career at the bank in […]

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Recession finally takes bite out of Gide as 2009 turnover suffers e38m slump

Gide Loyrette Nouel saw its turnover decrease by nearly 15 per cent to e220m (£192.87m) over the 2009 financial year. Gide Loyrette Nouel saw its turnover decrease by nearly 15 per cent to e220m (£192.87m) over the 2009 financial year. That is e38m lower than the e258m posted by the Paris-based firm the ­previous year. Gide managing […]

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