26 February 2001

Sidleys and Brown & Wood set for merger

Chicago-based Sidley & Austin and New York’s Brown & Wood are planning a merger that will make them the third largest firm in the US. The combination of the firms’ London operations will also create a formidable capital markets practice. With nearly 100 lawyers in the City, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, as it will […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

AstraZeneca signs a £1.2bn outsourcing deal with IBM to manage the chemical company’s global IT infrastructure covering 45 countries. AstraZeneca advised by Shaw Pittman (Andrew Moyle). IBM was advised in-house. Parent company of WebFusion Internet Solutions, Magic Moments Internet, acquires One 2 One Advertising & Telecommunications. The company is also placing £2.5m worth of new […]

The Leader column

That will put the cat among the pigeons, Alan Whitfield. Fancy suggesting that law firms try and make the client fit their services rather than the other way round. The move of BT’s head of legal to Klegal will ruffle a few feathers among non-accountancy firms as he has passed by all the TMT specialist […]

Going for broke

While the UK economy is still buoyant, at least for the time being, the same has not been true in other corners of the globe. Depressed markets close to home and further afield have created work for insolvency practitioners on a range of mammoth and intricate deals over the last year. As an easy guide […]

New insolvency

Lawyers whose only acquaintance with insolvency is the monthly contemplation of their credit card bill, could be forgiven for thinking that the bull market of the past seven years has killed off the work of the insolvency lawyer altogether. Not a bit of it. There is, and has been, a great deal of activity, albeit […]


Brand Spirit: How Cause Related Marketing Builds Brands by Hamish Pringle and Marjorie Thompson, published by John Wiley & Sons (ISBN 0471499447) Companies are finding that cause related marketing has become a way out of increasingly stale marketing initiatives. It has also become something the agencies are grabbing onto as a differentiator – none more […]

Can you keep a secret?

Some news of jolly japes among senior clerks has come to Tulkinghorn’s attention. It all revolves around a fiendish plot to test the discretion of senior clerk Julian Hawes at Brick Court. Just before Christmas, Hawes was told a tragic story by an unscrupulous clerk who asked him not to tell a soul. The story […]

Shearmans adds arbitration capability to Frankfurt office

New York firm Shearman & Sterling is adding an arbitration group to its Frankfurt practice by raiding the German office of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. The highly-rated head of Jones Day’s European and Middle Eastern dispute resolution practice Richard Kreindler is moving with a team of five assistants to launch the German capability. Kreindler […]

Davies Arnold rues two more losses as Reynolds swoops for insurance lawyers

DaviEs Arnold Cooper is losing a second batch of lawyers to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, this time from its insurance/reinsurance department. Partner Edward Smerdon and his senior assistant Simon Goldring are joining Reynolds this week, after practising at Davies Arnold for five and seven years respectively. In May last year, Davies Arnold lost its entire media […]


A VIEW from Egypt

Egypt is a country that has attracted considerable interest from UK businesses in recent years. Despite this, it remains a bit of a mystery to many people in terms of knowing its legal market. Egypt has had an enormous cultural influence within the Arab world, and expatriate Egyptian lawyers have been responsible for much of […]

ABN Amro shake-up sees panel come under review

ABN Amro is shaking up its legal panel as part of a huge global rationalisation and reorganisation drive. The in-house legal department wants to reduce legal fees throughout its operations and has already begun conducting informal interviews with each of its firms. The move coincides with the arrival of Laurie Adams, the highly-respected former general […]

Lester Aldridge launches in Southampton

South coast firm Lester Aldridge has fulfilled its long-term expansion ambitions with the opening of a new office in Southampton. The Southampton office houses the firm’s new marine division, called LA Marine, as well as corporate recovery and planning teams. It will eventually provide a full commercial law service. Sixteen fee-earners have relocated from the […]

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