26 October 2009

Focus: Stuart Popham, Passage to India

Clifford Chance’s ambition of having a top Indian practice received a jump-start with its AZB deal, leaving senior partner Stuart Popham relaxed about waiting for liberalisation. Kian Ganz reports

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Simmons & Simmons hits back at ‘CR is PR’ critics

Amid the reaction to news that ­Simmons & Simmons is putting ­corporate responsibility (CR) at the heart of its new business strategy (The Lawyer, 19 October), there is a ­resounding tone of scepticism about the firm’s true ­motivations.

Safety in numbers

One consequence of the ­current financial crisis has been a re-examination of financing structures and documents and an assessment of whether they truly deliver their intended results. Syndicated loan documentation, then, has been revised to deal with matters such as debt buybacks and defaulting lenders.

Keeping up with Jones

A recent court decision has muddied the waters as to who is liable for payments made in error. By Tony Anderson

Roots manoeuvres

Many of the self-proclaimed Iberian firms are casting their nets wider than ever before and finding that history is on their side. By Luke McLeod-Roberts

Tulkinghorn: A right royal welcome

Former Skadden litigator extraordinaire Bob ­Bennett, who joined Hogan & Hartson last month and is based in Washington DC, was delighted – nay amazed – at the lengths his new ­London-based partners went to to make him feel welcome on his first trip to the city since joining.

People moves

Herbert Smith has recruited Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Robert Hunter (pictured) to its partnership. Hunter, who is head of the trust, asset tracing and fraud group at A&O, has been a partner with the magic circle firm since 1990.

Focus: Linklaters, Making both ends neat

The collapse of Lehman couldn’t fail to bring back memories of Enron: both were massive companies, both were gone in a matter of weeks – and Linklaters was there to oversee both administrations

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