27 April 2009

Landlocked and loaded

It has been a diplomatic incident waiting to happen for decades. Germany’s efforts to claw back tax from citizens who hold bank accounts in Luxembourg has been an ongoing bone of contention, but recessions have a habit of strengthening people’s resolve, and political pressure from the G20 countries appears to have driven the first wedge […]

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Pink practice

The effective representation of minorities can be patchy in any sector, but when it comes to sexual orientation, is the legal profession falling behind? If you are average in ability, or seen as average, it’s easier for people to hold your sexuality against you. If you’re making money, nobody can touch you.” These are the […]

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Tulkinghorn: Holding out for a hero

Tulkinghorn is often shocked by the way lawyers are represented in popular culture. Most fictional characters are either incompetent buffoons (see The Simpsons’ Lionel Hutz) or downright evil (Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate). Holding out for a hero Tulkinghorn is often shocked by the way lawyers are represented in popular culture. Most fictional characters […]

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Ball control: Steven Hodkinson, Umbro International

It’s an enviable job considering the perks, but for Umbro general counsel Steven Hodkinson, the beautiful game sometimes getsa little ugly. Steven Hodkinson Any lawyers who are football fans should look away now. Back in his days as a trainee, if Steven Hodkinson thought he would one day be able to see pretty much any […]

Landlocked and loaded

It has been a diplomatic incident waiting to happen for decades. Germany’s efforts to claw back tax from citizens who hold bank accounts in Luxembourg has been an ongoing bone of contention, but recessions have a habit of strengthening people’s resolve, and political pressure from the G20 countries appears to have driven the first wedge […]

Argie bargy

Diego Maradona once dubbed Carlos Tévez the “Argentine prophet for the 21st century”: high praise indeed from a player with the dexterity of a deity. Diego Maradona once dubbed Carlos Tévez the “Argentine prophet for the 21st century”: high praise indeed from a player with the dexterity of a deity. However, it is unlikely that […]

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Pink practice

The effective representation of minorities can be patchy in any sector, but when it comes to sexual orientation, is the legal profession falling behind? If you are average in ability, or seen as average, it’s easier for people to hold your sexuality against you. If you’re making money, nobody can touch you.” These are the […]

Work Life Quiz: Paul Johnson, Kings Chambers

What was your first-ever job? Apprentice pipelayer, Wales Gas. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?Resolving how to deal with the irascibility of a partner I worked for. It did resolve itself and we got on very well. I should add that I thought he was the best lawyer I ever worked with. Where’s […]

Ashurst muscles in on CC’s Candover relationship as group names first GC

Candover has linked up with Ashurst after decades of dealings with Clifford Chance. NOW MORE than ever, private equity house Candover needs its trusted circle of legal advisers. The UK private equity giant is entering one of the most ­turbulent periods in its history. Last month, the group cut the valuation of its portfolio in […]

Burness, BLP called in on BlueGem bank project

Scottish firm Burness and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have been handed mandates in private equity group BlueGem’s investment in Panmure Gordon, the loss-making investment bank. Scottish firm Burness and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have been handed mandates in private equity group BlueGem’s investment in Panmure Gordon, the loss-making investment bank. AIM-listed Panmure raised £17.3m selling […]

Willkie Farr & Gallagher scores role on £2.5bn pharma M&A job

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has advised US dermatology company Stiefel Laboratories on its $3.6bn (£2.5bn) takeover by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Willkie Farr & Gallagher has advised US dermatology company Stiefel Laboratories on its $3.6bn (£2.5bn) takeover by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in what is one of the biggest M&A transactions to hit the market […]

Bakers guides Sphinx through fund set-up

The London office of Baker & McKenzie has advised on the establishment of a $100m (£68.35m) turnaround fund in Egypt. The London office of Baker & McKenzie has advised on the establishment of a $100m (£68.35m) turnaround fund in Egypt. The fund, run by Sphinx Private Equity, has secured investment from the European Investment Bank […]

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