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Permission in principle – growth, renewal, protect

The biggest shake up of the planning system since 1947 continues apace with the announcement, on 2 August, of government plans to create an automatic green light for development within specifically designated areas of the country.

Setting aside company transactions involving Jersey, Guernsey and BVI companies

Financial pressure can change perspectives on transactions – whether through the lens of an insolvent winding up, in the context of a counterparty or related interested party exploring ways in which they might unravel a transaction, or a new board considering whether a company can extricate itself from contractual arrangements that appear to have been subject to a conflict of interest or which were for an improper purpose.

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Linklaters has topped the European M&A tables for the first half of 2006, advising on $259.3bn (£140.4bn) worth of deals in 136 transactions, according to data from Thomson Financial. Linklaters finished ahead of Clifford Chance, which was second with 153 deals worth $230.9bn (£125bn). The result is a reversal of the first six months of […]

LeBoeuf raises NQ salaries in London to match US peers

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has matched other US firms in London by raising its newly qualified (NQs) salary to £75,000. The US firm has raised its NQ salary by £10,000 on its previous rate, and increased trainee salaries up from £33,000 and £37,000 for first and second years to £36,000 and £39,000 respectively. This […]

Pension power

With the pensions issue back in the headlines, companies undergoing restructurings would do well to consider the latest legislative developments. Richard Tett and Catherine Derrick report How the world of pensions and restructurings has changed. During the most recent wave of restructurings five years ago, pensions scarcely featured as an issue. Now, though, pension deficits […]

Cravath and Cadwalader snare key roles on $16.6bn Johnson & Johnson deal

New York firms Cravath Swaine & Moore and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft have both grabbed the top roles on Johnson & Johnson’s $16.6bn acquisition of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. Cravath partner George Schoen said old connections helped the firm win its role: “Johnson & Johnson is a long term client of Cravath. It’s a carve-out business […]

Law Society deficit swells to £8m

The Law Society’s annual deficit rose again last year to nearly £8m, its recently published accounts reveal. The society’s income from practising certificate fees, investments and other sources totalled £110m in 2005, up from £103m in 2004. But expenditure rose by a greater amount to £118m from £108.6m the previous year. However, the society’s acquisition […]

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