3 May 1999

Property

Property lawyer Jim Garton led the Nabarro Nathanson team which advised GE Capital Corporation (Estates) on its purchase of St Tydfil Sq Shopping Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, from Chesterfield Properties for £20.9m. Chesterfield Properties was represented by Titmuss Sainer Dechert.

Jeremy Hertzog on emails and anti-competitive behaviour

Jeremy Hertzog is a solicitor in the contentious media group at Mishcon de Reya. More than a year after the issue of libel proceedings, BG (formerly British Gas) last week paid Andrew Duffield and Exoteric Gas Solutions (EGS) the very substantial sum of £101,000 for defamation by email. Mr Duffield, ex-head of engineering at BG, […]

Flotations & Financing

Simmons & Simmons advised SG Securities on the placing of 89 million shares in Hong Kong-listed Quality Healthcare Asia and related top-up subscription to raise in excess of HK$90m. The Simmons & Simmons team was led by corporate group partner Steven Bryan.

Flotations

Weil Gotshal & Manges acted as US counsel on the #173m initial public offering of The Future Network and advised Future on its acquisition of Imagine Media Inc. Akiko Mikumo

Property

Shakespeares has been appointed legal adviser to the Technology Innovation Centre which will be located at Millennium Point in Digbeth, Birmingham. The scheme’s funders include the EU and the Millennium Commission. Shakespeares’ team is led by senior partner Tony Jones.

Flotations

Eversheds is acting for Kingston upon Hull City Council on the #141.5m flotation of its telecommunications business operated by Kingston Communications (Hull)

Flotations & Financing

Eversheds is acting for Kingston upon Hull City Council on the £141.5m flotation of its telecommunications business operated by Kingston Communications (Hull), advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Linklaters & Alliance is acting for Deutsche Bank AG London and Robert Fleming & Co, joint global co-ordinators and joint sponsors for the offer. Corporate finance partners Rob […]

Lovells plots Boesebecks marriage

Lovell White Durrant is in merger talks with another of Germany’s biggest law firms. The London-based international firm is in advanced negotiations with Boesebeck Droste and is expecting to vote on the merger in the autumn. Earlier this year Boesebecks terminated merger discussions with Clifford Chance and it is believed that those talks overlapped with […]

…as Eversheds and Dentons win property

Denton Hall and Eversheds have been appointed as Barclays Bank’s advisers on all its property management, purchases and sales. Barclays has divided its property work into three portfolios of about 2,500 buildings in total. Denton Hall’s two portfolios cover nearly 2,000 properties in the Midlands, the South East and the South West of England. Eversheds […]

Freshfields and Linklaters in Lloyds TSB's #7bn deal

Freshfields and Linklaters & Alliance are battling to finalise Lloyds TSB’s #7bn acquisition of Scottish Widows. The sale of the Edinburgh-based life assurer, advised by Freshfields, to Lloyds TSB, represented by Linklaters, will create the second largest life, pensions and unit trust provider in the UK. But although the sale has been agreed, Scottish Widows’ […]

Hong Kong heats up

Two years on from the start of the Asian financial crisis, Hong Kong is still in recession. However, the first stirrings of optimism in the legal market indicate that the worst might be over. The magnitude of the crash has overshadowed any apprehensions about how the former British colony would fare after the handover to […]

CC in Punders merger vote

Clifford Chance partners will vote this weekend on a surprise merger with Germany’s third largest firm Punder Volhard Weber & Axster, The Lawyer can reveal. Most partners only learnt of the advanced talks from a 200-page document they received last week outlining the proposed merger with US firm Rogers & Wells. The extraordinary step, which […]

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