31 May 2010

People Moves

Halliwells has taken on Nicola Loadsman as a partner in its Sheffield dispute resolution team. Move of the week She joins from Nabarro, where she was a partner. Loadsman, who is a member of the firm’s insurance department, focuses her practice on areas including product liability. Neil Thompson, head of the firm’s Sheffield office, said: […]

Colm Nugent

Work Life Quiz: Colm Nugent, Hardwicke

What’s your favourite film? I have two favourite films: Back to the Future and The Commitments. What was your first-ever job? I worked the night shift as a chicken catcher for Moy Park chickens. It’s possibly the world’s worst job, but it  paid very well. What time do you usually leave the office? 6.30pm, just […]

Day of the low costs: Joanna Day, Santander UK

Santander UK’s head of commercial law, Joanna Day, has seen the company undergo radical change and has been instrumental in guiding it through the recession. Name: Joanna DayCompany: Santander UK PlcPosition: Head of commercial lawIndustry: Financial services providerTotal operating income: £4,696 millionTotal number of employees: 19,483Total legal capability: 36 lawyersTotal legal spend: £1.5m Joanna Day’s […]

Jonathan Herbst

Financiers and politicians go to war over European financial regulation

Two early draft versions of AIFMD both ruffle feathers in the City. If the unprecedented scale and scope of the financial crisis has created something of a war between financiers and politicians, then the key battleground is to be found in the realm of financial services regulation. And the gulf between the two sides’ positions can be seen as […]

Tulkinghorn: Smile and the world laughs at you

Those ungrateful support staff at CMS Cameron McKenna have reacted with what can only be described as disdain at the prospect of being hived off to outsourcing specialist Integreon. The atmosphere wasn’t helped, Tulkinghorn learns, when these loyal Camerons servants were given the lowdown on the corporate philosophy of the American outsourcer. Apparently, it all […]

Olswang battles Orion over Conan IP dispute

Olswang has been retained by Paradox Entertainment to help it defend its intellectual property ahead of the release of the film Conan. Paradox, which owns the copyrights and trademarks of the Conan the Barbarian stories, originally penned by Robert E Howard, instructed the UK firm to bring an action against Orion Books after it published stories outside […]

Davis Polk, Slaughters and Norton Rose take on £1bn Jupiter IPO

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Norton Rose, and Slaughter and May have landed leading roles on Jupiter Asset Management’s proposed £1bn IPO. The Norton Rose team advising Jupiter on the transaction is being led by corporate finance partners Simon Sackman and Julian Stanier. Fellow corporate finance partners Chris Grieves – one of four London partners made up in […]

Trio of firms close £370m West Midlands schools PFI

Addleshaw Goddard, Trowers & Hamlins and White & Case have helped close a schools PFI project in the West Midlands. The firms acted on the first stage of the £370m ­Wolverhampton City ­Council Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project. The scheme involves modernisation of buildings, ICT and facilities for the 26 schools that educate secondary […]

Mar Gudmundsson

A&O, SJ Berwin and Links lead on Iceland’s debt-reduction bid

Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and SJ Berwin have bagged the key mandates on the Central Bank of Iceland’s (CBI) purchase of e938m (£808.44m) in bonds issued by Dutch company Avens in a bid to reduce the country’s external debt. SJ Berwin structured finance partner Vanessa Therrode, who took over as head of the team last year following the departure of […]

John Conroy

Baker & McKenzie prepares to elect Conroy replacement

Baker & McKenzie is set to have a non-US-based chair when incumbent John Conroy stands down later this year. Conroy, who has sat on the firm’s global executive committee since 1998, is not seeking reelection following two three-year stints at the helm. His replacement will be elected at the firm’s partner conference in October, but […]

Paul Lee

Hastily enforced financial regulation set to spell boom time for US lawyers

Unintended consequences of bill will keep lawyers busy with regulatory work. By Andrew Pugh  While financial institutions in the US are reeling from the deluge of legislation about to hit them, regulatory lawyers could be forgiven for rubbing their hands in anticipation. The wide-ranging reform of financial services first proposed by President Barack Obama […]

Mark Weeks

Proposed rule change set to allow foreign firms greater access to Japanese market

The Japanese Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is set to relax its rules on foreign law firms, allowing them to become corporations and open multiple offices in the country. Lawyers at international firms in Tokyo say the news marks a step in the right direction for the conservative Japanese market, but that further changes are needed […]

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