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Mukhtar Ablyazov

Battle lines

The ongoing battle between Kazakhstan-bank JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov could find its way to the Supreme Court after Ablyazov’s lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard said yesterday they would fight the court’s decision to debar him from the case. This has been a long and bitterly fought case and the substantive hearing […]

Bingham joins local trio on Spanish constructor’s €200m debt refinancing

Bingham McCutchen has joined Spanish firms Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and Uría Menéndez in advising on building manufacturer Uralita’s debt refinancing. The financing includes a syndicated credit agreement and a number of bilateral debt instruments made between Uralita and its subsidiaries and several financial institutions, valued at a total of €200m (£161m). The […]

Chris Grierson

Ex-Hogan Lovells partner struck off for £1.27m fraud

Former Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Grierson has been struck off the solicitors’ roll, after pleading guilty earlier this year to defrauding the firm of £1.27m. Grierson was struck off by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) yesterday (31 October) and ordered to pay costs of £14,000. He did not attend the hearing. In May he was […]

Clarke Willmott transforms IT with £2m investment

National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has embarked on a major IT investment, using IT specialist Tikit to upgrade its back-office hardware and desktops across its six offices around the country. Clarke Willmott has just begun transferring the Bristol office onto an upgraded platform running the latest software on brand-new servers; its five other offices […]

CMS, Eversheds and Osborne Clarke win spots on slimmed down Lloyds panel

Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna, Eversheds, Osborne Clarke and Stephenson Harwood have been appointed to Lloyds Banking Group’s own-account legal panels following a review. The firms are understood to have been among those awarded places on the slimmed-down roster, a revamp of which was finalised this week. Lloyds has appointed firms to roughly […]

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