6 June 2005

Barclays panel: the full results

Barclays has announced that it has completed a six-month review of its coveted legal panel. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com earlier today (10 June) Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won a place on the banking giant’s general advisory panel. The magic circle firm joins Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Linklaters, […]

Freshfields storms Barclays panel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has landed a place on Barclays’ general advisory panel after the conclusion of the banking giant’s review of external legal advisers. The appointment is a coup for Freshfields as it narrowly missed out on winning a place on the coveted panel when it was last reviewed in summer 2003. The magic circle […]

Linklaters boosts PEP further to leave Freshfields floundering

Linklaters’ financial performance has outstripped that of its magic circle competitor Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with the firm reporting even better financial results than previously expected. A review of Linklaters’ final figures for the 2004/05 financial year has shown that average profits per equity partner (PEP) have risen by a staggering 25 per cent to reach […]

Arsenal fan Boardman advises Spurs on Arnesen

Arsenal fan and Slaughter and May corporate partner Nigel Boardman is advising the football club’s bitter rival, Tottenham Hotspur, on Chelsea’s allegedly illegal approach for Spurs sporting director Frank Arnesen. Arsenal season ticket-holder Boardman is also advising Arsenal on the Ashley Cole ‘tapping up’ case. “I’ve never been a great one for hate in football. […]

Herbies and Slaughters land Britannic deal

Three firms have landed advisory roles on the £2bn merger of listed insurer Britannic and its private rival Resolution Life. Herbert Smith and Slaughter and May are acting for Britannic and Resolution Life respectively. Meanwhile, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by partner Harvey Nugent, is acting for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, which are acting as joint […]

Hammonds overhauls strategy

Hammonds has launched a review of its business strategy as part of its ongoing shake-up of the firm. The review is being led by partnership board member and tax partner Bernhard Gilbey, and follows the launch of the firm’s partnership board in January this year as well as last summer’s election of Peter Crossley as […]

Mourant boosts Caymans team

Mourant du Feu & Jeune is boosting its strength in the Cayman Islands with the hire of a new partner to head its funds team in the region. Roisin Cater, previously a senior associate at offshore rival Ogier & Boxalls, joins Mourant to reinforce the firm’s focus on international financial business. Since coming to the […]

Recent recruit Thomas to lead Hunton London

US law firm Hunton & Williams has appointed AIM specialist Martin Thomas as managing partner of the firm’s London office. He replaces Drew Murphy, who has returned to the United States where he will continue to head the firm’s energy and project finance practice. Thomas joined Hunton & Williams in September last year from Hammonds […]

Shearman appoints Weerasinghe as senior partner

Capital markets rainmaker Rohan Weerasinghe has been confirmed as Shearman & Sterling’s new senior partner following a firm-wide vote. The New-York based partner was elected today (8 June) to succeed former senior partner David Heleniak, who quit the firm last month to join Morgan Stanley. As exclusively revealed on www.thelawyer.com (31 May), Weerasinghe was announced […]

Paul Hastings lands HK private equity team

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has inherited a private equity team from Perkins Coie’s defunct Hong Kong office. Partner Maurice Hoo and associates Michael Hosokawa and Lung-Chi Lee have joined Paul Hastings’ Hong Kong office but will be covering Asia with a focus on Greater China. Hoo has over 15 years of experience in cross-border […]

Linklaters swoops for fifth Japanese partner in three months

Linklaters has boosted its Japanese practice with the hire of a fifth partner in the firm’s Tokyo office in just three months. The magic circle firm has hired tax and corporate specialist Hidehiro Utsumi from Japanese firm Nishimura & Partners. Before qualifying in both Japan and New York Utsumi was a chartered accountant. In April […]

Three more universities sign up to LNAT

Three more universities are set to use the new National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) as the test becomes mandatory for potential undergraduate law students at 11 UK institutions. Glasgow, King’s College London and Manchester Metropolitan Universities are all planning on using the LNAT in next year’s admissions cycle for undergraduates. Last year the LNAT […]

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