7 April 2008

Herbies and Weil seal £126m Boosey & Hawkes deal

Herbert Smith client Imagem Music has won an auction to acquire classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes from private equity house Hg Capital. Independent music publisher Imagem, which is owned by Dutch pension fund ABP and music publisher CP Masters BV, acquired the business for £126m under advice from Herbert Smith partner Ben Ward. This […]

Why Lovells is like buses…

Why Lovells is like buses…

… You wait ages for a Lovells story then two come at once. (Boom boom). First up, Italian private equity head Andrea Accornero is leaving to join the Milan office of Simmons & Simmons.

Eversheds female promotions dwindle

As the likes of Slaughter and May get a pat on the back for promoting more women than men to their partnerships, female lawyers at Eversheds probably feel they’ve had a kick in the teeth.

Eversheds makes 30 up to partnership

Eversheds_office.jpg” alt=”Eversheds makes 30 up to partnership” />Eversheds has matched last year’s record promotion round making 30 associates up to its partnership. Chief executive David Gray said the promotions reflected the success the firm has had including a serious number of new client wins. “Our success is rooted in the commitment of our people and […]

Closing doors

New York firms Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae executed a near-perfect merger when they joined forces to form Dewey & LeBoeuf last October. Not only did the union occur in record time but, crucially, there was no mass exodus from either side either before or after the deal was sealed. This contrasts […]

FSA ups stakes in Fox Hayes negligence fight

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is seeking permission to appeal a tribunal verdict that overturned an earlier FSA ruling on Leeds firm Fox Hayes. In 2006 the FSA found Fox Hayes guilty of negligence in relation to work it did on financial promotions for unregulated overseas companies and imposed a penalty of £150,000. Last year […]

A&O promotes eight associates to counsel

Allen & Overy (A&O) has promoted eight senior associates to counsel status in London, less than a week after announcing its 2008 partnership promotions. The counsel role was introduced in October 2006 and in the first round last year A&O promoted a total of 17 associates to counsel in London. In a statement outgoing managing […]

Lovells promotions plunge to 18

Lovells has promoted 18 associates to its partnership, a significant drop on last year’s bumper crop of 31. The year before that the firm promoted 18. As with most City firms this year, Lovells has spread its promotions across a wide range of offices, with its London HQ gaining a third of the total. The […]

Lovells loses third private equity chief as Simmons pounces…

Lovells’ Italian private equity head Andrea Accornero will leave the firm at the end of the month to join Simmons & Simmons’ Milan office. Accornero, whose practice focuses on private equity as well as general M&A, will be replaced as private equity head by Italy senior partner Leah Dunlop. Lovells managing partner David Harris (pictured) […]


Dewey & LeBoeuf closes three US offices

Dewey & LeBoeuf is to close three of its US offices in a bid to focus its practice on major capital markets. The firm’s 10-lawyer Jacksonville office will close in December this year, the 22-lawyer Hartford office will close next February and the 16-lawyer Austin office will close in March 2009. Pre-merger the Jacksonville and […]

Slaughters promotes four to partnership

Slaughter and May has elected four new partners in the latest promotions round, with three quarters of the partnerships being handed to women. This is almost a complete turnaround from last year when all five of the new partners were men and follows hot on the heels on Frances Murphy being announced as the firm’s […]

Slaughter and May: ladies, long hours and longevity

Slaughter and May: ladies, long hours and longevity” /> Thursday, April 10th, 2008, 17.35Slaughter and May: ladies, long hours and longevity Last week Slaughter and May broke with tradition by electing a woman as head of corporate for the first time (see story). Today the firm’s gone a step further, making the male of the […]

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