7 August 2000

Tony Wollenberg

The cool attitude of Rakisons co-founder and senior partner Tony Wollenberg makes him the perfect man to see the firm through its US merger with Steptoe & Johnson. Julia Cahill meets the gambling man


Demand for lawyers is increasing across the central and eastern European region as the economies continue to develop, resulting in a growing need for international legal services. This is particularly the case in Poland. For example, Linklaters & Alliance has recently expanded its office in Warsaw, Norton Rose is opening in Warsaw and the Freshfields/Bruckhaus […]

Baker McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie acted for CA IB and Lehman Brothers on a $509m (£340m) international offering made by Polish oil company Nafta Polska for a 25 per cent stake in Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN (PKN ORLEN). The offering was the second stage in the privatisation of Polish refining and petrochemicals company PKN ORLEN. Securities partner […]

Taylor Joynson

Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for internet company On Board Info on securing $3m (£2m) of second round funding. The capital was raised through a syndicate led by Interregnum and included first round investors NatWest IT Fund, Cambridge Research and Innovation. Corporate lawyers Simon Walker and John Scott acted on the deal with a team of […]

It’s been a bad week for

Those Law Society members who back the Daily Mail’s drug stance, after the Law Society opted for a new chief executive in the form of drugs reformer Janey Par-askeva. According to the outraged newspaper, Paraskeva “believes that cannabis is taken by youngsters in the way the older generation might enjoy a gin and tonic”. It […]

Welcoming the new recruits

The sale of legal recruiter QD to TMP Worldwide and an increasingly candidate-led legal market may change the face of legal recruitment forever. Fenella Quinn reports. The recent multi-million pound submersion of legal recruitment giant QD into US advertising monolith TMP Worldwide has sent ripples of concern throughout the industry. With TMP’s $7.5bn (£5bn) market […]

Scuffle of the week

UK v Europe. The UK government has been ordered to allow consenting groups of gay men to engage in sex privately in another landmark ruling from seven judges at the Strasbourg court. The government was forced to pay £20,929 in compensation to a gay man who was charged with the offence. The judges ruled that […]

The source of the public’s interest

“Go on, make my day. Name the source and it will be my pleasure to sack them.” Fighting talk from Tony Blair before the most recent spring of leaks involving his own correspondence. But such talk inevitably begs the question, why has the Government not taken action? Why has it not moved to force The […]

Case of the week

McDonald’s v Customers. The fast food giant will face the wrath of 20 UK customers who claim to have been burned by its tea or coffee in a case that is similar to the actions brought against the burger chain across the Atlantic. Manchester High Court is due to hear allegations that McDonald’s knowingly served […]

Who’s getting the rewards?

I had a good laugh when I got home and read the 24 July edition of The Lawyer. What I laughed about most was the reported Denton Wilde Sapte pay bonus scheme for assistants (no doubt it is not very different from those of most of the other City firms). Assuming a low average charge-out […]

A good City salary has an added bonus

A commonplace occ-urrence in the City for many years, it has been a long time coming to law firms. Now bonuses have seriously entered our operation, if not yet our culture. Where will it all end? Bonuses for employees in big City institutions frequently see salary levels as only the start in terms of measuring […]

Norton Rose

Norton Rose advised Collins Stewart in its capacity as nominated adviser and broker to Buyers Guide on its flotation on the Alternative Investment Market. The placing will raise £5m while the offer price values the company at £25m. Corporate finance partner Richard Sheen led a team of two on the deal while Buyers Guide was […]

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