7 August 2006

Sloan strengthens Latham’s Carlyle ties with Avio sale

Private equity star Graeme Sloan has completed his biggest deal to date since joining Latham & Watkins in May. Sloan, who joined Latham from Maclay Murray & Spens, was part of the Latham team advising on the E2.57bn (£1.73bn) sale of aerospace engine-maker Avio to Cinven. The sale is Europe’s largest-ever aerospace deal and Italy’s […]

Law Soc slams government plans for fraud trials

The Law Society and solicitors have hit out at new government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants’ advisers in very high cost fraud trials. The proposal was made in a Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) consultation paper published last week (4 August) on judicial powers to manage conflict of interest and capacity […]

White & Case boosts Frankfurt/London with dual hires

White & Case has raided Linklaters and Weil Gotshal & Manges to boost its London and Frankfurt finance groups. The New York-based firm has hired Weil Gotshal equity partner Tom Schorling in Frankfurt, focusing on acquisition finance especially in the private equity arena with clients such as Texas Pacific and CSFB Private Equity. At the […]

Glaxo scoops King & Spalding partner to head IP

GlaxoSmithKline has hired a new global head of IP, scooping King & Spalding partner Sherry Knowles. Knowles will join as senior vice president and global head of the corporate intellectual property division in September, replacing David Roberts who is retiring. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Knowles spent several years at SmithKline Beecham as a pharmaceutical […]

Lovells’ latest lockstep review rewards junior partners

Lovells has concluded the first stage of its protracted lockstep review after agreeing to increase the number of points available to new equity partners. The partnership council agreed last month to increase entry level points to 30. The council has also agreed to review the points allocated to partners who entered the equity on 24 […]

Hextalls ramps up IP practice with Simkins hire

Hextalls has boosted its IP and tech practice with the hire of corporate partner Peter Brown from Michael Simkins. Brown specializes in non-contentious IP, advising clients on software agreements, branding and image rights licensing. Michael Clinch, head of Hextalls’ IP group, said Brown would also help grow the firm’s sports practice: “The sports practice launched […]

Herbies moves to boost arbitration team in Paris

Herbert Smith is “rebalancing” its arbitration practice by moving partner Michael Young to Paris in a bid to bulk up in the French capital. Young will be permanently based in Herbert Smith’s Paris office from September, where he will continue the international arbitration work he has been doing in London. Young told The Lawyer: “My […]

Paul Weiss swoops for Shearman finance chief

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has poached Shearman & Sterling’s structured finance chief for its New York office. Robert Zochowski joins Paul Weiss as a partner in its finance group. His practice focuses on complex structured finance and securitisation transactions, with a particular focus on assets such as films, patent royalties, and energy. He […]

Julius and Shackleton to replay Charles vs Di with Macca and Heather

Mishcon de Reya and Payne Hicks Beach are set to meet in court after Lady Heather McCartney instructed Mishcon consultant Anthony Julius to represent her in her divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. Sir Paul has picked Payne Hicks Beach partner Fiona Shackleton to fight Lady McCartney’s demands. Shackleton and Julius were previously instructed […]

DLA Piper recruits Motorola’s Asia GC for tech push

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has tempted another in-house lawyers back into private practice with the hire of the Asia Pacific general counsel of Motorola. Jeffery Tan, who was also the president of Motorola Singapore, joins the firm’s Singapore practice as a partner and will manage the corporate technology practice in South East Asia. Desmond […]

Dawsons rebuilds with Linklaters department head

West End firm Dawsons Solicitors has boosted its ranks with eight appointments, including the notable hire of Linklaters‘ real estate asset management head Corinne Vincent. Vincent joins Dawsons as a property partner, focusing on commercial property. She was previously a managing associate at Linklaters. The hires see the West End firm place a troubled period […]

Freshfields sells tourist icon Covent Garden

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw have secured key mandates advising on the £420m sale of central London tourist icon Covent Garden. Freshfields advised long-standing clients Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) and Henderson Global Investors on the sale of the portfolio of 31 properties totally more than 450,000 sq ft focused around […]

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