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Permission in principle – growth, renewal, protect

The biggest shake up of the planning system since 1947 continues apace with the announcement, on 2 August, of government plans to create an automatic green light for development within specifically designated areas of the country.

Setting aside company transactions involving Jersey, Guernsey and BVI companies

Financial pressure can change perspectives on transactions – whether through the lens of an insolvent winding up, in the context of a counterparty or related interested party exploring ways in which they might unravel a transaction, or a new board considering whether a company can extricate itself from contractual arrangements that appear to have been subject to a conflict of interest or which were for an improper purpose.

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Gateleys-HBJ tie-up pays off as PEP jumps by 40 per cent

Average profit per equity partner (PEP) at HBJ Gateley Wareing has rocketed by 40 per cent in the year the firm sealed its Anglo-Scottish merger. Partners are toasting a PEP of £280,000, up by 40 per cent from the £200,000 recorded at the pre-merger Gateleys. Managing partner for England Peter Davies said: “The growth has […]

Out of order

Six years ago Allen & Overy led the magic circle profit league. Since then it has been overtaken by its rivals to such an extent that it sought a merger with Freshfields. Can the firm regain its credibility?? The logic behind Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) merger approach to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (The Lawyer, 31 July) […]

Pinsents boosts Manchester with Halliwells hire

Pinsent Masons has boosted its Manchester office, scooping corporate partner Chris Moss from Halliwells Moss is Pinsent Masons’ second Manchester corporate hire in seven days, following Hammonds’ local head of corporate Stephen Levy’s move last week. Moss specialises in M&A and corporate transactions including management buy-outs and flotations. Moss spent less than one year at […]

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 […]

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