8 November 2010


Ashurst and DLA Piper land massive Coal India listing

Ashurst and DLA Piper have secured roles advising on the international issues surrounding what is believed to be India’s largest-ever IPO. State-owned Coal India went public with 10 per cent of its shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange, raising around $3.4bn (£2.1bn). The move is part of the Indian government’s divestment programme, which has gathered […]

Gide aims to become ‘one of the top firms in Hungary’ with first in a series of hires

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is expanding in Hungary after its global strategic review made Budapest its Central and Eastern Europe hub. The firm has hired Gábor Felsen, co-head of banking at Clifford Chance spinoff firm Lakatos Köves and Partners, to head it’s banking and finance team. He joins the firm as an of counsel. Gide’s Budapest […]

InterLaw and JAC join forces to help LGBTs become judges

The InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks has teamed up with the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) to prime LGBT candidates on improving their chances of selection for a career in the judiciary. The organisations will train those from sexual minorities interested in becoming judges on the selection process, the roles the JAC select for, choosing referees and […]

Peter Cockhill

On the move

Offshore firm Ogier has named Peter Cockhill as managing partner in its Cayman Islands office. Cockhill, who has held the job on an interim basis since June 2010, will replace outgoing head James Bergstrom, who is taking over as managing partner in Hong Kong. Move of the week Cockhill joined Ogier 12 years ago and […]

Jason Lewis

Work Life Quiz: Jason Lewis, Howard Kennedy

What was your first-ever job? Working for European Leisure, a nightclub company that owned such famous venues as the Camden Palace and ­the Hippodrome. What was your first-ever job? Working for European Leisure, a nightclub company that owned such famous venues as the Camden Palace and ­the Hippodrome. What was your worst experience as a […]

Double top

Across many alternative asset classes, high-profile managers, such as Altis Partners, EQT, Nordic Capital and Terra Firma, have chosen to set up shop in the Channel Islands. It has been well-documented that alternative asset managers face an increasingly hostile environment within the UK. As the threat of a double-dip UK recession looms and the effect […]

Tax relief?

Historically, the UK hasn’t made it easy on non-doms. Sophie Dworetzsky explains that the sounds coming from the new coalition Government represent an opportunity to sort out the morass of tax regulations  The UK’s approach towards non-domiciliaries has in recent years been characterised by the duality at the heart of the ­global community’s approach […]

Safe in the knowledge

Offshore practitioners can breathe easy that they will be able to cope with any hazards thrown up by the AIFMD. Ben Robins sheds some light on the issues likely to be facing investor clients  What keeps you awake at night? Professional investors, particularly pension fund ­managers, will have occasion to worry about maximising client returns, […]


Off and on relationships

As evidenced by Ireland, the growing strength of ’offshore’ centres and their firms means they’re closer than ever to their ’onshore’ counterparts. By Paul Govier  The offshore legal market has changed dramatically over the past decade. Prior to 2000 it was virtually unheard of for an offshore law firm to practise the laws of […]


Tulkinghorn: Porn to be filed?

Tulkinghorn has heard some stories in his time, but this one takes the soggy biscuit. Word reached him last week that one particularly fruity City associate has been binned for gross ­misconduct after ­downloading pornography. So far, so stupidly ­normal. But the twist with this chap is that he was downloading the stuff at home […]

Robin Saphra

Colt resolver: Robin Saphra, Colt Technology Services

Robin Saphra, group GC at Colt Technology Services, uses a combination of legal models to boost service levels. By Luke McLeod-Roberts  As some companies are starting to ­tinker with their panels and increasingly engaging legal process outsourcing (LPO) providers, Colt Technology Services general counsel Robin Saphra has gone a step further. The legal chief has […]

Bill Voge

Focus: Latham & Watkins, Hard corp

Latham & Watkins is probably the easiest US firm in London to recruit for,” claims one City-based legal market recruitment consultant. “If you say ’Latham’ when people pick up the phone, if they’re a decent lawyer they’ll at least want to hear about the role. That hasn’t changed in the past year or so.” The timeframe […]

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