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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.


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 […]

Jon Vivian

Twelve lawyers follow SJ Berwin real estate chief to Irwin Mitchell

SJ Berwin has seen a further 12 lawyers from its real estate team follow former practice leader Jon Vivian to Irwin Mitchell. The 12 associates, along with four support staff, will join the four partners, led by Vivian, who joined Irwin Mitchell in September. The quartet was completed by Jo Footitt, Lewis Myers and Rob […]

CC’s Sweeting elected as new senior partner

Clifford Chance has elected finance partner ­Malcolm Sweeting as its new senior partner. Sweeting, who will take the reins from incumbent Stuart Popham, saw off the challenge of tax partner Jonathan Elman and ­German corporate finance partner Daniela Weber-Rey. Reports had suggested that voting would go to a second round, but a firmwide email from Popham last Thursday morning (4 November) […]

King & Spalding makes up one London partner in eight-strong round

King & Spalding has made up eight partners including London-based tax associate John Taylor. The only other lawyer made up outside the firm’s Houston and Atlanta offices is Dubai and Riyadh-based Islamic finance specialist Leroy Levy. The two Houston promotions are Edward Ripley in the financial restructuring practice and litigator Alissa Rubin. The three promotions […]

Mark Lloyd Williams

Debevoise, Norton Rose secure lead roles on Rockefeller’s Europa stake

Debevoise & Plimpton and Norton Rose have ­landed the plum roles on Rockefeller Group’s acquisition of a 75 per cent stake in Europa Capital. Norton Rose acted for fund manager Europa, with a multidisciplinary team led by corporate finance partner Mark Lloyd Williams advising the longstanding client. The team also ­featured tax partner John Challoner […]

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