9 June 2003

Ashursts backs winner in Europe's largest ever buy-out

In a boost for Ashurst Morris Crisp’s finance practice after the collapse of merger talks with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, the UK firm has scooped the banking mandate for the winning consortium in the Italian yellow pages auction.Clifford Chance was among the advisers brought in for lenders supporting three other bids, but it […]

Fathers invade High Court

Hundreds of angry fathers dressed in black and brandishing purple flags have staged a demonstration at the High Court in London, as part of a special Fathers Day protest against their treatment at the hands of Family Division judges. Between 60 and 70 men are said to have made it past security guards to occupy […]

Worldcom general counsel resigns

Worldcom general counsel Michael Salsbury has resigned together with treasurer Susan Mayer, a day after reports revealed further details of the accounting scandals that have bankrupted the telecoms company. The reports, which were compiled for the bankruptcy court and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), excused the legal chief of any financial wrongdoing but […]

BLP grows private equity with Osborne Clarke hire

Osborne Clarke has suffered another blow in London with the loss of private equity partner Geraint Lloyd to Berwin Leighton Paisner.Lloyd counts among his clients the Close Brothers Group, for whom he works across several divisions on private equity-backed M&A transactions, development and venture capital and real estate funds, and Matrix Securities.Commenting on the recruitment, […]

Judges to be used as witnesses in Judge Blackie trial

Fergie Blackie, the retired judge arrested in Zimbabwe last year for allegedly attempting to ‘defeat the course of justice’, is facing trial at the end of this month. Judge Blackie’s trial is set for 30 June in the Harare Magistrates’ Court. The state is likely to call three other judges as witnesses. The UN has […]

Salaries fall for law firm chief execs in London and South East

The average salary for chief executives in law firms of over 50 partners has fallen this year from £192,000 to £188,000 in London and the South East, but has risen from £127,000 to £138,000 in the rest of the country. A survey carried out by recruiters Carter Murray also found that the highest salary package […]

Rouse & Co buys patent agents and plans Munich launch

Intellectual property consultancy Rouse & Co International has acquired White & Associates, a firm of patent agents based in Yorkshire, and has announced plans to open an office in Munich this year.Patent agent Nick White, the former owner of White & Associates, remains a director of Rouse Patents, the new name for his company, which […]

Hodgart parts with Hildebrandt

Strategy consultant Alan Hodgart is leaving Hildebrandt International to set up his own business.Hodgart, a well-known commentator in the legal sector, merged his business Hodgart Temporal with US-based Hildebrandt three years ago. He leaves Hildebrandt at the end of this month.

Curtis Mallet-Prevost & Gilioli in threeway Milan merger

New York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle’s associated firm in Milan has merged with two Italian law firms and launched a new Milan office. Curtis Mallet-Prevost & Gilioli has teamed up with Alemani & Bocchiola and Tamburini & Associati.Milan and New York Partner Eric Gilioli commented: “We are extremely pleased with our success at […]

Irwin Mitchell loses IP head to Pinsents

Irwin Mitchell has lost its national head of intellectual property to Pinsent Curtis Biddle. James Love, one of Yorkshire’s most highly rated litigators, will replace Pinsents’ former IP head Stephen Chandler, who recently moved to a role with one of the firm’s clients. Love will be based at Pinsents’ office in Leeds, as Chandler was […]

Paul Hastings grows Tokyo with Goldman Sachs hire

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has bolstered its Tokyo real estate finance practice with the appointment of Naosuke Fujita, the managing director of Goldman Sachs’ legal department in Japan. Paul Hastings hopes that Fujita’s move to its joint venture firm Taiyo Law Office as a partner will strengthen relations with the US investment bank. “I […]

Judges to be used as witnesses in Judge Blackie trial

Fergie Blackie, the retired judge arrested in Zimbabwe last year for allegedly attempting to ‘defeat the course of justice’, is facing trial at the end of this month. Judge Blackie’s trial is set for 30 June in the Harare Magistrates’ Court. The state is likely to call three other judges as witnesses. The UN has […]

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