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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.


Full of spirit

Allied Domecq general counsel Len Quaranto is no stranger to billion-pound transactions. Husnara Begum talks to the man who’s expecting even more deals in the coming year Since Allied Domecq’s general counsel and company secretary Len Quaranto joined the group in August 2001, the international spirits, wine and fast food restaurant business has been on […]

Freshfields on brink of losing trophy client Royal Bank of Scotland

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has fallen out with and may lose key client Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). In the last few months, the bank has had discussions with other magic circle firms with a view to replacing Freshfields as board level adviser. Two weeks ago the bank also set in motion what senior legal adviser […]

Pillsbury hires Wilson Sonsini’s New York co-founder for East Coast push

Pillsbury Winthrop has widened its recruitment drive to the US East Coast after taking on the co-founding partner of West Coast rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s New York office. Babak ‘Bo’ Yaghmaie is joining the firm’s corporate and securities group where he will specialise in high-tech, life science, investment bank and venture capital clients. […]

DLA rejig sees management board role come up for grabs

A place has become available on the DLA management board following today’s (9 June) announcement that Alastair Da Costa is to give up his position to take over as head of corporate. At DLA it is not possible for a practice head or an office managing partner (OMP) to also hold a seat on the […]

Isle of Man hosts largest ever SEC fraud case

The Isle of Man has taken centre-stage in the largest Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fraud case of its kind in history The directors of AremisSoft, a major US software company that entered chapter 11 in March 2002, are accused of running bogus software deals valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. The case is […]

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