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BVI firm Forbes Hare secures licence for Singapore launch

British Virgin Island (BVI)-headquartered Forbes Hare is launching a Singapore office after gaining a licence to practise as a foreign law practice in the city-state. Forbes Hare becomes the latest in a string of offshore firms to open in Singapore, seeking to work with Asian clients using BVI and Cayman Island structures. The office will […]

Thailand’s Tilleke & Gibbins bulks up ahead of AEC

As the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) looms nearer, firms in Southeast East Asia have been positioning themselves to take advantage of the opportunities the unified market will bring. While the likes of Malaysia’s Zicolaw and Cambodia’s DFDL have long viewed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a single economic block, last […]

Freshfields and Mayer Brown book lead roles as Center Parcs opts for sale over IPO

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Mayer Brown have taken the lead on the sale of holiday company Center Parcs to Canadian property group Brookfield for around £2.5bn. Freshfields advised the company’s former owners Blackstone on the sale and acted for Center Parcs on a recent £490m refinancing. Meanwhile Mayer Brown represented Brookfield on the deal, with […]


​Ham Yard, Soho

I have lived in London for more years than I care to remember, but I have never before been to Ham Yard, slap, tickle and bang in the middle of Soho. Not only that, but until there was an hotel there, I didn’t even know it existed. Ham Yard was placed firmly on the Soho […]


Weightmans set to enter Leeds with Ford & Warren bolt-on

Weightmans is set to expand into Leeds after announcing formal merger negotiations with local firm Ford & Warren, bringing turnover close to the £100m mark. The merger means that Weightmans will add an office in Leeds to its current list of eight UK locations, after the deal is completed in July. The firm will continue […]

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