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A&O and Linklaters earn £10.4m from Aviva’s Friends Life deal

There’s no denying it has been a sluggish few years for the public M&A market. Not only has the total volume of deals plummeted, but their value has also slipped on a downward trajectory. Unsurprisingly, the amount of fees shelled out to the legal advisers with a foothold in the market has also dropped.  However, […]

Conyers Dill & Pearman advises on $1bn Valeant Pharmaceuticals bond deal

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda legal advice to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International on its $1bn bond offering of 5.5 per cent senior notes due 2023. The bookrunners are Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, DnB NOR Bank, HSBC, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets. Marcello Ausenda, Kathleen Moniz and Alexandra Macdonald from Conyers’ Bermuda […]


Stephenson Harwood and Lord Pannick to take Tchenguiz litigation to ECHR

Stephenson Harwood has instructed Lord Pannick QC on behalf of Robert Tchenguiz to go before the European Court of Human Rights in the latest stage of a long-running legal battle against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and accountancy firm Grant Thornton. Blackstone Chambers veteran Pannick is set to argue that the businessman’s right to a […]


Ashurst’s finances boosted by Australian merger as cash total doubles

Ashurst doubled its cash reserves from £15.5m to £30.4m in 2013/14, according to its latest LLP accounts filed with Companies House. The firm began the 2013/14 financial year with net debt of £13.9m, and finished the period with net funds of £3.2m, largely due to its increased cash flow. During the last full financial year, […]


Linklaters corporate heavyweight Matthew Elliott quits for Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis has made its second London lateral hire in a month, picking up Linklaters corporate star Matthew Elliott. The move follows Kirkland’s reappointment of former London managing partner Jim Learner (6 January 2015).  Elliott has worked at Linklaters since 1998 when he joined the magic circle firm as a trainee solicitor. He has […]

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