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Freshfields and Skadden advise on Ball Corporation’s £4.3bn bid for UK rival Rexam

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have won roles advising on the proposed merger of the world’s two largest drinks can manufacturers.  The deal would see US-based Ball Corporation acquire its British rival Rexam for £4.3bn. The transaction is expected to raise significant antitrust issues, and the offer features notable break […]

Is Peerpoint the key for A&O’s future global growth?

One version of a lawyer’s future rolled more clearly into view today with this week’s cover story about Richard Punt’s plans for Allen & Overy’s (A&O) flexible resources offering Peerpoint. The UK contract lawyers market has shifted up a gear recently – if you don’t believe us check out the growth statistics in today’s feature […]

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The Offshore Top 30 2015: The rankings

The big five remain and Jersey still dominates, but the arrival of Viberts makes waves in BVI. 1. Maples and Calder Managing partner: Henry Smith Legal Staff: 727 Fee earners: 321 Qualified lawyers: 257 Partners/directors: 92 Equity partners: Not disclosed  Female partners: 18 Female equity partners: ND Fiduciary Staff: 375 Fee earners/professional staff: 283 2014 in […]

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Top 10 stories: 6-12 February 2015

The move towards alternative business models was the key theme in last week’s top 10 stories, with flexible working and cutting costs at the top of the agenda. Our top story of the week was the news that BLM is offering all its London-based staff flexible working contracts as it moves into a new, smaller […]

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The Offshore Top 30: A healthy wave of optimism

Offshore firms are thriving despite sustained media and political attacks on their domiciles’ reputation. Meanwhile, Asia’s significance is rising. It has been a turbulent few months for the offshore world. With Labour leader Ed Miliband promising to force the Crown Dependencies to produce a public register of offshore company owners should he come to power after […]

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