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DLA Middle East head quits to launch boutique with Carlyle MENA GC

DLA Piper’s Middle East and Kuwait managing partner Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout has resigned to launch his own boutique firm in Kuwait. Al-Yaqout has teamed up with Carlyle Group MENA general counsel Bader El-Jeaan to launch the firm, Meysan Partners. Restructuring and M&A lawyer Al-Yaquout took up the regional managing partner role at DLA Piper in […]

Conyers advises on GFI Software on sale of TeamViewer business segment to Permira

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided BVI law advice to GFI Software on the sale of its TeamViewer business segment to Permira, one of Europe’s largest private equity funds. GFI Software is a portfolio company of Insight Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners, and develops IT solutions for small to mid-sized business with generally up to […]


Kirkland & Ellis entices former London chief Jim Learner back to the City

Kirkland & Ellis has confirmed that its former London chief Jim Learner will return to the firm’s London office on 1 February, three years after his shock defection to US private equity house Huntsman Gay (HGGC). Learner was instrumental in setting up the firm’s London office during his last 12-year stretch in the City. He […]

Cautious optimism among firms as 2015 begins

The crop of half-year results announced towards the end of 2014 were pretty positive. All those firms providing figures reported an increase of at least 3 per cent for the first six months of the current financial year, Osborne Clarke leading the way with a 17 per cent rise. That positivity is reflected in the […]

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