Sports lawyers were waiting up for the UK football transfer window to close last night as the final touches were made to last-minute deals.
Slaughter and May corporate partner Andrew Jolly and a team at Brabners Chaffe Street led by sports partner Matthew Bennett were among the advisers busy closing transfer deals as the 11pm deadline approached.
Jolly, an Everton fan, who advises Arsenal Football Club on all its player transfer contracts, acted as legal adviser for the north London club on the last-minute arrivals of Mikel Arteta from Everton, Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen and André Santos from Fenerbahçe.
Earlier in the window, Jolly advised the club on the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton and Park Chu-Young from Monaco and the transfers of Cesc Fàbregas to Barcelona (16 August 2011) and Gaël Clichy and Samir Nasri to Manchester City (23 August 2011).
Brabners partner Bennett was one of a four-person team staying up on standby until the window closed in case longstanding client Manchester United made any last-second purchases.
The Manchester firm advised the club earlier in the summer on the signings of Ashley Young from Aston Villa and goalkeeper David de Gea from Atlético Madrid.
Bennett said: “This has been the busiest summer transfer window the sports team has experienced to date with us working on over 50 transactions for numerous clubs, players and agents.”
Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Graham Shear, who advised Atlético Madrid on financing related to the £35m sale of striker Sergio Agüero to Manchester City earlier in the summer, advised Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch on his transfer to Stoke City
He also acted for Deportivo Maldonado on the transfer of Marcelo Estigarribia to Juventus and Brian Montenegro to West Ham United.
Manchester United on transfers of Ashley Young from Aston Villa, Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers and David de Gea from Atlético Madrid
Manchester United on transfer of Wes Brown and John O’Shea to Sunderland and Gabriel Obertan to Newcastle United
Manchester United on contract extensions for Ji-Sung Park and Antonio Valencia
Newcastle United on transfer of winger Sylvan Marveaux from Rennes
Liverpool on transfer of Sebastián Coates from Nacional
Arsenal on work permit appeals for André Santos and Ryo Miyaichi
Blackburn Rovers on transfer of David Goodwillie from Dundee United, Radosav Petrović from Partizan Belgrade, Scott Dann from Birmingham City and Yakubu from Everton
Everton transfer of Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid and Denis Stracqualursi from Tigre on season long loans
Rangers on transfer of Carlos Bocanegra from Fulham and Dorin Goian from Palermo
Rangers on obtaining work permits for Alejandro Bedoya and Matt McKay
Leicester City on signing of David Nugent, previously at Portsmouth, and transfer of Gelson Fernandes from St Etienne on loan
On an international level, Brabners also advised on Roque Santa Cruz’s season long loan at Spanish club Real Betis from his current club, Manchester City
George Davies, another Manchester firm, advised David Goodwillie on his transfer from Dundee United to Blackburn Rovers.
George Davies advised:
David Goodwillie on his transfer from Dundee United to Blackburn Rovers
Matt Gilks and Mark Halstead on re-signings at Blackpool
John Flanagan on his contract at Liverpool
Slaughter and May advised:
Arsenal on transfer of Cesc Fàbregas to Barcelona and Samir Nasri to Manchester City, André Santos from Fenerbahçe, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton, Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen, Park Chu-Young from Monaco, Mikel Arteta from Everton
Berwin Leighton Paisner advised:
Deportivo Maldonado on transfer of Marcelo Estigarribia to Juventus and Brian Montenegro to West Ham United
Peter Crouch on transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Stoke City