Linklaters advises on Game Group administration

Linklaters has leveraged its longstanding relationship with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to win an appointment as legal adviser to the administrators of Game Group.

City banking partner Bruce Bell and associate Richard Hodgson are advising PwC partner Mike Jervis, the administrator of the troubled video and computer games retailer.

Linklaters advised PwC partners on the administrations of both Enron and Lehman Brothers, with partners Tony Bugg, Richard Holden, Matthew Middleditch and David Ereira acting for Jervis after Lehman collapsed (15 September 2008).

The Lawyer reported last week that Linklaters was in line for the Game job after Bell won a role for the banking syndicate on negotiations with the retailer before it had appointed an administrator (21 March 2012).

Clifford Chance was advising Game, while Macfarlanes snatched a role for one of the touted bidders, OpCapita.

It follows the appointment of Reed Smith as adviser to the KPMG partners acting as administrators to Dublin-based spread-betting operator WorldSpreads (19 March 2012).