TL 8 June 2015

Four Airfinance Journal deals of the year advised by Conyers Dill

Airfinance Journal recognised four transactions in which Conyers Dill & Pearman acted as offshore counsel, as Deals of the Year for 2014. The firm acted as counsel in the following Deals of the Year transactions: Africa Deal of the Year: Ethiopian Airlines – EDC Loan for four Q400s Conyers acted as BVI counsel to Export Development Canada […]

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Star legal writers in the energy sector

This week’s most-read briefings writers from are drawn from the energy sector. The following excerpts cover pirates, North Sea oil and fracking. 20 Essex Street – ‘Trafigura Beheer NV v Navigazione Montanari SpA (MV “Valle Di Cordoba”) -– fuel oil, pirates and strict liability’ John Emerton and Michael Hunter, Addleshaw Goddard – ‘Budget 2015 […]


Positive attitudes: In-House Attitudes report executive summary

Optimism is high say in-house lawyers, with teams growing and management increasingly seeing how the legal function adds value. This is the fourth year The Lawyer has conducted its annual survey of in-house lawyers. The results are presented at the General Counsel Strategy Summit, held in Portugal, each spring. While many trends from last year […]

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Interesting times for in-housers

This week’s issue of The Lawyer is all about the challenges facing in-house lawyers in a continually testing environment. Every year for the past four years we have carried out an extensive survey of in-housers to test their perception of the current market. With more than 500 responses each year from across a wide range of […]

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Firms riding high on 2014/15 figures

Financial reporting season is beginning to hot up, with a string of firms now revealing what 2014/15 was like for them. Financial reporting season is now in full swing. Leading the pack so far is IT boutique Kemp Little, with a stonking 32 per cent revenue growth to £10.6m. Scotland’s Shepherd and Wedderburn follows with […]

Taxis are coming to a summit near you – the Business Leadership Summit

From 15 June the streets of Central London will be graced by a number of Business Leadership-branded taxis aimed at raising the profile of the September event. And here’s a heads-up. You really, really want to look out for these taxis. Not only will they be parked near The Grange St Paul’s for the two […]


Sunny side up: legal work picks up in Cyprus

It’s not been always plain sailing for Cyprus, but economic improvements and an increase in work have left lawyers feeling more positive. Q: The economy has picked up in the first quarter of 2015. How has this translated into legal work? Elias Neocleous, vice-chairman and head of the corporate and commercial department, Andreas Neocleous & Co: […]

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Moves: 8 June 2015

Move of the week Ashurst has appointed London corporate partner James Wood from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was the partner in charge of the firm’s Australian relationships and a key player in the firm’s energy and mining team. Wood trained and qualified in his native Australia before joining Freshfields as an associate in 1996. […]


Hot 100 alumni: Mark Watts, Bristows

IT and data privacy lawyer Mark Watts was appointed to the top management echelons at Bristows in the year he appeared in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list in 2010, alongside corporate partner Iain Redford. They succeeded partners Pat Treacy and Paul Walsh, who stepped down from the joint role of co-managing partners. Five years on, […]


Keeping pace: foreign investors still interested in Nigeria

The Boko Haram insurgency and a change of government haven’t swayed investors’ interest in Nigeria Q: What has been the impact of the recent elections on Nigeria’s business community? Has the new government proposed any legislative change that could have a positive impact for the legal and business market in the country? Chike Obianwu, partner, Templars: Without a […]

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Law needs disruption, not innovation

Firms need to do more than just update their IT systems to beat the competition. All the talk in legal circles of late is of ‘innovation’. Law firms should innovate, create, adapt and develop, we hear. A Sword of Damocles simply dripping with the venom of demanding, increasingly wily clients is hanging over firms every […]

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Crossing the divide: cross-border work and the Finance Team of the Year award

Cross-border work and political tensions are dominating this year’s entries for Finance Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards. A complex sanctions and regulation landscape in Europe underpins many of the finance and banking work throughout the past year, with transactions impacted by international disputes and stringent regulatory requirements. This year, some of the […]

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