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Thorn brings in MBR&M to prove illegitimacy of UK tax

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F&C Asset Management, one of the five largest asset managers in the UK, has added Scottish firm Shepherd + Wedderburn to its legal roster. The appointment follows the merger last October of F&C (formerly Foreign & Colonial) and Isis Asset Management to form a new company with around £118bn under management. F&C’s legal department, headed by […]

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DLA Piper signs up new Asia project finance head

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raided Hong Kong-based power company China Light & Power (CLP) to boost its Asian project finance practice. John Yeap, CLP’s director of group development, is joining DLA Piper to head up the firm’s project finance group. Yeap, who will be based in DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, has gained […]

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