Penningtons Manches Cooper records modest growth in pre-merger year

Penningtons Manches Cooper’s revenue has risen to nearly £80m while profits have taken a hit, in the firm’s second year as a member of the UK top 50. Over 2018/19, the firm saw slower growth compared to its previous two financial years, when both revenue and profit saw double-digit growth. Revenue rose 4.5 per cent, […]

Magic circle and US firms lead on Hasbro £4bn entertainment deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Mayer Brown have advised on US toy maker Hasbro’s £3.3bn ($4bn) acquisition of UK-listed Entertainment One. Canadian media and entertainment company Entertainment One, or eOne, is the owner of film and television titles such as children’s cartoons Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, through its family division. Through its […]

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Firms set to lose out as Alibaba postpones its HK capital-raising

The delay in China’s biggest e-commerce company public listing in Hong Kong could see the longstanding advisers for Alibaba lose out on fees for a £16m capital-raising. The Alibaba Group announced early in the week that it would delay its IPO process in Hong Kong due to the protests that have swept the Asian corporate […]

Covington begins search for new London HQ as lease end nears

Covington & Burling is on the hunt for new office space in London as its lease edges closer to an end, The Lawyer understands. According to sources in the market, the US firm has kicked off the search ahead of its lease end in 2021. While no shortlist of potential locations is currently available, the […]

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A&O, Linklaters and Weil in line for £12m payout on Cobham’s sale to US PE group

Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Weil Gotshal & Manges are set to scoop nearly £12m for their work on the £4bn takeover of Cobham, one of Britain’s biggest defence and aerospace companies, if the controversial deal goes ahead. US private equity company Advent International offered to buy Cobham, known for its air-to-air refueling technology, at the end […]

Reed Smith finally fills its innovation hole

Reed Smith has found a new innovation manager after a four-month-long recruitment effort that followed the departure of its previous chief to artificial intelligence provider RAVN. At the end of September, the firm’s London office will bring in academic Adam Curphey, who was head of development and innovation technology at BPP Law School and previously […]

Fantasy football start-up replaces CMS with Scots firm for $120m dispute

Scottish law firm Harper Macleod has been drafted by the founders of a technology start-up in a $120m claim against its new owners after CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang was forced off the case. The dispute is brought in the Scottish courts by four founders of FanDuel, a daily fantasy sports business. Nigel Eccles, Lesley […]


Kirkland’s former London head James Learner to retire

The former head of Kirkland & Ellis’s London office is due to retire at the end of 2018. James Learner has been at the US firm since 1987, starting out in Chicago, and in London since 2000. Besides being a corporate private equity partner, he also served on Kirkland’s 15-member global management committee. He left […]

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Latham exits continue as energy partner joins Morgan Lewis

Latham & Watkins partner Ayesha Waheed has left the firm after over a decade to join Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ London office. Waheed joined Latham in 2008 from Clifford Chance, where she had spent three years as a foreign lawyer in the banking and finance department of its Frankfurt office. She focused on project finance, […]


A&O to lose fraud head to Milbank’s expanding City office

Milbank has made its second hire from Allen & Overy in 2019, recruiting the firm’s head of fraud to lead a new group in its City office. Mona Vaswani, who was also the firm’s former co-head of firm’s UK banking, finance and regulatory litigation practice, will join Milbank after spending 26 years at the magic […]

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Shearman City partner makes transatlantic move to Quinn

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has expanded its international arbitration team with the hire of a partner from Shearman & Sterling’s London office. Mark McNeill will be joining Quinn as a partner in its New York office. He has been at Shearman & Sterling for 12 years, initially in its Paris office and later moving […]

Goodwin builds on tech surge with new Orrick hire

Two months since it lured four partners from Taylor Wessing’s life sciences and technology team, Goodwin’s London office has secured another hire to the group from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ali Ramadan, who will join the US firm’s office today, has advises on venture capital, cross-border M&A and private equity transactions for technology businesses. His clients […]

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Paul Hastings snatches Shearman team in São Paulo

Paul Hastings has hired two partners in its São Paulo office from rival US firm Shearman & Sterling. Corporate partner Jonathan Kellner and capital markets partner David Flechner will be joining Paul Hastings along with several members of their team, which will include of counsel Andrea Campos and associates Thomas Ayres, Diana Balassiano, Filipe Lima. […]

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Improve Review Outcomes with Predictive Coding on Everlaw

Description Do looming deadlines and a huge document corpus make review seem daunting? Curious about predictive coding but not sure how to set up a model? Learn how to leverage predictive coding on the Everlaw platform to make the review process more efficient and accurate. In this webinar, Kevin Kraft and Jennifer Roberts will address […]

How offshore law is supporting the growth of new industries in Asia

By Geoffrey Tang What sectors in the region are you seeing experiencing a boom at the moment? As the number of listed companies from more established sectors increases, a number of jurisdictions in Asia have been expanding their listing regimes to facilitate the listing of companies from emerging and innovative sectors. Examples of this include […]

The right of privilege against self-incrimination: Volaw v Comptroller of Taxes

By Damian Evans A recent Privy Council decision relating to long-running Jersey proceedings (Volaw –v- Comptroller of Taxes [2019] UKPC 29) provides clarification on the extent to which a party to an action may resist disclosure notices from authorities by utilising the right of privilege against self-incrimination. What was the background to this judgment and what […]

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Public consultations on the draft of the New Serbian state aid law in the final phase

On 19th August 2019, the Commission for State Aid Control of the Republic of Serbia (“CSAC”), assisted by the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED), organized the third round of public discussions concerning the draft of the new State Aid Law (the “Law”) in Serbia. The preparation of the draft Law came as a result of various factors. First […]

Immigration implications of corporate acquisitions, restructurings and changes

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Results of summary dismissal in Pwc claim against perpetual over Sequoia transaction

By Lorne Rollheiser, Jay Lalach, Adriana Da Silva Bellini On August 15, 2019 Justice D. Blair Nixon gave oral reasons in response to an application for summary dismissal of the claim by PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. (“PwC”), the bankruptcy trustee for Sequoia Resources Corp. (“Sequoia”), against Perpetual Energy Inc. and its CEO, Susan Riddell Rose.  You can find our prior […]

Taking stock of the insurance market challenges which evs present

By Samantha Holland The growing popularity of electric vehicles, as well as the ongoing challenges around building the charging infrastructure necessary to make their widespread rollout possible, is challenging a range of sectors and services to show the model is a suitable fit for the future – and the insurance industry is no exception. James Roberts, […]

Public law case update – August 2019

By John P Cooper, Ravi Randhawa, Kieran Laird Written by Gowling WLG’s team of public law and regulation experts, our case update offers a straightforward and concise overview of six recent important cases in public law and regulation and the key points which can be taken from them. In this edition, our experts examine the following cases: 1. […]

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By Richard Naish The food and drink industry has always been a hot-bed of innovation and 2019 is proving to be no different. Two areas which are currently evolving very quickly are the search for plastic-free packaging and the growing trend to eat less meat. The answer to both could lie with plant-based alternatives. Plant-Based […]

New Regulation on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft: Part A – Its relationship with national laws

By Marilia Frias, Tiago Sergio Cabral National Laws and Implementing Regulation 2019/947/EU Recently new rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft were approved by the Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/947/EU of 24 May 2019 (hereinafter “Drone Regulation”). The original legal basis for the Drone Regulation is Regulation 2018/1139/EU of the European Parliament and of […]

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