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Slaughters and A&O advise in £5bn bank buyout

Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy (A&O) have advised in a £5.3bn asset sale from UK Asset Resolution Limited (UKAR) to a consortium of investors, including bond fund Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco). Slaughters corporate partner Guy O’Keefe and finance partner Oliver Storey instructed UKAR, which was formed by the UK government at the peak of […]

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Osborne Clarke names new digital business boss after Hong Kong exit

Osborne Clarke has appointed litigation partner Ashley Hurst to head the firm’s digital business sector after Adrian Bott left the role to head up the firm’s Hong Kong presence earlier this month. Hurst joined Osborne Clarke in 2016 as a commercial litigation partner after spending 10 years at Olswang. Hurst trained at Hogan Lovells. In contrast […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

White & Case partner exits to Barclays after two-year stint

White & Case regulatory partner James Greig is moving back in-house after just two years at the US firm. Greig joined White & Case in 2016 from BNY Mellon, where he was EMEA regulatory counsel and head of the office of public policy and regulatory affairs. His last stint in private practice was between 2002 […]

Bookshop

Clifford Chance wins first-time mandate from Elliott in Waterstones sale

Clifford Chance has won a first time instruction from Elliott Advisors on its purchase of UK bookshop Waterstones. This is the first time Elliott has completed a private equity deal in Europe, seeking counsel from magic circle partners Chris Sullivan and Spencer Baylin. The deal sees investment group Elliott purchase the bookstore operator for an […]

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Former FBI in-house star set to be next SFO director

The hunt for David Green QC’s replacement as director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has come to an end, with former FBI deputy general counsel Lisa Osofsky set to take charge, The Lawyer understands. Osofsky is currently the EMEA investigations head at governance and compliance organisation Exiger. Green’s tenure came to an end on […]

London

Freshfields and Kirkland face off in first PE deal since Higgins’ exit

Kirkland & Ellis partner David Higgins has made his lineup debut at his new firm, supporting the team on a deal opposite his old shop Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The deal saw Kirkland act for private equity house Pamplona on its sale of European pet food manufacturer Partner in Pet Food (PPF) to Cinven. Kirkland led […]

Adelaide House

BCLP takes 125,000 sq ft office in post-merger City upgrade

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has signed for a new 125,000 sq ft office as one of its first first post-merger moves, announcing that it will take the entirety of the previously vacant Governor’s House. The site, near London’s Cannon Street station, was Prudential’s UK headquarters prior to its demolition and rebuild. BCLP has now […]

energy

Eight firms win EDF panel spots as roster drops 50%

Energy company EDF Energy has completed its panel review, cutting its roster down by nearly 50 per cent to eight firms. Freshly-merged firms Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang are new additions to the panel, The Lawyer can reveal. When the wheels of the review were still in rotation, BCLP […]

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Cleary and W&C clients settle ahead of Peugeot trial kick-off

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and White & Case have exited the high-profile Peugeot case just days before it starts, reaching a settlement with the car manufacturer. Cleary and White & Case represented the primary defendants in the Peugeot S.A. and others v NSK Ltd case, which is featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2018. […]

London

Cadwalader reboots London finance practice with Dentons hire

Dentons partner Sam Hutchinson is leaving the firm for Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, The Lawyer can reveal. Her hire is part of an effort to rebuild Cadwalader’s London finance practice following exits to Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Brown Rudnick earlier this year. Hutchinson is leaving Dentons after over five years in the finance […]

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SRA launches probe into A&O NDAs amid concerns over Weinstein ties

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has opened an investigation into a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) Allen & Overy (A&O)’s for disgraced produced Harvey Weinstein. SRA chief executive Paul Philip appeared in front of the Women and Equalities Committee today (25 April). The SRA’s  “open investigation” into A&O and the length of time between the initial allegations […]

Slaughters makes third-ever lateral partner hire in Hong Kong

Slaughter and May has hired investigations lawyer Wynne Mok in Hong Kong, making her the third partner to join the firm from an external position. Mok joins Slaughters from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, where she has been director of enforcement since 2016. Prior to moving in-house, Mok was a partner in Norton […]

Hong Kong

Eversheds Sutherland Asia TMT head joins K&L Gates

Eversheds Sutherland‘s Asia head of technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) has left the firm’s Hong Kong office for K&L Gates. Nigel Stamp is joining the US firm as a partner after nearly seven years at Eversheds. He previously headed Morrison & Foerster’s China TMT practice, which he joined in 2006 from Clifford Chance. At K&L […]

Latest Briefings

Nigeria’s power sector weathers the bankability storm

By Nicholas Okafor, Adeola Sunmola and Martins Inyang Credit enhancement tools, a programme involving the World Bank Group and foreign exchange reforms are intended to boost Nigeria’s electricity supply industry…

Artificial intelligence in the workplace: Employment law perspective

By Darran Brennan As with any change to workplaces, employment law will follow. Employment lawyers and the Irish legislature need to consider how current employment law in Ireland may need to adapt to harness the full potential of AI for Irish businesses and, also, to protect employees. William Fry will investigate these issues in a series […]

Push Payment Fraud: Update Spring 2018

On 7 November 2017, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) issued a consultation paper in relation to ‘authorised push payments’ [1], which considered how financial institutions deal with push payment fraud, as well as how customers are compensated once a fraud has taken place.  (The paper referred to all ‘payment service providers’, who enable the transfer of […]

The right to be forgotten: What we know now

By Jane Ashford-Thom There are still significant uncertainties as to the scope of the right to be forgotten. One of these uncertainties was whether it applies to historic convictions, particularly where they are deemed ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. The position has been clarified in the widely publicised case of ‘NT1’ and ‘NT2’ […]

Embracing change: a critical element to Guernsey’s success

Guernsey has continued to be an exceptionally successful jurisdiction with a high standard of living, enviable quality of life and buoyant economy throughout the vast majority of the last four decades… …That outward facing posture led to Guernsey introducing a comprehensive regulatory framework for all investment activities and investment funds as far back as 1987, […]

New Serbian law on foreigners adopted

In March 2018, the new Serbian Law on Foreigners was adopted, replacing the 2008 version of this law ­ in force until recently without any amendments. The new law will enter into force on 3 October 2018. While retaining the general concept of the previous law, the new legislation introduces certain novelties in terms of […]

Was 2017 another difficult year for Kazakhstan?

In this article, Shaimerden Chikanayev outlines some of the key legal developments and challenges faced by the Islamic finance market in Kazakhstan in 2017 and provides an overview of some of the major factors that will shape the Islamic finance industry’s growth and trends in Kazakhstan in 2018…

Russia: Federal law sanctions against the US

On 16 April 2018, the Council of the State Duma approved for consideration the draft Federal Law ‘On the Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the USA and (or) other Foreign States’ developed by a group of deputies…

Ontario court upholds choice by Alberta guarantors

By Olivia Lifman In a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court addressed whether or not it could assume jurisdiction over two guarantors in Alberta who had signed guarantees in favour of an Ontario lender company…

Indigenous banking: A new niche

By Kelly Campagnola As First Nations continue to settle outstanding grievances with the federal government, and enter into lucrative revenue sharing agreements, the fast­emerging niche of Indigenous or Aboriginal banking has become an incredibly competitive segment of business for Canadian financial institutions…

British Columbia: Employment Standards Amendment Act 2018

By Jonathan J. Lam On April 12, 2018, Bill 6, Employment Standards Amendment Act 2018 passed third reading in the BC Legislature and will come into force on royal assent. The bill contains amendments to the BC Employment Standards Act (“ESA”), including the introduction of new and extended statutorily­protected leaves of absence. This bulletin will provide […]

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