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Clifford Chance and Slaughters win roles on Informa’s £1.2bn purchase

Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May are both cashing in on longstanding ties to PLC clients with Informa’s proposed acquisition of Ascential. Clifford Chance is leading for FTSE 100 company Informa, a UK heritage events business, on its acquisition of PLC rival Ascential – the operator of Cannes Lions and Money20/20. The deal is valued […]

“We don’t need red wine from Chile”: Gowling WLG pushes sustainable events

Gowling WLG has introduced a “sustainable events challenge” aimed at reducing the environmental and social impact of its get-togethers. The challenge encourages hosts of both internal and client-facing events to adopt at least five sustainable practices from a checklist spanning food and drink, waste and resources, suppliers, inclusivity, travel, and engagement. Suggestions include opting for […]

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Paul Weiss hires Akin partner for long-sought restructuring strength

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has recruited its first restructuring partner in London, hiring from Akin’s City office. Liz Osborne joins Paul Weiss’ burgeoning ranks as a partner and head of the European restructuring group. She has been at Akin since 2014 when she moved over as part of the Bingham McCutchen team. Prior […]

BDB Pitmans drops merger hunt for CMS-type network

BDB Pitmans partners have voted through proposals that will see the firm transition to a CMS-style network model, having called off merger talks with Womble Bond Dickinson in 2023. The firm has signed a letter of intent with Alvarez & Marsal Legal Services (AMLS) to help internationalise the business. Both BDB Pitmans and AMLS issued […]

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