Banking and finance

TLT named car finance legal advisor of the year

TLT has been named Legal Advisory Firm of the Year at Credit Strategy’s Car Finance Awards 2018 in recognition of its leading position in the market and the quality of its team. The award also recognises the team’s considerable growth over the last twelve months, as car finance providers increasingly look for advice on the […]


A&O advises as HSBC prepares for ring-fencing reform

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised HSBC in its application to become the third major financial institution to join the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) ring-fencing scheme. The bank – which is thought to list all of the magic circle firms on its panel – had its approval granted on 21 […]

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Paul Hastings ramps up City recruitment with Bakers hire

Building on its sustained London hiring spree in recent weeks, Paul Hastings has brought in Baker McKenzie head of financial services Arun Srivastava to lead the firm’s regulatory, fintech and payments practice in the City. Srivastava began his career as a trainee at Herbert Smith Freehills in 1990 before moving to Bakers in December 1995. […]


Fried Frank London finance head exits for Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has made its first significant lateral partner hire in the City, hiring Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson London finance head Stuart Brinkworth, The Lawyer understands. Brinkworth is set to join the firm to lead the European leveraged finance team. His last day is understood to have been today. Brinkworth is joining the firm […]


Dentons Beijing managing partner exits for Orrick

Dentons former Beijing head Sarah Zeng is leaving the firm after six years to join Orrick, in a move that is set to bolster the latter’s Asia M&A and private equity practice. Before working at Dentons, Zeng was general counsel of Hong Kong-listed Weichai Power, China’s largest engine manufacturer; and vice president and country manager […]

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Slaughters loses out to Freshfields on RBS government share sale

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has taken the lead advising the UK Government in the sale of 925 million Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) shares, as it attempts to raise £2.6bn to reduce national debt. Freshfields global transactions partners Julian Makin and Ashar Qureshi advised the United Kingdom Financial Investments (UKFI), which controls the Treasury’s stake in RBS, and is selling […]


BNP Paribas ends panel review with new adviser lineup

BNP Paribas has finished reviewing its roster of global legal advisers appointing a number of firms to the panel, The Lawyer understands. Firms believed to have made it onto the roster include Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Clifford Chance. Local French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel also retained its place, alongside Herbert […]

The 60 second interview: Blackrock EMEA corporate head on AI

Ahead of her session at the In-house Financial Services conference, BlackRock EMEA head of corporate Baksho Arkan talks to The Lawyer about the role of data analysts within the in-house legal function and the biggest challenges in-house legal teams face when adopting AI. How will AI impact in-house legal teams within the next 5 years […]

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A&O pursues plan to target startups with lead role on fintech deal

Allen & Overy has built on its ongoing strategy of wooing tech start-ups following the launch of tech incubator Fuse, advising online mortgage company Trussle in securing £13.6m in funding from Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments (PSI). The investment comes just three years after the online mortgage broker was formed. M&A partner and fintech specialist Simon Toms […]

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Latham recruits second magic circle partner in a week

Latham & Watkins has hired its second magic circle partner in a week, this time from Clifford Chance’s finance practice in Germany. It brings welcome respite for Linklaters, which lost financial regulation partner Carl Fernandes to Latham’s London office last week, along with finance counsel Antongiulio Scialpi who joined the firm in Madrid. Clifford Chance […]

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