Corporate

Kirkland corporate partner exits for HSF

Herbert Smith Freehills has restated its ambitions to grow its private equity team in the City, by hiring a partner from Kirkland & Ellis’ City team. David D’Souza joins Herbert Smith as its second corporate hire in just over a month. He has been a partner at Kirkland & Ellis since July 2018, having spent […]

The no-code approach for the legal industry

Should lawyers learn to code? Learning to code has become a big thing for lawyers. For this, we can thank the explosion of interest in legal tech over the past four or five years. Quite rightly, legal educators and regulatory bodies have realised that technology is changing the practise of law and that people entering […]

Hong Kong

Orrick Hong Kong chief joins K&L Gates as office closes

Five funds and corporate lawyers have joined K&L Gates’ Hong Kong office as Orrick’s Hong Kong base shuts its doors. The team moving to K&L Gates is led by Orrick Hong Kong funds partners Sook Young Yeu and Scott Peterman. Of counsel William Ho has also joined K&L Gates as a partner, along with two […]

Gold

The deals that closed last week: Italian private equity and Russian gold

This week saw private equity house BC Partners make a nearly €3bn investment in Italian machinery business IMA, with firms including Kirkland & Ellis, NCTM and White & Case all bagging roles. IMA’s largest shareholder is Società Finanziaria Macchine Automatiche, which will be selling a 20 per cent shareholding to BC Partners. At a later […]

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Latham goes in-house for latest infrastructure hire

Building on previous hires in the infrastructure space, Latham & Watkins has added a new partner from Omers’ in-house team. The US firm has hired John Guccione from Omers Infrastructure, where he was a managing director in the legal team. He joined in 2010 when the business was still called Borealis. Prior to that he […]

drugs

The deals that closed last week: Covid-19 vaccines and restaurant sales

Following the UK Government’s investment in the front-runner coronavirus vaccine from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, it has announced a new £100m cash boost to develop the infrastructure for a Covid-19 vaccine. Clifford Chance, Eversheds Sutherland and Travers Smith banded together on the Government’s investment in the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, to accelerate […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Morgan Lewis dealmaker Georgia Quenby

Name: Georgia Quenby Firm: Morgan Lewis & Bockius Role: Partner Trained at: Herbert Smith Year qualified: 1995 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Great question: it was working on the sale of a troubled business which needed to be completed by the start of London Metals Week. […]

Paul Hastings lawyer joins Kirkland after Hogan Lovells defections

Kirkland & Ellis has brought a Paul Hastings lawyer into its London ranks, after the private equity team he was a part of returned to Hogan Lovells after a year. The US firm has taken on senior associate Tarsis Goncalves, who will become a partner in its investment funds team. Goncalves had joined Paul Hastings […]

Bingo

The deals that closed last week: Bingo, Simon Cowell and law firm office moves

Last week saw a restructuring in the leisure industry, as opposed to retail, with Macfarlanes on call for Buzz Bingo. The UK’s biggest omni-channel bingo business, Buzz agreed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), with Eversheds Sutherland advising on the real estate side. Buzz is owned by FTSE 250 investment company Caledonia Investments, which instructed Taylor […]

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Eversheds nabs latest restructuring mandate on Fleetway Travel collapse

Travel operator Fleetway has called in PwC as it fell into administration yesterday, with Eversheds Sutherland appointed to assist the Big Four giant. The company’s collapse was brought on by cash flow pressures amid Covid-19, a scenario many travel companies are also facing as fewer holidaymakers book overseas trips. Fleetway, which employs around 62 employees, […]

Uber Eats

The deals that closed last week: Takeaways, loans and the first AIM listing since lockdown

Osborne Clarke and Fox Williams acted on the first AIM IPO since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, as challenger consultancy Elixirr International announced its listing and placing. Penningtons Manches Cooper also advised on the company’s pre-IPO reorganisation. Following admission, Elixirr will have a market capitalisation of £98m. The placing, which was over-subscribed, raised gross […]