Corporate

Karanović & Nikolić advises PPF Group on Telenor Banka acquisition

PPF Group, a Czech investment firm, signed a contract with Telenor Group, the Norwegian telecoms giant, on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Telenor Banka, the first online bank in Serbia. The Karanović & Nikolić legal team – led by partner Miloš Jakovljević and associates Sava Drača and Marija Vićić, having previously advised […]

Chicago

White & Case targets US growth by 2020 with Chicago launch

White & Case is making good on its promise to expand in the US, launching its second new office in the country this year. The firm is to open its doors in Chicago hiring Greenberg Traurig private equity partner Gary Silverman and former White & Case white collar associate Carolyn Gurland, who has been working […]

Ogier acts on National Energy Services Reunited Corp’s $1.1bn acquisitions

Ogier has acted as British Virgin Islands counsel to NASDAQ listed National Energy Services Reunited Corp. (NESR) on its acquisition of Gulf Energy SAOC (GES) and National Petroleum Services (NPS). The acquisitions of both GES and NPS closed simultaneously on 6 June 2018 following payment of a purchase price comprising both cash and new equity […]

payment

Freshfields and Weil lead as European payments rivals join forces

Nearly a year after advising on Hellman & Friedman’s takeover of Nets, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has strengthened its relationship with the private equity house by acting on a further deal for its payments portfolio company. The deal sees Nordic payments company Nets agree a tie-up with Concardis Payment Group, a rival provider in the German-speaking […]

City duo lead on £1bn sale of UBS headquarters

Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have led on the sale of UBS’ UK headquarters in the latest billion-pound sale of prime real estate in the City. The magic circle firm advised a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based CK Asset on the £1bn purchase of 5 Broadgate from British Land and GIC. The building was […]

payment

Clifford Chance leads on bumper fintech listing for PayPal rival

Clifford Chance has advised on one of the largest IPOs in Continental Europe this year, tapping into a trend of tech companies pursuing public listings. The magic circle firm won the mandate from Dutch fintech company Adyen, which hosts payment platforms for companies such as eBay, Uber and Netflix. Adyen turned to magic circle partner […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Eversheds Manchester private equity head exits for DLA

Eversheds Sutherland North West private equity head Andy Phillips has exited after a year in the role to join DLA Piper. Phillips, who joined Eversheds to lead the firm’s Manchester corporate practice from early 2017, joined from Pinsent Masons, where he was a partner for a year. Prior to that, he was a senior associate […]

Slaughters bags Disney role as battle for Sky intensifies

Slaughter and May has been called in to advise the Walt Disney Company in its bid for Sky News after MPs said the channel would have to be sold if 21st Century Fox wants to succeed in its bid for Sky. The possible divestiture is the latest development in a long-running and complex battle over […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

DLA swoops for Freshfields infrastructure veteran

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer former global infrastructure and transport group co-head Martin Nelson-Jones has exited the firm to join DLA Piper. These last few months have proven eventful for Freshfields; starting with David Higgins’ high-profile departure to Kirkland & Ellis earlier this year, then a corporate restructure with the retirement of Simon Marchant, and most recently a revamp […]

Pinsents and Mayer Brown lead on £250m travel start-up sale

A raft of firms have acted in the £250m sale of independent leisure business Travel Counsellors to UK buyout firm Vitruvian Partners. Pinsent Masons advised the seller Equistone Partners, with a team led by corporate partners Gregg Davison and Amie Norris, who featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 this year. The firm previously acted for Equistone in October 2014, when it […]

box

Slaughters leads opposite best friend firm on £1.5bn DS Smith deal

Slaughter and May and Iberian firm Pérez-Llorca have advised DS Smith in a deal to take over European packaging business Europac for nearly £1.5bn. DS Smith general counsel and company secretary Iain Simm turned to Slaughters corporate partners Andy Ryde and Filippo de Falco, who led a team on the deal. The lineup also included […]

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