Corporate

City

Latham targets A&O for second infrastructure hire this week

Another magic circle partner is to join Latham & Watkins in London, as it sets its sights on winning work in the infrastructure M&A market. Allen & Overy partner Conrad Andersen, who was promoted in 2008, is to join Clifford Chance partner Brendan Moylan at the US firm. The latter’s move was revealed yesterday. While […]

Exit sign

Latham hires Clifford Chance PE partner in infrastructure push

Clifford Chance’s infrastructure M&A head Brendan Moylan is leaving the firm for Latham & Watkins in a move that reunites him with his former magic circle colleagues. Latham aggressively hired from Clifford Chance’s private equity practice in 2013/14 when it took on David Walker, Kem Ihenacho and Tom Evans. The US firm was said to have been […]

Homebase hands first-time mandate to Kirkland on restructuring bid

Kirkland & Ellis has won a first-time mandate from struggling DIY chain Homebase, which earlier today confirmed it was planning a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). Homebase is the latest retailer to announce such a move and follows in the wake of similar CVAs entered into by New Look, Prezzo and Mothercare. A CVA can be used by […]

cars

Slaughters and Weil lead on £1.2bn bid for Sheilas’ Wheels owner

Weil Gotshal & Manges and Slaughter and May have advised on the £1.2bn buyout of esure to Bain Capital in one of the largest insurance deals of the year so far. Slaughters led for esure, the owner of insurance brand Sheilas’ Wheels and former owner of price comparison website Gocompare.com. The deal team was led by corporate […]

House of Fraser

City firms on call in last-ditch attempt to save House of Fraser

A host of firms, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and RPC, have been on call this morning following the news that Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley is to buy House of Fraser through a pre-pack administration. The collapse marks the end of 169 years of solvent trading and puts 17,500 jobs at risk. A team from Freshfields […]

Robert Darwin

Dechert revives corporate life sciences group with Hogan Lovells hire

Dechert has continued its hiring spree in London, hiring new partner Robert Darwin from Hogan Lovells. Darwin joins a growing team and is the third strategic lateral hire since April. In June, Roger Burlingame joined the firm’s global investigations and white collar crime practice from Kobre & Kim. In July, Dorothy Cory-Wright joined as head […]

money

The battle for Sky: A&O to reap £20m in 21st Century Fox offer

Legal advisers working on the high-stakes bidding war for Sky are set to pick up fees of around £65m, according to documents published by competing bidders 21st Century Fox and Comcast. Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to pick up £20m in fees for its work advising 21st Century Fox in the high-stakes bidding war with […]

Arsenal

Clifford Chance and Freshfields clients go head-to-head in Arsenal FC bid

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May are advising on the £600m takeover tussle for full control of Arsenal FC. The deal is between majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. Kroenke currently owns 67 per cent of the Premier League club through his company Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE). A team at Clifford Chance, […]

Virgin Money

City heavyweights to rake in £9m on Virgin Money takeover

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance are among the firms in line to pocket up to £9m in fees after the £1.7bn takeover of Virgin Money. According to documents published this week, legal fees expected to be incurred by Virgin Money total £4.7m. Virgin Money is being represented by A&O partners David Broadley and George […]

magazines

Travers and Osborne Clarke lead as Exponent snaps up owner of The Week

Travers Smith and Osborne Clarke have advised on the £166m buyout of Dennis Publishing to private equity firm Exponent. Travers corporate partners Ian Shawyer amd Lucy Cawood, who both specialise in M&A, led for Exponent, alongside private equity senior counsel Alex Dixon and senior associate Victoria Bramall. London-based boutique firm and media-specialists Simons Muirhead & Burton […]

Trio of firms step in to salvage Countrywide in emergency funding

Slaughter and May, Ashurst and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison have advised in Countrywide’s emergency £111.4m equity raising, as the crisis-hit estate agency group seeks to reduce its colossal debt figures. Corporate partner Richard Smith and finance partner Ed Fife led the Slaughters team acting for Countrywide. Smith is the firm’s client relationship partner for Countrywide, […]

Cooley and Davis Polk advise UK company on first-of-its-kind tech IPO

Cooley and Davis Polk & Wardwell have won roles on the US listing of UK tech provider Endava, which has been valued at around $126.8m. A cross-border team from Cooley was on hand to advise the company, consisting of Boston-based partner Nicole Brookshire, Virginia-based partner Darren DeStefano and London partner Ed Lukins. Lukins told The Lawyer: “For Endava […]

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