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Five-partner finance team quits Sidley for E&Y DC firm

One of the leading structured finance teams in the US is leaving newly-merged Sidley Austin Brown & Wood to join Ernst & Young’s law firm McKee Nelson Ernst & Young. The team of five partners, believed to be the biggest structured finance team in the US outside New York, is the first to desert the […]

DLA boosts litigation with City hire

The City office of DLA is strengthening its litigation practice with the recruitment of a litigation partner from Stephenson Harwood. Matthew Saunders joins on 1 June after 10 years at Stephenson Harwood. He specialises in banking litigation and cross-jurisdictional disputes and fraud work. DLA’s litigation practice is split along sector lines, but national head of […]

A mild winter

At the deal table former Biddle senior partner Martin Winter is renowned for his aggression and drive. But is he really just a cuddly little pussy cat? It is the start of Martin Winter’s third day at Taylor Joynson Garrett and he’s having trouble with the coffee pot. That’s the trouble with moving jobs – […]

CC technology group targets global market

Clifford Chance is launching an international assault on the technology market, creating a global communications, media and technology group. Although the firm has worked along sector specific lines before, until now its group has been focused on London. Now the group will have its own global chairperson and will focus on the international market and […]

The World Is Quite enough

It’s never easy learning the in-house all-rounder approach, but when you’re head of legal for The Economist Group Oscar Grut and you’re taking on media mogul and heavyweight politician Silvio Berlusconi in a libel case, you know you’ve got your work cut out. Perry Thakrar reports The Economist Group is one of the leading sources […]

Farrer & Co announces marriage with media firm Crockers Oswald

Niche media firm Crockers Oswald Hickson has been swallowed up by City firm Farrer & Co. The merger will create a 52-partner firm which will retain Farrers’ name and management team. The merged firm will have a six-partner media team headed by Farrers’ head of media Robert Clinton and Crockers’ senior partner Rupert Grey. Crockers […]

Bird & Bird lands French IT/IP partner

Bird & Bird has taken on a partner from Andersen Legal’s Paris arm SG Archibald to advise on competition work in the IT sector. Olivier Fréget, who joined the firm last week, was a partner in the intellectual property/IT group at SG Archibald and also head of competition and European Union work. He advises major […]

Wragges wins project over City rivals

Wragge & Co has won a beauty parade to advise Slough Borough Council on a multimillion pound regeneration project. Invitations to tender for the role of legal adviser on the “Heart of Slough” scheme were issued in January. The project involves the development of a 29-acre town centre site for creative, media, information and communication […]

BT plumps for Linklaters for the UK’s biggest rights issue

Linklaters & Alliance has reaffirmed its relationship with top client British Telecommunications (BT) and advised on its mammoth rights issue to raise £5.9bn. Linklaters advised BT on the deal – the UK’s biggest ever rights issue – even though the client has strayed in the last year, calling in Allen & Overy (A&O) to advise […]

DWF targets bankruptcy work with new partner appointment

North West firm Davies Wallis Foyster (DWF) has hired leading personal insolvency lawyer Mark Davies from Hillyer McKeown. Davies was senior partner for the nine-partner regional firm and was the firm’s sole insolvency partner. Based in DWF’s Manchester office, Davies will manage the expansion of DWF’s bankruptcy, individual voluntary arrangment (IVA) and insolvency practice. He […]

Lovells bags Ericsson work

Lovells is advising on the first pan-European property outsourcing deal involving the £200m sale of property owned by cash-poor Swedish telecoms company Ericsson. Ericsson is close to sealing a deal to take a swathe of European properties off its balance sheet. The deal plays to Lovells’ strength as a leader in the property outsourcing business […]

A&O and Linklaters wrap up German telecoms financing

Magic circle rivals Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters & Alliance have together completed one of the biggest telecoms financings of the year. In a German deal, A&O advised E-Plus and its major shareholder KPN Mobile on a euro2.5bn (£1.54bn) non-recourse facility to refinance its existing project financing and to provide finance for further network […]

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