Practice Areas

Mongolia mining

US and Canadian quintet lead as Rio Tinto secures $3.3bn mining deal

Sullivan & Cromwell and Norton Rose Fulbright are among the firms advising as Rio Tinto agrees to buy the remaining stake in a Canadian mining company, valued at $3.3bn. Rio Tinto is to purchase the remaining shares in Turquoise Hill that it does not already own. Its latest offer comes after several lower bids were […]

Banking and payments provider OpenPayd hires new GC

OpenPayd has appointed a new group general counsel from fellow financial platform 10x Banking. Richard Given has landed the role after five years as general counsel and company secretary at 10x Banking, a tech provider for banks and providers of financial services. Having graduated with an MA and LLM in law from the University of […]

ASDA

Corporate firms line up on Asda’s £600m Co-op purchase

Supermarket giant Asda has called on Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom to advise on its £600m acquisition of 132 sites from rival The Co-operative Group. Skadden partner George Knighton advised Asda on the purchase. Knighton has made the most of prior ties to the EG Group and its founders Mohsin and Zuber Issa, which […]

Slaughter and May

Slaughters leads on Schneider Electric’s potential bid for Aveva

Slaughter and May has scored the mandate on advising French industrials conglomerate Schneider Electric on a potential offer for FTSE 100 software company Aveva. Schneider said in a statement it “confirms that it is considering a possible offer” for “the entire issued, and to be issued, share capital” of Aveva. It also added it believed […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Skadden swoops for Slaughters star

Slaughter and May’s corporate team has taken a hit, after a partner has left the practice to join Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Robert Chaplin is making the move, having joined the firm in 1997 and making partner in 2006. His practice involves corporate, M&A and financing and he has a particular specialism in […]

Stuart Dench, Stewarts

Stewarts smashes through £100m revenue barrier

Stewarts has broken the £100m revenue barrier for the first time in its history, with net profit and average profit per equity partner (PEP) also soaring. Revenue at the firm grew by 43 per cent from £79.7m to £114m in the 2021/22 financial year, while net profit rose a staggering 93 per cent from £30.1m […]

BCLP boosts disputes and investigations team with Quinn partner

A Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan commercial litigation and class actions partner has exited for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, only one year after joining the US disputes specialist. BCLP has recruited Ravi Nayer, who moves across into the firm’s London business and commercial disputes team. The hire comes just one year since Nayer joined Quinn […]

Supreme Court

“There is no simple solution”: Supreme Court responds to reshuffle backlash

The Supreme Court has responded to the diversity row sparked by its latest judicial appointments. The UK’s highest court was criticised this week after announcing that two former judges would be brought out of retirement to join its ranks. The reshuffle sees Lord Lloyd-Jones rejoin the Supreme Court just seven months after stepping down in […]

supreme court

Diversity concerns raised over “disappointing” Supreme Court reshuffle

A Blackstone Chambers silk has described the Supreme Court’s recruitment process as “completely opaque”, after the appointment of two recently retired judges sparked fresh concerns over diversity at the Bar. The criticism comes in response to the Supreme Court’s announcement that Lord Lloyd-Jones has rejoined its ranks just seven months after stepping down in January, […]

exit

BCLP partner exits for Kirkland

Kirkland & Ellis has hired its second funds partner this week, this time from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Louisa Cobbe has joined the US firm’s London office. She trained at legacy BLP, qualifying in 2010. She made partner at the newly-merged firm in 2019. She advises on the structuring, capital raising and ongoing operation of […]

Growing a legal team with OakNorth’s Ben Wulwik

Ben Wulwik joined OakNorth in its early start-up days, over six years ago. Founded by university friends Rishi Khosla and Joel Perlman, OakNorth came about after they realised there was a gap in the market for providing funding to entrepreneurs following the experience they’d had in trying to secure a loan for the first business […]

Gherkin Kirkland

Kirkland bags investment funds partner from Ashurst

Kirkland & Ellis has bolstered its investment funds practice by swiping a partner from Ashurst’s London office. Catherine Gokah makes the move after being appointed partner at Ashurst in May 2021. Her practice involves advising fund sponsors in respect to fundraising activities with a focus on real estate and infrastructure. Christopher Braunack, investment funds partner […]