Transport (Including aviation and shipping)

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Magic circle and US firms win roles on Thomas Cook rescue bid

Clifford Chance is among the firms advising as Chinese conglomerate Fosun confirms its proposed rescue bid for airline Thomas Cook. The deal would see investment company Fosun inject £750m into Thomas Cook as part of a proposed recapitalisation and separation of the group. Corporate partner Tim Lewis and finance partner David Towers led from Clifford Chance […]

mclaren

Ashurst usurps Norton Rose Fulbright as McLaren’s key adviser

Norton Rose Fulbright has lost its role as McLaren Group’s global legal adviser as the automotive manufacturer forms a new relationship with Ashurst. After a tender process, Ashurst will now work closely alongside McLaren’s in-house counsel on all aspects of its legal requirements. The company does not have a formal legal panel, instead opting to […]

Three firms win roles on Mercedes-Benz’s panel refresh

Mercedes-Benz has appointed a trio of firms to its new panel after a drawn-out review which saw it delayed by over a year. Lewis Silkin has been added to the refreshed panel, alongside Shoosmiths and Blake Morgan. Shoosmiths was added back onto the panel in 2015, after it was dropped off the roster in 2009. […]

Norton Rose

Norton Rose Fulbright reels in Hogan Lovells rail partner

Norton Rose Fulbright has snapped up Hogan Lovells‘ former co-head of rail and shipping, making him the firm’s second City partner hire in a week. Simon Gwynne focuses on asset finance and structured finance involving aircraft, rolling stock, telecoms equipment and shipping. He joined Hogan Lovells from Linklaters in May 2011, alongside the magic circle […]

train

Three firms make the grade in Network Rail’s slimmed-down panel

Network Rail has more than halved its panel in the past six years, with the latest review seeing three firms wins spots until 2024.  The spots have been taken by Dentons, Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds Sutherland and will be in place until 2024. The contract is worth £70m. Stuart Kelly, group general counsel at Network […]

Flybe

Morgan Lewis’ latest recruits come good as firm joins trio on Flybe sale

Herbert Smith Freehills and Morgan Lewis & Bockius are representing a consortium in its rescue of troubled Flybe Airways for £2.2m. The consortium is formed by Connect Airways, a joint venture company owned by Cyrus funds, Stobart Aviation and Virgin Atlantic. Morgan Lewis partner Georgia Quenby has been leading for Connect and Cyrus, along with […]

Heathrow

Seven firms win places on Heathrow’s legal panel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Eversheds Sutherland are among the firms to have won places on Heathrow Airport’s slimmed-down roster. The company’s general counsel Carol Hui, who featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 in 2014, has appointed seven firms to the panel. The last review saw the appointment of 11 firms, with Blake Morgan, Brodies, DLA Piper and […]

London Underground

TfL kicks off first panel review in six years

Transport for London (TfL) has kicked off its first panel review since 2012, putting scrutiny on the eleven firms already on the roster. The panel is worth at least £86m to its chosen firms, with the eight-lot roster running for a minimum of four years. The firms will be given until 18 January to tender, […]

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