Global news

Dechert recruits Middle East duo from King & Spalding

Dechert has hired its first lateral partner in Dubai for over 18 months, after taking on two real estate lawyers from its US rival King & Spalding. King & Spalding partner Stephen Kelly is joining Dechert. He will be joined by counsel Sarah Mahood who joins as a national partner. Prior to King & Spalding, […]

telecoms

Freshfields and Paul Hastings lead on €260m telecoms sale

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Paul Hastings have picked up lead roles on the latest bumper deal in the increasingly active telecoms sector. The magic circle firm has been advising South African company MTN Group on its sale of subsidiary company MTN Cyprus to Monaco Telecom for approximately €260m. Paul Hastings is representing the buyer Monaco […]

US firms grab roles as Praxair closes in on $45bn merger

A raft of firms have been called up as Praxair completes the next step of its proposed billion-dollar merger with German oil and gas giant Linde. McDermott Will & Emery took the lead for New York-listed Praxair in the €5bn sale of its European gases business to Tokyo-listed Taiyo Nippon Sanso. The divestment comes as Praxair eyes […]

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A&O and Freshfields take the lead on £2bn telecoms buyout

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) have advised telecoms giants Veon and CK Hutchison on the £2.2bn buyout of Italian mobile phone venture Wind Tre. A&O’s global managing partner Andrew Ballheimer, TMT partner Simon Toms and global head of telecoms Tom Levine led the deal for Veon. Global co-head of antitrust Antonio Bavasso and senior associate Ross Ferguson provided […]

Gianni Origoni joins rivals in Shanghai

Italian heavyweight Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners is launching an office in Shanghai in its first international expansion for four years. The Shanghai office is Gianni Origoni’s eleventh office globally, and its second in Asia. It launched in Hong Kong in 2014 and signed a formal alliance agreement with Chinese firm Han Kun Law […]

Luxembourg

Ashurst bets on Europe with Luxembourg launch

Ashurst has been given the go-ahead to open in Luxembourg after receiving approval from the local bar association. The new office, focusing on finance and funds, will open in October this year, with corporate partner Isabelle Lentz at the helm. Lentz is currently the head of Ashurst’s Luxembourg desk in London, which was set up […]

Brazil

HFW strengthens LatAm presence with new Brazilian association

HFW has announced a new formal association with Brazilian firm CAL, while also hiring aviation partner Julio Costa from Mayer Brown‘s associate firm in the South American country. Costa left Tauil & Chequer Advogados to set up CAL alongside insurance partner Gustavo Lasalvia and six fee-earners. The new firm is expected to gain regulatory approval […]

Mark Shaw

Wildgen opens first international office with London launch

Benelux firm Wildgen has opened its first overseas office with the hire of former hedge fund in-house lawyer Mark Shaw to head up its UK operations. The firm has set up a small one-partner office in Mayfair, though will look to move into space in the City once it begins to expand. Speaking to The Lawyer, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beijing

Dentons Beijing managing partner exits for Orrick

Dentons former Beijing head Sarah Zeng is leaving the firm after six years to join Orrick, in a move that is set to bolster the latter’s Asia M&A and private equity practice. Before working at Dentons, Zeng was general counsel of Hong Kong-listed Weichai Power, China’s largest engine manufacturer; and vice president and country manager […]

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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