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Steptoe & Johnson (Farzana Rao) has acted for ITW on the purchase of Envopak Holdings Limited from Black & Williams Management. Black & Williams’ sale and reorganisation was handled by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Osborne Clarke (Hassan Sohbi, Bernd Mayer) advised Sykora on the sale of 51 per cent of its shares to TietoEnator, a European […]

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