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Every business exit is different and a seller’s requirements will vary depending on the nature of their target business, the parties involved and the wider commercial climate. Even so, common issues crop up regularly.

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Elite European firms predict digitisation and recovery for 2020

Leading European firms have hailed digitisation as the next step forward for the profession on the Continent. Speaking in a series of video interviews as part of the release of The Lawyer European 100, managing partners from top firms in Germany, Ireland and Sweden have expressed optimism for 2020 and 2021, despite the pandemic. Luther […]

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Fidal bumped to third in European 100 as Garrigues retakes top spot

The mass defection of nearly 150 lawyers from Fidal to KPMG last year resulted in the French giant losing its position as Europe’s largest independent law firm, data gathered for The Lawyer European 100 2020 reveals. Fidal saw an 11.7 per cent fall in revenue in 2019, from €367m to €324m (£284.4m), as a result […]

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The speed read: Eversheds flexes, Europe braces and the C-suite gets talking

With financial results looming for the UK’s legal market, attention turned this week to the fortunes of firms across Continental Europe, as well as predictions made by magic circle management. Here are the key takeaways. Lessons in management from A&O’s Dejonghe A decade ago, Allen & Overy’s now senior partner Wim Dejonghe was just a […]

Combined revenue of European 100 keeps rising but 2020 outlook is bleak

The combined revenue of the 100 largest independent firms in Europe continued to rise in 2019, The Lawyer can reveal – but firms are bracing for a reversal of fortunes in 2020. Total turnover for the 100 firms rose 5.2 per cent last year, from €10.4bn in 2018 to €10.94bn (£9.6bn), continued an upwards trend. […]

In court this week: PrivatBank, fintech and Shell with Hogan Lovells, Freshfields and Debevoise

While proceedings have already gone on for some time in the dispute between Privatbank v Kolomoisy & Ors, this week sees the first case management conference take place pitting Hogan Lovells up against Fieldfisher, Pinsent Masons and Enyo Law. On Thursday and Friday, the court will consider directions to trial and the scope of disclosure […]

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