Unilever picks Mayer Brown, Olswang, Slaughters off shelf for panel

Unilever has been shopping for an inaugural legal panel and Olswang and Baker & McKenzie are among the winners.

After launching the review back in March the FTSE 100 consumer goods company handed formal spots to some of its most trusted advisers as well as 12 others out of the 25 firms pitching for roles.

Olswang will be pleased partner Dominic Dryden made good on his relationship with the company – he acted on its IT outsourcing to Unisys back in 2009 and has clearly stayed close ever since. Meanwhile Mayer Brown’s work on the sale of Peparami to US-based Jack Links kept corporate partner Andy Stewart in the company’s good books.

Baker & McKenzie has grounds for more than a little self-satisfaction too – its 2006 deal to handle all the company’s trademarks from the firm’s Manila back office wasn’t even put up for review.

Linklaters is also said to be pleased with the review – group legal secretary Tonia Lovell must have good memories from her days training there.

With discounted rates and healthy competition on offer, Unilever is clearly a happy shopper.

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