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 […]

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Deloitte secures long-awaited ABS licence ahead of UK expansion

Deloitte has received its alternative business structure (ABS) licence, becoming the last of the Big Four to set up a legal arm in the UK. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) confirmed that it has granted Deloitte the right to operate as a multi-disciplinary practice. The licence came into effect on the 15 June. The new move will […]

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Ogier advises on £3.9 billion UBM deal

An Ogier team led by Global Head of Corporate Simon Dinning has advised UBM Plc on its £3.9 billion purchase by Informa Plc. Ogier advised on the Jersey law aspects of the proposed deal which was conducted by way of Jersey scheme of arrangement. The transaction brings together two leading companies in the business-to-business events […]

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Slaughters advises Santander on FCA ring-fencing scheme

After successfully advising client Barclays on the UK Government’s banking ring-fencing scheme, Slaughter and May has led for Santander as its becomes the fourth major bank to be accepted. The bank was accepted into the scheme following a High Court hearing on 12 June and has committed to transferring all relevant accounts into the ring-fenced […]

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Linklaters and Bakers lead on €1bn Cerberus deal

Linklaters and Baker McKenzie have led in the €1.2 billion sale of the world’s largest air cargo handler, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), to New York based private equity company Cerberus Capital Management. Linklaters corporate partners Ben Rodham and Christopher Boycott acted for Cerberus, which from 2015 has been owned by Platinum Equity. They were supported by finance partners Daniel […]

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Latham mulls associate pay hike as talent war heats up

Latham & Watkins looks set to become to the latest firm to boost its associate pay scale as the battle over young legal talent intensifies. Lawyers at the firm are understood to have met yesterday to discuss the salary proposals which, if the firm elects to increase pay, could see associates paid between $190,000 and $340,000. […]

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Hot 100 career quiz: Kiran Bhogal

Name: Kiran Bhogal Firm: Hill Dickinson Position: ‎Partner In Hot 100 for: Successfully building Hill Dickinson’s health practice. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Being told how to break into centrally locked cars while interviewing a client in Armley prison – thankfully not had to put this […]

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Conyers advises Central China Real Estate on US$86m 6.875% Senior Notes due 2020

Conyers Dill & Pearman acted as special legal counsel in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands to Central China Real Estate Limited (the “Company”) and certain subsidiary guarantors of the Company: Joy Ascend Holdings Limited, Sino Joy Enterprises Limited, Central China Real Estate Holdings Limited, Proud Sky Investments Limited, Leapup Limited, Bumper Up […]

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