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WFW advises Crédit Agricole and SACE on loan facility amendments following Norwegian Cruise Line acquisition of Prestige Cruises

Watson, Farley & Williams (“WFW”), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that it has advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (“CACIB”), SACE S.p.A. (“SACE”) and a syndicate of banks on the amendments to the guarantee structure of three loan facilities provided to subsidiaries of Prestige Cruise Holdings Inc. (“Prestige”). These amendments…

Seyfarth Expands Litigation Department in Boston with Nationally Recognized Antitrust and Franchise Group

franchise laws, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and foreign premerger notification laws. Berkowitz is described by Chambers USA as an “excellent lawyer and litigator” in antitrust, “in whom clients have a great deal of confidence,” and is listed in Best Lawyers in America (Franchise), “Super Lawyers” (Antitrust), and Benchmark Litigation (Massachusetts “Star”). He earned his B.S., cum…

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has announced its intention to open a new office in Luxembourg

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has announced its intention to open a new office in Luxembourg.* This will service the requirements of clients in the Asset Management & Investment Funds and Financial Institutions sectors, particularly in relation to private funds formation, corporate structuring, UCITS, hedge funds, capital markets, banking, and tax matters. Stéphane Ober…

Linklaters advises J. Trust Co. Ltd on the acquisition of Indonesia’s PT Bank Mutiara Tbk

Linklaters has advised Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Japanese financial institution, J. Trust Co. Ltd (“J Trust”), as international counsel on the acquisition of Indonesia’s PT Bank Mutiara Tbk for USD 373m; an example of the continuing desire by foreign investors to tap the rising demand for retail finance in SE Asia’s largest economy. The sale…

Ashurst further strengthens Finance practice in Asia

Ashurst today announces the appointment of Chin Chuan Chen as a partner in its Finance team in Beijing and Singapore. Chin Chuan joins the firm from Clifford Chance. He is a specialist in finance and debt restructuring transactions in Asia, with particular expertise in acting for Chinese banks and on energy, mining and infrastructure projects….

CLIFFORD CHANCE MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS GLOBAL INVESTIGATIONS GROUP

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Global Investigations team. This international group includes over 40 partners across 17 countries who work together for clients who require specialist advice in regulatory enforcement, investigations, fraud and white collar crime. Roger Best, global head of Clifford Chance’s Global Investigations team said:…

Ashurst advises on US$2.8 billion Donggi-Senoro LNG project

Ashurst has advised export credit agencies Japan Bank for International Cooperation (‘JBIC’), Korea Ex-Im Bank (‘KEXIM’), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (‘NEXI’) and the commercial banks on the US$2.8 billion financing for the Donggi-Senoro LNG project in Indonesia, which signed on 14 November. The lenders included JBIC, KEXIM, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi,…

Norton Rose Fulbright sets 30 per cent female partner target for 2020

Norton Rose Fulbright has become the latest in a string of major firms to announce a 30 per cent female partnership target by 2020. At the close of the 2013/14 financial year, 22 per cent of Norton Rose Fulbright’s partners were women, although this proportion dropped to 20 per cent in the equity partnership. London’s…

DLA Piper's Turkish office demerges from firm but retains relationship

DLA Piper’s Turkish office has demerged financially from the firm, but the two are remaining linked with Istanbul’s Yüksel Karkın Küçük (YKK) now a ‘DLA Piper relationship firm’. YKK managing partner Cüneyt Yüksel told The Lawyer the firm had “separated from DLA, but the relationship continues as strongly as in the past”. Yüksel said this…

Bingham-Morgan Lewis merger: Bingham votes yes, Morgan Lewis keeps quiet

However no official word has yet come out of either firm, despite a week having passed since the original deadline day for the merger to be agreed. The firms are continuing negotiations into this week, with partners put on lockdown and told not to talk about the deal. Sources claim that two Bingham partners are…