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Foley Hoag bolsters Paris with White & Case hire

US firm Foley Hoag has added its sixth partner in Paris with the hire of White & Case arbitrator Philippe Sarrailhé. Sarrailhé’s appointment follows the hire earlier this year of Winston & Strawn partners Carine Le Roy-Gleizes and Frédéric Scanvic, along with fellow environmental law specialist Corentin Chevallier who was a senior associate at Winston…

A&O and Herbies advise as Tui merges with Tui

Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) are advising German-headquartered travel group Tui AG and its UK subsidiary Tui Travel respectively on their £4.8bn merger. The all-share acquisition sees Tui AG acquire the outstanding 45.5 per cent of Tui Travel it does not already own. Allen & Overy’s team is led by Hamburg corporate…

Temple Bright takes Nabarro group to launch energy team

South West firm Temple Bright has scooped a three-lawyer team from Nabarro to launch an energy and climate change practice. The technology-focused firm has added clean energy projects partner Tom Bainbridge, projects partner Louisa Cilenti and associate Sandy Abrahams to launch the new practice area. Bainbridge has led on several of Nabarro’s high-profile green energy…

DLA Piper and Sullivan & Cromwell land key roles on Allied Minds £398m IPO

DLA Piper and Sullivan & Cromwell have advised Boston-based technology company Allied Minds on its initial public offering (IPO) and admission to trading on the London Stock Exchange. The offer price was set at 190 pence per share valuing the company at £398m. Allied Minds began conditional trading in shares at 8am on Friday (20…

Freshfields wins top spot among UK firms in M&A rankings for the first half of 2014

Freshfields has swept the board in Thomson Reuters M&A rankings for the first half of 2013, coming top among all UK-based firms for global, European and UK-related M&A. In the ranking of deals with UK involvement, Freshfields topped the charts by both value and volume – working on 41 transactions with a total value of…

Ashurst advises Jefferies on the Initial Public Offering of Viadeo on the Paris Euronext stock exchange

Ashurst has advised Jefferies International Limited, acting as joint lead manager and joint book runner with Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, in connection with the initial public offering of Viadeo on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment B). The issuance of new shares will provide the company with supplementary funds to finance its projects…

Clifford Chance to vote on slashing management committee from 16 to nine

Clifford Chance is to vote next month on slashing its management committee from 16 to nine in Matthew Layton’s first key move as leader. The firm’s new managing partner is understood to have stood for the role on a platform of streamlining management and creating a stronger executive team (28 November 2013). He has now…

The changing face of the BVI (by Folio Corporate)

The changing face of the BVI The BVI has long been recognised as the ‘go-to’ domicile for the incorporation of offshore companies. There is no question that this can be attributed in large part to the basic tenet of the jurisdiction being tax neutral, highly cost efficient and offering a good degree of privacy within…

Dentons names Debowski as sole European real estate chief

Dentons has named Warsaw partner Pawel Debowski as the sole chair of its European real estate group in the wake of co-chair Eric Rosedale’s departure to Greenberg Traurig. Debowski was appointed as co-chair of European real estate earlier this year (6 February 2014) alongside Rosedale. Greenberg Traurig announced Rosedale’s hire as chair of its international…

Greenberg Traurig lures Dentons real estate co-head with new management slot

US firm Greenberg Traurig has hired Dentons’ global real estate co-head Eric Rosedale to fill a new management position in London. Rosedale, who joined the firm’s London office yesterday (16 June), has taken on a new position as chair of the firm’s international real estate practice. The job essentially means he will be responsible for…