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Incoming Bar Council chair sets out his goals

Legal aid, judicial review and the rise of McKenzie friends in courtrooms around the country are to be key priorities for incoming Bar Council chair, Alistair MacDonald QC. Giving his inaugural speech this week, MacDonald, a criminal barrister in Leeds, paid tribute to the “excellent work” by his predecessors Maura McGowan QC and Nicholas Lavender…

CLIFFORD CHANCE ADVISES ON THAILAND'S FIRST SOVEREIGN BOND SWITCH

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised Bangkok Bank, Kasikornbank and Standard Chartered as the joint lead managers on the Kingdom of Thailand’s THB76 billion (US$2.3 billion) inaugural government bond switching transaction. As part of its Public Debt Management Plan, the Kingdom of Thailand invited holders of LB155A bonds due May 2015 to exchange…

KWM appoints new Co-Chief Executives in Hong Kong

Stuart Fuller has held the dual role of Global Managing Partner of KWM and Chief Executive of the firm’s Hong Kong Partnership since 2012. With the full support of the partnership he is stepping down as Chief Executive of KWM Hong Kong to focus on leading the firm’s global client and market strategy and aligning…

Kennedys boosts Asia presence with seven-lawyer aviation team

We are pleased to announce that we have grown our global aviation capability with the appointment of three new partners and four solicitors to our Singapore and Hong Kong offices. Partners, Peng Lim and Anita Quy, join the Singapore office along with a team of four other lawyers. A third partner, Sarah Catchpole, joins from…

Private client firms Hunters and May May & Merrimans to merge in April

Two of London’s oldest law firms, Hunters, founded in 1715, and May, May & Merrimans, founded in 1786, are to join forces with effect from 1st April 2015. The merged firm, which will have 120 staff and a combined experience of 530 years, will be known as Hunters, incorporating May, May & Merrimans, and the…

PLMJ advises on largest real estate transaction in recent years

PLMJ advised Blackstone on its purchase of five retail properties and five logistics facilities from Espírito Santo Activos Financeiros (ESAF), the fund manager that was transferred from BES to Novo Banco. It was the American investment company’s first acquisition in Portugal in this sector.   The logistics facilities will become part of the European logistics…

EU Amends Sanctions Against Russia

The EU has updated its sanctions against Russia with effect from December 6, 2014. The updated EU legislation modifies the specific legal tests applicable in different scenarios and aligns certain definitions and concepts with the relevant U.S. legislation. The update has limited impact on the compliance procedures that companies are required to follow. 1. What…

José Miguel Júdice appointed as arbitrator at Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague

José Miguel Júdice, PLMJ founding partner and head of PLMJ Arbitration, has been appointed to the prestigious Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) roster of arbitrators. José Miguel Júdice, also a member of the ICSID roster of arbitrators and conciliators, is one of the four Portuguese nominees. The PCA, created in 1899, is the world’s oldest…

Leading French Corporate Lawyer Olivier Diaz Joins Skadden in Paris

PARIS, December 8, 2014 — Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is pleased to announce that Olivier Diaz, one of France’s most highly regarded corporate and M&A practitioners, will join our Paris office as a partner to further enhance the firm’s market-leading M&A capabilities. He also will become part of the firm’s global Corporate…

Ashurst advises on first project bond in Italy

Ashurst has advised Natixis and the other bank and bond financiers on the first project bond in Italy and a landmark debt refinancing of Antin Solar Investments, a leading Italian solar PV portfolio. This transaction, which is the first of its kind in Italy, comprises an innovative debt package which merges features of a banking…