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Kirkland, Clifford Chance and Latham dominate PE buyout rankings

Kirkland & Ellis, Clifford Chance (CC) and Latham & Watkins have dominated the global league tables for private equity buyout advisers in the first quarter of 2014, as new data shows Q1 2014 was a record period for private equity exits worldwide.

10 Apr 2014 | 12:20 | secure

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inner image Cleary, Homburger and Links cement key roles as Lafarge and Holcim agree €32bn merger

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Linklaters are among a clutch of firms acting on the €32bn merger of cement giants Lafarge and Holcim.

07 Apr 2014 | 13:11 | secure

inner image Simpson Thacher tops Q1 global M&A rankings as deal value rockets up by a third

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has emerged as the highest-ranked global M&A adviser by deal value for the first quarter of 2014, as global Q1 deal values increase by 33%.

04 Apr 2014 | 01:03 | secure

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DLA and Cleary tap into TPG’s £200m investment in Victoria Plumb

DLA Piper and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s London office have advised as US-based private equity giant TPG Capital buys a majority stake in Hull-based bathroom retailer Victoria Plumb.

03 Apr 2014 | 11:17 | secure

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Hogan Lovells, CC among quartet acting as Investindustrial and KKR sell Avincis for €2bn

Hogan Lovells and Clifford Chance (CC) have landed the leading roles advising as Investindustrial and KKR sells Avincis to Babcock in a deal valued at around €2bn (£1.65bn).

28 Mar 2014 | 11:11 | secure

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Slaughters and Freshfields advise as Standard Life buys Ignis for £390m

Slaughter and May and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have landed the leading roles advising Standard Life Investments on its proposed £390m acquisition of fund manager Ignis Asset Management.

28 Mar 2014 | 00:08 | secure

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US firms advising on UK M&A deals – three-year overview

A three-year round-up of the top UK M&A transactions advised on by US firms, featuring mandates for Weil Gotshal & Manges, Linklaters and Davis Polk & Wardwell

28 Mar 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Slaughters and Links advise as RSA kicks off £773m rights issue

Slaughter and May and Linklaters have advised on troubled British insurer RSA Insurance Group’s £773m rights issue.

26 Mar 2014 | 13:13 | secure

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Weil, Fried Frank act on $1.6bn US TV merger

Weil Gotshal & Manges and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson have won the mandates acting on US broadcaster Media General’s $1.6bn (£970m) purchase of LIN Media.

24 Mar 2014 | 09:33 | secure

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Freshfields, A&O and Clydes advise on Stemcor's $2.24bn debt restructuring

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clyde & Co have won the leading roles on Stemcor’s $2.24bn (£1.36bn) debt restructuring.

24 Mar 2014 | 02:00 | secure

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Top global and UK M&A deals – January-February 2014

A round-up of the top M&A transactions of the year so far, featuring mandates for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Latham & Watkins and Norton Rose Fulbright.

07 Mar 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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King of the market: advisers prepare for listing frenzy as confidence returns

If further proof were needed of the resurgence of global initial public offering (IPO) activity, the last few weeks have delivered it. In London, plans to list announced by Pets at Home and Poundland come as other retailers such as House of Fraser...

28 Feb 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Caveat emptor - why investigations expertise seals the M&A deal

M&A legal due diligence - anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, sanctions, and criminal and regulatory risk - is now an integral feature of corporate transactions, and its importance only increases as governments and international regulators expand ...

14 Feb 2014 | 13:26

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How Simpson Thacher and Paul Hastings brought home the bacon on $7.1bn Smithfield takeover

The acquisition of American pork producer Smithfield Foods by Hong Kong-based meat manufacturer Shuanghui International Holdings came at a good time for Hong Kong's corporate lawyers. Last year's $7.1bn (£4.2bn) deal was the largest ever takeover...

31 Jan 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Under the radar – associates tell all about their roles on some of 2013's biggest deals

While rainmaking partners tend to grab the limelight, it is a truth grudgingly acknowledged in the City that much of the leg-work on the deals they bring in is done a little further down the career ladder. It is often a senior associate on a deal who ...

30 Jan 2014 | 09:30 | secure

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