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Law Firms Find Work Abroad as U.S. Mergers Hit a Low

Apr 19, 2008 As the credit crisis drove first-quarter U.S. mergers and acquisitions down 54 percent to $248.1 billion from $536.3 billion last year, deal volume in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa rose 39 percent, from…

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Freshfields bolsters Hong Kong with Sullivan hire

Apr 17, 2008 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Hong Kong outpost has hired US securities and M&A special counsel Calvin Lai from Sullivan & Cromwell's local office. He will join Freshfields as a partner. The firm intends Lai's…

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A&O NY lands $39bn trophy Novartis-Alcon mandate

Apr 8, 2008 Allen & Overy (A&O) has bagged a lead advisory role opposite Cravath Swaine & Moore on the sale of eye-care company Alcon to Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis – a deal that could be worth as much as $39bn…

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Lovells jumps 38 places to storm UK M&A top three

Apr 4, 2008 Lovells jumped 38 places to storm into the top three firms by value for UK M&A deals in the first quarter. The rankings show Linklaters as the firm advising on the highest value of UK deals, with roles on 15 deals worth…

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Clifford Chance in on $1.35bn Pepsi Russia Purchase

Mar 28, 2008 Clifford Chance is advising on one of the largest US investments in Russia in recent months after bagging the role representing JSC Lebedyansky on the sale of a majority holding to PepsiCo. The transaction sees the…

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Brazil Law Firms to Boost Hiring Amid Merger Boom

Mar 23, 2008 Brazilian law firms specializing in mergers and acquisitions may hire 15 percent to 20 percent more lawyers in 2008 to deal with a wave of corporate takeovers, said Paulo Cezar Aragao of Barbosa, Mussnich & Aragao…

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Expansive Skadden set for Sao Paulo launch

Mar 19, 2008 Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is to open a new office in Sao Paulo, the US giant announced yesterday. The new branch is expected to open in May or June and represents Skadden’s first foray into South America,…

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U.S. law firm layoffs pick up pace as economy slows

Mar 12, 2008 For the second year in a row, 460-lawyer Chicago firm Jenner & Block has axed equity partners. At least 10 partners have been told to give up their equity and some have been asked to leave. Last year, the firm stripped…

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