Schoenherr advises RBI on merger with RZB

In one of the largest corporate reorganisations in the Austrian banking sector unlisted RZB merged with listed Central and European banking specialist RBI.

Schoenherr provided corporate and regulatory advice as well as due diligence support to RBI. The RBI legal team prepared a significant part of the corporate documentation in-house and Schoenherr worked closely with them on the drafting and implementation side.

The Schoenherr team was led by Peter Feyl (partner, banking & finance) and Roman Perner (partner, corporate/m&a), who were supported in Vienna by Stefan Paulmayer (counsel, banking & finance); Clemens Rainer (attorney at law, corporate/m&a); Stefanie Wöss (attorney at law, corporate/m&a); Matthias Pressler (associate, banking & finance); and Martina Hiebl (associate, banking & finance). The CEE team members were: Arijana Petres (partner, Zagreb; banking & finance); Ozren Kobsa (attorney at law, Zagreb; banking & finance); Natálie Rosová  (attorney at law, Prague; banking & finance); Paweł  Halwa (partner, Warsaw; banking & finance); Marcin Antczak (attorney at law, Warsaw; banking & finance); Matei Florea (partner, Bucharest; banking & finance); Carmen Ştirbu  (attorney at law, Bucharest; banking & finance); Sandu Costin (attorney at law, Bucharest; banking & finance); Soňa Hekelová (partner, Bratislava; banking & finance); and Alexandra Adamičková (associate, Bratislava; banking & finance).

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Commemorating Portugal’s administrative code

Marco Caldeira, Public law senior associate, was one of the speakers at the commemorative colloquium of the Code of Administrative Procedure on March 24. The conference was organised by the Lisbon Regional Council of the Portuguese Bar Association.

The lawyer spoke in his capacity as a guest assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.

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No5 rates highly in Planning Law Survey

In Planning Magazine’s Planning Law Survey No5 Barristers’ Chambers ranks at the top of several categories.

Christopher Young, rose to the top in the Juniors category.  He also topped the Residential category and placed in the top five in Development Plan Examinations. Chris is joined in the list by Peter Goatley, Hugh Richards, Jack Smyth, Satnam Choongh, Thea Osmund-Smith, and James Corbet Burcher.

Martin Kingston QC retains his position as the second most-respected silk, retaining his position in the top three within the Silks category for the past eight years. He also topped the Development Plan Examinations category, and ranked in the top four in the Residential, Infrastructure, Inquiries and Hearings categories.  Martin is joined by Jeremy Cahill QC and Richard Kimblin QC in the list of top Planning silks.

Five of our barristers feature in the list of Top Juniors Under 35, with James Corbet Burcher ranked third.

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Frederico Singarajah to speak at Bar Council LatAm event

Frederico Singarajah is to speak at the Bar Council LatAm event in Birmingham.

Singarajah will be speaking at this event, hosted by the Bar Council and the Law Society in Birmingham.  It aims to inform barristers and solicitors about the opportunities that exist in the Latin American legal market. The event will include market briefings (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Central America) from Chambers of Commerce followed by a panel discussion on particular growth sectors for the UK legal profession (such as Arbitration, Shipping and Infrastructure and more) delivered by practitioners.

20 April 2017

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Collyer Bristow acts on Birmingham engineering acquisition

The Corporate and commercial team has acted for an entity backed by venture capitalist Jon Moulton on the acquisition of Vertik-Al, an aluminium powder coating business in Birmingham.

Ragavan Arunachalam led the transaction for Collyer Bristow.

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Shipping knowledge and experience conference

On February 2nd 2017, Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & CO. LLC attended the event “Shipping: An Industry of Passion, Knowledge and Experience-Part Two”.

The panel comprised of six key players from various areas of the shipping industry. Their experience undoubtedly contributed to the event’s success.

Craig Eason described his experience as a Seafarer and how he then found himself with a career in journalism. He urged the young audience to learn about Shipping and encouraged them to gain onboard vessel experience.

Then Captain Eberhard Koch, having served in leadership positions both at sea and ashore, gave a vivid description of onboard working conditions.

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Tom Courtney wins NUIG Alumni Award

The NUI Galway Alumni Awards recognise excellence and achievements among the University’s 90,000 graduates.

Dr Tom Courtney, Corporate Partner and Head of the Company Compliance and Governance Practice at Arthur Cox, was honoured with the Alumni Award for Law, Public Policy and Government. In this video he recounts the story of his journey into law, his formative years at NUI Galway and the vision that drove him on.

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Dechert builds up London finance practice with second Kirkland hire

Dechert has recruited London-based Kirkland & Ellis banking and finance partner Rob Bradshaw, the second hire in six months from the Chicago-based firm.

In November 2016, debt finance partner John Markland made the same move after 12 years at Kirkland, where he founded and led the European debt finance practice.

This move is part of a wider strategy for Dechert, as it aims to build up its London finance practice.

Bradshaw was made up in Kirkland in 2015 and focuses on financing transactions, including leveraged and acquisition financing, bridge financing, refinancing and restructurings. He is understood to be joining Markland’s team at Dechert.

Dechert has been in a major push to bulk up its London office in the past year. At the same time as Markland’s appointment, the firm recruited White & Case private equity partner Ross Allardice.

In October 2016, it also hired DLA Piper finance heavyweights Philip Butler and David Miles. Butler was DLA Piper’s co-chair of the financial services sector, while Miles was its head of debt finance in the UK.

Most recently, Dechert recruited Clifford Chance litigation veteran Stephen Surgeoner in a boost for its disputes practice in London. Surgeoner left CC after 25 years, including 15 years as a partner.

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Macfarlanes makes up three in 2017 promos round

Macfarlanes has promoted three of its associates to partnership.

The three who get the nod as of 1 May are M&A lawyer Richard Burrows, tax associate Jeremy Moncrieff and Sarah Ward of the banking and finance team.

Ward is the only one of the new partners to have trained with the firm, with Burrows having joined as a senior associates from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Moncrieff from Allen & Overy.

The number of promotions is smaller than last year, when six were made up in an all-male round.

Five were made up in 2015 and nine in a bumper round the year before that.

Senior partner Charles Martin said: “In a market that is tough and likely to get tougher the commitment of highly talented young partners to driving forward their respective practice areas is of critical importance. We are confident that these three lawyers will each play an important part in the future success of the firm.”

Macfarlanes 2017 promotions in full

  • Richard Burrows (M&A)
  • Jeremy Moncrieff (tax)
  • Sarah Ward (banking and finance)

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DLA EMEA boss: Berlin and Georgia “weren’t profitable enough” to keep

DLA Piper joint managing director of Europe and the Middle East Olaf Schmidt told The Lawyer that the two recent office closures in Georgia and Berlin were caused by a lack of profitability.

This news comes after the firm made a decision to close in Berlin three days before closing Georgia, with its team and premises transferring over to DWF and Dentons respectively.

Speaking to The Lawyer, Schmidt said: “The strategy is to focus on the profitable businesses, becoming slightly smaller and operating offices in those regions where our clients need us most.”

When asked about the nature of the two offices closing within days of each other, Schmidt commented that it was “pure coincidence”.

“Both decisions did not evolve in parallel and had completely different contexts,” he said. “One is almost in Russia and the other is in the heart of Germany. We are focusing on offices where we can be profitable.”

While Schmidt wouldn’t reveal which were the most profitable offices he added “you’d be surprised to hear it’s not Paris, profitability has very little to do with being at the heart of Western European countries.”

Commenting on the firm’s latest acquisition, DWF Germany managing partner Michael Falter said: “This team gives us Fintech capability along with traditional finance capability. It’s a great reason to move into Berlin from our perspective for our Qatari and Saudi clients.”

Unlike DLA Piper, DWF is committed to growing the office according to Falter, unlike DLA which preferred instead to “focus on other offices they have in Germany”.

Dentons Europe chairman Evan Lazar said:  “A few years ago we outlined a strategy for growth in Europe which included enterting the Italian and Luxembourg market in addition to bolstering our position in the CEE/CIS market. Georgia is at a crossroads between Europe and Asia and everyone in the team is tier one rank. We saw an opportunity and we took it,” Lazar says.

Despite this re-think of its Europe capability, DLA Piper said its European revenue was €338m up six per cent from the year before, representing 17 per cent of global revenue. On this basis, revenue per lawyer in Europe was €463,000, with average revenue per partner of €1.25m.

The effort to boost profitability accompanies a net profit increase of 6 per cent to $643.5m (£527.1m) last year, while revenue declined by 3 per cent.

Net profit rose from $605.3m (£495.9m) during 2016 after falling nearly 10 per cent in the 2015 financial year.

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