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  1. July 8, 2014

    Elite UK law firms outpace rest of legal market

    The “magic circle”, the elite cadre of firms with headquarters in London and a large international client base, have...

  2. June 11, 2014

    Cross-border work pays dividends

    The past year has seen a number of firsts in Asia’s financial markets, across different asset classes and geographies. As...

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  1. June 8, 2014

    Anglo Irish Bank ‘consigned to history’

    Anglo Irish Bank, the institution that brought Ireland’s financial sector crashing down in 2008, has been “finally consigned...

  2. November 15, 2013

    Brussels takes broad brush approach to fix Libor scandal

    The European Commission has reacted to the Libor and Euribor scandals by proposing draft legislation that aims to restore...

  3. November 10, 2013

    Shareholder campaigns double in three years

    The number of activist campaigns waged against companies by their shareholders has more than doubled in three years....

  4. November 8, 2013

    Social media can dent reputations

    When Dave Carroll, a United Airlines passenger, saw his cherished Taylor guitar broken by baggage handlers, he sought...

  5. October 4, 2013

    Lawyers in the news

    No longer the upstart outsider Legal advice and innovation is often reactive, with lawyers creating solutions in response to...

  6. October 4, 2013

    Alliances shift up a gear

    The legal profession has undergone a sea change. The once-traditional industry now uses the term “innovation” as casually as...

  7. July 9, 2013

    UK’s top 100 lawyers ranked

    The UK’s finest 100 lawyers have been methodically ranked for the first time in a new directory that underscores the demand...

  8. July 5, 2013

    DLA Piper takes top spot in law firm rankings

    DLA Piper has become the biggest law firm in the world by revenue, knocking its rival Baker & McKenzie off the top spot,...

  9. June 27, 2013

    European banks fall behind in M&A

    US investment banks are returning with a vengeance. After more than a decade in which European rivals chipped away at their...

  10. April 17, 2013

    Law firms’ merger may spark wave of tie-ups

    Baker & McKenzie is to merge with Dubai-based law firm Habib Al Mulla as the US firm seeks to broaden its footprint in the...

  11. January 3, 2013

    Mid-market hotels look to check out

    Like helpless guests waiting for the duck at Fawlty Towers, a clutch of UK mid-market hotel groups have spent much of 2012...

  12. December 26, 2012

    Buyout groups using more debt to fund deals

    US private equity groups are using more debt to fund acquisitions than at any time since the start of the financial crisis...

  13. December 6, 2012

    Court of Justice upholds AstraZeneca fine

    Europe’s highest court has upheld a €53m fine against AstraZeneca, in a closely watched case that penalised the...

  14. December 4, 2012

    Clients prefer law firms with wide reach

    The world’s most elite law firms are not necessarily the most popular among big clients, according to new research that...

  15. October 22, 2012

    Fasken and Bell Dewar set to merge

    Fasken Martineau, the Canada-based law firm, is set to merge with Johannesburg-based Bell Dewar, in the latest international...

  16. September 2, 2012

    Hibu creditors begin restructuring talks

    Investors in the £2.2bn of debt in Hibu, the publisher of the Yellow Pages, have begun restructuring talks for the second...

  17. July 6, 2012

    Magic circle law firms go further afield

    Results announced by the UK’s top law firms this week underscored a split along traditional lines. Allen & Overy and...

  18. FT Alphaville

    June 11, 2012

    The day according to CDS

    There was some chatter on Monday about whether the bailout of Spain’s banks could trigger credit default swaps that...

  19. May 16, 2012

    Lawyers weigh implications of Greek exit

    Fears of a possible Greek secession have surfaced before, but “there is a realisation that this really could happen”, says...

  20. beyondbrics

    May 9, 2012

    New York headlines

    * Carlsberg bets on hot Russian summer * Europe to Chongqing: now direct * Medvedev confirmed as Russia’s PM * Myanmar...

  21. beyondbrics

    May 9, 2012

    London headlines

    * Cosco says Vale shuns its vessels on China mega-ship ban * Bomb plotter was US informer * China State Construction signs...

  22. May 6, 2012

    UK law firms to continue Asia expansion

    More than half of the UK’s biggest law firms by revenue will continue to expand in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region over...

  23. March 4, 2012

    Law firms

    After you. No, after you! Lawyers love to advise companies on stock market listings, yet they are coy about taking the...

  24. February 26, 2012

    Six law firms ‘big enough for FTSE 100’

    Six of the UK’s biggest law firms would be able to be included in the FTSE100 if they had publicly traded shares, according...

  25. February 26, 2012

    Bahrain’s Arcapita faces debt challenge

    Bahrain-based private equity investor Arcapita Bank is facing a potentially painful debt workout as it mandates advisers...

  26. February 3, 2012

    Glencore and Xstrata turn to City dealmaker

    One of the world’s most high-profile dealmakers helped to broker talks between Ivan Glasenberg and Mick Davis that paved the...

  27. February 2, 2012

    Merger to provide $100m boost for advisers

    After a less than stellar year for the mergers and acquisitions market in 2011, and the worst start to the year it has had...

  28. January 9, 2012

    M&A deals in UK at lowest level since 2001

    Dealmaking in the UK, traditionally Europe’s biggest market for mergers and acquisitions, has reached the lowest levels...

  29. December 23, 2011

    Foreigners hit London for property buying spree

    Overseas appetite for London property has gathered momentum in the week before Christmas, with foreign investors hitting the...

  30. December 7, 2011

    Non-executive directors urged to be tougher

    Non-executive directors must take a more active role in policing banks, brokers and insurers if the UK is to avoid another...

  31. September 21, 2011

    Middle East M&A activity begins recovery

    The deals may not be of the multibillion-dollar variety that excite international investment banks but merger and...

  32. August 30, 2011

    NI appoints lawyers to review papers’ practices

    News International has instructed lawyers to review editorial practices across all of its newspapers after the phone-hacking...

  33. August 18, 2011

    New arrest in phone-hacking investigation

    James Desborough, a former reporter at the News of the World, has become the 13th person to be arrested by police looking...

  34. August 14, 2011

    Top 100 UK law firms bill clients £14.3bn

    The UK’s biggest 100 law firms billed clients a total of £14.3bn ($23.3bn) in the last financial year, £530m more than the...

  35. July 6, 2011

    Rupert Pearce named Inmarsat CEO

    UK satellite operator Inmarsat on Wednesday named Rupert Pearce, head of the company’s enterprise division, to succeed...

  36. June 29, 2011

    Beyond the magic circle

    New office openings by law firms tend to be grandiose affairs, with clients invited to sip champagne while admiring the...

  37. June 22, 2011

    Interview: Numbers man says people really count

    Getting a top job in one of the elite magic circle law firms is tough enough. Yet Peter Hickman holds two senior executive...

  38. May 23, 2011

    Challenge to raise prospects for Seat

    Alberto Cappellini knows just how crucial the next 12 months are for Seat Pagine Gialle, the Italian directories group that...

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