Shining a light on the next generation of dealmakers

Shining a light on the next generation of dealmakers

It’s no secret that the M&A markets have been busier than ever of the last 18 months. Here, UK Legal 500 editor Georgina Stanley asked some of those set to dominate the City deal market over the next ten years to take a short break from their negotiations to share their tips for success. All …

‘Get the credit you deserve’ – top female partners on breaking biases and inspiring role models

‘Get the credit you deserve’ – top female partners on breaking biases and inspiring role models

As the world watches the battle rage in Ukraine, talking about gender inequality risks coming across as somewhat trite. But with women and children making up the overwhelming majority of the more than one million people displaced by the invasion so far, this year’s International Women’s Day has a pointed resonance. Everyone suffers during war, …

International Women’s Day 2022: Denise Gibson, Allen & Overy, Leading Individual – Acquisition Finance

International Women’s Day 2022: Denise Gibson, Allen & Overy, Leading Individual – Acquisition Finance

Which woman most inspired you in your legal career and why? I don’t think I could put it down to one single woman! There have been many. In more recent years, as I have been navigating my way as a more senior woman in the industry, I have been very inspired and supported by Karen …

International Women’s Day 2022: Farah O’Brien – Corporate co-chair, Latham & Watkins London; leading individual, premium M&A

International Women’s Day 2022: Farah O’Brien – Corporate co-chair, Latham & Watkins London; leading individual, premium M&A

Which woman most inspired you in your career and why? I haven’t had one role model instrumental to my career but there have been lots of different people I’ve looked up to. In particular, some of the women who were partners before me at Latham – Lene Malthasen , Jocelyn Seitzman, Gail Crawford and Catherine …

International Women’s Day 2022: Akima Paul Lambert, dispute resolution partner, Hogan Lovells – next generation partner, commercial litigation – premium

International Women’s Day 2022: Akima Paul Lambert, dispute resolution partner, Hogan Lovells – next generation partner, commercial litigation – premium

Which woman most inspired you in your legal career and why? When I was growing up in the Caribbean, I was inspired to become a lawyer watching a woman called Celia Clyne Edwards QC in court. She is extremely clever and is still one of the more formidable advocates I have ever seen.

International Women’s Day 2022: Patricia Volhard, Debevoise & Plimpton, Frankfurt and London – leading individual investment funds, Germany

International Women’s Day 2022: Patricia Volhard, Debevoise & Plimpton, Frankfurt and London – leading individual investment funds, Germany

Which woman most inspired you in your legal career and why? There have been so many strong women who have inspired me, it seems unfair to single out an individual (except for my older sister). I’ve been fortunate to meet, and often work alongside, women who have inspired me through their open-mindedness, energy, skill and …

L500 UK: Gender diversity hits new high – time to focus on the elephant in the room

L500 UK: Gender diversity hits new high – time to focus on the elephant in the room

It’s fair to say that legal directories have come in for more than their fair share of flack over the years, particularly when it comes to speed of change. But if proof were needed that The Legal 500 is more than capable of setting the pace, then the latest UK gender diversity stats neatly provide …

We’ve listened: important new changes to The Legal 500 UK 2022

We’ve listened: important new changes to The Legal 500 UK 2022

This month’s issue of Legal Business may be dedicated to the largest firms in the UK by revenue but sibling title The Legal 500 is a much more inclusive church. The latest UK solicitors guide includes no fewer than 1,154 distinct firms operating in the UK across nearly 10,000 distinct rankings, of which nearly 4,500 …

Legal 500 analysis – is the Magic Circle’s dominance in the UK M&A market under threat?

Legal 500 analysis – is the Magic Circle’s dominance in the UK M&A market under threat?

‘It’s a snowball effect. Look at private equity (PE) – that used to be dominated by Clifford Chance (CC), Freshfields and Ashurst but now it’s US firms,’ warns Weil London head Mike Francies. ‘The same hasn’t happened in M&A yet but nearly all of the top US firms here are now trying to build it. …