Dealwatch: Pre-Christmas run of real estate and power deals for US and City players

Dealwatch: Pre-Christmas run of real estate and power deals for US and City players

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is advising entertainment and communications company ARRIS on its proposed $7.4bn acquisition by CommScope Holding Company. The HSF team is led by corporate partners Gavin Davies, Alex Kay and Caroline Rae. Pinsent Masons is acting for CommScope on the acquisition with corporate partners Rob Hutchings and Roberta Markovina leading. Alston & …

The Last Word: The clients’ view

The Last Word: The clients’ view

Interviewed for our in-house lawyer survey, some leading general counsel give their views on ethics, law firm engagement and technology Great expectations ‘There’s no question that stakeholders and the population at large have higher expectations of ethical conduct by companies and that this is only going to increase. Some of that will manifest itself as …

Moves that matter

Moves that matter

White & Case’s aggressive sweep on the City lateral market continued in October with the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) infrastructure partner Simon Caridia. Caridia advises on both greenfield and brownfield transactions, and spent nearly a decade at Linklaters before joining HSF in 2015. It constitutes White & Case’s 13th lateral this year alone.

Law firm tech: Tech trumps

Law firm tech: Tech trumps

Allen & Overy Most senior IT/tech professional: Andrew Brammer, IT and shared services director, reporting to managing partner Andrew Ballheimer Other senior tech personnel: Kevin Oliver, head of advanced delivery; Jonathan Brayne, partner and chair of Fuse; Richard Punt, chief executive of Peerpoint; Marc-Henri Chamay, chief executive of aosphere Size of tech team: 264 Main …

The one true law – in conversation with Lord Neuberger

The one true law – in conversation with Lord Neuberger

Richard Lissack QC: David, why a career in the law? Lord Neuberger: It was after cancelling out other possibilities. I was a scientist at university – a chemist. I was influenced by my father, a successful scientist. I quickly proved to be an unsuccessful scientist. I went to career advisers. They said do law or …