Deal view: Ashurst strives to reboot M&A brand but deal market is getting tougher

Deal view: Ashurst strives to reboot M&A brand but deal market is getting tougher

Ashurst’s once-admired M&A reputation has taken a pounding of late. One former partner delivers representative sentiments: ‘Corporate was the jewel in the crown. The firm has changed from what it was six or seven years ago.’ Another notes: ‘It used to be joint number one with Clifford Chance for private equity. The practice faded away …

Nick of time – controversial judge Smith retires ending conduct investigations

Nick of time – controversial judge Smith retires ending conduct investigations

Mr Justice Peter Smith, the controversial judge at the centre of two investigations by the Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office (JCIO), has retired. The move brings to an end all investigations and was announced just before he was set to be the subject of a disciplinary panel hearing today (30 October) and tomorrow (31 October). …

Partner promotions: Ropes & Gray sticks with tradition as it makes up two in London

Partner promotions: Ropes & Gray sticks with tradition as it makes up two in London

Ropes & Gray  continues to promote London partners two-by-two, adding another duo in finance this year as part of a global promotions round of 12. The number of City promotions equals those made in the previous two years, while the overall total is up by one from 11 in 2016. Derivatives and structured finance specialist Anna …