UK projects teams earn their stripes as MoD makes key changes to army deal

UK projects teams earn their stripes as MoD makes key changes to army deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and CMS Cameron McKenna reprised their advisory roles as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) made a £1.1bn extension to the largest accommodation private finance initiative project it has undertaken.

In November the MoD amended its long-running Project Allenby/Connaught contract to include an army basing programme, which will provide new accommodation and improve facilities for soldiers. Negotiations have ensured the original transaction, which had a value of £8bn and was signed in 2006, will continue without disruption.

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Comment: Camerons double merger adds up but will it multiply?

Comment: Camerons double merger adds up but will it multiply?

Pity the poor pundit obliged to come up with an opinion on the obtusely-forged union of CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang. Despite representing one of the largest legal mergers in the UK, taking a view on the tie-up, good, bad or indifferent is challenging, not least because the trio have so far been strikingly gnomic over the whole thing.

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Camerons’ double merger adds up but will it multiply?

Camerons’ double merger adds up but will it multiply?

Pity the poor pundit obliged to come up with an opinion on the obtusely-forged union of CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang. Despite representing one of the largest legal mergers in the UK, taking a view on the tie-up, good, bad or indifferent is challenging, not least because the trio have so far been strikingly gnomic over the whole thing.

The union combines three brands with impressive industry credentials across real estate, media, technology, financial services, energy and life sciences. That is a lot of sector to focus but in those areas, these outfits carry potency.

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‘I didn’t see anyone not put their hand up’: CMS, Olswang, Nabarro vote for merger

‘I didn’t see anyone not put their hand up’: CMS, Olswang, Nabarro vote for merger

Madeleine Farman, Matthew Field and Kathryn McCann speak to those inside and outside the fence

‘A merger was definitely going to happen. That was obvious when I was at CMS four years ago,’ a former CMS Cameron McKenna partner tells Legal Business. ‘It is another great scheme; I don’t feel that the firm’s brand has improved since I left. I know from people inside that the network, although they make a great show of it working well, doesn’t really work as well as it should.’

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