Legal director, offer and supply chain
Anna Lawrence is legal director of Kingfisher’s offer and supply chain business unit. Formed in 2015, the business brings together the buying teams for a large portfolio of home improvement brands, including B&Q and Screwfix in the UK and Brico Dépôt and Castorama in France, with Lawrence now overseeing everything from managing relationships with suppliers to monitoring IP on thousands of product lines globally.
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Linklaters and Slaughter and May have taken lead roles as UK energy services giant Wood Group is to acquire its struggling rival Amec Foster Wheeler for £2.2bn amid market competition concerns.
The deal was announced in March and is expected to close in the second half of 2017. Under the terms, Scottish company Wood Group is offering £5.64 per Amec share, for 56% ownership of the combined group.
Continue reading “Magic Circle duo land £2.2bn energy deal as antitrust concerns surface”
City firm Macfarlanes has made a rare triple lateral hire with three partners from King & Wood Mallesons‘ (KWM) European practice. The firm is taking on Tom Usher, Cameron Firth and Christoph Humpe as partners, and will also take on KWM’s former European senior partner Stephen Kon as a consultant. Continue reading “KWM competition trio defects to Macfarlanes in rare lateral play by City thoroughbred”
The UK is to ratify the Europe-wide Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement and set up a court in London despite fears Brexit would halt negotiations. Continue reading “City firms react as government pushes ahead European Unified Patent Court despite Brexit fears”
Italy’s intellectual property (IP) lawyers are eyeing up London’s branch of the Unified Patents Court (UPC) in the wake of EU referendum.
Continue reading “‘Milan is a natural candidate’: Italian IP lawyers target London patents court post Brexit”
Just one week after losing star competition partner Alastair Mordaunt to Magic Circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Clifford Chance has hired the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) director of mergers Nelson Jung as a City partner.
Continue reading “Clifford Chance rebuilds competition team with plum hire from the CMA”