In what becomes the second multibillion dollar award against Russia in the space of a week, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg has ruled that the country must pay 50,000 Yukos shareholders €1.9bn ($2.5bn) for unlawful tax penalties and disproportionate enforcement in the run up to the oil company’s bankruptcy.
Decision contradicts EU advocate general’s previous non-binding guidance.
After years of attempts by Brussels to tighten up Europe’s data privacy rules in the face of US lobbying, in May the European Court of Justice (ECJ) achieved that effect by backing a ‘right to be forgotten’ against Google, in a blow for the search engine and advisers Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
The court in Luxembourg found that in certain circumstances individuals can request that operators remove the links that appear during searches of their name, meaning Google will now need to set up a technical solution to a potential minefield of requests.
Effective on 1 June, the merger between 39-office firm Squire Sanders and 330-lawyer Washington outfit Patton Boggs will bring together the larger firm’s global platform with Patton Boggs’ white collar expertise in the US, but what will it mean for lawyers in London and Europe? Continue reading “Squire Patton Boggs – what does the merger mean for lawyers in London and Europe?”
A raft of European hires for US and transatlantic firms has seen Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and K&L Gates bolster their finance and corporate capability on the Continent as Paul Hastings and Squire Sanders draw in strategic senior recruits in the City. Continue reading “Revolving doors: Growth in Europe for Skadden, K&L Gates, Paul Hastings and Squire Sanders”
After years of attempts by Brussels to tighten up Europe’s data privacy rules in the face of US lobbying, yesterday (13 May) the European Court of Justice (ECJ) achieved that effect by backing a ‘right to be forgotten’ against Google, in a blow for the search engine and advisers Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Continue reading “‘The right to be forgotten’: Google led by Cleary dealt a blow by ECJ’s privacy ruling”
Holcim/Lafarge merger and Vivendi’s SFR acquisition lead the way
Corporate partners are forecasting the next big European M&A wave after deal values this quarter shot up, partly on the back of ready debt finance and growing market confidence. Such conditions have supported a run of lucrative mandates, including the €40bn merger in April of cement companies Holcim and Lafarge and the acquisition of Vivendi’s phone unit SFR by cable group Altice for a total value in excess of €17bn.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer were among a host of firms advising on Holcim’s combination with Lafarge, a deal that, subject to regulatory approval, will create LafargeHolcim, the world’s biggest cement maker.
Magic Circle giant Clifford Chance (CC) has scored a key advisory role on Volkswagen’s (VW’s) $9.2bn offer for a remaining stake in Swedish truck company Scania.
CC, a longstanding adviser to the German automobile manufacturer, is leading on the German and US legal aspects of the offer, led by Frankfurt-based M&A partner Wolfgang Richter and banking partner George Hacket. Leading Nordic firm Roschier is also advising VW on Swedish law matters. Continue reading “Clifford Chance leads on VW’s $9.2bn offer for remaining shares in Scania”
Fresh from its run of lateral hires from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in London, Jones Day has made two prominent European partner hires, as Clifford Chance’s (CC) Frankfurt-based automotive head Johannes Perlitt joins the firm’s corporate practice while the head of EU product regulatory practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge in Brussels, Ursula Schliessner has also joined the firm as a partner. Continue reading “Jones Day hires CC Frankfurt head of automotives and McKenna Long Brussels regulatory partner”
Advisers benefit as investors target industrial assets
The shift towards global industrial real estate portfolios as an asset class last month saw Clifford Chance (CC) advise newly-formed SEGRO European Logistics Partnership (SELP) on its €472m acquisition of a portfolio of prime development land in Germany, Poland and France from funds managed by Tristan Capital Partners.
The CC team leading the deal included global head of real estate Adrian Levy, alongside London real estate partner Mark Payne and fellow City-based head of real estate tax David Saleh.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) today (3 February) took a further step towards building up its German capability following the collapse of its alliance with Gleiss Lutz and Benelux firm Stibbe with the hire of former Baker & McKenzie partner Mathias Wittinghofer to launch its disputes practice in Frankfurt.
A specialist in banking and finance disputes, as well as post-merger and acquisition disputes, Wittinghofer will become part of HSF’s global banking litigation and investigations practice. The dual German and English-qualified attorney’s client base includes banks, private equity firms and major corporations. Continue reading “Growth in Germany for HSF as it launches disputes practice in Frankfurt”