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Herbert Smith Freehills advises Carlyle International Energy Partners on purchase of Romanian business of Sterling Resources

Deals and cases | London | 27 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills' energy team has advised Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP), part of the Carlyle Group, on its agreement to purchase the entire Romanian business of Sterling Resources. The acquisition includes license blocks 13 Pelican, 15 Midia, 25 Luceafarul and 27 Muridava, all located in the Romanian Black Sea.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Telefónica on C.£10 billion sale of O2 to Hutchison Whampoa

Deals and cases | London, Madrid | 27 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills' London and Madrid offices have teamed up to advise Telefónica SA on its agreement to sell O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, parent company of UK telecom operator Three, for an initial amount of £9.25 billion and an additional deferred payment of £1 billion to be paid once the cumulative cash flow of the combined company in the UK has reached an agreed threshold.

Herbert Smith Freehills bolsters corporate practice with eighth partner in Germany

Firm news | Germany | 25 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has recruited Markus Lauer to join its corporate practice in Germany as a partner. Markus will be based in the firm's Frankfurt office from 1 May 2015.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Godrej on stake increase in joint venture with the Darling Group in Africa

Deals and cases | Africa group | 24 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised India-based Godrej Consumer Products Limited on its acquisition of a further 34.37 per cent. stake in its artificial hair production and distribution joint venture with the Darling Group, which comprises businesses in the Republic of South Africa and Mozambique.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on the first Australian wind farm to issue in the USPP market

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 24 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised on the Hallett Hill No. 2 Wind Farm’s successful launch of a $A205m issue in the US Private Placement (USPP) market - the first Australian wind farm to issue in the USPP market.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises JFE Steel Corporation and Marubeni-Itochu Steel Inc on joint venture in UAE

Deals and cases | Abu Dhabi, Tokyo | 24 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised JFE Steel Corporation and Marubeni-Itochu Steel Inc. on their agreement with Senaat GHC, a private joint-stock general holding company owned by the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to establish a joint venture in Abu Dhabi.

Herbert Smith Freehills puts 'Agile Working' into practice

Firm news | 23 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched an initiative aiming to embed 'agile working' within the firm's working culture. This is a continuation of the 'Working Smarter' concept we launched in 2012, which seeks to incorporate contractual 'flexible working' arrangements within the firm, as well as less formal agile working that gives people more control over when, how and where they work on an ad hoc basis.

Herbert Smith Freehills strengthens its South East Asia energy team

Firm news | Hong Kong, China, South East Asia, Singapore | 19 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills announced today that leading Asia energy partner David Clinch will shortly relocate from Hong Kong to Singapore to promote the further development of the firm's South East Asia energy practice.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Goodman Fielder in relation to its acquisition by Wilmar and First Pacific

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 18 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Goodman Fielder on its acquisition by Wilmar International Limited and First Pacific Company Limited (through a jointly-owned entity) by way of a scheme of arrangement, which values Goodman Fielder on an enterprise value basis at A$1.9 billion.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Softbank Corp on stake increase in Aldebaran Robotics

Deals and cases | Paris, Tokyo | 17 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Japanese telecommunications and internet company SoftBank Corp. on its acquisition of a further share of interest in Aldebaran Robotics, a French robotics company which designs, manufactures and sells autonomous humanoid robots.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on Danish acquisition of the Brite biomass power plant project in the UK

Deals and cases | London | 12 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on its investment of £160 million in the acquisition and development of the biomass-fired power plant project “Brite” on behalf of the Copenhagen Infrastructure II fund (CII). CII is a Danish private equity fund dedicated to energy and infrastructure assets with DKK 8 billion (€1,05 billion) to invest at present. The fund is open for additional commitments until end of Q1 2015 and is expected to reach a total commitment of DKK 10-12bn/EUR 1.3-1.6bn.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Whitehaven Coal Limited on its A$1.4 billion refinancing

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 12 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Whitehaven Coal Limited on its fully underwritten offer of new A$1.4 billion senior secured bank facilities to be provided by a syndicate of Australian and international banks.

Clients vote Herbert Smith Freehills top firm for third consecutive year

Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 11 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills’ position as a leader in outstanding client service has been cemented at the prestigious 2015 Financial Review Client Choice Awards, with the firm named Best Professional Services Firm and Best Law Firm (both in the revenue over A$200m category) in Australia for the third consecutive year.

Herbert Smith Freehills bolsters Tokyo corporate practice

Firm news | Tokyo | 11 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that the firm has bolstered its corporate practice in Tokyo with the addition of corporate partner, Damien Roberts.

Herbert Smith Freehills recognised for excellence in dispute resolution

Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 09 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills’ excellence in dispute resolution was recognised at the annual Asian Lawyer magazine Asia Legal Awards, where the Apple v. Samsung dispute, in which Herbert Smith Freehills represented Apple, won the Dispute of the Year Award.

Herbert Smith Freehills New York Office Hosts Cybersecurity Conference

Firm news | New York | 06 March 2015

On 26 February 2015, Herbert Smith Freehills New York office hosted a conference entitled "Cybersecurity: Tips for Crisis Prevention and Management."

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Anil Ambani led-Reliance Infrastructure on acquisition in Indian defence sector

Deals and cases | India group, London | 05 March 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills advised Anil Ambani led-Reliance Infrastructure as international counsel on its acquisition of, an ultimately, controlling stake in Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company.

Mathias Wittinghofer has been awarded the ILO Client Choice Award 2015 as Germany’s best litigation counsel

Firm news | Frankfurt, Germany | 27 February 2015

For the second time since 2012, Frankfurt Head of Dispute Resolution Mathias Wittinghofer has been awarded the prestigious ILO Client Choice Award, as Germany’s Best Litigation Counsel, based on a survey among more than 2,000 in-house counsels worldwide.

Herbert Smith Freehills Top Legal Graduate Employer

Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 27 February 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills confirmed its place as one of Australia’s leading graduate employers when the Top 100 Graduate Employers were announced by The Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP in Sydney last night.

Herbert Smith Freehills helps Tottenham Hotspur resist High Court CPO challenge regarding new stadium

Deals and cases | London | 23 February 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has acted for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in successfully resisting a High Court challenge to the validity of a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the acquisition of land required for the Club's new stadium, part of the high profile Northumberland Development Project.

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