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Herbert Smith Freehills salutes Lend Lease on its A$1.6bn bid win at Paya Lebar

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Singapore | 16 April 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Lend Lease in Singapore on its successful S$1.67 billion bid for a large mixed use site at Paya Lebar, Singapore. The site was awarded to Lend Lease on 1 April 2015, after a competitive tender process by the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Herbert Smith Freehills recruits financial services regulatory specialist Nick Bradbury as a partner based in London

Firm news | London | 15 April 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills today announced the recruitment of financial services regulatory specialist Nick Bradbury to join its global Financial Services Regulatory (FSR) practice as a partner based in London.

Herbert Smith Freehills Paris hosts conference on successfully carrying out projects in Africa

Firm news | Africa group, Paris | 13 April 2015

On 9 April 2015, the Herbert Smith Freehills Paris office hosted a successful conference in association with the AFJE (the leading French in house counsel association) and in partnership with Jeune Afrique and Thomson Reuters Interactive entitled: Investing in Africa: successfully implementing your projects.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on single largest ever CNH bond issue by Indian corporate

Deals and cases | Hong Kong, Singapore, India group | 09 April 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that the firm has advised on a RMB690 million note offering by ITNL Offshore Two Pte. Ltd., guaranteed by IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited. The deal marks the single largest ever CNH bond issue from an Indian company.

Asia Pacific M&A Markets off to a strong start in 2015

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Bangkok, Beijing, China, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, South East Asia | 09 April 2015

Asia Pacific’s M&A markets got off to an impressive start in the first quarter of 2015, with US$264.9 billion in announced deals representing a 82% increase on the same quarter last year.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Challenger Life Company Limited on A$133 million hotel acquisition and lease back

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 08 April 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Challenger Life Company Limited on its $133 million acquisition and lease back arrangement of The NEXT Hotel at 76 Queen Street, Brisbane.

Herbert Smith Freehills: Surge in global market activity in Q1 sees significant increase in cross-border M&A deals

Deals and cases, Firm news | London | 07 April 2015

According to the latest M&A report published by Thomson Reuters, the value of worldwide M&A was over US$850 billion during the first quarter of 2015, a 25% increase from Q1 2014 levels. The market saw a steady stream of deals over US$5 billion, resulting in the strongest opening three-month period for worldwide deal making since 2007.

Herbert Smith Freehills acts on US$500million secondary share sale in PICC Property and Casualty

Deals and cases | Hong Kong, China | 02 April 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as lead placing agents on the US$500 million sale of 256,000,000 secondary shares in the share capital of PICC Property and Casualty Co. Ltd. by American International Group Inc., the largest commercial insurer in the U.S.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on Touchcorp IPO

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 02 April 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Goldman Sachs and Wilson HTM as joint lead managers in relation to Touchcorp Limited’s initial public offering and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.

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.

Energy & Resources sector set to supercharge Asia Pacific M&A

Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 26 March 2015

The M&A markets in Asia Pacific will be bolstered as a result of anticipated activity in the energy and resources sector in the second half of 2015, according to Herbert Smith Freehills’ second annual Asia Pacific M&A Review.

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.

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