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Top competition partner joins Herbert Smith Freehills

Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 20 November 2014

One of Australia’s pre-eminent competition lawyers, Liza Carver is joining the Herbert Smith Freehills competition practice in Sydney.

Herbert Smith Freehills Paris advises Arkema on the launch of its €350m share capital increase

Deals and cases | Paris | 20 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills Paris has recently Arkema, France's leading chemicals producer, on the launch of its share capital increase with preferential subscription rights of shareholders for an amount of around €350 million.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Huaneng Power on US$1.19 billion acquisition of Chinese power plants

Deals and cases | Hong Kong, Beijing | 18 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Huaneng Power International Inc., one of China's largest listed power producers, on its acquisition of equity interests in ten power plants in China for a total consideration of US$1.19 billion.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Huaneng Power on HK$3.1 billion H-share placement

Deals and cases | Hong Kong | 13 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Huaneng Power International Inc., one of China's largest listed power producers, on its HK$3.14 billion H-share placement.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Connect Group on its acquisition of Tuffnells Parcels Express

Deals and cases | London | 13 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised long-standing client Connect Group PLC, a leading specialist distributor, on the acquisition of Tuffnells Parcels Express, a leading UK provider of next day business-to-business delivery of mixed freight/parcel consignments, and on its rights issue and extension of the Group's current debt facilities, both of which will fund the acquisition.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises InfraVia on its acquisition of a 20% stake in the NGT pipeline in the Netherlands

Deals and cases | Paris | 13 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills Paris has recently advised InfraVia, a Paris-based investment manager dedicated to the infrastructure sector, on its acquisition from GDF SUEZ of a 20% stake in the Dutch company Noordgastransport ('NGT').

Gavin Davies and Rebecca Perlman recognised for their "extra mile" contribution in Sierra Leone

Firm news | Africa group, London | 12 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills' Gavin Davies has been recognised by Financial News' inaugural Extra Mile 40, a list recognising the achievement of 40 individuals in the financial sector who have made significant contribution to good causes, not just in terms of money, but also in terms of time and innovation.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises joint lead managers on Centuria Property Funds Limited’s IPO

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 12 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills is advising UBS AG, Australia Branch and CIMB Capital Markets (Australia) Ltd in relation to their role as bookrunners and joint lead managers of Centuria Property Funds Limited’s initial public offering and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Herbert Smith Freehills draws on cross border expertise to assist Chinese investors

Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 11 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has contributed several key chapters to a new investment guide published by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, entitled, ‘How To Invest In Australia’.

Herbert Smith Freehills bolsters Southeast Asia disputes practice with two additions

Firm news | Hong Kong, South East Asia | 11 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills announced the firm's Southeast Asia disputes practice will be bolstered with two additions, Corporate Crime & Investigation Of Counsel Pamela Kiesselbach, and International Arbitration Senior Associate Antony Crockett.

Herbert Smith Freehills confirms appointment of James Palmer as new Chair and Senior Partner

Firm news | Abu Dhabi, Africa group, Australia, Bangkok, Beijing, Belfast, Berlin, Brisbane, Brussels, China, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Germany, Hong Kong, India group, Jakarta, Kazakhstan group, Latin America group, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Middle East, Moscow, New York, Nordic group, Paris, Perth, Saudi Arabia group, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, South East Asia, Sydney, Tokyo, Ukraine group | 10 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills today announced the appointment of James Palmer as Senior Partner and Chair of the Global LLP Council. He succeeds Jonathan Scott who will be retiring from the firm on 31 January 2015. The appointment, which follows a partnership vote, will take effect from 1 February 2015 for a term of three years.

Herbert Smith Freehills completes A$1.215 billion sale for UGL Limited

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 10 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised UGL Limited on the completion of the sale of its global property services business, DTZ, to a consortium for A$1.215 billion. The deal was signed on 14 June 2014 and closed on 5 November 2014.

Herbert Smith Freehills hires former SFC counsel as Senior Consultant in Hong Kong

Firm news | Hong Kong | 06 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has hired John Siu, a former in-house counsel at the Securities & Futures Commission (SFC). He has joined the Hong Kong Financial Services Regulatory practice as a Senior Consultant.

Herbert Smith Freehills assists Johnson Matthey in powering up its battery materials business

Deals and cases | Frankfurt | 04 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised global specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey on its acquisition of the battery materials business of Swiss-based Clariant AG for US$75 million. The transaction, which is expected to complete in 2015, covers all of the assets of Clariant’s Energy Storage business including its manufacturing facility, an R&D centre and a pilot plant in Germany, together with the customer order book and a substantial IP portfolio.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on Tata Motors US$750 million bond offering in Singapore

Deals and cases | Hong Kong, Singapore | 04 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised the joint lead managers and joint bookrunners on Tata Motors Limited's US$750 million dual-tranche fixed rate bond offering.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises SoftBank on US$100 million investment in Indonesia's largest online marketplace

Deals and cases | Hong Kong | 04 November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Japanese telecommunications and Internet corporation SoftBank Corp. on a US$100 million investment in Indonesian e-commerce marketplace PT Tokopedia.

The Shopfront celebrates its 21st birthday

Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney | 03 November 2014

The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre – a joint project of Herbert Smith Freehills, Mission Australia and The Salvation Army – has celebrated 21 years of providing free legal assistance to Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged young people.

Herbert Smith Freehills boosts Asia Pacific corporate practice

Firm news | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Tokyo | 31 October 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed Ian Williams and Damien Roberts as partners in its corporate M&A practice. Both partners have joined the firm from Ashurst and will commence their new roles in early 2015.

Herbert Smith Freehills establishes Singapore relationship with Prolegis LLC

Firm news | Singapore | 31 October 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has entered into a new relationship with Singapore law firm Prolegis LLC, effective 1 November 2014.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on the first wind farm project financing to reach financial close in the Philippines

Deals and cases | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Hong Kong | 23 October 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Energy Development Corporation on its US$315 million financing of the 150 MW Burgos Wind Farm Project.

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