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Vodaphone/Mannesmann

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The UK's largest telecommunications operator, Vodaphone AirTouch, has launched a 124-billion-euro hostile bid for German telcoms group Mannesmann.

Freshfields Deringer/ Wolf Theiss association

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On November 5 Freshfields Deringer formed an association with leading Austrian firm Wolf Theiss & Partners, thereby formalising the long history of cooperation between Freshfields, Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemend and Wolf Theiss.

Linklaters Alliance

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Following the establishment of the Linklaters Alliance, Alec Burnside will move from the current Brussels office into the Alliance of European Lawyers office at rue Brederode 13. The practice group leader for European competition law will be Bernard van de Walle Ghelke.

LECG continues European growth

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Robin Aaronson is joining Law and Economics Consulting Group in London. He was previously a director of Coopers & Lybrand and its coordinating partner during the investigation of the merger with Price Waterhouse.

Long moves to Olswang

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After eight years at Coudert Brothers, highly-regarded telecoms expert Colin Long will join London's Olswang solicitors.

Lever out of retirement

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Jeremy Lever QC is re-emerging from retirement on October 6 to rejoin Monckton Chambers on a full-time basis.

IVO/Neste

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The Commission has approved the merger of two formerly state-owned Finnish energy companies, IVO, mainly involved in electricity generation, and Neste, an oil and natural gas company.

AP/WTN

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Ashurst also acted for the Associated Press in relation to its acquisition of the video news gathering business of World Television News.

Imperial Tobacco/Douwe Egberts van Nelle

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In their acquisition of the Douwe Egberts van Nelle tobacco business from Sara Lee, completed in July, Imperial Tobacco Group turned to Ashurst Morris Crisp in London, where a team composed of Roger Finbow and Caroline Easter obtained the UK clearance and supervised clearances in a number of other jurisdictions, notably: Belgium (handled by Carl Meyntiens of Ashurst); Ireland (handled by John Handoll and Derek Fish of William Fry); Germany (handled by Wolfgang Bosch of Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch); the Netherlands (handled by Winfred Knibbeler of Nauta Dutilh); Spain (handled by Jorge Marti of Uría & Menendez); Greece (handled by Nicholas Dessypris of Zepos & Zepos); Australia (handled by Paul Hughes of Corrs Chambers Westgarth). Sara Lee was advised by Sander van der Voorde at Loeff Claeys Verbeke.

Marsh & McLennan/Sedgwick

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The European Commission is investigating the proposed £2.1 billion acquisition by Marsh & McLennan of the US, the world's biggest insurance broker, of Sedgwick plc, the last publicly quoted UK insurance broker.