Magazine - September 2001

In publication since 1982, IFLR has become the trusted source for in-house counsel and law firms specialising in financial law.

Cover Story

  • Linklaters tops shrinking equity market

    This year’s IFLR international equity survey will make grim reading for firms. The results show what many have feared – that as equity capital markets have collapsed so has the number of mandates for legal advisers. In a crunch market, Linklaters & Alliance and Sullivan & Cromwell have maintained their dominance while others have been stranded by narrow practices and slipped through the rankings. Ben Maiden reports


  • Cutting edge close-up: Chad-Cameroon pipeline opens financing for African projects

    Thirty years after oil was discovered in Chad, financing for the Chad-Cameroon pipeline finally closed in July. Annie Williams and Mark Castillo-Bernaus of Baker & McKenzie, London, discuss the groundbreaking project

  • The key to success with German convertibles

    Jasper Evans, Martin Krause and Peter Waltz of Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler, Frankfurt, answer some of the key questions companies face when planning an issue of exchangeable or convertible bonds in Germany

  • US lawyers bet on London to cushion landing

    With the storm clouds of recession gathering, and teams being slashed back home, US firms might be expected to be retreating into fortress Wall Street to keep out of the rain. Instead, many are counting on a European recovery to balance any losses in the US, and are using London as their base camp. Tom Williams reports

  • Firm directory - London

  • How capital markets could enforce US sanctions

    The US Congress is taking a strong line on international sanctions and looking to the markets to enforce them. Danforth Newcomb, Saamir Elshihabi and Perry Bechky of Shearman & Sterling explain the compliance issues companies need to understand

  • International firms stay muted on mergers

    There have been no high profile transatlantic law firm mergers since Clifford Chance teamed up with Rogers & Wells over 18 months ago. Most non-US firms in New York are playing their strategic cards close to their chests. Despite the threat of recession, US editor Tom Nicholson finds the UK firms in a cautiously expansionary mood - but keeping their options open

  • Firm directory - New York

  • Court sets rules for domain name disputes

    In July the Supreme People’s Court of China issued an explanation to help guide lower courts through the maze of domain name disputes. William Farris, Latham & Watkins Hong Kong, discusses the PRC’s progress

  • The future for telecoms in WTO China

    China’s entry to the WTO will open vast markets to foreign investors, including the telecoms sector. William Farris and Mitchell Stocks of Latham & Watkins, Hong Kong, China’s obligations under WTO membership

  • China’s magic pill proves hard to swallow

    China’s membership of WTO may not be the answer to foreign law firms’ sluggish Asian practices. While 1.3 billion people represents an exciting potential, there is a long way to go before China proves capable of winning the full confidence of major-league investors. Nick Ferguson reports

  • Comment: China’s troubled path to WTO

    Jerome Cohen, the first foreign lawyer to enter China in 1979, discusses China’s ability to comply with the legal requirements of WTO entry and sees a sometimes difficult road ahead

  • How Kaili made history in China

    On July 5 Kaili become the first company to sue the China Securities Regulatory Commission – and the first to win. Jingzhou Tao and Zhao Yong of Coudert Brothers, Beijing, look at the implications of this historic case

  • Jury still out on Singapore joint ventures

    More than a year has passed since the inception of Singapore’s seven legal joint ventures – the city state’s first step towards being part of the global legal profession. With one JV down and the others facing the challenges of integration, Nick Ferguson reports from Singapore on the progress made and lessons learned

  • Singapore court confuses over arbitration

    The John Holland case has confused parties seeking international arbitration proceedings in Singapore. K Minh Dang and Siva Murugaiyan of White & Case, Colin Ng & Partners in Singapore, discuss the case

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