Ashurst, HSF advise on sale of Aussie restaurants

by Steve Randall04 May 2017
Ashurst, HSF advise on sale of Aussie restaurants
Teams from four international law firms have advised on the sale of six Australian restaurants which were operated by the collapsed Keystone Group under the Jamie’s Italian brand.

The units, in Sydney, Parramatta, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, have been acquired by the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ restructuring, turnaround and insolvency team, led by partner Paul Apathy, advised Morgan Kelly and Ryan Eagle of Ferrier Hodgson, the receivers and managers of the Keystone Group.

Ashurst partner James Marshall led the team advising the Jamie Oliver Group.

The transaction was part of a wider disposal of former Keystone assets involving a further 10 restaurants and bars with the administrators of the group advised by K&L Gates.

A&O Perth lawyer relocates to NRF in Singapore
Jonathan Sui has joined Norton Rose Fulbright in Singapore as senior associate in the shipping and offshore oil and gas team. Sui was previously with Allen & Overy in Perth. 

NRF’s shipping and offshore oil and gas team in Singapore has been further boosted by SD Choi who joins as of counsel from Campbell Johnston Clark in the city-state.

The new hires are accompanied by the promotions of both Sue Ann Gan and James Bradley to of counsel.

Hong Kong lawyer among 12 promotions at Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons has promoted 12 lawyers to partner including Hong Kong based corporate and commercial lawyer Jingyuan Shi.

She is a PRC qualified lawyer and a practising solicitor in England and Wales who focuses her practice on private equity and venture capital transactions in the TMT sector.

The other promotions are mostly in London with some elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East.

Festival-goers face legal action for tweeting bad comments
People who attended a music festival on a remote island in the Bahamas could face legal action for posting negative accounts of their experience on Twitter.

TMZ.com reports that lawyers have sent cease and desist letters to at least one person who tweeted criticism of the event. The letters suggested that unless the posts were removed it could be seen as civil unrest and potentially inciting riots.

The festival organisers admitted on their website that the event did not run smoothly:

The team was overwhelmed. The airport was jam packed. The buses couldn’t handle the load. And the wind from rough weather took down half of the tents on the morning our guests were scheduled to arrive.

Guests had little choice but to return to the US, where organisers say the event will be held next year!ong H

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