NRF advises BP on Woolworths fuel deal
Norton Rose Fulbright has advised BP on its acquisition of the retail fuel distribution business of Woolworths Ltd.
The substantial deal involves 527 existing petrol stations and a further 16 development sites in Australia and is part of a strategic alliance between BP and Woolworths, creating a food and fuel offer at BP Australia service stations.
NRF was BP’s lead adviser with a team led by Melbourne-based corporate partner Shane Bilardi, assisted by special counsel Chris Mitchell and partners Justin Lucas and Michael Park; special counsel Ka-Chi Cheung and Andrew Perry; senior associate Jamie Griffin; and associates Jacqueline Dowling and Emma Haylock. In Sydney, the team was assisted by partner Noni Shannon and associate Sonali Seneviratne.
Expansion for Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co has opened two new offices in the US; in Chicago and Washington DC; with the hire of a team of ten from Troutman Sanders LLP.
The insurance and litigation team brings the international firm’s US headcount to nearly 50 partners and more than 200 legal professionals as part of a global team of more than 2000 across 6 continents.
New managing partner for international firm
International law firm RPC has appointed head of insurance James Miller as managing partner and senior partner Rupert Boswall has been re-elected for a second term.
Miller has been with the firm for more than 20 years and succeeds Jonathan Watmough in his new role with immediate effect. He is dual qualified in England & Wales and Hong Kong.
The firm has expanded in recent years to include offices in Singapore and Hong Kong.
American First Lady to push ahead with $150 million lawsuit
A defamation lawsuit filed by America’s First Lady Melania Trump will proceed after a circuit court judge ruled that a blogger was responsible for allegations about the president’s wife.
The case involves false claims by a blogger about Mrs Trump’s past for which she is seeking damages of U$150 million. She may also file a US lawsuit against the publisher of the Daily Mail which re-published the allegations. A separate suit has already been filed against the publication in the UK.