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Law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer kicked off summer in style last week with a treat for its staff and the hard-working investment bankers with whom the firm works closely on initial public offerings and M&A deals.
Of the 700 or so bankers from Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, RBS, Credit Suisse and others that were invited to the Freshfields Capital Markets Party, at least half converged on the Royal Festival Hall’s stylish Skylon bar and restaurant last week. The effort was well rewarded with the Skylon offering a trip around the world– at least in terms of the delicacies on offer.
The cold beer and expensive champagne did the job of breaking the ice and the lawyers and bankers chatted away almost as if they could be friends. Having worked together before, many of the attendees already knew other and the air was thick with the latest news in the financial markets.
Even after the last burger was demolished and the lights were switched off, there were rumors that the party continued elsewhere, though your correspondent did the sensible thing and called it a night.