BSN City Group Newsletter - June 2011

Welcome to our Summer 2011 Newsletter!

As we have done in the past, we aim to bring you news of specific interest to City lawyers on an ongoing basis, from upcoming BSN City events, relevant developments with the wider Black Solicitors Network to career opportunities. Please do let us know if you have any feedback, suggestions or information (including job opportunities) that you wish to share with us and/or fellow City lawyers. Contact us by clicking here.

City Events

Goldman Sachs Legal KnowledgeXchange Panel Event and Reception

Thank you to those who attended our Spring event, which was hosted and sponsored by Goldman Sachs in association with Linklaters LLP and BSN City Group. The event, held on 19 May 2011, was opened by David Greenwald, International General Counsel for Goldman Sachs, and the keynote address (on ‘Global Markets Following the Crisis’) was delivered by Goldman Sachs' Chief Currency Strategist, Thomas Stolper. A highly interactive panel discussion followed with senior Goldman Sachs leaders from the Investment Banking, Investment Management and Securities divisions on recent legal and regulatory developments in the global capital markets. The plenary was followed by a networking reception during which BSN City lawyers mingled and networked with senior representatives from Goldman Sachs. This was a most informative event for private practice and in-house lawyers alike and a great opportunity to network with thought leaders in the field of financial markets.

We value your feedback so that we can build on such events and develop future initiatives for BSN City lawyers. Please could you spare a moment to email your feedback on this event (including the content covered and topics you would like to see debated on in the future).

Summer Party 2011

The BSN will be holding its annual Summer Party, themed Casino Royale II, on Saturday 16 July 2011 from 7.00 pm to 2.00 am at the Altitude River Room, Millbank Tower.

Tickets are priced at £50 until 10 July (£55 thereafter) and include an African/Caribbean dinner and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks.

Tickets can be purchased via the following link :
BSN Summer Party 2011.

This is always an enjoyable event and all are encouraged to attend.


Save the Date

BSN City Group in association with Linklaters LLP will be holding a Black History Month event at Linklaters LLP’s offices on 18 October 2011. Further details of this event, which promises to be topical and interesting, will follow in due course.


City moves

Congratulations to Africa specialist and BSN City Group Committee Member, Bayo Odubeko, who recently joined the corporate team at international legal practice Norton Rose Group as partner.

Bayo Odubeko was head of the Africa group at SJ Berwin in London. Bayo advises sub-Saharan focused private equity firms and African companies seeking a London listing and capital raising. At Norton Rose, Bayo will continue to focus on corporate finance work, including IPOs, private equity investment into Africa and natural resources transactions.

Bayo explains: "Norton Rose is already recognized as world-class for corporate in Africa. Its international network and tie-ups with Ogilvy Renault and Deneys Reitz can only lead to greater penetration into the African market. I am looking forward to playing my part in continuing to grow that reputation."

mySRA - Smarter Regulation, Better Outcomes

From early summer this year, the SRA will be phasing out its paper-based system of application forms and fees and replacing it with an online system, known as ‘mySRA’.

mySRA will transform the way you, as a solicitor, interact with us. It will provide you with a unique username and password to access your own SRA online account. You will use mySRA to pay renewal fees, update your practising details, make a broad range of applications to us as your regulator - and get instant information about the progress of applications and other regulatory processes......

Read more here >>

Career Opportunities

Accenture UK, a market leading management consulting, technology services and outsourcing organisation, has two openings for a Transactional Lawyer and Senior Mergers and Acquisitions Attorney. Both are London positions.

For more information and how to apply visit the following links :

Transactional Lawyer - London

Senior Mergers and Acquisitions Attorney - London

Applications are required to be made online.

BSN Membership

A significant number (though not all) of our BSN City event attendees are also members of BSN. If you are not a BSN member, we would encourage you to join the BSN to ensure you are kept abreast of all the developments with the BSN, in addition to BSN City Group.

We will keep you posted of upcoming events and any other developments of interest in the coming weeks and months!

Best wishes,

Paulette Mastin
BSN City Group – Chair

BSN City Group Committee: Paulette Mastin, Donna Samuels (Vice-Chair), Michael Webster,
Trevor James, Sharon Thomas, Bayo Odubeko, Akima Paul and Nana Darko

Contact us at : BSN City Group email
For further information about BSN City Group, visit: BSN City Group web site