Council property: City firm Trowers & Hamlins advised construction group Kier on a £60m partnership with Sheffield City Council to provide a property management and advice service for the authority. National firm Eversheds advised the council. School run: City firm Macfarlanes advised BPP Holdings, owner of BPP law school, on its £303.5m takeover by Apollo Global, a joint venture between US education company Apollo Group and private equity house Carlyle Group. BPP law school runs the City LPC, providing training for magic circle firms Freshfields and Slaughter and May, and City firms Herbert Smith, Lovells and Norton Rose. Apollo Global was advised by national firm Eversheds. French first: City firm Lovells advised French energy company EDF on a €1bn (£850m) bond issue. Lovells said it was the first French offer of euro medium term notes (EMTNs) directly to the public, rather than institutional investors. Barclays disposal: The London office of US firm Shearman & Sterling advised the Abu Dhabi government-owned International Petroleum Investment Company on disposing of 1.3 billion shares in Barclays bank – around 13.5% of Barclays’ share capital. Magic circle firm Clifford Chance advised Barclays. Fund launch: Birmingham firm Wragge & Co advised investment company Stirling Mortimer on launching a fund worth around £100m. The Stirling Mortimer No 8 Fund UK Land is listed on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange. Wragge secured Financial Services Authority approval for the fund’s prospectus. Qatar bonds: Magic circle firm Clifford Chance, alongside offshore firm Appleby, advised Qatar Telecom on issuing $1.5bn (£900m) worth of bonds on the London Stock Exchange. Royal Bank of Scotland led a consortium of banks on the financing. It was advised by magic circle firm Allen & Overy.