2 January 2006
Ashurst has dramatically bulked up its presence in the German and Italian markets with a mass raid on Allen & Overy (A&O) and Haarmann Hemmelrath - underlining its aggressive push on finance in Europe.
Baker & McKenzie Warsaw tax partner Miroslaw Barszcz has joined the Polish government as Vice Minister of Finance after less than a year at the firm.
Shearman & Sterling has gained a rare instruction for chemical giant BASF advising on its hostile bid for smaller US rival Engelhard.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has hired a corporate finance partner from Allen & Overy (A&O) in a bid to develop its AIM practice.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton shot to the top of the 2005 M&A league tables in Italy on the back of its work on UniCredito Italiano's landmark EUR15.4bn bid for German bank HypoVereinsbank.
Charles Russell has raided insurance specialist Hextalls to poach the firm’s head of technology, media and telecommunications.
Clifford Chance continued its domination of the M&A deals tables in the Nordic region, but only just staved off strong competition from the leading Danish firms.
Allen & Overy has knocked Linklaters from the top spot in the latest Benelux M&A league tables, advising on the biggest deals in 2005.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer topped the German M&A tables last year by value and numbers of deals.
Gateley Wareing has completed its merger with Scottish firm Henderson Boyd Jackson, after it was announced in October 2005.
The former name partner of Haarmann Hemmelrath has set up his own practice following his decision to quit last year over rows about the firm’s remuneration system.
Kirkland & Ellis has raided the London office of US rival Weil Gotshal & Manges to hire corporate tax specialist John Baldry.
Stephenson Harwood has lost its head of M&A Kevin Dean, who has quit for Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham.
Linklaters has topped the French M&A league table for 2005, advising on the most deals with the highest total value.
Midlands firm MFG Solitors has merged with Simon Bishop & Partners, in a bid to strengthen its commercial property practice.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s new senior partner Guy Morton has taken the helm at the magic circle firm with immediate effect following Anthony Salz’s decision to stand down.
Salans is in talks to take a five-partner team from dissolving French independent Rambaud Martel.
Latham & Watkins has lost securities heavyweight Brian Cartwright to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following the high profile resignation of the regulator’s former general counsel late last year.
Slaughter and May corporate partner David Watkins has been seconded to the Takeover Panel to take up the role of assistant secretary.
Virgin Group has ditched Ashurst from its law firm panel following the conclusion of the review of its UK legal advisers.
White & Case has boosted its Asia foreign investment practice, poaching two new partners for its Beijing and Hong Kong offices.
Winston & Strawn has bagged a three-lawyer team from Salans’ Paris office in a move to strengthen its arbitration and litigation practices.