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Why Alibaba's switch to a New York listing left Freshfields out in the cold

23-Sep-2014 10:42 am | By Natalie Stanton

Alibaba landed on the New York Stock Exchange with an almighty thump last Friday (19 September), becoming the largest initial public offering (IPO) of all time.

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Baker & McKenzie achieves 50 per cent female board with new appointment

23-Sep-2014 9:30 am | By Kate Beioley

Baker & McKenzie has appointed Gillian Coyle as its London HR director, bringing it closer to its diversity targets and handing it a 50 per cent female board. 

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23-Sep-2014 3:11 pm | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance global chief operating officer (COO) Amanda Burton is stepping down at the end of the year following a raft of leadership changes at the firm.

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Tesco calls in Freshfields to investigate overstated first-half profits

22-Sep-2014 2:26 pm | By Natalie Stanton

Tesco has appointed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to scrutinise its first-half profits, which were overstated by £250m.

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Linklaters and Sweden’s Mannheimer Swartling act on $2.5bn Microsoft-Minecraft takeover deal

22-Sep-2014 2:20 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Linklaters’ Swedish office advised Microsoft and Mannheimer Swartling represented Mojang, the creators of hit game Minecraft, in the $2.5bn deal to buy the Swedish game company.

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Clyde & Co formalises Riyadh association

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Clyde & Co has obtained formal approval from the authorities in Saudi Arabia to launch a co-owned joint venture with its Riyadh alliance firm.

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Top Chinese law firm Commerce & Finance ‘open’ to global alliance

22-Sep-2014 0:03 am | By Yun Kriegler

Commerce & Finance (C&F), one of the leading ‘red circle’ firms in China, has signalled that it would consider the idea of a global alliance seriously.

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PRC firms in dramatic growth spurt, The Lawyer China Elite reveals

22-Sep-2014 0:01 am | By Yun Kriegler

The top Chinese law firms have rapidly expanded headcount in the last year, according to exclusive research published by The Lawyer today.

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Freshfields lures Fried Frank trio in latest New York hiring spree

19-Sep-2014 6:25 pm | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson head of capital markets Valerie Ford Jacob along with two corporate partners in New York.

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Scotland’s Blackadders expands into Perth

19-Sep-2014 4:15 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Edinburgh-headquartered Blackadders has agreed to take over Perth-based Condies, growing its practice to approximately 220 lawyers and six offices in the country from next week. 

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Shepherd and Wedderburn: now the referendum votes are in, we need some joined-up thinking on tax

19-Sep-2014 3:33 pm

The Scottish electorate has voted ‘no’ to independence. However, the ‘no’ vote certainly doesn’t mean no constitutional change for Scotland, not least because of the UK government’s (and the Labour Party’s) pledge to further devolve power to Scotland.

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When The Lawyer published the Asia Pac 150, 35 of the region’s top firms were Chinese. But that doesn’t even scratch the surface of the PRC legal market. This week we publish the most detailed research available on Chinese firms: their financial performance, growth and international strategy and the particular challenges that each of them faces. Click the links below to download it and the Asia Pacific research.

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Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr has overseen a period of significant growth at the former IP boutique, and more is on the horizon.

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How much can Freshfields tinker with its lockstep to lure New York partners?

22-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

What is more important to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer? The sacred lockstep or a swathe of heavy-hitting veteran US partners to build up its growing presence in New York and Washington?

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The Akin deal is done, but what of the five Bingham refuseniks?

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The much anticipated tie-up between Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Bingham McCutcheon’s London office closes only one chapter of speculation over the fate of the US firm.

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