Merger mania

Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Eggar confirm £250m merger

26-Nov-2015 0:03 am | By Jonathon Manning

Irwin Mitchell has announced it is set to merge with Thomas Eggar in a move which will create a £250m firm with over 270 partners.


ENSafrica merges with Ghana firm Oxford & Beaumont

26-Nov-2015 0:02 am | By Joanne Harris

South African firm ENSafrica has merged with Ghana’s Oxford & Beaumont to form ENSafrica Ghana, its seventh African jurisdiction.

IT technology

Freshfields and Sullivan take the lead on £1.2bn Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold tie-up

26-Nov-2015 0:01 am | By Rachel Moloney

Cross-border teams from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the €1.7bn (£1.2bn) tie-up between banking technology companies Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold in Germany and the US. 


Dentons expansion continues with Luxembourg tie-up

25-Nov-2015 4:00 pm | By Joanne Harris

Dentons has announced its fifth merger of 2015, confirming a tie-up with Luxembourg firm OPF Partners.

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Exclusive: Addleshaws set to merge with Scottish heavyweight Maclays

25-Nov-2015 0:03 am | By Jonathon Manning

Addleshaw Goddard has negotiated a merger deal with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, dependent on a partnership vote, The Lawyer understands.

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life sciences

Why LivaNova's merger was 2015's most complex life sciences deal

25-Nov-2015 0:02 am | By Rachel Moloney

Pfizer’s $160bn merger with Allergan may well be the largest healthcare transaction in history, but at least the in-house team didn’t have to contend with a merger, injunction attempt, simultaneous de-listing and new listing all in one year.


European moves: 25 November 2015

25-Nov-2015 5:44 pm | By Joanne Harris

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.

Law rocks

Inaugural Middle East Law Rocks pushes funds raised towards $1.5m

25-Nov-2015 2:28 pm

The legal market battle of the bands Law Rocks broke new ground last week, as the London-based event landed in Dubai, a move that has helped the charity event close in on a record total fundraising of $1.5m.


Gleiss Lutz replaces Loges with duo of managing partners

25-Nov-2015 2:26 pm | By Joanne Harris

German firm Gleiss Lutz has elected Alexander Schwarz and Michael Arnold as co-managing partners to replace outgoing chief Rainer Loges, who is stepping down after eight years in the role.

 royal courts of justice

Bircham Dyson Bell defeats negligence claim despite court's criticism of "sloppy" work

25-Nov-2015 11:07 am | By Tabby Kinder

Bircham Dyson Bell has successfully defended a professional negligence claim brought against it by a property developer client despite the firm admitting breach of duty in the High Court.


Weil Gotshal appoints three new City partners in 2015 promotions round

25-Nov-2015 10:04 am | By Rachel Moloney

Weil Gotshal & Manges has promoted eight partners in the UK and US, with three being made up in the City.


Dechert boosts M&A practice as former Weil partner Faugérolas returns to practice

25-Nov-2015 0:01 am | By Joanne Harris

Dechert has announced the hire of former Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate finance heavyweight Laurent Faugérolas as a partner, almost three years after he quit law to set up a corporate advisory boutique.


Horwich Farrelly picks up 43-strong Greenwoods team following Parabis administration

24-Nov-2015 2:34 pm | By Joanne Harris

Insurance firm Horwich Farrelly has announced the hire of seven partners and another 36 lawyers and staff from Greenwoods, the defendant insurance arm of Plexus Law.

Business partner

In-house counsel as business partner: How to be the perfect GC

24-Nov-2015 11:37 am | By Natasha Bernal

On the first day of The Lawyer’s In-house Counsel as Business Partner conference, speakers focused on the qualities that CEOs look for in their general counsel and why in-house counsel need to be more commercial. 

Saudi Arabia

HSF allies with Nasser Al-Hamdan to reopen in Riyadh two years after regional exit

24-Nov-2015 11:00 am | By Tabby Kinder

Herbert Smith Freehills will reopen in Riyadh in 2016 through an exclusive association with local firm Nasser Al-Hamdan and the hire of two partners from DLA Piper and White & Case.

paris metropolitain france

Fieldfisher hit with €28k damages after tribunal rules it unfairly dismissed Paris secretary

24-Nov-2015 9:45 am | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher has been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling €28,454 (£20,000) after a Paris employment tribunal found it had unfairly dismissed a secretary from its office in the French capital.


Bryan Cave to focus on three key areas after firmwide strategic review

24-Nov-2015 0:03 am | By Rachel Moloney

Bryan Cave has completed a long-term strategic review, with the US firm placing emphasis on three main areas such as thought leadership, sector focus and diversity. 

real estate

The real estate blog: UK tops infrastructure development table

24-Nov-2015 0:02 am | By Jonathon Manning

The UK has been revealed as the world’s most attractive country for infrastructure development, according to research carried out by Nabarro.


Fieldfisher's Chissick re-elected as managing partner

23-Nov-2015 4:55 pm | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher has re-elected Michael Chissick as its managing partner for a second term after he stood unopposed.

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German lessons

International firms have been reviewing their operations in Germany, with mixed results.  Sidley Austin, Orrick and Shearman & Sterling have all downsized, while others, such as Pinsent Masons, Fieldfisher, Reed Smith and Greenberg Traurig, have leapt upon hiring opportunities. Frankfurt no longer exerts the biggest pull; place your bets on Munich instead.



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Maclay Murray & Spens partner Jill Reid entered private practice after 25 years in-house with Chevron UK, Shell and Dana Petroleum.

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Phil Sanderson

Hot 100 alumni: Phil Sanderson, Ropes & Gray

Seven years on and Sanderson has swapped the very English Travers Smith for US outfit Ropes & Gray, as the latter continues its expansion drive in the City. 

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The Lawyer Business Leadership Summit speakers Adam Smith, Esq president Bruce MacEwen and Overture strategy director Mark Brandon talk about law firm strategies, the ‘tipping point’ in the legal market and what law firms are doing wrong.  


Goodwin Procter's Evans: "Germany was the right next step"

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Having spearheaded Goodwin Procter’s London launch four years ago, City chair David Evans is keen to recreate the firm’s success over in Germany.


Is the Government’s infrastructure pledge as radical as it seems?

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Britain is heading into a long-awaited period of infrastructure development as the Government pledges funding alongside ongoing foreign investment

New Delhi

India special report: Revamped and ready to go

23-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

While the dramatic split of its largest law firm has dominated the headlines, India is poised for growth and firms say they are in shape to take advantage

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Osborne Clarke sees half-year revenues jump by 25 per cent

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Osborne Clarke has seen its global revenues jump by 25 per cent in the first half of the 2015/16 financial year, up from €89.1m (£62.3m) to €111m (£77.6m).


Fieldfisher reveals 8 per cent half-year revenue rise to £58.4m

10-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher’s half-year global revenue has beat the firm’s target, with an 8 per cent increase from £54.3m to £58.4m for the first six months of the 2015/16 financial year.

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In-house interview: Chris Smith, L1 Energy

23-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Having resolved the BP-AAR clash over an Arctic Shelf exploration project, Chris Smith was drafted in to run the legal function at L1 Energy, where the controversial and tense deals continue.

Ned Staple

In-house interview: Ned Staple, Zoopla Property Group

23-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

A background in digital media, including running his own tech company, has helped Ned Staple guide Zoopla Property Group through an IPO and beyond.

Rachael Davidson

In-house interview: National Grid GC Rachael Davidson

16-Nov-2015 | By Katy Dowell

In less than a year National Grid UK’s Rachael Davidson has made remarkable changes to the in-house structure and its panel of advisers, with the emphasis being fewer but more valuable relationships.

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European moves: 25 November 2015

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.


Dentons expansion continues with Luxembourg tie-up

Dentons has announced its fifth merger of 2015, confirming a tie-up with Luxembourg firm OPF Partners.

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New Delhi

India special report: Revamped and ready to go

While the dramatic split of its largest law firm has dominated the headlines, India is poised for growth and firms say they are in shape to take advantage

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Capital gains: European firms in London

New arrival Macchi di Cellere Gangemi takes the total of European firms in London to nearly 40. Why do they come and why do they stay, even through an economic crisis?

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