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China’s Dacheng raids Haworth & Lexon for six-partner team

30-Jan-2015 0:03 am | By Margaret Taylor

PRC firm Dacheng has made its first significant hire since its tie-up with Dentons became public knowledge, taking on a team of six equity partners from fellow Chinese firm Haworth & Lexon.

Hoyland

Simmons' managing partner Jeremy Hoyland on Bristol, Luxembourg and defying gravity

30-Jan-2015 0:03 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

With a new three-year strategy in the offing and several recently launched projects still bedding in, 2015 has the potential to set a new benchmark at Simmons & Simmons.

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BBVA UK legal head takes up new role at derivatives platform NetOTC

30-Jan-2015 0:02 am | By Natasha Bernal

BBVA’s former UK head of legal Joanne Theodoulou has taken up the role of general counsel at NetOTC, an independent platform that deals with over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions.

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And then there were two: Collins and Mayhew to contest BLP managing partner election

29-Jan-2015 0:03 am | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) head of corporate David Collins and head of employment Lisa Mayhew will go head-to-head on Tuesday (3 February), when partners vote in the firm’s first contested managing partner election for 16 years.

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Chadbourne becomes latest entrant into Jo'burg with Bowman Gilfillan hire

29-Jan-2015 3:29 pm | By Joanne Harris

US firm Chadbourne & Parke has become the latest international player to launch in South Africa, opening a Johannesburg office with the hire of Bowman Gilfillan partner Lido Fontana.

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Squire Patton Boggs advises on Sheffield Wednesday sale to Thai seafood businessman

29-Jan-2015 3:52 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Squire Patton Boggs has advised on the deal to sell Sheffield Wednesday Football Club to Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri, representing owner Milan Mandaric.

Freshfields

Freshfields first of magic circle to report to report spring trainee retention, keeping 85%

29-Jan-2015 1:38 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has released its retention rate for its spring 2015 qualifiers, keeping 85 per cent of trainees on in newly-qualified (NQ) positions.

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank legal costs fall by 80 per cent in Q4 2014 as cases linger

29-Jan-2015 11:43 am | By Tabby Kinder

Deutsche Bank’s litigation costs fell by over 80 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, from €1.1bn to €207m (£155m), helping the bank to a surprise pretax profit.

Manchester

Browne Jacobson managing partner pledges further growth for third term

29-Jan-2015 0:02 am | By Tabby Kinder

Browne Jacobson’s managing partner Iain Blatherwick has been unanimously re-appointed to the role in a vote by the firm’s 96 partners.

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Al Tamimi forges Egyptian association to access investment opportunities

29-Jan-2015 0:01 am | By Joanne Harris

Middle East firm Al Tamimi & Company has agreed an association with an Egyptian firm in a bid to take advantage of the country’s improving outlook despite continuing political unrest.

Freshfields

Freshfields to pay £1bn to retired partners over next 50 years

28-Jan-2015 5:30 pm | By Margaret Taylor

The amount that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer expects to pay to fund current partners’ pensions fell in the 2013/14 financial year, despite the firm’s total future commitment to retired partners continuing to hover around the £1bn mark.

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Clyde & Co and 7KBW succeed in £8.8m typo claim against Companies House

28-Jan-2015 5:18 pm | By Natasha Bernal

The High Court has found in favour of a Clyde & Co client who claimed that a typo in a Companies House document forced his business into administration.

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Herbert Smith Freehills on board for HS2 rail project

28-Jan-2015 4:34 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has been appointed as the main adviser for High Speed Two (HS2), the developer of Britain’s new north-south high speed train line.

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East meeting West, again

The combination of US-European Dentons with China’s Dacheng will create the world’s biggest law firm. On paper, that’s a lot of global reach – as long as integration issues are tackled. For more on Dacheng and a close analysis of Chinese firms, check out our China Elite.

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The Hot 100 2015: The bar

26-Jan-2015

Laying the groundwork for an Ebola vaccine, throwing a lifeline to British manufacturing and holding Government to account for exceeded pollution limits – some of the inspirational stunts pulled off by this year’s A-listers. 

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After the easy fixes, what next for diversity?

26-Jan-2015 | By David Isaac

Law is in the vanguard of change when it comes to promoting diversity in the workplace, but much remains to be done in the office and beyond.

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Hoyland

Simmons' managing partner Jeremy Hoyland on Bristol, Luxembourg and defying gravity

30-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

With a new three-year strategy in the offing and several recently launched projects still bedding in, 2015 has the potential to set a new benchmark at Simmons & Simmons.

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The Global Law Summit: the Davos of ‘law meets business’

13-Jan-2015

The Global Law Summit next month will champion the rule of law as a tool for business growth.

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India's largest firm Amarchand splits as brothers battle over equity stake

27-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

When Indian firm Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A Shroff & Co splits in two on 1 April this year it will bring an end to the history of one of India’s oldest and best-known law firms.

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Special report: Cyber security – In a rights pickle

26-Jan-2015

The proposed counter-terrorism law looks set to leave ISPs and social media sites uncomfortably torn between security and privacy demands.

E-disclosure

Special report: E-disclosure – Gathering clouds

26-Jan-2015

Gaining access to data from cloud servers in multiple jurisdictions is adding to the complexity and cost of e-disclosure.

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Freshfields

Freshfields to pay £1bn to retired partners over next 50 years

28-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

The amount that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer expects to pay to fund current partners’ pensions fell in the 2013/14 financial year, despite the firm’s total future commitment to retired partners continuing to hover around the £1bn mark.

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Sovereign Housing Association adds four firms to 14-strong legal panel following review

27-Jan-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Sovereign Housing Association, the largest social housing provider for the south and southwest of England, has grown its legal panel by 40 per cent, adding four firms to its roster of advisors.

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The in-house interview: Pets at Home legal chief Louise Stonier

26-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

From management buy-out to becoming a listed company: legal head Louise Stonier has seen Pets at Home through some big changes.

Helen Selby

The in-house interview: Hovis GC Helen Selby

19-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Bread might sound a little humdrum for an ex-Royal Air Force officer but Helen Selby has been able to spread her wings at freshly-sold Hovis.

Andrew Waldron

In-house Interview: Cancer Research Technology’s Andrew Waldron

12-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

As legal boss at Cancer Research Technology, Andrew Waldron is blazing a pioneering trail to get life-changing drugs to market

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Shanghai skyline

China’s Dacheng raids Haworth & Lexon for six-partner team

PRC firm Dacheng has made its first significant hire since its tie-up with Dentons became public knowledge, taking on a team of six equity partners from fellow Chinese firm Haworth & Lexon.

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank legal costs fall by 80 per cent in Q4 2014 as cases linger

Deutsche Bank’s litigation costs fell by over 80 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, from €1.1bn to €207m (£155m), helping the bank to a surprise pretax profit.

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Special report: The Baltics – A triple play

With economies conducive to investors and an appetite for growth among local businesses, cross-border work in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is on the rise.

Luxembourg

Special report: Luxembourg – on the IP offensive

Intellectual property is the next weapon in Luxembourg’s armoury of business offerings – but first it must past the EC ‘state aid’ test

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19 January 2015 cover

Top 10 stories: 16-22 January 2015

26-Jan-2015

The top 10 stories last week were dominated by our annual top 20 cases feature - but the creation of the world’s biggest law firm was close behind.

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