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HSF cuts debt by 21 per cent in first full year after merger

30-Jan-2015 3:00 pm | By Margaret Taylor

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) reduced its debt position in its first full year as a merged firm, although it still ended the 2013/14 year with borrowings of £141m.

Money

DLA Piper International revenue and headcount fell in 2013/14, accounts show

30-Jan-2015 3:20 pm | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper International - the firm’s operations outside the US - saw a 2 per cent drop in revenue in 2013/14, the firm’s LLP accounts have shown.

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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Freshfields adds Kirkland employment partner as US expansion drive continues

30-Jan-2015 1:09 pm | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has continued its series of bold US lateral hires with the appointment of Kirkland & Ellis employment partner Howard Klein to its New York office.

Amsterdam

Bakers hires seven-strong Linklaters and Houthoff Buruma corporate team in Amsterdam

30-Jan-2015 12:01 pm | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has hired a seven-strong team from Houthoff Buruma and Linklaters to boost its M&A, capital markets and private equity offering in Amsterdam.  

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Reed Smith advises Sky on mobile phone launch with Telefónica UK

30-Jan-2015 11:53 am | By Natasha Bernal

Reed Smith has advised Sky on an agreement with Telefónica UK to launch its first mobile phone network service next year.

London

BLP advocacy head Stuart Isaacs QC joins King & Spalding

30-Jan-2015 11:44 am | By Tabby Kinder

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)’s advocacy head Stuart Isaacs QC has joined King & Spalding’s (K&S) global disputes team as a partner, effective 9 February.

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Allen & Overy records highest trainee retention since before recession

30-Jan-2015 11:22 am | By Richard Simmons

Allen & Overy is keeping on 93 per cent of its spring qualifying trainees.

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CMS paid £2.3m to prepare Dundas for takeover, LLP accounts show

30-Jan-2015 11:16 am | By Margaret Taylor

CMS Cameron McKenna paid £2.3m to Dundas & Wilson prior to taking the firm over, with the cash being used to cover the cost of a pre-deal restructuring.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Money

DLA Piper International revenue and headcount fell in 2013/14, accounts show

30-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper International - the firm’s operations outside the US - saw a 2 per cent drop in revenue in 2013/14, the firm’s LLP accounts have shown.

Herbert Smith

HSF cuts debt by 21 per cent in first full year after merger

30-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) reduced its debt position in its first full year as a merged firm, although it still ended the 2013/14 year with borrowings of £141m.

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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.

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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.

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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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Herbert Smith

HSF cuts debt by 21 per cent in first full year after merger

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) reduced its debt position in its first full year as a merged firm, although it still ended the 2013/14 year with borrowings of £141m.

Amsterdam

Bakers hires seven-strong Linklaters and Houthoff Buruma corporate team in Amsterdam

Baker & McKenzie has hired a seven-strong team from Houthoff Buruma and Linklaters to boost its M&A, capital markets and private equity offering in Amsterdam.  

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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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Top 10 stories: 16-22 January 2015

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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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