DIBB Lupton Alsop (now DLA) was reported to be in advanced talks with Dutch firm Schut & Grosheide about joining its alliance with a view to a possible merger.
The deal was expected to take place within weeks, resulting in the mid-sized Amsterdam firm, which specialises in corporate and shipping, linking up with the DLA alliance D&P, which then included partners in Barcelona, Brussels and Paris.
DLA managing partner Nigel Knowles this week described the alliance as having "gone beyond our wildest dreams", particularly in relation to client-sharing and joint technology developments. Since DLA's alliance with Schut & Grosheide, four more firms have joined the D&P alliance.
THE LAWYER revealed that US firm Sullivan & Cromwell moved three partners to London from New York - including one of the world's most highly-rated M&A lawyers.
Neil Anderson was appointed head of the firm's European M&A practice. He was joined by fellow M&A partner George Sampas and litigation partner Ted Edelman, bringing the firm's European capability to nearly 70 lawyers, 50 of whom are based in London.
Anderson said the moves were made to improve client service rather than win extra work from City firms. The firm also consolidated in Europe with the announcement that senior tax partner Willard Taylor will move in June to the firm's Paris office.
Sullivan & Cromwell has since hired former Norton Rose lawyer Jamie Logie as its first English-qualified partner, as well as five US-qualified associates. Last year it also hired corporate lawyer Gerard Mazet from French firm Jeantet & Associes. Mazet was joined by fellow partner Jean-Pierre Le Gall and Richard Vilanova from the French office of Dutch firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot.