HSBC – allegations of fraud, Switzerland

Switzerland – Shaken then spurred

20-Apr-2015

Tax evasion allegations and the uncapping of the Swiss franc have kept the country in the headlines recently, but it’s all good for lawyers.

Asters took Law Firm of the Year: Ukraine and Cis 2015

Ukraine – Toughing it out

20-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Be strong and think fast are the rules if you want to succeed in this troubled region. The shortlisted firms for our European awards show the way.

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Referral relationships: making the link

6-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Travers’ determination to stay independent was once seen as its Achilles heel. But maybe it was ahead of its time.

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Poland – Warsaw packed

16-Mar-2015 | By Jonathan Ames

An influx of global firms and a rush of indie spin-offs has created an overcrowded legal market in Poland – and fees are suffering.

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GCs in banking – The big bank load

16-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

The pressure on in-house lawyers in the financial services sector is growing as banks face up to new challenges such as greater regulatory scrutiny.

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Austria – Holding the centre

9-Mar-2015 | By Jonathan Ames

Austrian firms are hanging tough and looking for opportunities in a central European region bounded by a battlefield on its eastern flank.

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Portugal – Less pain, more gain

9-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Early repayment of its bailout and solid M&A interest from foreign investors have brought optimism to Portugal’s lawyers.

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Competition: what lawyers really think about changes to the UK's regulatory regime

2-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

UK competition lawyers have a new regulator and new rules to follow when handling mergers. Is it ‘business as usual’ as the old OFT and CC promised?

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Clifford Chance’s growing critical list

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.

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European M&A – Mergers rising

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

While deal numbers were up last year, their value rocketed – and this time it’s not the US firms taking the lion’s share.

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Nominating adjudicators – what not to put in the application form, take two download subscription

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If a name is included on the form and the individual does not have a genuine conflict of interest the decision could be unenforceable.

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Orrick becomes latest international firm to slim down German presence

30-Apr-2015

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe this week became the latest in a string of mainly US-headquartered firms to slim down its German offering. The firm announced it was closing in Frankfurt and Berlin, leaving the future of five partners and several other lawyers in doubt.

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Independent firms can still be global

6-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Independence does not rule a firm out of top-level cross-border mandates.

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DLA Piper announces 44 promotions for 2015

1-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

DLA Piper has announced that 44 lawyers have been promoted to its partnership this year, including nine in the UK and 20 in the US.

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French boutique Villey Giraud Grolleaud makes first lateral from HSF

1-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French boutique Villey Giraud Grolleaud has made its first lateral hire since launching two years ago, picking up Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) corporate partner Frédéric Grillier.

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Slovenia

Balkan firm Karanovic & Nikolic expands to Slovenia with local hire

3-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Balkan firm Karanovic & Nikolic has opened an office in Slovenia, extending its coverage across the states of the former Yugoslavia.

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Cyprus – Bounceback island

8-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Cyprus is still in recession, but it looks as though Russia’s favourite island will revive more quickly than was thought likely.

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Bulgaria – The stability dividend

3-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Investment promises to pick up when Bulgaria sails into calmer political waters, but that’s not the only attraction for its firms and an international newcomer

Luxembourg

Luxembourg – on the IP offensive

26-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

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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Luxembourg – Money plus

14-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

As Fiat, Apple and Starbucks earn the Duchy a rap on the knuckles for its tax rules, will the government’s efforts to diversify the economy take firmer root?

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Luxembourg: International style

27-Jan-2014 | By Burhan Khadbai

Second-tier international law firms are joining the top players in Luxembourg as its stability and global outlook continue to attract big business

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European firms in London: City of dreams

4-Nov-2013 | By Joanne Harris

With a focus on internationalisation and a determination to forge bonds with clients, European firms are finding their City bases increasingly important

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France: Comme ci, comme ça

14-Oct-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Those chic Parisian boutiques keep making bread, but international firms are finding the French market has passed its best

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Plafond de verre

8-Oct-2012 | By Joanne Harris

The glass ceiling is still in place in the French legal profession as, although there are far more young women than men involved, they are not making partner

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Dentons takes on White & Case's Budapest office in major CEE boost

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

White & Case’s Budapest office is joining Dentons next month in a major boost for the expanding firm’s Central & Eastern European (CEE) operations.

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Wolf Theiss recruits A&O Czech corporate head

7-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Austrian firm Wolf Theiss has hired longstanding Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Jan Myska as a partner in its Prague office.

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The Lawyer Top 20 cases 2015: Clyde & Co client Glencore to pay $40m to Petrom over crude oil "deceit"

17-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clyde & Co client Glencore International has been ordered to pay $40m (£27m) to Romanian oil companies Petrom and Petrolexportimport for fraudulently shipping low-quality crude oil to Romania in the 1990s.

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Clifford Chance’s growing critical list

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.

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Germany – independent nation

19-Jan-2015 | By Joshua Freedman

German firms are hanging on to their independence despite continued international competition

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Germany – Crossing borders

28-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

As international work grows the DAX30 are expanding in-house legal teams, but Germany’s biggest companies remain critical to the country’s law firms 

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The Lawyer European Awards – Italy’s contenders

2-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

It’s been a difficult few years for many Italian firms, but as this year’s shortlist for The Lawyer European awards demonstrates, they’ve risen to the challenge

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Italy: Diversity strategy

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Italian M&A activity has hit a rough patch, forcing law firms to look for alternative sources of revenue

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Italy: Via Dolorosa

3-Feb-2014 | By Burhan Khadbai

Employment and political reforms, and a programme of privatisation could ease Italy’s and its legal market’s way through these punishing times

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Malta

Malta – Fund-loving Europhiles

9-Jun-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

A responsive stance to EU legislation has led to a thriving Maltese funds market. Is it enough to make rumours of a global firm’s move there come true?

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Roundtable: The Lawyer Awards shortlist – Funderstorm

17-Jun-2013

Representatives of The Lawyer Awards Funds Team of the Year shortlist gathered in London recently to debate the hottest topics in the sector

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Malta: An island apart

3-Jun-2013 | By Joanne Harris

Malta does not want to be tarred with the same brush as Cyprus and is defending its credentials as an international business centre

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Portugal – Less pain, more gain

9-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Early repayment of its bailout and solid M&A interest from foreign investors have brought optimism to Portugal’s lawyers.

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The Lawyer Briefings Live: Latin America – The new, new world

7-Jul-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Brazil may be hogging the limelight right now, but its neighbours should not be ignored. The rest of Latin America deserves investors’ attention too

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Lusophone Africa: Sweet talk

31-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Despite restrictions on foreign lawyers setting up shop in Mozambique, the region’s historical and linguistic links with Portugal offer a host of international benefits

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Republic of Ireland – Firms see green for go

19-Jan-2015

How was 2014 for Irish firms? And how is 2015 shaping up?

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Ireland: Lawyers wanted

15-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

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Ireland: Coming back strong

23-Jun-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Property prices are rising again and this time Ireland’s lawyers are confident it is no bubble, while talk of an early wind-up for Nama hints at austerity’s end

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Russia

Russia: Look the other way

24-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Western sanctions are making life tough for Russia’s companies and lawyers, so they are forging new links in the East 

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Kazakhstan – a safe haven in the CIS

10-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, Kazakhstan is benefiting

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Russia – Feeling the chill

19-May-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

It’s a nervous time for international law firms in Moscow, as Russia’s rift with the West threatens to throw their businesses off course – possibly for good

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Finland – Triumph in adversity

20-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Finland’s economy might be struggling but firms are thriving from a stream of acquisitions, restructures and start-ups emerging in Nokia’s wake

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Norway - After the oil

29-Sep-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Slow growth in the eurozone along with crises in the Middle East and Ukraine are beginning to be a drag on Norway’s richest sector – energy

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The Baltics: Three cheers

27-Jan-2014 | By Burhan Khadbai

The legal market in the three Baltic states is getting back on track after a turbulent few years

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Switzeriand: expat ordinance refined download subscription

Bär & Karrer 29-Apr-2015

Revised ordinance more narrowly defines the scope of covered expatriates.

Preliminary judicial protection in Switzerland: some hints and tips download subscription

Prager Dreifuss 29-Apr-2015

A discussion of interim relief in recent cases, highlighting the importance of clarity and areas where it pays to be prudent. 

Preparing for a dawn raid download subscription

Prager Dreifuss 23-Apr-2015

External counsel can help raided companies decide, say, whether to file for leniency. Bernhard Lauterburg of Prager Dreifuss is one of the experts on the panel in this Q&A article.

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Turkey – Striking out

9-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Tough international competition means that diversification is the watchword in the Turkish legal market.

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Turkey - Upgrade nation

29-Sep-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

The rise of the Turkish aviation sector reflects a wider trend of prosperity

Turkey Briefing Live: Plane speaking

21-Apr-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

The IMF has slashed its 2014 growth forecast for Turkey from 3.5 to 2.3 per cent. Investors are now hoping the aviation and energy markets will provide some comfort

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Asters took Law Firm of the Year: Ukraine and Cis 2015

Ukraine – Toughing it out

20-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Be strong and think fast are the rules if you want to succeed in this troubled region. The shortlisted firms for our European awards show the way.

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Ukraine – No place for lawyers?

8-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

The Ukraine crisis has raised questions over which rule of law to follow, but the flight of international investors is giving local firms an advantage.

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Ukraine: Lawyers on the edge

7-Apr-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Everyday legal work is at a halt and the country’s lawyers stand ready to do their bit in the army if the Russians move in

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