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Crisis tax drains work for Hungary’s lawyers but new opportunities emerge

6-Jul-2015

Crisis taxes and regulatory changes have doused foreign investor interest but firms are gaining opportunities elsewhere as a result of the global crash.

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Ireland’s lawyers tell a tale of two economies

15-Jun-2015

The country’s domestic economy is now in steady recovery.

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Sunny side up: legal work picks up in Cyprus

8-Jun-2015

It’s not been always plain sailing for Cyprus, but economic improvements and an increase in work have left lawyers feeling more positive.

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Crossing the divide: cross-border work and the Finance Team of the Year award

8-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cross-border work and political tensions are dominating this year’s entries for Finance Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards.

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Breath of fresh air: Malta's firms diversify thanks to the Legal Services Act

1-Jun-2015

Malta’s reputation as a reputable international finance centre is embedded and now firms are diversifying, helped by the anticipated Legal Services Act.

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A cross-border future: Serbia looks towards EU accession

1-Jun-2015

Life is still tough but regional ties are strengthening among law firms and businesses as Serbia keeps one eye on EU accession.

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European firms report record turnover as Continent bounces back

25-May-2015

Revenue and profits were up across much of the Continent last year as the European 100 gained a new top-ranked firm, France’s Fidal.

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Staying afloat: Russian law firms and the EU sanctions

18-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Sanctions imposed by the EU after Crimea’s annexation have caused upheaval in the Russian market, but law firms remain optimistic.

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The Czech and Slovakian markets take a local turn

11-May-2015

Czech and Slovakian firms are in high demand but the internationals have found the market

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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.

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Saga delayed: the West Tankers judgment download subscription

No5 Chambers 7-Jul-2015

 The ECJ’s decision in West Tankers limited the use of anti-suit injunctions in a case where they could have prevented inordinate delay. 

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Olswang and Magnusson close doors in Berlin

25-Jun-2015

The German legal market has seen more movement than most other European jurisdictions in the past couple of years – and the trend seems to be continuing.

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Culture, challenge and change

26-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Cultural change in the legal market is often slow - but usually critical.

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Clifford Chance posts 2 per cent drop in PEP to £1.12m with turnover down to £1.35bn

7-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clifford Chance has posted slightly depressed global turnover of £1.35bn, down 0.7 per cent on last year’s most successful year ever for the firm when it turned over £1.359bn.

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Exclusive: KWM Europe and Middle East PEP jumps 39 per cent to £610k

7-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) average profit per equity partner (PEP) in Europe and the Middle East has skyrocketed by 39 per cent to £610,000 in its second financial year since it merged with SJ Berwin.

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Sunny side up: legal work picks up in Cyprus

8-Jun-2015

It’s not been always plain sailing for Cyprus, but economic improvements and an increase in work have left lawyers feeling more positive.

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A cross-border future: Serbia looks towards EU accession

1-Jun-2015

Life is still tough but regional ties are strengthening among law firms and businesses as Serbia keeps one eye on EU accession.

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.

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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Crisis tax drains work for Hungary’s lawyers but new opportunities emerge

6-Jul-2015

Crisis taxes and regulatory changes have doused foreign investor interest but firms are gaining opportunities elsewhere as a result of the global crash.

serbia

A cross-border future: Serbia looks towards EU accession

1-Jun-2015

Life is still tough but regional ties are strengthening among law firms and businesses as Serbia keeps one eye on EU accession.

Baltics

Pan-Baltic firms Lawin and Raidla Lejins split to form new alliances

19-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Pan-Baltic firms Lawin and Raidla Lejins & Norcous have both split up, with the two reforming to establish new alliances spanning the region.

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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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Breath of fresh air: Malta's firms diversify thanks to the Legal Services Act

1-Jun-2015

Malta’s reputation as a reputable international finance centre is embedded and now firms are diversifying, helped by the anticipated Legal Services Act.

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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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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Ireland’s lawyers tell a tale of two economies

15-Jun-2015

The country’s domestic economy is now in steady recovery.

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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

For more from Ireland go to thelawyer.com/Ireland

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Afanasiev

Staying afloat: Russian law firms and the EU sanctions

18-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Sanctions imposed by the EU after Crimea’s annexation have caused upheaval in the Russian market, but law firms remain optimistic.

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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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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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Former Akin Gump Geneva head confirmed as US Ambassador to Finland

26-Jun-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The former head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Geneva office, Charles Adams, has been confirmed as the next US Ambassador to Finland.

Good news for entrepreneurs as Swiss vote no to IHT download subscription

Bär & Karrer 22-Jun-2015

Positive signal for entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals.

Switzerland: new reporting obligations for shareholders download subscription

Bär & Karrer 22-Jun-2015

Getting in line with international money-laundering and terrorism standards.

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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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