Raphael Grunfeld

Dewey & LeBoeuf, ethics and public investment in private US law firms


When on December 31, 2008, the last day of its financial year, the newly merged Dewey & LeBoeuf realised that it needed $50m to avoid breaching its bank loan covenant, it allegedly came up with a master plan to inflate its profitability by cooking the books.

Boris Bronfentrinker

FX litigation: revealing the pressure points


The UK is the next frontier for banks involved in FX manipulation. What does this mean for the banks, the claimants and their advisers?

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Market abuse and the High Court


A first-of-its-kind case could have industry-wide implications once the Financial List comes into play.

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Dodd Frank comes to Hounslow


Hounslow trader Navinder Singh Sarao faces almost certain extradition to the US for price manipulation

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Why the Cooley effect is one to watch

19-Jan-2015 | By Catrin Griffiths

It took a while, but it was worth it. Cooley’s launch in London had been awaited for over a year, but it didn’t diminish the impact. Indeed, The Lawyer’s revelation ten days ago that the firm was opening in the UK with 19 partners dominated our most-read stories list.

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The choices facing Ashurst and Olswang

3-Nov-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

The Americanisation of UK law is coming - so what are firms doing about it?


Are there bad actors hiding in your client’s private placement?


Citibank Global Markets Inc was recently saved, by the skin of its teeth, from being permanently barred from acting as a placement agent.

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The US firms right at home in the City

6-Oct-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Gibson Dunn’s hire of former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen is one of the biggest corporate stories of the season.

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Freshfields scores a US touchdown

29-Sep-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

The self-belief of Freshfields managing partner and corporate head is remarkable.

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Akin means business in the City


Like a python after swallowing an antelope, Akin Gump London may want to rest a while.

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Hiring is the key to capital gains

14-Apr-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Our survey of top international firms is, for the first time, truly international.


Commercial contracts in Vietnam - get your dispute resolution clause right


The legal enforceability of contracts in Europe

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Litigators, transparency and success

9-Dec-2013 | By Catrin Griffiths

The Lawyer’s annual report into the top 50 firms for global litigation is eagerly awaited by those with ambitions to grow their contentious business.


Come clean on the road to Rio


Self-reporting is the key to navigating the anti-bribery legislation being implemented in Brazil

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Mayer Brown makes up 27 to partner in US-dominated worldwide promo round

20-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Mayer Brown has made up 27 partners in its latest worldwide promotions round, two of which are based in the firm’s London office. 


Winston & Strawn boosts corporate practice with Gide and Pinsents partner hires

18-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Winston & Strawn has hired Pinsent Masons partner Paul Amiss and Gide Loyrette Nouel finance partner Rebecca Finn to join its London team in a bid to boost its corporate and finance practice.

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White & Case targets trio of back office centres worldwide as it mulls European launch

17-Nov-2015 | By Matt Byrne

White & Case is considering opening a shared services centre to serve its European offices in what would be the firm’s third worldwide.


Chadbourne and Pillsbury merger talks collapse

16-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Chadbourne & Parke and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman have called off merger talks following months of speculation, The Lawyer understands.

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Hot 100 alumni: Ross Allardice, partner, White & Case

21-Sep-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Ross Allardice is one of four partners in White & Case’s London office who are helping to build up the firm’s private equity practice.

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Where next for Gowling WLG?

27-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

When Wragges and Gowlings merge next year numerous options will open up for the Anglo-Canadian firm to build on – and develop beyond – its IP and natural resources roots.


The Lawyer roundtable: How innovation can make firms better and faster


Some firms and in-house legal teams have used the resources squeeze of recent years as a chance to redesign their systems for efficiency, using process control methods borrowed from business.


Asia-Pacific 150: local firms' expansion accelerates as China dominates


International firms have generally positioned themselves well for Asia-Pacific’s rise – teething troubles aside. But it is the locals, particularly in China, who show the biggest appetite for its business, growing faster and wider than the globals.

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