One false start and one soft opening aside, the bunting is now well and truly ready to be hung outside the London office of Bracewell & Giuliani.
The firm of Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani has made some improvements on its set-up of two months ago, when a first-year associate freshly transplanted from Dewey Ballantine was the only qualified lawyer in the office and the official managing partner spent most of his time in New York.
As revealed on www.the lawyer.com (21 June), Bracewell raided Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton for two of its capital markets associates, with one, Adam Mozel, leapfrogging the promotion ladder to become Bracewell's new London managing partner.
Due to presidential race commitments, name partner Giuliani is unable to make the launch party this week, but he is the virtual guest of honour today (25 June) at a fundraising video linkup hosted by Republican stalwarts Kaye Scholer partner Tim Spangler and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy partner Phil Fletcher, among others. The Republican loyalists are charging a mere $1,000 (£502) for a video conversation with Giuliani. Probably a discount on his normal hourly rate.