digital world internet

Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields and Slaughters lead on Equinix's £2.3bn acquisition of Telecity

29-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have all taken lead roles in data centre operator Equinix’s £2.3bn offer for London-based rival TelecityGroup. 

Justice

Judicial appointments: 11KBW and 7KBW silks replace Eder and MacDuff in High Court

29-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

11KBW’s Tim Kerr QC has been elevated to the High Court bench to replace Mr Justice Eder, who took early retirement to return to private practice in April.

Stock exchange

Gateley IPO: firm valued at £100m, senior management set to hold £3.2m stakes

29-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Gateley will be valued at £100m following its 8 June IPO on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), according to regulatory filings, with its senior management team each holding shares worth at least £2.4m.

Scotland

Blackstone Lockerbie QC appointed Advocate General for Scotland

29-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Blackstone Chambers’ silk Richard Keen QC has been appointed advocate general for Scotland by Prime Minister David Cameron in a continuation of his cabinet reshuffle.

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Freshfields loses Australia country lead to Ashurst

29-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Ashurst has appointed London corporate partner James Wood from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was the partner in charge of the firm’s Australian relationships and a key player in the firm’s energy and mining team.

Pro bono

Arnold & Porter tops Thomson Reuters' pro bono index - but only 26 firms in England provided data

29-May-2015 | By Richard Simmons

US firm Arnold & Porter has come out best in the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s 2015 index of pro bono, with its lawyers averaging nearly 80 hours each per year.

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Osborne Clarke's Berg: "It's all about continuity"

29-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

At the beginning of this year, Osborne Clarke welcomed in a new UK managing partner after Simon Beswick stepped down after a 12-year run. Now entering his sixth month in the role, Ray Berg explains how he intends to continue Beswick’s legacy. 

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Olswang: trouble at the top as management shakeup continues

29-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang may have ended its search for a new CEO with the appointment of IP head Paul Stevens, but changes in senior management continue at the firm with the imminent departure of general counsel Simon Callander.

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Law firms lag behind accountants in office space efficiency plans

29-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Accountancy firms have outstripped law firms in space management strategies, new research from real estate company CBRE shows. 

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WM Housing appoints seven to socially-responsible legal panel

29-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

WM Housing Group has appointed seven firms to its legal panel in an attempt to incorporate social values into its legal activities.

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Arthur Cox and Kerman & Co advise on Applegreen's €70m IPO

29-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Arthur Cox and Kerman & Co are working with Dublin-based Applegreen, as the petrol forecourt retailer set out its intention to float on Aim and its Irish equivalent, the Enterprise Securities Market (ESM).

Stock exchange

Gateley listing date set for 8 June with share price of 95p

28-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Gateley has announced the date of its initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) will be 8 June.

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McGuireWoods and Scott & Scott to take on Tesco in multibillion pound shareholder claim

28-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

US firm Scott & Scott has officially partnered with McGuire Woods in the UK and instructed Serle Court’s Philip Marshall QC to take on Tesco in a group action on behalf of the supermarket giant’s shareholders.

Manchester

Cartwright King moves North West through Garstangs merger

28-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Cartwright King has announced it has merged with Garstangs Burrows Bussin as the firm looks to gain a presence in the North West.

Europe

European moves: 28 May 2015

28-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.

london

King & Wood Mallesons corporate partner leaves for Paul Hastings

28-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Paul Hastings has hired King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) corporate partner Duncan Woollard to lead the firm’s private funds practice in London.

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Exclusive: Tesco appoints Diageo M&A GC as first UK legal director amid restructure

28-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Tesco has appointed Diageo M&A general counsel and ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer David Berry as its first UK legal director.

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Exclusive: Olswang GC Callander to take on new general counsel role at Addleshaws

28-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang general counsel Simon Callander is set to take on a partnership secretary and newly created general counsel role at Addleshaw Goddard, The Lawyer can reveal.

Dentons

Dentons strengthens trade finance pratice with Watson Farley partner Gardiner

28-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Dentons has hired Watson Farley & Williams finance partner Celia Gardiner to build its trade finance practice in London.

Stock exchange

DLA Piper and Latham take lead on PureTech's $160m IPO

27-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

DLA Piper and Latham & Watkins are understood to be advising US company PureTech on its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange.

Test

Ashurst pay rises across the board as NQ salaries hit £65,000

27-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Ashurst has raised its junior workforce salaries at every level, concentrating its resources on its 3 PQE associates.

London

Fried Frank poised for major UK funds boost with K&E partner trio

27-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Kirkland & Ellis is understood to have lost three private funds partners to Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, less than a year after the firm’s London head Graham White made the same move.

London

Shearman freezes associate pay but hikes trainee salaries by 15 per cent

27-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Shearman & Sterling has revealed its pay rises for 2015/16, giving its first-year trainees a 15.4 per cent pay rise.

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Foran Glennon gains SRA approval for London launch under ABS licence

27-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff has received approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to launch a London office operating under an ABS licence.  

Dubai

Winston & Strawn confirms Dubai launch with Pillsbury project finance team hire

27-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Winston & Strawn has confirmed it plans to launch an office in Dubai in the coming months with the hire of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman finance partners James Simpson and Stephen Jurgenson.

London

Exclusive: Olswang general counsel Callander departs following CEO appointment

27-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Olswang general counsel Simon Callandar is leaving the firm following a series of management changes, The Lawyer can reveal.

London

Funds giant BlackRock scoops up former Barclays EMEA investment GC Handling

27-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Barclays’ former general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) investment has joined alternative fund management company BlackRock.

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Challenger bank Hampshire Trust hires first director of legal from CAF

27-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Challenger bank Hampshire Trust Bank has hired Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) director of legal Ann Doan as its first director of legal and compliance.

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Charter and Time Warner Cable turn to raft of US firms for $78bn merger

26-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A raft of US firms are representing Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable (TWC) as the pair merge in a $78.7bn deal. 

Shanghai

Quinn Emanuel launches in Shanghai with white collar Kirkland hire

26-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is set to launch an office in Shanghai through the hire of Kirkland & Ellis’ Asia government enforcement and investigations head Samuel Williamson.

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Exclusive: Linklaters in talks to introduce gated equity in lockstep overhaul

26-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters is once again mulling a shake-up of its lockstep with plans to introduce gates to equity “discussed widely” at the firm’s partner conference in Edinburgh in April, according to insiders.

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Pearson’s Tellmann: alternative providers "will threaten the in-house world"

26-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

In-house roles will be the next target for low-cost alternative legal service providers, according to Pearson general counsel Bjarne Tellmann.

Money

Weightmans turnover rises 2.5 per cent to record £89m

26-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Weightmans has announced a continued rise in turnover of 2.5 per cent, from £87m to £89.2m for the 2014/15 financial year.

Court

Bernie Ecclestone drafts in HSF and five-silk team on £1bn HMRC bill judicial review

25-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Herbert Smith Freehills has applied for permission to seek judicial review against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for its client Bernie Ecclestone over his £1bn tax bill.

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EY plans Manchester growth around former Addleshaws managing partner

22-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

EY has announced the appointment of two partners from Addleshaw Goddard, including former managing partner Paul Devitt, in a bid to develop a Manchester legal services offering.

birmingham

Shakespeares and SGH Martineau confirm June merger

22-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Midlands firms Shakespeares and SGH Martineau have confirmed they will complete their merger on 15 June, less than three months after the two announced they were in talks.

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The Lawyer partners with Mind to launch employee wellness report

22-May-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The Lawyer and Lawyer 2B have teamed up with sister publication Employee Benefits and mental health charity Mind to produce an in-depth report into how law firms incentivise and engage staff through their remuneration and benefits strategies.

Linklaters

Linklaters' NQ pay falls behind Slaughter and May's

22-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Linklaters has released its pay bands for junior lawyers during 2015/16, leaving newly-qualified (NQ) pay lagging slightly behind their peers at Hogan Lovells and Slaughter and May.

Shell energy

Exclusive: Shell hires pricing analyst to manage fees ahead of panel review

22-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a global sourcing officer from Reed Smith to manage its pricing arrangements with external counsel in a bid to reign in costs and ensure greater value from panel firms.

London

Greenberg Traurig CEO: "Our days of London growth aren't over"

22-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Some six years after launching in London, Greenberg Traurig’s CEO Richard Rosenbaum is convinced that the City is the key to making the firm the world’s top legal real estate brand.

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First 'crowdfunded justice' project launches with BP torture allegation case

22-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

A website which crowdfunds social justice cases has launched its first case, which sees a prominent Colombian trade unionist allege that BP employed paramilitaries to kidnap and torture him.

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Pharmaceutical consolidation: trio of US firms win roles on CVS acquisition of Omnicare

21-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Dechert, Sullivan & Cromwell and White & Case have all taken roles in the $12.7bn pharmaceutical deal between US pharmacy chains CVS Health and Omnicare. 

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Reed Smith celebrates 10 years in Germany with Frankfurt launch

21-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Reed Smith has picked up a team of seven partners from rival international firms to launch in Frankfurt, its second office in Germany.

Manchester

Freshfields drafts in Aviva MD to launch Manchester office alongside corporate partner Stephenson

21-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed corporate partner Gareth Stephenson as head of its Manchester legal services operation, due to launch this summer.

Barclays

CC and SullCrom advise on Barclays record $2.3bn penalty fine over forex rigging

21-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clifford Chance and Sullivan & Cromwell have taken lead roles on advising Barclays in relation to its $2.3bn (£1.4bn) foreign exchange manipulation penalty fine – the largest fine of the six global banks to settle with global financial regulators on Wednesday (20 May).

Luxembourg

Bird & Bird announces plans to open patent-focused Luxembourg office

21-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird has announced that it has applied to the Luxembourg bar for approval to launch in the Grand Duchy, its 28th office worldwide.

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Walkers in strategic U-turn as it relaunches fiduciary business

21-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Offshore firm Walkers has announced that it is re-launching a fiduciary business, three years after selling off Walkers Management Services (WMS) to trust company Intertrust.

Linklaters

Linklaters breaks Slaughters' stranglehold on Unilever relationship with principal adviser role

21-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters’ ambition to be part of the “global elite” has taken a significant step in the right direction as the firm succeeded in winning the role of principal adviser to Unilever from Slaughter and May.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher appoints first diversity manager with aim of increasing female leadership

21-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fieldfisher has appointed its first diversity and inclusion manager, as the firm makes plans to increase the number of women in leadership positions.

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Covington, Latham, Mayer Brown lead on Altice’s acquisition of Suddenlink

21-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Covington & Burling, Latham & Watkins, Mayer Brown and French firm Franklin are among the firms advising in Altice’s acquisition of US rival Suddenlink, in a deal valued at $9.1bn (£5.86m)

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Hill Dickinson marine quartet split off to launch boutique

21-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

A team of Hill Dickinson lawyers, including two partners, have left to start their own firm under the name Waterside Solicitors.

Dentons

Dentons posts UKMEA PEP rise of 23 per cent to £502,000

20-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons is reporting a rise in both revenue and profit for its UK, Middle East and Africa (UKMEA) operations for the 2014/15 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 23 per cent to £502,000.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells matches Slaughters with NQ salary hike to £70,000

20-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Hogan Lovells has increased its newly-qualified (NQ) salary to £70,000, sailing past the current pay packets of magic circle NQs.

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Dentons appoints former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Dentons has appointed former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser to the firm‘s public policy and regulation practice.

UBS

Gibson Dunn advises on UBS forex payout as banks and lawyers gear up for wave of settlements

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has advised UBS on its $545m (£351m) settlement to US authorities to close investigations into the Swiss bank relating to the alleged rigging of foreign-exchange rates and Libor manipulation.

railway

Network Rail instructs Eversheds on legal threat over bank holiday strike action

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Network Rail has drafted in Eversheds on its battle with TSSA union over rail strike plans to take place on bank holiday Monday (25 May).

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Eversheds and Pinsent Masons prove most popular brands with GCs

20-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Eversheds is the most popular legal brand with general counsel in the UK, with Linklaters the best brand in London, according to new research.

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Exclusive: Foot Anstey instructs CMS to defend age discrimination claim by ex-partner

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Foot Anstey has turned to CMS Cameron McKenna to defend it against an age discrimination claim brought by an ex-partner.

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KWM litigation veteran departs for 39 Essex in Singapore

20-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) litigation partner David Bateson has joined 39 Essex Chambers as an arbitrator in its Singapore office after more than 20 years at the firm.

London

BLP gains new AIM client as it advises on Stride Gaming's $103m IPO

20-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is advising new client Stride Gaming on its $103m (£66m) initial public offering on the Aim market. 

money

BLP reports 22 per cent PEP rise with turnover up 6 per cent to £259m

19-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) turnover increased by 6 per cent to £259m for the 2014/15 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rebounding to £659,000.

Scotland

Harper Macleod posts 5 per cent turnover rise to £22m after merger and Commonwealth Games

19-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Scottish firm Harper Macleod posted a jump in turnover in 2014/15 to £22m, up 4.7 per cent on the previous year, revealing solid growth in what continues to be a tough local market.

money

Browne Jacobson’s turnover soars 17 per cent to £58.9m

19-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Browne Jacobson has reported a 17 per cent increase in turnover, from £50.2m to £58.9m for the 2014/15 financial year.

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Linklaters ousts Allen & Overy to top list of foreign India practices

19-May-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Linklaters has supplanted magic circle rival Allen & Overy (A&O) as the international firm seen to have the most robust India practice, with the firm coming highly-recommended by clients and Indian firms.

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Howe & Co wins against Kingsley Napley on Wetherspoon Traveller racism row

19-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Kingsley Napley client JD Wetherspoon has been ordered to pay £24,000 to a number of Irish travellers represented by Howe & Co following a Central London County Court ruling of “direct racial discrimination” by the pub chain on Monday (18 May).

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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Skadden and Ropes pick up lead roles on Endo's $8bn acquisition of rival Par

19-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Ropes & Gray have advised Endo International on its $8.05bn acquisition of rival Par Pharmaceutical Holdings. 

Cardiff

Clarke Willmott launches Cardiff office as turnover rises 11 per cent to £40m

19-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Clarke Willmott has opened its first office in Cardiff, as the firm reports a 11 per cent growth in turnover from £36m to £40m.

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Peter Gray: Gibson Dunn "chucked me under the bus"

18-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has accused the firm of advising him not to seek independent counsel during an internal investigation following accusations he had deliberately misled the High Court.

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Latham secures top spot on The Lawyer's International Firms in London list

18-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s list of the Top 30 International Firms in London thanks to a 27 per cent revenue rise to $267m in 2014, while average turnover of listed firms grew by 13 per cent.

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NG Bailey unveils four-strong legal panel

18-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

NG Bailey has announced that Eversheds, Pannone Corporate, Muckle and Taylor & Emmet will make up its new legal panel.

Brazil

A&O claws back Latin America launch partner from Paul Hastings

18-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Allen & Overy (A&O) has persuaded banking and projects partner Bruno Soares to stay at the firm, two months after it was announced he was leaving for US outfit Paul Hastings.

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Osborne Clarke's real estate team recruits Taylor Wessing's Brussels managing partner

18-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Osborne Clarke has hired Taylor Wessing’s Brussels managing partner to join its real estate team in the Belgian capital. 

Beer drinkers

Hogan Lovells and DLA Piper scoop top roles on Meantime sale to SABMiller

18-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Hogan Lovells and DLA Piper have won top roles on the sale of London craft brewer Meantime Brewing Company to SABMiller.

London

Fried Frank builds London finance team with Hogan Lovells hire

18-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Fried Frank is hiring a banking partner from Hogan Lovells to become the firm’s first head of finance in London. 

Jakarta

White & Case ends Indonesian association with MD & Partners

15-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

White & Case has entered into an association with Jakarta-based firm Witara Cakra Advocates (WCA) after ending its relationship with MD & Partners.

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Clifford Chance and Linklaters advise on £780m New Look sale to Brait

15-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Clifford Chance and Linklaters have advised New Look on its £780m sale to South African private equity firm Brait. 

London

Cooley taps Olswang for first tax partner in London

15-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cooley has hired Olswang partner Natasha Kaye to join the firm’s London office as its first tax partner.

London

Travers Smith promotes seven lawyers to partnership

15-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Travers Smith has announced its largest promotions round in three years with seven lawyers made up to partner.

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Exclusive: Network Rail legal spend hits £13.3m in first financial year following panel review

15-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Network Rail hit £13.3m in legal costs in 2013/14, with Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard emerging as top earners in the first financial year after a panel review reduced the roster to eight firms. 

City Gherkin

Schillings announces first hires since conversion to LLP

15-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Schillings has announced it is hiring 10 new staff, including Hill Dickinson partner Magnus Boyd.

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​Black spider letters: Government’s last word ‘annihilated’

15-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The Government’s ability to have the final say on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests has been “circumscribed, arguably almost to the point of annihilation” in the wake of the ‘black spider letters’ case.

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Greenberg Traurig expands Europe real estate with A&O and Norton Rose hires

15-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Greenberg Traurig has added 12 new lawyers to its Warsaw office through hires from Allen & Overy (A&O) and Norton Rose Fulbright, as part of a strategy to expand its real estate presence in Central Europe.

Freshfields

Freshfields and Shearman lead Integrated Diagnostics Holdings' IPO

15-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shearman & Sterling have picked up top roles in the IPO of healthcare business Integrated Diagnostics Holdings, with the company valued at $668m.

Derby

Flint Bishop plans to increase staff by 21 per cent

15-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

East Midlands firm Flint Bishop has announced plans to increase its headcount by 21 per cent with hires expected across all of its departments.

National Grid

National Grid set to cut its legal panel

14-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Berwin Leighton Paisner, Allen & Overy and Eversheds are among 15 firms that could be stripped from National Grid’s legal panel in its latest review.

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Nomura CEO to lawyers: get out of your comfort zone

14-May-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Outgoing Nomura International CEO Jeremy Bennett said in-house lawyers should aim at taking on more influential roles in an interview kicking off The Lawyer General Counsel Strategy Summit this morning (14 May).

Doha

Charles Russell Speechlys expands Middle East construction practice with Trowers hire

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Charles Russell Speechlys has hired a new head of construction for the Middle East from Trowers & Hamlins.

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Freshfields, CMS and Gide advise on SNCF acquisition of Eurostar

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, CMS and Gide Loyrette Nouel have advised on a deal allowing SNCF Mobilités to gain sole control over Eurostar International.

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Cleary, Milbank and Paul Weiss win roles on $2bn Cushman & Wakefield merger with DTZ

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison have advised real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield on its $2bn merger with rivals DTZ.

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Olswang elects IP head Stevens as new CEO

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Olswang has elected Paul Stevens as its new CEO to succeed interim CEO Michael Burdon with immediate effect.

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Stephenson Harwood walks away from ex-Leeds Utd chief case as court declines to release funds

14-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Stephenson Harwood has ended its representation of ex-Leeds United managing director David Haigh, after the Dubai courts refused to release the funds to pay the firm.

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African Development Bank backs new pan-continent business lawyers association

14-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The African Development Bank (ABD) has facilitated the formation of a new association of independent African firms designed to inform regulators and promote the development of the profession across the continent.

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Review into Welsh legal sector to begin next week

14-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A review of the legal sector in Wales is to begin next week to determine how the Welsh Government can improve investment and employment in the industry. 

Europe

European moves: 14 May 2015

14-May-2015 | By Joanne Harris

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.

Book

Publisher Springer Nature appoints new GC following Macmillan Science merger

14-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Publishing company Springer Nature has named Macmillan Science and Education GC Rachel Jacobs as its new general counsel following the merger of the two companies.

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Coffin Mew opens Brighton office and pledges to double revenue by 2017

14-May-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

South coast firm Coffin Mew has opened an office in Brighton following a pledge to double its annual revenue from £10m to £20m by 2017.

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Hill Dickinson continues cuts with 30 redundancies announced

13-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Hill Dickinson has announced cuts will be made to its insurance teams across its London, Liverpool and Manchester offices.

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Wragges and McDermott win roles on $1.27bn AstraZeneca and Innate Pharma agreement

13-May-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and McDermott Will & Emery have advised AstraZeneca and Innate Pharma on their $1.275bn partnership agreement.

Manchester

Pannone Corporate picks up Iceland and NG Bailey panel wins

13-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Manchester-based firm Pannone Corporate has been appointed to the legal panels of Iceland Foods and NG Bailey.

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