This year’s Africa Elite reveals the domestic firms and international lawyers leading the continent’s rise. As this executive summary shows, private equity is a growing force
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has replaced Clifford Chance as principal legal adviser to the AA following a corporate panel review that took effect on 1 January.
RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) is set to roll out its in-house compliance platform across the company in a bid to cut the time the in-house team spends on routine legal work.
DWF has reported that its success ratios on client tenders has dramatically improved over the past three years and are now at their highest point in the firm’s history.
Insurance company ACE group has appointed Susan McDonald to the role of regional general counsel for Eurasia and Africa as it continues to build up its management team in the region.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed an attempt by Bristows’ client Google to block British users from pursuing it in the UK courts.
The University of Law has been granted an Altenative Business Structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has appointed litigation and arbitration head Jorge Badía as its new managing partner, the firm announced today.
Ashurst and Slaughter and May have advised on the $30bn (£20.8bn) sale of RBS’ private banking and wealth management business Coutts International to Union Bancaire Privée.
Construction and engineering company Costain has changed its legal panel of advisers for the first time in seven years, dropping Bevan Brittan and Addleshaw Goddard in favour of Burges Salmon, Clyde & Co and Pinsent Masons.
Ecotricity has turned to Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co for its £68m strategic financing deal with Aviva.
Just 16 out of 26 will stay on.
The Lawyer’s Africa Elite report is published on Monday (30 March). Ahead of that the first-ever managing partner of Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa’s oldest and largest firms, unveils her plans for the future.
OneSavings Bank (OSB) has appointed a new head of legal as it names 12 firms to its first formal legal panel of external advisers.
The Treasury Committee has criticised the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for not addressing the failings identified by Clifford Chance partner Simon Davis in his report into a market leak last year.
Berwin Leighton Paisner managing partner Neville Eisenberg has been appointed in an uncontested election to a four-year term as the firm’s senior partner, effective from 1 May.
Mayer Brown has hired two senior corporate partners for its Paris office, including Davis Polk & Wardwell’s first-ever non-US qualified hire Arnaud Pérès.
German firm Noerr has announced another strong year with turnover rising by 7 per cent to €197.2m (£145.2m) for 2014, up from €184.5m the previous year.
Taylor Wessing has opted for an all-equity partnership in the UK following a review of its merit-based equity structure, while maintaining a two-tier system outside of the country.
Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC and the Guardian have successfully defended a Government appeal to the Supreme Court over the disclosure of secret letters written by Prince Charles to ministers.
Cooley has replaced Edwards Wildman as Amazon’s primary trademark and competition panel firm in Europe following the latter’s merger with Locke Lord.
Mr Justice Eder is stepping down from the bench after just four years to return to arbitration practice at Essex Court Chambers, The Lawyer understands.
39 Essex Street Chambers has dropped the ‘street’ from its name ahead of its move to 81 Chancery Lane in September.
Covington & Burling has hired Bird & Bird partner Grace Chen to join its international employment practice based in Beijing.
Slaughter and May has promoted four lawyers to its partnership in London, boosting its overall female partnership to 22 per cent.
Cravath Swaine & Moore, Kirkland & Ellis and Sullivan & Cromwell have won the lead roles on the multi-billion dollar merger of food giants Kraft and Heinz.
Slater & Gordon’s Paul Daniels has described the month following the ‘fracas’ between Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon and presenter Jeremy Clarkson as a “nightmare” for Tymon.
Stephenson Harwood partner Suzanne Tarplee has been seconded to High Speed Two (HS2) to act as interim general counsel and company as general counsel Betty Morgan has retired.
BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has instructed Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to represent him in any potential commercial dispute against the BBC for breach of contract.
A “devastating blow” for access to justice: Court of Appeal rejects Law Society challenge over legal aid contracts
The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge by the Law Society to Government plans that will cut criminal legal aid contracts for duty solicitors.
Pinsent Masons has revealed that it will retain 79 per cent of its spring 2015 qualifying cohort.
The Lawyer will put the seismic changes currently ongoing in the legal market firmly in the spotlight later this year with the launch of a two-day summit and associated awards.
HB Public Law founder and head of legal for Harrow, Hugh Peart, has taken on an additional role as head of legal for Buckinghamshire County Council, effective from 1 April.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has regained top spot in worldwide deal rankings, advising on the greatest volume and value of M&A transactions for the first quarter of 2014, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer maintaining its place at the top of the European and UK table.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has relocated Asia energy head David Clinch to Singapore as energy partner Richard Nelson departs for US firm King & Spalding.
Addleshaw Goddard has promoted 18 lawyers to partner in its annual firm-wide promotions round, the largest for some years.
Jenner & Block managing partner Terrence Truax has revealed that the firm is in discussions with lateral hire candidates in the UK ahead of its launch in the City this spring.
Chicago-headquartered Jenner & Block has announced it is to launch a London office later this year, becoming the latest in a growing number of US firms to establish a City base.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Landmark Chambers have won roles on the ongoing battle between Gatwick and Heathrow Airports over additional runway capacity for the south-east of England.
Dechert arbitration partner Pierre Mayer is quitting the firm’s Paris office to set up his own practice, citing his reasons for leaving as increasing conflicts of interest and a wish to focus on working as an arbitrator.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has added an infrastructure and projects team from Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) to its Paris office, giving it the ability to compete for francophone African deals.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have advised on Asia’s largest bond offering so far this year, the $5bn (£3.3bn) bond offering by state-owned Malaysian company Petronas.
US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Latham & Watkins private equity partner Tim Gardner to join its Hong Kong practice as a partner.
Oil and gas company Afren has drafted in both White & Case and Willkie Farr & Gallagher on a review of its expenses practices, which has led the company to report itself to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over fraudulent expenses payments.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has been found to have deliberately misled the High Court by submitting incorrectly dated evidence in a 2013 case between the Republic of Djibouti and one of its wealthiest citizens, Abdourahman Boreh.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Slaughter and May have both expanded and re-launched their flexible working schemes targeting fee-earners in their London offices.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Lord Falconer are the latest names to be added to the roster of lawyers defending Asda against an equal pay claim brought by thousands of female employees.
Crossbench peer and Blackstone Chambers’ silk Lord Pannick has welcomed the Labour Party’s pledge to undo the Coalition’s changes to judicial review, which he said would “weaken” an essential means of holding government and public bodies to account.
Olswang has widened its search for a permanent CEO to include non-lawyers, with the firm engaging a consultancy to look at candidates from the business world.
Morrison & Foerster has posted a 22 per cent fall in London revenue in 2014, dropping from $33.4m to $26m (£17.6m) in 2014.
Barclays’ general counsel for Asia Pacific Simon Croxford is replacing Erica Handling as general counsel for Europe and Middle East (EME) investment.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has created its first arbitration practice in Hong Kong by hiring a team of nine lawyers from boutique construction and arbitration firm Haley & Co in Hong Kong, including three of the firm’s four partners.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) were drafted in to advise on the £1.7bn sale of TSB, Britain’s seventh-biggest bank, to Spanish bank Banco Sabadell, which was accepted this morning (20 March 2015).
Labour shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter MP has pledged the party will immediately repeal Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling’s reforms to judicial review if elected in May, but will impose a programme of “more in-depth reform” of its own on the judicial process.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) US corporate finance head Jim Wickenden has quit the firm, to be replaced by London-based partner Kevin Muzilla.
The Bank of England (BoE) has hired Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) director of enforcement Sonya Branch to replace Graham Nicholson, who will retire at the end of April.
Linklaters has advised Barclays on the sale of its entire Pakistan business to Habib Bank Limited (HBL) as the bank seeks to dispose of its non-core assets.
Amazon has appointed a new head of employment to its in-house legal team in the UK, just weeks after the distribution giant was accused of “bypassing the law” by offering set lump sums in exchange for staff redundancies.
Former Selborne Chambers head Romie Tager QC has instructed Withers partner Amber Melville-Brown to challenge a tribunal ruling ordering him to pay £1.25m in tax bills to HMRC.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Latham & Watkins is set to close its Doha office and consolidate its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices seven years after launching in the region.
Brabners has successfully overturned a Football Association (FA) decision to block an application by its client Hull City Football Club to change its name to Hull Tigers.
Litigation finance company Burford Capital has reported a 35 per cent increase in income for 2014, to $82m up from $60.7m.
CMS Hasche Sigle has become the fourth firm to hire a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, picking up capital markets partner Wolfgang Richter.
Linklaters and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have advised on the bumper €6.6bn (£4.8bn) sale of Swedish electricity company Fortum Distribution to a consortium of investors.
The Supreme Court has ruled in a narrow majority verdict that the Government’s policy limiting the amount people can claim in housing benefit is legal.
Mayer Brown has hired US National Security Agency (NSA) general counsel Rajesh De to lead its privacy and security practice from Washington DC.
Barclays has appointed a new general counsel in the US after the departure of Carlos Pelayo from the bank.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Pinsent Masons have been appointed to UK Payments Administration’s first formal panel.
The former head of Selborne Chambers, Romie Tager QC, is facing a tax bill of £1.25m after a tribunal ruled the silk breached inheritance tax rules following the death of his father.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted 17 lawyers to partner, as part of a firm-wide promotions round, three of whom are UK based.
Four judges have left office after an investigation into allegations that they watched pornographic material on judicial IT equipment in their offices.
The Co-operative Bank has hired Nationwide Building Society deputy GC Claire Morris as its new head of legal, replacing James Southworth who has returned to Eversheds.
Cooley has hired Reed Smith life sciences partners John Wilkinson and Nicola Maguire to join its London office as partners.
Blackstone Chambers is looking to recruit junior tenants this year after losing a number of its mid-level commercial barristers.
The Lawyer Top 20 cases 2015: Clyde & Co client Glencore to pay $40m to Petrom over crude oil "deceit"
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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DLA Piper’s Singapore head of restructuring Troy Doyle is the latest lawyer to depart the firm’s depleted Asia office, leaving to join Reed Smith as a partner.
Former senior partner at Israel’s Herzog Fox & Neeman is running to become PM in country’s elections
Construction services company Carillion has completed a biannual review of its legal panel. Ashurst and Addleshaw Goddard both lost spots in the review, while Irwin Mitchell gained a place for the first time.
Slaughter and May and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have advised GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on the sale of a £574m stake in South African drug manufacturer Aspen.
Quadrant Chambers and Volterra Fietta client US bottle maker Owens-Illinois (OI) has been awarded more than $455m (£301m) by the Venezuelan government in a claim following Hugo Chavez’ nationalisation of a bottle plant in 2010.
Baker Botts energy partner Mark Rowley is set to replace Steve Wardlaw at the helm of the firm’s London office less than three years after he took over as partner in charge.
Malaysian firm Zicolaw has expanded its IP capabilities across the Southeast Asian region with the addition of a team in Thailand and additional personnel in Indonesia and Malaysia.
BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has hired Olswang ahead of his BBC disciplinary hearing, while producer Oisin Tymon is being represented by Slater & Gordon.
Pinsent Masons has promoted 29 lawyers to partner as part of a firm-wide promotions round, 24 of which are UK-based.
Slaughter and May has been retained by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to assist the Treasury Solicitor’s department on costs issues related to the Tchenguiz damages claims.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius is set to merge with Singapore firm Stamford Law Corporation, expanding its Asian operations from Beijing and Tokyo in a bid to create a “powerhouse” to serve clients across the region.
Responding to the enforcers: How regulatory pressure is reshaping in-house teams in the banking sector
Banking sector legal heads are continuing to realign their in-house teams following a period of intense regulatory scrutiny on the industry.
Eversheds has appointed head of litigation Ian Gray to the newly-created role of international managing partner to boost its strategic development outside the UK.
Firms including Macfarlanes, Nabarro and Travers Smith have won roles on the listing of bar chain Revolution on the London Stock Exchange.
Insurance giant RSA has launched an alternative business structure (ABS) to take its first steps into the legal market, teaming up with Parabis to obtain a licence.
Nottingham Law School, part of Nottingham Trent University, has applied for an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) licence with the aim of reforming its new legal advice centre, billed as a ‘teaching law firm’.
The head of Linklaters’ Asia-based US securities practice has quit the firm to join magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
A&L Goodbody was named European Firm of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards last night, becoming the first Irish firm to take home the top honour in the sixth edition of the Continent’s biggest legal awards.
Barclays’ general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Asia investment, Erica Handling, is leaving the bank after four years.
Dentons’ client Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has lost an important pre-trial battle in a £30m claim by Cooke Young & Keidan (CYK) client property developer Property Alliance Group over Libor-related misselling allegations.
At least eight Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s partners in the US have quit to join Winston & Strawn’s corporate, finance and private equity practice, with a handful more expected to follow in London and the Middle East.
Covington & Burling has hired King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) litigation head Alex Leitch to boost its European capabilities.
Jones Day has announced plans to open its seventeenth US office, in Detroit, led by Chicago-based M&A partner Timothy Melton, who is taking on the role of managing partner.
Much of the existing analysis of Africa as a legal market has centred on infrastructure projects and natural resources.
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Ahead of that the first-ever managing partner of Webber Wentzel, one of South Africa’s oldest and largest firms, unveils her plans for the future. Africa is the target for many firms’ and clients’ investment and South Africa’s biggest firms are gearing up to meet the need