Corporate

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Stories of the year: November has US flavour

22-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The legal market was far from quiet in November with law firm leaders airing their grievances and banking panels launching and closing. There was also a strong American flavour to the month, with Eversheds seeking a US merger and DLA Piper losing partners to US firms.

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Early contenders emerge to take BLP managing partner crown

19-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The debate around Berwin Leighton Paisner managing partner Neville Eisenberg’s replacement is hotting up with three partners including corporate head David Collins thought to be early contenders. 

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Employment

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Early contenders emerge to take BLP managing partner crown

19-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The debate around Berwin Leighton Paisner managing partner Neville Eisenberg’s replacement is hotting up with three partners including corporate head David Collins thought to be early contenders. 

Beijing

China’s Zhong Lun joins employment alliance L&E Global

15-Dec-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Chinese red circle firm Zhong Lun has signed up to employment alliance L&E Global, marking the network’s first step into the Asian markets.

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Financial Services

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Clifford Chance's Simon Davis slams FCA pension leak in report

11-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance partner Simon Davis has branded the Financial Conduct Authority “seriously inadequate” in his published report into the leak on a FCA life insurance industry probe earlier this year. 

London

Travers Smith appoints Kirkland partner Biggs in first lateral hire since 2011

17-Nov-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Travers Smith has hired Kirkland & Ellis financial services partner Stephanie Biggs - the firm’s first lateral partner hire in nearly four years.

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Human Rights

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George Clooney effect wreaks havoc on Doughty Street website

30-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Doughty Street Chambers has been forced to upgrade its website hosting arrangements to cope with a surge in traffic following the nuptials of member Amal Alamuddin and Hollywood star George Clooney.

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Doughty Street restructures clerks' room to focus on business development

29-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Doughty Street has restructured its clerking team to focus on practice areas and beefed up its criminal team, adding 2 Hare Court’s Maurice MacSweeney as a new business development director.

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Private Client

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Withers takes on Aussie private client market with local alliance

18-Dec-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Withers has entered the Australian private client market with the launch of a strategic alliance in Melbourne and Sydney, just months after it opened in San Francisco.

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Private client firms Hunters and May May & Merrimans to merge in April

12-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Private client firms Hunters and May May & Merrimans have announced they are merging in April next year, creating a firm with 120 staff.

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Fraud and Crime

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Hamburg Bird & Bird lawyer under fire for alleged involvement in €137m embezzlement charge

17-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

A Hamburg-based Bird & Bird lawyer, and a former partner from the same office, have been drawn into a corruption trial involving one of their clients.

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Gibraltar court throws out Marrache appeals, reveals jury 'tampering' details

18-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The Gibraltar Court of Appeal (CoA) has handed down a judgment throwing out the Marrache’s brothers’ appeals against conviction and sentencing for fraud, ruling that judge Mr Justice Grigson acted correctly throughout the lengthy and “unique” case.

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Insolvency and Restructuring

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Collyer Bristow settles Rangers fight for £24m

21-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Collyer Bristow has settled its dispute with Scottish football club Rangers for £24m, bringing an end to the long-running litigation over fees the firm was paid following a controversial 2011 takeover. 

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Marrache liquidators sue Baker Tilly for £28m in bid to recoup lost client funds

20-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The liquidators of Gibraltar firm Marrache & Co are suing the local branch of accountancy firm Baker Tilly for negligence, breach of duty, conspiracy and dishonest assistance for audit advice given prior to Marrache’s collapse in 2010.

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Regulatory and Compliance

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The LCIA: New rules and new frontiers

19-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The LCIA is changing, but is it moving quickly enough?

Manchester

Too much, too soon? Linder Myers' acquisitive path to administration

13-Feb-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Manchester-based Linder Myers has spent the last few years acquiring distressed assets. Now the firm is on the hunt for a rescue-merger to pull it back from the brink.

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BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg to stand down after five terms

15-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) managing partner Neville Eisenberg is set to stand down at the end of his fifth term at the end of April 2015, 16 years after first stepping into the role.

London

Kemp Little launches dedicated startup service

11-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Technology boutique Kemp Little has launched a service dedicated to advising startup businesses.

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Litigation

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Nabarro, Weil professional negligence claims among raft of top 20 cases to settle

22-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Professional negligence claims brought against Nabarro and Weil Gotshal & Manges and due to be heard this year have both settled, it has emerged.

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Fried Frank loses 'Putin's banker' Pugachev claim to lift $2bn asset freeze

19-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has lost a first round for Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev in the High Court after the billionaire failed in his attempt to lift a $2bn freezing order imposed in July.

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Real Estate

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BLM, Clarke Willmott and Penningtons Manches among new appointments to second HALA panel

18-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

BLM, Clarke Willmott and Penningtons Manches are among the firms to have been newly appointed to the Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA) refreshed panel.

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Bird & Bird faces £2m professional negligence case over Elisabeth Murdoch home

15-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Bird & Bird is facing a £2m negligence claim from British Virgin Islands (BVI) company Orientfield Holdings in relation to Orientfield’s aborted purchase of a £25m property recently bought by Elisabeth Murdoch.

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Intellectual Property

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China-based IP boutique Schmitt & Orlov expands ASEAN footprint

28-Nov-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Beijing-headquartered IP firm Schmitt & Orlov is extending its reach in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region with the launch of an office in Laotian capital Vientiane.

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Bird & Bird and Dechert saddle up for Assos v ASOS trademark battle

26-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Bird & Bird is representing Assos, the Swiss company responsible for the first ever lycra cycling shorts, in a Court of Appeal (CoA) case against online retailer ASOS.

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Insurance

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Freshfields and Linklaters scoop lead roles on Saga’s bumper £3bn IPO

12-May-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are advising on Saga’s planned IPO, which is set to be the largest public offer of shares since the privatisation of Royal Mail.

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Media, Entertainment and Sport

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Kingsley Napley hires Mishcon partner Harris to launch media and reputation group

4-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Kingsley Napley has raided Mishcon de Reya for media partner Charlotte Harris, who is set to kickstart the firm’s new media and reputation management group.

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Matrix turns to Doughty Street for hire of Plebgate star Gavin Millar QC

2-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Matrix has continued to build its media team with the hire of Doughty Street Chambers’ Gavin Millar QC.

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Tax

Melbourne

Minter Ellison raids Maddocks for three-partner tax team

22-Dec-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Australia’s Minter Ellison has bolstered its tax practice with the addition of three partners from rival firm Maddocks.

London

White & Case wins first-time mandate from HM Treasury to advise on UK tax changes

9-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

White & Case has advised HM Treasury on its proposal for new tax legislation, which would help to provide new finance for business and infrastructure projects.

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Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

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Burges Salmon, CMS and Osborne Clarke retained as Eurostar delays panel review until 2015

18-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Eurostar has delayed its panel review until spring 2015, granting Burges Salmon, CMS Cameron McKenna and Osborne Clarke a four-month reprieve.

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Kennedys strikes back in Asia with six-strong Clyde & Co lateral hire

15-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Kennedys has hired seven lawyers to bolster its Asia aviation practice, six of whom are from rival firm Clyde & Co.

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Competition

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Clifford Chance competition partner leaves to set up Brussels boutique

8-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance EU public policy head and competition partner Oliver Bretz is to leave the firm in the New Year to set up an independent competition law boutique.

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Seyfarth takes four litigation partners on board as Bingham exodus begins

24-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Seyfarth Shaw has scored four litigation partners from Bingham McCutchen, in the first known group lateral move from the 80 partners left by Morgan Lewis & Bockius at the ailing firm.

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Funds

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Simmons expands into Luxembourg with five-partner office

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Simmons & Simmons has announced plans to launch a five-partner office in Luxembourg to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s funds industry.

London

CVC swaps Perris to Credit Partners, promotes legal director

13-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

CVC Capital Partners general counsel Richard Perris is swapping roles to head the legal department at sister company CVC Credit Partners.

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Information Technology

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Kemp Little launches dedicated startup service

11-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Technology boutique Kemp Little has launched a service dedicated to advising startup businesses.

San Francisco

Penningtons Manches opens San Francisco office to bolster cross-border M&A practice

10-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Penningtons Manches has announced the opening of its first office outside of the UK in San Francisco to cash in on the firm’s network of clients in the area and boost its M&A cross-border offering.

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