New York

Freshfields' latest US raid adds Shearman M&A veteran to bolster New York practice

16-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields has continued its dramatic US hiring spree, adding Shearman & Sterling M&A lawyer Peter Lyons as co-head of its public M&A group.

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Linklaters names Bennett as new litigation head amid group structure overhaul

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has named London litigation head Michael Bennett as its new global litigation head and put him in charge of a new standalone litigation team, condensing two executive committee roles into one.

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Save the Children International GC Stephen stands down

10-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Save the Children International (SCI) general counsel Elizabeth Stephen has left the charity on sabbatical, prompting a hunt for her replacement. 

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Clydes settles whistleblowing claim with former partner Bates van Winkelhof

19-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clyde & Co has settled a long-running whistleblowing dispute with former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof out of court after successive cases sought to establish the validity of the claim.

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Skadden brokers historic $16.5bn Bank of America deal with US DoJ

22-Aug-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has brokered a record-breaking $16.6bn (£10bn) settlement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) for client Bank of America to resolve allegations of fraudulent mortgage handling.

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Linklaters, Travers Smith, Weil in £184m PwC Lehman pensions settlement

19-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Dentons, Linklaters, Travers Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges have settled a £184m battle between the Pensions Regulator and Lehman Brothers administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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Gender targets are trendy, but they are also essential

9-Jun-2014 | By Katy Dowell

More power to gender diversity initiatives, as Linklaters gets on board

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Taylor Wessing hires three partners in a week for London and Dubai offices

2-Sep-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Taylor Wessing has announced three lateral partner hires for its private client practice and construction teams in London and Dubai.

San Francisco

Withers launches in San Francisco with lateral hire duo

18-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Withers has opened a new office in San Francisco, its first new base in more than two years.

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Cliff Richard turns to BCL Burton Copeland and Michael Simkins after police raid

19-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Media boutique Michael Simkins and City-based BCL Burton Copeland have been brought in to represent Sir Cliff Richard following a police raid on the star’s home last Thursday (14 August). 

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Coulson's lawyer Rickards exits DLA Piper for Kingsley Napley

15-Jul-2014 | By Matt Byrne

DLA Piper white-collar corporate crime partner Jo Rickards, who represented former News of the World (NotW) editor Andy Coulson in the recent phone-hacking trial, is leaving the firm to join Kingsley Napley.

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Gibraltar lawyers jailed over £40m client money scam

9-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Three brothers who ran one of Gibraltar’s largest law firms were jailed last week for fraud, four years after their firm, Marrache & Co, was put into liquidation.

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Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and CMS get call on Phones 4U administration

16-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Allen & Overy has scooped a key role in the administration of Phones 4U, having been instructed by the company and its administrator PwC.

London

Bingham lawyers nervy as London partners mull exit

10-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart, Natalie Stanton

With his firm understood to be talking merger with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Bingham McCutchen’s London managing partner James Roome could be set to quit, an exit that could have a major impact on Bingham’s future in the City.

Battle

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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Jeremy Gauntlett: Meet Mandela's man

10-Feb-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Kate Beioley talks Mandela, democracy and the rule of law with Brick Court Chambers’ latest recruit, Jeremy Gauntlett.

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London

Cadwalader continues London capital markets spree with hire of Ashurst's Quirolo

16-Sep-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has continued its run of London lateral hires with the addition of Ashurst capital markets partner David Quirolo.

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Clyde & Co drafted in by RBS shareholders for potential class action

16-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clyde & Co partner Julian Connerty is advising a group of shareholders planning to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for allegedly forcing small companies out of business through its global restructuring group (GRG). 

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Scottish firms’ destiny in the balance

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

One firm moves its money to England, fearing a run on banks if UK splits apart

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Clyde & Co drafted in by RBS shareholders for potential class action

16-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clyde & Co partner Julian Connerty is advising a group of shareholders planning to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for allegedly forcing small companies out of business through its global restructuring group (GRG). 

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Linklaters names Bennett as new litigation head amid group structure overhaul

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Linklaters has named London litigation head Michael Bennett as its new global litigation head and put him in charge of a new standalone litigation team, condensing two executive committee roles into one.

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Görg and Noerr advise on Germany's largest shopping centre development

5-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

German firms Görg and Noerr have taken the lead roles on the financing and development of Europe’s largest shopping centre in the heart of Berlin.

Dubai

Nabarro adds three lawyers to Dubai office

4-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Nabarro has doubled its Dubai office, adding a Dentons associate, local barrister and counsel in a bid to beef up its constructions disputes practice overseas.

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European IP group Murgitroyd's profit drops by 11 per cent as US client base grows

8-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Aim-listed European IP group Murgitroyd saw its pre-tax profits drop by 10.9 per cent during the course of the 2013/14 financial year.

Beijing

Simmons launches Chinese IP practice through Rouse hire

1-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Simmons & Simmons has launched an IP agency in Beijing today, with regulatory approval to file Chinese patents and litigate trademark disputes in state courts for the first time.

Saga

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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Debevoise and Linklaters help AIA forge Asia partnership with Citibank

19-Dec-2013 | By Yun Kriegler

Debevoise & Plimpton and Linklaters have played lead roles advising the $4bn (£2.4bn) landmark bancassurance partnership between AIA and Citibank in the Asia-Pacific region.

football

Premier League lawyers will not sue fans over ‘pirated’ Vine videos

18-Aug-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Football fans will not be pursued with legal action for sharing unofficial footage on the popular Twitter-owned video platform, Vine.

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CPS to take no action against ex-Times lawyer Brett in NightJack phone hacking case

15-Aug-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced that it will not take any action against former Times legal chief Alastair Brett, who had been facing allegations of perjury and perverting the course of justice related to phone-hacking at News International.

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Fidal formalises best friends alliance with Mills & Reeve

15-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

French giant Fidal has chosen to formalise its ‘best friends’ arrangement with Mills & Reeve through an exclusive affiliation just months after setting out its ambitions to build its cross-border profile.

London

Stewarts to launch tax litigation team to capitalise on boom in tax disputes

20-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Stewarts Law will launch a tax litigation group in 10 weeks’ time to hone in on the swathe of tax-related cases hitting the courts. 

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OC, BLP and Shoosmiths advise on Siemens’ new £210m Stagecoach deal

11-Sep-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

A raft of firms including Osborne Clarke, Shoosmiths and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have played a role in Stagecoach South West Trains’ new contract to buy 30 new trains from manufacturer Siemens.

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Hengeler wins reprieve for Uber in German battle over taxi app

28-Aug-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Hengeler Mueller has won a victory for ‘sharing economy’ taxi service Uber in a battle over whether the company can continue offering its product in the city of Hamburg.

australia

PwC takes on Aussie legal market with hire of ex-KWM partners

18-Aug-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Former King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) partners Tony O’Malley and Tim Blue, who set up a Sydney boutique earlier this year, have joined accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to launch an Australian legal services arm.

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Baker & McKenzie bolsters Jo'burg with competition bolt-on

5-Aug-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Baker & McKenzie has kickstarted a South African competition practice with the acquisition of local firm Vani Chetty Competition Law.

Hong Kong

Funds boutique MJ Hudson launches in Hong Kong amidst three-strong promos round

28-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Asset management and funds boutique MJ Hudson has launched in Hong Kong, creating the firm’s third office alongside London and Jersey.

London

Stephenson Harwood and Travers Smith advise on P2PGI IPO

9-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Stephenson Harwood and Travers Smith took key roles on the launch and flotation of peer-to-peer (P2P) loans business P2P Global Investments (P2PGI) on the London Stock Exchange’s main market.