A raft of national firms including Addleshaw Goddard, DWF and Pinsent Masons are both understood to have won roles on Capita’s commercial panel review, which concluded this month.
Cross-border teams from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the €1.7bn (£1.2bn) tie-up between banking technology companies Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold in Germany and the US.
Fieldfisher has been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling €28,454 (£20,000) after a Paris employment tribunal found it had unfairly dismissed a secretary from its office in the French capital.
Baker & McKenzie has launched a South African employment practice with the hire of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s director of employment, Johan Botes.
Simmons & Simmons has launched a new online tool to help financial institutions remain compliant when doing business across the EU, in another sign of firms’ efforts to address client needs with new technologies.
Linklaters, Macfarlanes, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz have won top roles on the €21.2bn (£15.1bn) acquisition of Visa Europe by Visa Inc to create a single global payments business.
One Crown Office Row barrister Adam Wagner has launched a comprehensive study of human rights law in the UK to demonstrate the impact of the Human Rights Act (HRA) on the justice system.
A magistrate has dismissed ex-Leeds United Football Club managing director David Haigh’s claims of human trafficking against his former employers and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray.
Irwin Mitchell has announced it will merge with Thomas Eggar in a move which will create a £250m firm with more than 270 partners.
A host of Canadian, US and UK firms have all won roles on Cinven’s £2.3bn sale of London-based Amdipharm Mercury Company (AmCo) to Toronto’s Concordia Healthcare.
Fraud and Crime
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has instructed a team from Kingsley Napley to advise it on the criminal law aspects of Tesco’s investigation by the SFO.
Slaughter and May has successfully defended Olympus and its subsidiary Gyrus Group (GGL) against a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) which was dropped this morning (10 November).
Insolvency and Restructuring
Paul Hastings has hired Linklaters finance veteran David Ereira as part of plans to boost its London finance practice.
Former Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) restructuring head Lyndon Norley has moved to South Africa to join Bowman Gilfillan’s new dedicated restructuring group.
Regulatory and Compliance
With moves between US firms rocketing in the first half of 2015, The Lawyer’s Top 30 International Firms in London report reveals the most coveted firms to join and those losing out in the war for talent in London.
The legal market battle of the bands Law Rocks broke new ground last week, as the London-based event landed in Dubai, a move that has helped the charity event close in on a record total fundraising of $1.5m.
Telecoms giant BT plans to extend its network of preferred suppliers to include a roster of regional firms as well as launching a framework of preferred barristers’ chambers for the first time next year.
Different businesses come with their own unique challenges but one issue all general counsel deal with is how to manage the reputational risks associated with their business.
Quinn Emanuel now ranks as the third largest litigation practice in the world in terms of revenue, according to The Lawyer’s Global Litigation Top 50, with disputes bringing in $1.088bn in 2014 – 98 per cent of its total turnover.
The UK has been revealed as the world’s most attractive country for infrastructure development, according to research carried out by Nabarro.
A former partner at legacy firm Blake Lapthorn has agreed to remove his name from the roll of practising solicitors after misusing £222,000 of client funds.
Schillings has hired former British Army Major General Tim Robinson as a partner, in its first non-lawyer partnership appointment since becoming a limited liability partnership (LLP).
US firm Alston & Bird has launched an office in Beijing, its first location in Asia and second overseas.
Media, Entertainment and Sport
Media and entertainment firms Forbes Anderson Free and Lee & Thompson have announced they are merging, creating a £13.5m firm with over 60 fee-earners.
Pearson is gearing up to appoint up to five firms to its new labour and employment panel, as it looks to finalise its first UK legal roster by the end of the year.
Leading UK pharmaceutical companies set aside a colossal £1.46bn in legal spend this year to fund tax litigation, according to new research.
Baker & McKenzie has boosted its corporate tax practice with the hire of Ernst and Young (EY) tax head of market Kate Alexander to join the London office as a principal tax advisor in the corporate practice.
Shipping, Aviation and Logistics
Rolls-Royce has promoted its head of legal Mark Gregory to the role of general counsel, with former legal chief Robert Webb QC set to rejoin Brick Court Chambers as an arbitrator.
Rolls-Royce has instructed Slaughter and May as principal adviser on the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) probe into allegations of bribery and corruption at the company, it has emerged.
A High Court judge has criticised Hausfeld over a “false statement of truth” and said its representation of 65,000 Chinese claimants in the British Airways air cargo cartel case represented an “abuse of court process”.
The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a strike-out application by British Airways on its mammoth legal battle over air cargo cartel claims.
Dechert partner Corinna Mitchell has joined Pemberton Asset Management as its first general counsel.
Mishcon de Reya co-head of funds and financial services group Eve Ellis is set to join O’Melveny & Myers in London.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has adopted artificial intelligence (AI) into its business in an attempt to boost efficiency and improve the morale of its lawyers. However, the firm’s head of legal risk consultancy Matthew Whalley believes this is only the beginning of how law firms can use AI.
Currency transfer service TransferWise has created a general counsel role, appointing former Mind Candy general counsel Jenifer Swallow.