The Akin deal is done, but what of the five Bingham refuseniks?

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The much anticipated tie-up between Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Bingham McCutcheon’s London office closes only one chapter of speculation over the fate of the US firm.


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.


Fieldfisher hires three to grow its Paris partner tally to 16

11-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fieldfisher has added a trio of partners to its Parisian office, bulking up its competition, corporate and tax practices.

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BT in-house team beats KWM and Herbies in Supreme Court battle

9-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

British Telecommuncations’ (BT) in-house team has triumphed against King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in a Supreme Court battle over BT’s call charges to mobile operators.

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HSF recruits from Taylor Wessing for sixth German partner

7-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has picked up Taylor Wessing competition partner Michael Dietrich to bring the number of partners in Germany to six.

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Quartet of firms lead as CMA drops sports bra price-boost probe against major retailers

17-Jun-2014 | By Kate Beioley

DLA Piper, Lewis Silkin, Reed Smith and Shepherd & Wedderburn have deflated a probe into the artificial boosting of sports bra prices by the UK’s new competition watchdog.

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Covington tempts Fipra director with new public policy role

12-Jun-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Covington & Burling has introduced a European head of public policy and government affairs role to the firm as it looks to beef up its offering in Brussels. 


China’s Fangda poaches second Freshfields partner

27-May-2014 | By Yun Kriegler

Chinese firm Fangda has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s China antitrust head Michael Han as a partner in Beijing, its second lateral hire from the magic circle firm in two years.

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Competition Briefings

The coffee capsule revolution: French competition authority opens up market to Nespresso rivals download subscription

Shoosmiths 11-Sep-2014

Following an investigation sparked by complaints from rival espresso coffee capsule manufacturers, the French Competition Authority has accepted commitments from Nespresso.

Slovenia: the Competition Protection Agency’s fining policy as a black box download subscription

Schoenherr 9-Sep-2014

The Slovenian Competition Protection Agency may impose a fine of up to 10 per cent of a company’s annual turnover for infringements of article 9 of the Competition Act.

Trademarks — the EU Court of Justice on jurisdiction relation to international infringement download subscription

NCTM 1-Sep-2014

Coty Germany filed a claim before the first-instance German court against First Note for infringement of its Community tri-dimensional trademark.

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