All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Some six years after launching in London, Greenberg Traurig’s CEO Richard Rosenbaum is convinced that the City is the key to making the firm the world’s top legal real estate brand.
Reed Smith has picked up a team of seven partners from rival international firms to launch in Frankfurt, its second office in Germany.
Bird & Bird has announced that it has applied to the Luxembourg bar for approval to launch in the Grand Duchy, its 28th office worldwide.
Asia Pacific News
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is set to launch an office in Shanghai through the hire of Kirkland & Ellis’ Asia government enforcement and investigations head Samuel Williamson.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) litigation partner David Bateson has joined 39 Essex Chambers as an arbitrator in its Singapore office after more than 20 years at the firm.
Linklaters has supplanted magic circle rival Allen & Overy (A&O) as the international firm seen to have the most robust India practice, with the firm coming highly-recommended by clients and Indian firms.
White & Case has entered into an association with Jakarta-based firm Witara Cakra Advocates (WCA) after ending its relationship with MD & Partners.
US firm Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff has received approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to launch a London office operating under an ABS licence.
Winston & Strawn has confirmed it plans to launch an office in Dubai in the coming months with the hire of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman finance partners James Simpson and Stephen Jurgenson.
Dentons has appointed former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser to the firm‘s public policy and regulation practice.
Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s list of the Top 30 International Firms in London thanks to a 27 per cent revenue rise to $267m in 2014, while average turnover of listed firms grew by 13 per cent.
Gateley has announced the date of its initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) will be 8 June.
Cartwright King has announced it has merged with Garstangs Burrows Bussin as the firm looks to gain a presence in the North West.
Tesco has appointed Diageo M&A general counsel and ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer David Berry as its first UK legal director.
Dentons has hired Watson Farley & Williams finance partner Celia Gardiner to build its trade finance practice in London.
Offshore firm Walkers has announced that it is re-launching a fiduciary business, three years after selling off Walkers Management Services (WMS) to trust company Intertrust.
Travers Thorp Alberga (TTA) has strengthened its corporate and funds team with the hire of former Herbert Smith partner and FourWinds Capital Management general counsel Louise Freestone.
The African Development Bank (ABD) has facilitated the formation of a new association of independent African firms designed to inform regulators and promote the development of the profession across the continent.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Slaughter and May have picked up the leading roles in Virgin Group and CVC Capital Partners’ sale of 80 per cent of its stake in Virgin Active to South Africa’s Brait for £682m.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has made its first South African partner-level lateral hire since launching in the jurisdiction last year, picking up projects partner Jason van der Poel from Linklaters’ ally Webber Wentzel.
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.
Middle East News
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shearman & Sterling have picked up top roles in the IPO of healthcare business Integrated Diagnostics Holdings, with the company valued at $668m.
The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has turned to Keystone Law to replace Enyo Law on its $3.3bn (£1.9bn) battle against Goldman Sachs and French bank Société Générale (SocGen).
White & Case has appointed Clifford Chance’s Middle East capital markets head, Debashis Dey, as a partner in Dubai.
Litigation boutique Enyo Law has walked away from its client the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) and will no longer represent it on its $3.3bn (£1.9bn) London court battles against Goldman Sachs and French bank Societe Generale.