Europe

European moves: 16 October 2014

16-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.

Milan

Freshfields Italian arbitrator leaves for boutique

15-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Italian arbitration boutique Arblit has hired its third partner, bringing on board Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Massimo Benedettelli.

London

Pérez-Llorca to open London office to tap into European finance work

15-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Spanish firm Pérez- Llorca has announced the opening of a new office in London, led by corporate and finance partner Fernando Quicios.

London

Mid Europa Partners turns to White & Case for first legal hire

15-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Private equity house Mid Europa Partners has appointed its first legal counsel, hiring White & Case senior associate Jana Philip.

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Sydney

Bird & Bird to merge with Aussie ally Truman Hoyle

20-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Bird & Bird is to merge with its Australian alliance partner Truman Hoyle a year and a half after signing a co-operation agreement with the TMT firm.

Perth

Clifford Chance loses top Aussie partner to investment house Gresham

16-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

The head of Clifford Chance’s Perth office is set to leave the firm for investment house Gresham Partners three and a half years after the firm that bore his name joined the magic circle giant.

Ho Chi Minh

Hogan Lovells taps Allen & Overy for first Vietnam partner

15-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Hogan Lovells has added the first partner to its Vietnam practice with the addition of an Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyer in Ho Chi Minh City.

SJ Berwin

King & Wood Mallesons to ditch SJ Berwin name to mark first anniversary of merger

14-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin is set to scrap ‘SJ Berwin’ from its name on 1 November, as the firm celebrates the first anniversary of its record-breaking merger.

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Facebook

Facebook sues DLA for "fraudulent lawsuit"; DLA slams tech giant's 'intimidation' tactics

21-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Facebook has launched a lawsuit against DLA Piper and a raft of US law firms alleging they represented a fraudulent claimant pursuing Facebook for 50 per cent ownership of the social network.

London

Fried Frank continues to grow with Orrick’s London tax head Thornton

21-Oct-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has made its second major hire in a week, appointing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London tax chief Nick Thornton.

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Orrick opens first affiliated office in Africa's Ivory Coast

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has opened its first affiliated office in Africa’s Ivory Coast, operating under the name Orrick RCI.

Technology

Covington and Slaughters advise on Qualcomm’s £1.6bn acquisition of CSR

17-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Covington & Burling advised US mobile phone chipmaker Qualcomm and Slaughter and May advised tech firm CSR on the US company’s £1.6bn takeover of the British company, which will increase Qualcomm’s presence in the UK.

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Burges Salmon and Morton Fraser team win NDA panel spots with Eversheds and Pinsents

21-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Burges Salmon, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have won spots on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) reduced legal panel.

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Jones Day advises Steris in £1.2bn deal to buy up UK pharma company Synergy Health

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Jones Day has represented US medical tech company Steris Corporation in a deal to acquire Synergy Health in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately £1.2bn.  

money

Magic circle firms launch internal salary war as US firms steal top talent

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Magic circle firms have released their salary figures for trainees and associates in 2014/15, but the increases are not enough to match the power of US firms’ wallets.

London

The Lawyer Management conference puts legal market innovation centre stage

20-Oct-2014 | By The Lawyer editorial staff

This Wednesday (22 October) will see well over 100 of the UK legal market’s leaders converge on The Brewery in the City of London for the second annual The Lawyer Management conference.

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Gibralter

Appeal over appointment of Marrache judge set to go to Privy Council

10-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

An appeal against the appointment of the judge who heard the trial of the three founders of collapsed law firm Marrache & Co is to be taken to the Privy Council after being thrown out by the Gibraltar Court of Appeal this week.

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.

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Orrick opens first affiliated office in Africa's Ivory Coast

20-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has opened its first affiliated office in Africa’s Ivory Coast, operating under the name Orrick RCI.

cape of good hope, south africa

Linklaters' South African ally creates managing partner role in rejig

16-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Linklaters’ South African ally Webber Wentzel has split its senior partner role into two as incumbent David Lancaster steps down after nine years in the position.

Paris

Orrick focuses on Africa with Heenan Paris hire

9-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Orrick Rambaud Martel has strengthened its Paris banking group and Africa expertise with the hire of a partner from Heenan Paris, the French successor firm to collapsed Canadian outfit Heenan Blaikie.

Africa

A&O exploits opportunity to break into South Africa

8-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Allen & Overy has become the latest firm to move into South Africa, hiring a finance team from Bowman Gilfillan - but just how significant is the move?

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Abu Dhabi

Pillsbury bulks up in Abu Dhabi with Bird & Bird partner hire

7-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has strengthened its Middle Eastern presence with the hire of Bird & Bird partner Osama Abu-Dehays.

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Baker & McKenzie opens in Jeddah as Middle East focus grows

6-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has boosted its presence in Saudi Arabia with a second office in the Kingdom, launching in Jeddah through affiliate Abdulaziz Al-Ajlan & Partners.

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