A Hamburg-based Bird & Bird lawyer, and a former partner from the same office, have been drawn into a corruption trial involving one of their clients.
The life sciences sector is generating millions of pounds of revenue for lawyers despite the worldwide decline in healthcare budgets and stringent regulation worldwide. With regulators closing in and costs climbing higher – is the bubble set to burst?
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Transport supplier Hitachi Rail Europe has picked Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Shoosmiths and Stephenson Harwood for its inaugural legal panel after a competitive tender process that closed in October.
Asia Pacific News
Withers has entered the Australian private client market with the launch of a strategic alliance in Melbourne and Sydney, just months after it opened in San Francisco.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has suffered another departure from its Asian practice, with Tokyo corporate and M&A head James Robinson defecting to Morrison & Foerster (MoFo).
Clydesdale Bank UK general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire has returned to Australia to resume her role at parent company National Australia Bank (NAB) with James Peirson taking over the UK role.
Kennedys has hired seven lawyers to bolster its Asia aviation practice, six of whom are from rival firm Clyde & Co.
Kirkland & Ellis debt finance partner Stephen Gillespie is leaving the firm to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, to become the Californian firm’s fifth high-profile recruit this year.
Sidley Austin has made up two lawyers to its London office in its boosted 2014 promotions round, which saw 32 lawyers added to its ranks including four in Europe.
Penningtons Manches has announced the opening of its first office outside of the UK in San Francisco to cash in on the firm’s network of clients in the area and boost its M&A cross-border offering.
Baker & McKenzie has launched an ‘investigations academy’ aimed at educating its lawyers across all its network on a range of matters relating to regulatory investigations.
Whether or not you still think that the ‘magic circle’ exists, there’s no denying that Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are among the most successful law firm brands to have originated in the UK.
Diversity is back on the top of the agenda at firms, whereas US firms heat up their competition to offer the highest salaries for potential talent.
Clyde & Co has reported a 5.3 per rise in income at the half-year, bringing revenue for the first six months of 2014/15 to £178m.
Leigh Day and Public Interest Lawyers were the subject of criticism by defence secretary Michael Fallon yesterday (17 December) following the publication of a report into allegations that British forces tortured and executed Iraqi citizens.
Firm responds to demand for parallel jurisdiction capability in investment funds work
Channel Islands firm Collas Crill and Cayman firm Charles Adams Ritchie & Duckworth (CARD) have announced they are merging in the New Year.
The liquidators of Gibraltar firm Marrache & Co are suing the local branch of accountancy firm Baker Tilly for negligence, breach of duty, conspiracy and dishonest assistance for audit advice given prior to Marrache’s collapse in 2010.
The Gibraltar Court of Appeal (CoA) has handed down a judgment throwing out the Marrache’s brothers’ appeals against conviction and sentencing for fraud, ruling that judge Mr Justice Grigson acted correctly throughout the lengthy and “unique” case.
The Ivory Coast association of legal consultants has joined the Ivory Coast bar association in voicing its opposition to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s plans to launch an affiliated office in the country.
Simmons & Simmons has hired Paul Bugingo, the former relationship chair of Dentons’ Africa steering commitee, as a partner in its Africa team.
Dentons has confirmed that its former Africa Steering Committee relationship chair Paul Bugingo is leaving the firm to “pursue other interests” in a blow to its ambitions on the continent.
The Ivory Coast Bar Association has opened proceedings against Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe following the firm’s launch of an affiliated office in the country, with plans to go to court if necessary.
Middle East News
Saudi Arabian firm the Law Office of Abdulaziz H. Fahad has converted into a professional service partnership, with the aim of ensuring future partner promotions and succession planning.
Middle East firm Galadari has added its fourth office with a launch in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
As it celebrates its silver anniversary, Middle Eastern giant Al Tamimi & Co is looking at Africa and Asia for its next stage of growth - with a bit of help from Linklaters.
Stephenson Harwood has taken a lead role advising the developer of a long-awaited $2.5bn (£1.55bn) real estate and tourism development project in Oman.