US employment giant Littler Mendelson has acquired German employment boutique Vangard as its first foothold in Europe.
Dentons has opened its first office in Italy with the hire of 21 lawyers, eight of whom have joined from DLA Piper.
News has surfaced Fasken Martineau will close its Paris office in November, just hours after a redundancy consultation to cut 70 jobs launched in London.
Olswang’s future was uncertain following a series of seismic management and strategy changes. Now CEO Paul Stevens talks to The Lawyer exclusively about international plans, his new team and why a merger is not on the cards.
Asia Pacific News
The number of foreign firms in mainland China has dropped for the first time since the country opened its door to non-domestic firms in the early 1990s.
Slater & Gordon has posted UK revenue up a colossal 36 per cent to £129m just months after its £700m purchase of professional services group Quindell.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has revamped its executive board for the first time since the 2012 merger with a number of big names stepping down as terms reach an end.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has rejigged its practice areas as part of a major Chinese shake-up following its partner conference in Shanghai this month.
White & Case has boosted its white collar practice with the hire of litigator Jonathan Pickworth from Dechert.
US firm Cooley has launched a legal resources tool to tap into the tech startup market in London.
British American Tobacco (BAT) global general counsel Jerome Abelman is gearing up to launch the first review of the FTSE 5 company’s external legal advisers since his appointment to the role in May.
Life insurance giant Prudential Financial has promoted US general counsel Timothy Harris to the global top job following the retirement of general counsel Susan Blount.
Insurance firm Ince & Co is discreetly sounding out firms for a possible tie-up, The Lawyer understands.
Clyde & Co litigator Julian Connerty has exited for Signature Litigation over conflict issues related to RBS’s £4bn shareholder battle.
This week’s real estate blog looks at how the Government guarantee scheme for infrastructure is benefitting UK projects
London firm Gordon Dadds will acquire Jeffrey Green Russell (JGR) following a pre-pack administration.
There has been a real rush of lateral recruitment in the South African market this year - and the main driver seems to be Linklaters ally Webber Wentzel.
Macfarlanes has hinted that its South Africa base, which has been operating quietly for around 18 months, could become a fully-fledged client-facing office by the end of 2016.
DLA Piper’s South Africa ally Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr pulled out of the relationship after it became apparent that partners would be forced into giving up control of the firm, chief executive Brent Williams has revealed.
DLA Piper has hired the chief operating officer (COO) of its South African ally Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr to lead the opening of its own Johannesburg office.
Middle East News
Reed Smith’s has seen its net profit jump by 11 per cent, from £58.4m to £64.9m for the year ending December 2014.
Ex-Leeds United and GFH Capital general counsel David Haigh has been found guilty of embezzlement and breach of trust in Dubai and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.
Shearman & Sterling has followed up on its pledge to launch in Dubai this year with the announcement it is opening an office in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
Dechert has joined the growing number of international firms in Saudi Arabia through a tie-up with local firm Hassan Mahassni.