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DLA Piper has opened a back office centre in Poland as part of a wider plan to enable 24/7 worldwide support across its business.
White & Case is considering opening a shared services centre to serve its European offices in what would be the firm’s third worldwide. The US firm already has two back office support centres having launched its first in Manila in April 2007 and its second in Tampa in September last year.
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Dentons global chief executive Elliott Portnoy and chairman Joe Andrew have announced the firm’s intention to enter into a three-way merger with Australian firm Gadens and Singaporean firm Rodyk & Davidson, subject to a partner vote.
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Dentons has announced plans for its sixth and seventh mergers of 2015, expanding into Latin America through tie-ups with Colombia’s Cárdenas & Cárdenas and Mexico’s López Velarde Heftye y Soria (LVHS).
Mayer Brown has made up 27 partners in its latest worldwide promotions round, two of which are based in the firm’s London office.
Winston & Strawn has hired Pinsent Masons partner Paul Amiss and Gide Loyrette Nouel finance partner Rebecca Finn to join its London team in a bid to boost its corporate and finance practice.
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Ross Allardice is one of four partners in White & Case’s London office who are helping to build up the firm’s private equity practice.
When Wragges and Gowlings merge next year numerous options will open up for the Anglo-Canadian firm to build on – and develop beyond – its IP and natural resources roots.
Some firms and in-house legal teams have used the resources squeeze of recent years as a chance to redesign their systems for efficiency, using process control methods borrowed from business.