Fried Frank axes Hong Kong and Shanghai offices in Asia shutdown


Fried Frank’s Asian ambition shuddered to a halt this week as the firm closed its operations in Hong Kong and Shanghai after seven years in the region.

Cooley takes the plunge at long last with London launch


Cooley has planted its flag at last in London soil. The tech firm had been waiting for the right moment , and this week entered the City with a bang by raiding US rivals Edwards ...

Kirkland’s former London chief Jim Learner returns to firm


Kirkland & Ellis’s City office had a bit of a hectic year in 2014, what with the trophy hire of Weil Gotshal & Manges banking chief Stephen Lucas as well as a series of high-profile departures.

Gibson Dunn: the growth spurt continues


In case you missed it, the big news among US firms in London currently is not only that Kirkland & Ellis debt finance partner Stephen Gillespie is leaving the firm, but that he is off to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman tie the knot in a $675m merger


After months of courtship, the future of Edwards Wildman is sealed. The firm’s partners voted in favour of a tie-up with Locke Lord worth $675m this week.

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DLA Piper bulks up in Singapore with hires from Gibson Dunn and Jones Day

26-Jan-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

DLA Piper has begun to rebuild its depleted Asia practice with the hire of two partners and an of counsel, reuniting a group of former Jones Day colleagues in the process.


Greenberg Traurig snatches Sidley Austin partner for London corporate practice

21-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Greenberg Traurig Maher has hired Sidley Austin corporate partner Dorothee Fischer-Appelt to join its London office, following the growing trend of US to US partner laterals in the City.

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Kobre & Kim launches fourth US office in San Francisco with IP hire

21-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

International litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has launched its fourth office in the US in San Francisco, led by Kerr & Wagstaffe’s Michael Ng who joins the firm as a partner.

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DLA Piper 13-Jan-2015

DLA Piper’s ‘Life sciences: patent extension strategies and antitrust global update’ video covers global antitrust and competition issues including product hopping and reverse payment patents.

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Charlie Geffen: “I’d have loved Ashurst to do a US merger"

3-Nov-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Charlie Geffen has re-emerged as the architect for Gibson Dunn’s English law capability – an ideal role for the committed internationalist. But why Gibson, and how does he really feel about Ashurst’s thwarted US plans? 


Latham and Kirkland go native in London, but how far have other US firms come?


US firms are growing deep roots in London by hiring and promoting local talent, data from The Lawyer shows. Which firms are growing their own and which are still intent on buying in laterals?


Freshfields: in a league of its own

29-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Freshfields is taking on corporate America as part of a wider mission – to become a leading player not in the magic circle but in the ‘international elite’

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