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Hamburg Bird & Bird lawyer under fire for alleged involvement in €137m embezzlement charge

17-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

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.

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Life in life sciences: Is the boom in legal services set to last?

15-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

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? 


European moves: 11 December 2014

11-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

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


Six firms win spots on Hitachi Rail Europe's inaugural panel

10-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

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.


France dominates European moves for 2014 while US firms look to rivals for hires

10-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Almost a third of appointments made by law firms in Continental Europe in the last year have been in France, analysis of this year’s lateral hires have shown, with US firms preferring to recruit from their international rivals over independent firms.

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Skadden scoops Darrois Villey co-managing partner for Paris corporate boost

9-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has announced the hire of corporate heavyweight Olivier Diaz from French firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier.

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France proves busiest recruitment market for lateral hires in 2014


Earlier this week Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom announced that it was making a rare European lateral hire – and it was a big one. Skadden has recruited Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier’s co-managing partner Olivier Diaz in a boost to its French corporate practice.

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Special report: Cyprus – Bounceback island

8-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Cyprus is still in recession, but it looks as though Russia’s favourite island will revive more quickly than was thought likely.

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Special report: Ukraine – No place for lawyers?

8-Dec-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

The Ukraine crisis has raised questions over which rule of law to follow, but the flight of international investors is giving local firms an advantage.

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Luxembourg has now fully implemented the AIFMD. This will reinforce the country’s position as a global investment fund hub.

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BLP and King & Spalding scoop lead roles as Greece opens up oil sector

20-Jun-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and King & Spalding have taken the main legal advisory roles on the awarding of Greece’s first oil and gas exploration leases for two decades.


The cheers, champagne and celebration at the European Awards

21-Feb-2014 | Updated: 21-Feb-2014 | By Joanne Harris

What do you get when you put 250 lawyers from some 20 countries in a room together? The Lawyer European Awards, is the answer.

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Clifford Chance competition partner leaves to set up Brussels boutique

8-Dec-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance EU public policy head and competition partner Oliver Bretz is to leave the firm in the New Year to set up an independent competition law boutique.


Simmons expands into Luxembourg with five-partner office

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Simmons & Simmons has announced plans to launch a five-partner office in Luxembourg to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s funds industry.

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Dentons adds former Brodies competition head to Brussels team

3-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons has hired the former head of EU competition law at Scottish firm Brodies, Mark Clough QC, to its Brussels office as senior counsel.

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Kinstellar joins tiny band of international firms in Bulgaria as it launches in Sofia

3-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Emerging markets specialist Kinstellar has announced the launch of its eighth office, opening in Bulgaria with the hire of a lawyer from Wolf Theiss.


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.


DLA Piper demonstrates commitment to CEE with Prague expansion

4-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper’s Central & Eastern European managing partner Krzysztof Wiater has pledged his firm’s committment to the region in the wake of its Czech bolt-on.

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Skadden scoops Darrois Villey co-managing partner for Paris corporate boost

9-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has announced the hire of corporate heavyweight Olivier Diaz from French firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier.


France's Ayache Salama eyes London for first overseas office

8-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

French firm Ayache Salama has become the latest in a string of European firms, and one of a handful of French ones, to open a London representative office.


Gide set to explore emerging markets as Puel and de Moucheron re-elected

1-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Gide Loyrette Nouel has re-elected its managing and senior partners for a second three-year term along with a new executive board.

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Hamburg Bird & Bird lawyer under fire for alleged involvement in €137m embezzlement charge

17-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

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.

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Up to nine partners face axe as Clifford Chance reviews German operations

4-Dec-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Clifford Chance is understood to be carrying out a review of its German operations, and is likely to see the departure of a number of partners as a result.

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Hengeler boosts female partnership with brace of promotions

24-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Hengeler Mueller has announced its first all-female promotions round, making up two women to its partnership in a boost to its diversity stakes.

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Squire Patton Boggs and Bonelli collaborate on Rai Way €280m Italian IPO

21-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Squire Patton Boggs and Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo have advised Italian transmission tower operator Rai Way on its €280m (£222m) IPO this week on the Italian stock exchange.

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Italian boutique expands with three partner hires

3-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Italian corporate boutique Giovannelli e Associati, which was launched last year by a team from Ashurst, has expanded with the addition of another three partners.


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.

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Clifford Chance advises bondholders pursuing unpaid Ukrainian bond coupon

21-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clifford Chance partner Jared Grubb is advising a group of bondholders seeking $2m from Ukrainian bank VAB Bank after it failed to pay out a coupon due to new Ukrainian foreign currency restrictions.

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Ukraine's Vasil Kisil splits in two as five partners launch new firm

8-Aug-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Ukrainian firm Vasil Kisil & Partners has split in two, after five of its 11 partners quit to launch a new firm.

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Dentons benefits from Chadbourne's Kiev closure with corporate partner hire

6-Aug-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Dentons has become the first firm to snap up one of the lawyers at Chadbourne & Parke’s Kiev office, which is closing in the next few months.

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Cuatrecasas pledges to hit 25 per cent diversity target by 2020

27-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has signed two agreements with the Spanish government pledging to achieve 25 per cent female presence on its board by 2020 and 33 per cent by 2024, and increase female leadership within the firm.

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Pérez-Llorca wins Spanish airport IPO deal with €1 fee

21-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Spanish firm Pérez-Llorca has secured the instruction to advise the Spanish airport operator Aena (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) on its upcoming flotation for a fee of just €1.

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Garrigues returns to growth with marginal revenue rise to €332.5m

30-Oct-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Europe’s largest firm, Iberian giant Garrigues, has announced a marginal rise of 0.2 per cent in its 2013/14 turnover along with the promotion of seven to its partnership.

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BLM and Keoghs and Simpson Marwick win spots on new Hastings Direct panel

30-Oct-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

BLM, Keoghs and Simpson Marwick have been appointed to insurance broker Hastings Direct’s new slimline claims defendant panel.

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BLM sets sights on £100m turnover for current financial year

22-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

BLM will be nudging the £100m turnover mark at the financial year-end, according to a “conservative” estimate by managing partner Mike Brown.


Slaughters and Wragges lead host of firms on Legal & General property sell-off

22-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Slaughter and May and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co have taken key roles among a large group of UK and Irish firms advising on Legal & General’s (L&G) sale of eight properties from its Hyperion portfolio to separate purchasers.

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Pepeliaev Group to open two offices in Russia to target Asian market

13-Nov-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Russian firm Pepeliaev Group is set to launch two new offices in Russia’s far east to home in on Asian markets following a reduction in Western investment.

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Latham triumphs in London Metal Exchange Court of Appeal hearing

8-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Latham & Watkins has won a Court of Appeal hearing for the London Metal Exchange (LME) against Marcfarlanes client Rusal, finding that the exchange had acted fairly and lawfully in imposing new requirements for warehouses.


Fried Frank picks up Stephenson Harwood role on oligarch battle

30-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev has switched counsel from Stephenson Harwood partner John Fordham to Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson for the latest stage of his $2bn injunction battle at the High Court. 

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Eversheds eyes Nordic economies as it merges with Helsinki firm

3-Nov-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds has merged with Finnish full-service firm Juridia Bützow to form JB Eversheds.

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CVC turns to Freshfields for €700m Paroc acquisition

27-Oct-2014 | By Kate Beioley

CVC has turned to long-standing adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has for its €700m (£551m) acquisition of Helsinki-based Paroc.

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Kromann Reumert and Reed Smith advise on exclusive licence for Ebola vaccine

24-Oct-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Reed Smith and Danish firm Kromann Reumert advised Bavarian Nordic on a licence and supply agreement for approximately $187m to grant its Ebola vaccine exclusively to Johnson & Johnson company Crucell Holland.

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France's Jeantet launches in Switzerland with DLA Piper hire

25-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

French firm Jeantet Associés has launched an office in Geneva, its third office outside Paris, in a bid to meet client demand from Swiss clients and those wanting to invest in the country.

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PLMJ sets up Swiss presence to target HNWI work

17-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Portuguese firm PLMJ has set up a Swiss desk and opened an office in Lausanne in response to increasing amounts of work involving private clients with assets in Switzerland.


Darrois and Orrick are worth it as L'Oréal buys back shares from Nestlé

12-Feb-2014 | By Joanne Harris

French firms Bredin Prat and Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, alongside Switzerland’s Homburger and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, have taken lead roles on L’Oréal’s buyback of €6.5bn in shares from Nestlé.

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DLA Piper's Turkish office demerges from firm but retains relationship

18-Nov-2014 | By Joanne Harris

DLA Piper’s Turkish office has demerged financially from the firm, but the two are remaining linked with Istanbul’s Yüksel Karkin Küçük (YKK) now a ‘DLA Piper relationship firm’.

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Bird & Bird allies with Turkish firm BTS

3-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Bird & Bird has further expanded its horizons with the announcement of a cooperation agreement with Turkish firm BTS & Partners.

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Turkey's Bener adds three to partnership

5-Feb-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Turkish firm Bener Law Office has recruited two partners and promoted a third, boosting its partnership from eight to 11.

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