Europe

European moves: 5 March 2015

5-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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

Paris

Franklin adds four-strong Paris competition team from Bird & Bird

5-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French firm Franklin has hired a partner from Bird & Bird’s Paris office to develop a new competition and distribution practice.

Moscow

Boutique boom continues as Freshfields litigators quit Moscow office to go it alone

5-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer litigation counsel Maxim Kulkov has left the firm along with a team of lawyers to set up a Moscow-based dispute resolution boutique.

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Fried Frank comes off 'Putin's banker' case as Russian oligarch represents himself

4-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev has cut ties with his lawyers Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and will now represent himself in an ongoing battle over the liquidation of the bank he ran, Mezhprombank.

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Cuatrecasas sees revenue rise 3 per cent to break through €250m

4-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has reported a 3 per cent rise in turnover for the 2014 financial year, with revenues increasing from €248m to €255.4m (£185.5m).

Europe

UK defeats Cleary Gottlieb client ECB in European ruling over clearing houses

4-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The UK Government has won a landmark victory at the European General Court in a battle with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton client, the European Central Bank (ECB), over the location of central clearing houses for euro-denominated trades.

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The Lawyer in Europe

Clifford Chance sees five partners quit Germany in a month

5-Mar-2015

Germany has been a large part of Clifford Chance’s European operations for years, ever since 2000 when it merged with Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster. Some 15 years on from that merger, change is afoot

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Special report: Portugal – Less pain, more gain

5-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Early repayment of its bailout and solid M&A interest from foreign investors have brought optimism to Portugal’s lawyers.

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Competition: what lawyers really think about changes to the UK's regulatory regime

2-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

UK competition lawyers have a new regulator and new rules to follow when handling mergers. Is it ‘business as usual’ as the old OFT and CC promised?

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Slovenia

Balkan firm Karanovic & Nikolic expands to Slovenia with local hire

3-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Balkan firm Karanovic & Nikolic has opened an office in Slovenia, extending its coverage across the states of the former Yugoslavia.

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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.

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Berlin

MoFo boosts Berlin with data protection hires from De Brauw

2-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has turned to De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek for the hire of two data protection lawyers, including the Dutch firm’s global data privacy chair Lokke Moerel.

Amsterdam

Bakers hires seven-strong Linklaters and Houthoff Buruma corporate team in Amsterdam

30-Jan-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Baker & McKenzie has hired a seven-strong team from Houthoff Buruma and Linklaters to boost its M&A, capital markets and private equity offering in Amsterdam.  

Amsterdam

De Brauw notary team splits away as Dutch boutique trend gains momentum

19-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

A team of corporate law notaries from Benelux firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek have used the growth of the boutique market in the Netherlands as the catalyst to establish their own spin-off practice.

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Czech and Slovak firms launch CEE network to expand regional offering

3-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Czech firm Tomicek Legal and Slovak firm Fox Martens have teamed up to launch a regional referral network, CEE Attorneys, with the aim of expansion throughout the region.

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Linklaters moves 10 financial processes staff to Warsaw after outsourcing contract ends

17-Feb-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Linklaters is relocating 10 back office staff from its London and Colchester offices to a low-cost business services centre in Warsaw.

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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.

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Paris

Franklin adds four-strong Paris competition team from Bird & Bird

5-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

French firm Franklin has hired a partner from Bird & Bird’s Paris office to develop a new competition and distribution practice.

Paris

Olswang Paris office founding partner decamps for France's UGGC

16-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The former managing partner of Olswang’s Paris office has quit the firm with a team of lawyers to become banking head at French firm UGGC.

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Gide turns to Baker & McKenzie for senior operational hire

5-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Gide Loyrette Nouel has hired Baker & McKenzie’s Paris general director as its first secretary-general, responsible for implementing the firm’s corporate strategy.

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Germany's Flick Gocke Schaumburg launches Hamburg office

4-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

German firm Flick Gocke Schaumburg (FGS) has announced it is launching in Hamburg later this year, its fifth domestic office.

Düsseldorf

White & Case hires two Clifford Chance partners in Germany as exits continue

3-Mar-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Two more Clifford Chance partners, Peter Rosin and Thomas Burmeister, have left the firm’s German practice.

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Clifford Chance sees another German partner departure as Stengel quits for Milbank

2-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Clifford Chance has lost its third corporate partner from Germany in a month with the news that former German corporate head Arndt Stengel is leaving for Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s Frankfurt office.

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Grimaldi makes trio of lateral hires from local rivals

27-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Italian firm Grimaldi Studio Legale has added three partners to its roster, including former Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Davide D’Angelo.

Milan

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.

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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 sees revenue rise 3 per cent to break through €250m

4-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has reported a 3 per cent rise in turnover for the 2014 financial year, with revenues increasing from €248m to €255.4m (£185.5m).

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Uría Menéndez posts record results with 3.6 per cent revenue increase to €192.1m

16-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Slaughter and May’s Iberian best friend firm Uría Menéndez has posted a 3.6 per cent increase in turnover to €192.1m (£142.4m) in 2014, thanks to an improvement in the Spanish and Portuguese economy.

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DAC Beachcroft departures stack up in Madrid

6-Feb-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Longstanding DAC Beachcroft (DACB) Madrid lead partner Pablo Wesolowski has left the firm to join 11 former colleagues at Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD).

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Ireland's Mason Hayes hits €60m mark after 25 per cent increase in revenue

3-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has reported a 25 per cent increase in turnover for 2014, with revenues rising to €60m (£43.7m) from €48m in 2013.

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McCann FitzGerald secures AIB mandate ahead of capital restructuring

24-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

McCann FitzGerald has been appointed as the adviser to Allied Irish Banks (AIB) on its proposed capital restructuring by the Irish government.

Dublin

William Fry wins Irish government tender for restructuring of AIB

13-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

William Fry has emerged as the winner of the Irish Department of Finance’s tender to appoint a legal adviser to work on the potential capital restructuring of Ireland’s investments in Allied Irish Banks (AIB).

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Moscow

Boutique boom continues as Freshfields litigators quit Moscow office to go it alone

5-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer litigation counsel Maxim Kulkov has left the firm along with a team of lawyers to set up a Moscow-based dispute resolution boutique.

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Fried Frank comes off 'Putin's banker' case as Russian oligarch represents himself

4-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev has cut ties with his lawyers Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and will now represent himself in an ongoing battle over the liquidation of the bank he ran, Mezhprombank.

Court

Hogan Lovells secures Court of Appeal victory in 'Putin's banker' case

27-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Hogan Lovells and Erskine Chambers have secured a Court of Appeal (CoA) judgment requiring Russian tycoon Sergei Pugachev to disclose information about discretionary trusts established in New Zealand, setting a precedent in cases involving freezing orders.

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Hong Kong

Sweden's Magnusson opens ninth office in three years with Hong Kong launch

26-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Swedish firm Magnusson has added a Hong Kong office through a tie-up with two-partner Hong Kong firm Odebjer Fohlin - its ninth new base in three years.

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Finland's Roschier tempts Latham capital markets partner home from London

28-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Finnish firm Roschier has announced the hire of Latham & Watkins capital markets partner Antti Ihamuotila, bringing him back home to Helsinki after 15 years in London.

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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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HSBC

HSBC turns to BLP in a bid to dispel tax evasion allegations

10-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

HSBC has instructed Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) for legal advice, following the leak of client accounts by whistleblower Hervé Falciani.

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Another arbitration boutique is born as HFW Geneva partner quits with team

6-Jan-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) Geneva partner Matthew Parish has left the firm with a team of four lawyers to establish arbitration boutique Gentium Law.

Geneva

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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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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