handshake

CMS promotes 18 women in 39-strong promotions round

21-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

CMS has appointed 39 partners across Europe and the Middle East as part of its promotions round, 18 (49 per cent) of which are women.

frankfurt germany

HSF hires K&L Gates' Müller, firm's first female partner in Germany

21-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired its first female partner in Germany, K&L Gates banking and finance partner Julia Müller.

allen & overy

A&O makes up nine women in largest promotions round for three years

17-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 22 lawyers to its partnership worldwide, including nine women, in its largest promotions round in three years.

Moscow

Egorov Puginsky's Dimitry Afanasiev: making our countries better and stronger video

17-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

This year’s European Managing Partner of the Year, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ chairman Dimitry Afanasiev, opens up about the challenges affecting Russia and Ukraine.

Paris

Fieldfisher faces €120,000 unfair dismissal claim from Paris secretary

17-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher is facing a €120,000 (£86,000) unfair dismissal claim brought by a former secretary in its Paris office, who claims that she was assaulted by the firm’s office managing partner on the day of her dismissal.

Europe

European moves: 16 April 2015

16-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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

Read all Europe News

The Lawyer in Europe

Mayer Brown, McDermott and Wragge Lawrence Graham all hire in Paris

2-Apr-2015

Of all the major European jurisdictions, Paris saw the greatest amount of lateral hiring last year – and the trend is continuing into 2015.

More from The Lawyer in Europe

Europe Analysis

Asters took Law Firm of the Year: Ukraine and Cis 2015

Ukraine – Toughing it out

20-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Be strong and think fast are the rules if you want to succeed in this troubled region. The shortlisted firms for our European awards show the way.

HSBC – allegations of fraud, Switzerland

Switzerland – Shaken then spurred

20-Apr-2015

Tax evasion allegations and the uncapping of the Swiss franc have kept the country in the headlines recently, but it’s all good for lawyers.

Read more

Europe Opinion

joanne harris index

Independent firms can still be global

6-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Independence does not rule a firm out of top-level cross-border mandates.

More from Europe Opinion

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.

athens greece acropolis

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.

More from Balkans

Shell energy

Freshfields and Slaughters tapped for Shell’s £47bn takeover of BG Group

8-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Slaughter and May is advising Royal Dutch Shell on its recommended cash and share valued at £47bn to take over natural gas company BG Group, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Amsterdam

Linklaters' former Dutch employment head quits to launch boutique

8-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

The former head of Linklaters’ Amsterdam employment and pensions team, Martijn van Broeckhuijsen, has launched his own firm in a continuation of the trend for boutiques in the Netherlands.

FedEx

A&O, Bakers and NautaDutilh lead on FedEx’s €4.4bn buyout of rival TNT Express

7-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O), Baker & McKenzie and NautaDutilh are advising on FedEx’s €4.4bn (£3.2bn) acquisition of TNT Express to expand its European operations.

More from Benelux

budapest hungary

Dentons takes on White & Case's Budapest office in major CEE boost

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

White & Case’s Budapest office is joining Dentons next month in a major boost for the expanding firm’s Central & Eastern European (CEE) operations.

prague czech republic

Wolf Theiss recruits A&O Czech corporate head

7-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Austrian firm Wolf Theiss has hired longstanding Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Jan Myska as a partner in its Prague office.

Glencore

The Lawyer Top 20 cases 2015: Clyde & Co client Glencore to pay $40m to Petrom over crude oil "deceit"

17-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clyde & Co client Glencore International has been ordered to pay $40m (£27m) to Romanian oil companies Petrom and Petrolexportimport for fraudulently shipping low-quality crude oil to Romania in the 1990s.

More from CEE

Paris

Fieldfisher faces €120,000 unfair dismissal claim from Paris secretary

17-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher is facing a €120,000 (£86,000) unfair dismissal claim brought by a former secretary in its Paris office, who claims that she was assaulted by the firm’s office managing partner on the day of her dismissal.

Nokia

Skadden and SullCrom brought in as Nokia agrees €15.6bn Alcatel-Lucent takeover

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have taken the lead roles on Nokia’s €15.6bn (£11.2bn) acquisition of French telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent, announced this morning.

Paris 620px

McDermott picks up three-strong Paris private equity team from Curtis Mallet-Prevost

2-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

McDermott Will & Emery has continued the growth of its Paris office with the hire of three private equity partners from Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle.

More from France

frankfurt germany

K&L Gates adds German IP partner from Clifford Chance

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

K&L Gates has become the latest firm to pick up a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, recruiting the magic circle firm’s German trademark head Thorsten Vormann.

noerr

Noerr continues run of growth with 7 per cent turnover rise in 2014 to €197.2m

26-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

German firm Noerr has announced another strong year with turnover rising by 7 per cent to €197.2m (£145.2m) for 2014, up from €184.5m the previous year.

frankfurt germany

CMS becomes latest firm to hire from Clifford Chance in Germany

18-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

CMS Hasche Sigle has become the fourth firm to hire a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, picking up capital markets partner Wolfgang Richter.

More from Germany

London

Grimaldi hires former Clifford Chance CEO Bray in London push

14-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Grimaldi Studio Legale has announced the hire of two prominent banking partners for its London office, former Clifford Chance CEO Michael Bray and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo’s Riccardo Sallustio.

World Duty Free

Slaughters and Bonelli advise on Dufry’s €1.3bn World Duty Free acquisition

31-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Best friends Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and Slaughter and May have advised on opposite sides of Dufry’s €1.3bn (£950m) acquisition of shares in rival World Duty Free from the Benetton family, in a deal that creates the world’s biggest travel retailer.

milan italy

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.

More from Italy

kiev ukraine

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.

kiev ukraine

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.

kiev ukraine cis

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.

More from Ukraine

London

PLMJ opens representative office in London to boost inbound instructions

16-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Portuguese firm PLMJ is set to open its doors in London this year with a representative office led by Hugo Rosa Ferreira to capture a greater volume of work from the London legal market.

Jorge Badia

Cuatrecasas appoints litigation head Jorge Badía as firmwide managing partner

27-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has appointed litigation and arbitration head Jorge Badía as its new managing partner, the firm announced today. 

TSB

A&O, HSF and Linklaters advise on TSB £1.7bn takeover by Spain’s Banco Sabadell

20-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) were drafted in to advise on the £1.7bn sale of TSB, Britain’s seventh-biggest bank, to Spanish bank Banco Sabadell, which was accepted this morning (20 March 2015).

More from Iberian Peninsula

dublin bridge

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.

dublin bridge

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).

More from Republic of Ireland

Moscow

Egorov Puginsky's Dimitry Afanasiev: making our countries better and stronger video

17-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

This year’s European Managing Partner of the Year, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ chairman Dimitry Afanasiev, opens up about the challenges affecting Russia and Ukraine.

Moscow

Chadbourne turns to BLP for new Moscow managing partner

7-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Chadbourne & Parke has recruited corporate partner Andrei Baev from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as its new Moscow managing partner.

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.

More from Russia and the CIS

Nokia

Skadden and SullCrom brought in as Nokia agrees €15.6bn Alcatel-Lucent takeover

15-Apr-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have taken the lead roles on Nokia’s €15.6bn (£11.2bn) acquisition of French telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent, announced this morning.

Oil rig

SAPA group GC to take top role at BG Group as Vinter retires

9-Apr-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

BG Group general counsel Graham Vinter is stepping down after seven years in the role following his company’s announced merger with energy company Shell, and will be replaced by Sapa group general counsel Tom Melbye.

electricity pylon

Linklaters and Milbank advise on €6.6bn acquisition of Swedish power company Fortum

18-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Linklaters and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have advised on the bumper €6.6bn (£4.8bn) sale of Swedish electricity company Fortum Distribution to a consortium of investors.

More from Scandinavia

swiss flag

Quinn Emanuel and Niederer Kraft & Frey seal first US settlement for Swiss bank BSI

31-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Swiss firm Niederer Kraft & Frey have advised BSI, the first Swiss bank to reach a deal with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over allegations of helping clients evade tax.

pills drugs pharmaceutical pharmaceuticals pharma medicine

Novartis animal health GC moves to pharma supplier Lonza after Eli Lilly sale

9-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Novartis’s animal health division general counsel Andreas Bohrer has joined pharmaceuticals supplier Lonza as group general counsel and company secretary, after the branch was sold to Eli Lilly.

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.

More from Switzerland

istanbul turkey

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’.

istanbul turkey

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.

More from Turkey

salary+survey+300+new