Europe’s independent firms focus on referral networks as cross-border M&A booms


In a world where the biggest global firms are just getting bigger – witness the recent formation of 6,500-lawyer behemoth Dacheng Dentons – it can be increasingly hard for independent firms to compete.

Latham shifts focus of private equity hiring spree to the continent


The European legal market has been shaken by a flurry of lateral hires over the past week, with firms including Baker & McKenzie , Fieldfisher and Morrison ...

European M&A rockets – but European firms miss out on the big mandates


The annual M&A league tables are coming out and it’s good news. Globally, M&A activity was back to pre-crisis levels in 2014

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.

European firms put the focus on diversity


Diversity has been on the radar of several firms in the UK recently, with a number announcing that they are aiming for 30 per cent of their partners to be female within the next few years.

Russian firms turn their focus to the East in the wake of sanctions


Our upcoming special report on Russia, which will appear on 24 November, will focus on the impact of the sanctions imposed against and by the country in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis.

Garrigues’ 0.2 per cent growth signals Spanish recovery


Garrigues, Europe’s largest firm, announced this morning that it had added €600,000 to its turnover last year – growth of 0.2 per cent. The firm’s €332.5m revenue might only be slightly up on 2012/13, but it marks a return to growth after two years of decline.

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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.


The Lawyer European Awards unveils best referral firms on the Continent

25-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

A total of seven European firms have been named on the inaugural European Referral Firm of the Year shortlist, unveiled today ahead of The Lawyer’s European Awards next month.

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Latham & Watkins’ revenue grows by 14 per cent to reach $2.61bn

24-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Latham & Watkins’ revenue has rocketed by 14.3 per cent between 2013 and 2014, from $2.28bn to $2.61bn (£1.69bn).

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Special report: Turkey – Striking out

9-Feb-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Tough international competition means that diversification is the watchword in the Turkish legal market.


Special report: European M&A – Mergers rising

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

While deal numbers were up last year, their value rocketed – and this time it’s not the US firms taking the lion’s share.

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Clifford Chance’s growing critical list

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.

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