Online September 2012
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On The Lawyer today there are two heartwarming stories of firms keen to carve out a space for themselves in the new legal world order.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have been called in to advise on Malaysian telecom group Axiata’s issuance of a 2-year RMB1bn sukuk, one of the largest of its type in the South East Asian country.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields have taken the lead roles on a strategic partnership between the ports arm of Danish shipping group AP Moller-Maersk and logistics group N-Trans, which owns a controlling stake in Russia’s Global Ports Investments.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has increased its banking facilities more than 15 per cent while partner capital rose 4 per cent over the course of 2011-12 - an expansive 12 months for the firm.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Indian firm Trilegal have ended their referral agreement, blaming India’s failure to liberalise its legal market for the split.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired two energy and infrastructure partners from magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Shearman & Sterling have won roles advising on IntercontinentalExchange’s (ICE) acquisition of a stake in Dutch energy exchange company APX-Endex’s gas and power derivatives business.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and Slaughter and May are advising as the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) plans to float Direct Line Insurance in one of the biggest IPOs of the year.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has closed the biggest ever internationally-led project finance deal in Israel, advising Delek Drilling, Avner Oil Exploration and Dor Gas Explorations as sponsors on the US$900m (£562m) financing of the development of the Tamar gas field, first discovered 50 miles off the coast of Israel in January 2009.
They wanted desperately for things to work out, but they faced an insurmountable obstacle - the Indian government.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is preparing to go into battle with the claimant lobby after the Court of Appeal (CoA) said damages should be raised by 10 per cent from April next year.
Addleshaw Goddard and Hogan Lovells are among the firms to have advised on the £135m Aim listing of pharmaceutical company Clinigen, a rare UK IPO for the industry.
Addleshaw Goddard is preparing to go into battle with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer over £5m billed by the magic circle firm for the defence of Russian metal magnate Vasily Anisimov in the mammoth Berezovsky v Abramovich case.
Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst and Nabarro are the advisers behind William Hill and GVC Holdings’ bids for online betting service Sportingbet.
Akin Gump has named corporate partner William Rosoff as head of its Beijing office, replacing international trade partner Spencer Griffith who will relocated back to the firm’s Washington DC office.
A young lawyer from Allen & Overy (A&O) was among those killed in a plane crash in Nepal this morning (28 September).
Linklaters partners Christopher Kelly and Christopher Bradley and Allens partner Nic Tole´ will lead the aligned firms’ alliance joint ventures in Asia.
Allens’ Beijing and Shanghai offices are in the process of winding down, with staff from both offices set to move into Linklaters’ Beijing premises.
Earlier this summer former Dewey & LeBoeuf IP partner Henry Bunsow brought a law suit against the defunct firm’s senior management alleging they had run a Ponzi scheme, securing capital contributions from new joiners that they knew they could not repay.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed claims made against Clyde & Co by whistleblower and former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof but ruled that her pregnancy, sex discrimination employment case against the firm can continue.
It’s so sweet when a couple is in love and they start mirroring each other’s behaviour.
Ashurst has hired Nabarro real estate litigation head Iain Travers in a move to bulk up its property disputes offering, which was hit by the departure of practice head Michael Madden last year.
Firm boosts capital in bid to synchronise UK, Australian capital structures
Ashurst has hired senior litigation partner Angus Ross from Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office in a bid to build its Asia dispute resolution practice.
Ashurst has appointed tax specialist Heiko Penndorf as a partner in its Frankfurt office.
Construction and shipping set Atkin Chambers has appointed its first chief executive after a year-long search.
Les grandes vacances are over, and in Paris several firms have marked the rentrée - or return to school - by bulking up their presence.
Baker Botts has appointed a new London head in the shape of Steve Wardlaw, an energy lawyer and the former head of the US firm’s Moscow office.
In a move badged as enabling wider access to the bar, the Bar Council has launched a third-party escrow account to handle client payments.
A group of 34 former Halliwells fixed-share partners (FSPs) have won a High Court battle against the failed firm’s liquidators, BDO, after the court ordered the defendant to disclose previously withheld documents concerning the administration.
Addleshaw Goddard has been left with a slimmed-down legal fight for Boris Berezovsky in the Chancery Court after the billionaire withdrew a raft of his claims against his opponents.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has opened an office in Dubai, its second office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following Abu Dhabi.
Norton Rose corporate specialist Julian Stanier has quit the firm to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as a partner.
It was a long time coming, but Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has finally unveiled its 2012/13 profit figures. And as widely expected, they reveal a 39 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and a 38 per cent drop in net profit
You couldn’t make it up. Well, actually you could. Just look at the numbers.
London Metropolitan University has turned to Brick Court Chambers in its fight against the UK Border Agency (UKBA), which has revoked its licence to sponsor international students.
According to research into branding which has compared favourite chocolates with well-known law firms, Berwin Leighton Paisner was compared by a focus panel to Hotel Chocolat because of its high quality, creative image.
Penningtons has instructed Brick Court Chambers’ Richard Gordon QC to represent London Metropolitan University in its battle with the government over its future.
There’s a lot of rotation going on at US firms in London right now.
A trio of partners from Benelux firm Stibbe and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) have teamed up to launch a Brussels employment boutique.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has hired one of the City’s best-regarded financial restructuring and insolvency lawyers, Linklaters’ Yushan Ng, as a partner in its London office.
There were ugly scenes at London’s iconic 100 Club last night as LawRocks debutante Squire Sanders snatched an unexpected, and in certain quarters highly unpopular, victory from hot favourites Landmark Chambers and the Practical Law Company.
The £1bn court battle between Rusal chief executive Oleg Deripaska and businessman Michael Cherney has been settled ahead of the resumption of the case at the Rolls Building next week.
DeHeng Law Offices, one of China’s largest law firms, has appointed Brussels-based competition lawyer Frank Fine as a senior counsel in anticipation of increasing European Commission investigations on Chinese companies.
Clarke Willmott has emerged victorious in the Court of Appeal (CoA) on behalf of a client who lost nearly £200,000 after HSBC advised him to invest in a product which was later closed after the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken advisory roles as Russian telecoms group MegaFon prepares to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in the coming weeks, with an IPO tipped to raise up to $4bn (£2.5bn).
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Linklaters have landed roles on Sberbank’s long-awaited secondary public offering (SPO), which will see the bank raise $5.4bn in London and Moscow.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Sullivan & Cromwell have acted as lead advisers as Colombia’s Bancolombia completed its $1.15bn (£700m) debt offering on the international markets.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has launched in Abu Dhabi, marking the firm’s first outpost on the ground in the Middle East.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, McDermott Will & Emery, and Paul Hastings have gained approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Justice to open offices in Seoul, while Linklaters has become the latest UK firm to file an application.
Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won roles alongside a string of local firms on the potential tie-up of European defence giants EADS and BAE Systems.
Clifford Chance, Paul Hastings and White & Case have led on the signing of a €750m (£600m) loan to finance the construction of a 450MW lignite-fired power plant and related lignite mine and limestone quarries project in Tufanbeyli in Turkey.
Clifford Chance has asked capital markets associates in its Singapore office to take voluntary sabbaticals until the end of the year as the firm reacts to a downturn in work in the region.
Clifford Chance has taken over the lead role for Barclays in the high-profile Guardian Care Homes Libor and misselling case.
Clifford Chance is relocating its global head of restructuring and insolvency, Mark Hyde, to Hong Kong to lead its Asia Pacific finance team.
Cloth Fair Chambers’ John Kelsey-Fry QC and Matrix Chambers’ Clare Montgomery QC lined up as defence counsel at the Old Bailey today as Rebekah Brooks and a host of others associated with defunct tabloid News of the World (NoW) and the phone-hacking scandal discovered they would not face court for another year.
CMS has opened an office in Beijing as part of a joint venture between the firm’s UK member CMS Cameron McKenna and German firm CMS Hasche Sigle.
CMS has opened its new office in Dubai to take advantage of the growing energy market in the region.
Cobbetts has agreed a link-up with a Saudi Arabian lawyer in a bid to capture work coming out of the region.
One is the story of a flamboyant and controversial British military figure blazing a path to glory in the Arabian desert.
Claims for competition cases are expected to rocket next year with litigators reporting an renewed interest in follow-on damages claims from corporate clients.
Construction specialist Fenwick Elliott is mulling plans to establish an international footprint with an office launch in Doha.
Following Co-operative Legal Services’ (CLS) announcement earlier this year that it was going to start recruiting on a biblical scale by creating some 3,000 jobs, the company has now created a roster of barristers’ chambers to give it access to ‘every court in the ...
Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) has launched its family law operation offering fixed fees for services such as divorce, child protection, mediation and financial issues.
International cosmetics company Avon has appointed Jeff Benjamin as its new general counsel and senior vice president following the July departure of former general counsel Kim Rucker to Kraft Foods.
Washington DC headquartered Covington & Burling has recruited a partner from Bird & Bird’s Shanghai office as the firm prepares to open its second office in China.
The chair of Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Emilio Cuatrecasas, has been called to give evidence on allegations of tax fraud made against him totalling an estimated €3.7m (£2.9bn)
We asked how will the media legal landscape develop in a post-Leveson environment?
Davis Polk & Wardwell and Shearman & Sterling have taken advisory roles as Banco Santander prepares to list its Mexican subsidiary in New York and Mexico, aiming to raise an estimated $4.3bn (£2.7bn).
Dechert is set for growth in China after the firm secured a licence to launch a Shanghai base, which will be the firm’s third location in Asia.
Defamation cases fell by 15 per cent in the past year due to the scrutiny of the media and an increasing use of privacy law, research suggests.
Rusal chief legal officer, Igor Makarov, has been promoted to deputy chief executive officer for legal affairs at Basic Element, the holding company owned by Rusal chief executive Oleg Deripaska.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders has resurfaced in the same role at Florida law firm Greenspoon Marder.
Manches’ star family partner Helen Ward has quit the firm for rival Stewarts Law.
DLA Piper has expanded its employment team in Paris with the hire of partner Philippe Danesi from Bird & Bird.
DLA Piper has appointed co-managing partners, including the first woman in the role in the history of the firm, to lead the US side of the business
DLA Piper drafted in some 20-plus partners to wow Levi Strauss & Co’s legal team at a pitch for a Europe-wide mandate earlier this year.
DLA Piper is gearing up to open an office in Seoul after beginning its application to South Korea’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
DMH Stallard has announced the completion of its merger with Surrey-based Callaghans, which specialises in property, litigation and private client work.
Doughty Street Chambers has made a double raid on Tooks Chambers for star silk Tim Moloney QC and junior Tatyana Eatwell.
DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland has said the firm is on the lookout for further growth in Scotland.
Energy giant Eon has named assets and supply chain head Graham Line as its new UK head of legal in a move that is intended to overhaul how the company structures its legal spend across Europe.
At a judging session in September the European Awards judging panel debated shortlisted entrants and came up with the winning firms. Afterwards judges gave their thoughts on the entrants and the European legal market.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Eversheds has secured a licence from the Chinese government to establish an office in Beijing.
Eversheds has raided SJ Berwin for competition partner Lesley Farrell in a boost for the firm’s EU, competition and regulatory group.
A former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner is attempting to block Citibank securing a summary judgment against him by arguing that the bank colluded with the now-defunct firm to entice lateral hires in the run-up to the firm’s collapse this year.
Peter Metcalf, the former Hammond Suddards partner implicated in last week’s Hillsborough report, could face a Solicitors Regulation Authority investigation for his conduct following the 1989 tragedy.
Irwin Mitchell’s former chair and senior partner Michael Napier QC has joined third-party litigation funder Harbour Litigation Funding as a consultant.
Sir Nicholas Wall, the president of the High Court’s family division, is to retire from the role on 1 December after two years as England and Wales’s most senior family law judge.
The Ministry of Justice has appointed three new High Court judges, including 3 Stone Buildings silk Sarah Asplin.
Field Fisher Waterhouse is in early stage merger talks with three top 40 firms, including Osborne Clarke.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has launched a representative office in Silicon Valley in a bid to clinch work originating in the Californian technology hub.
Takeovers of UK-listed companies generated legal fees totalling almost £80m in the past year, working out as an average of £1.6m per deal, research by The Lawyer reveals.
Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has appointed new members of its board of directors, which will see the roles of chairman and chief executive separated for the first time.
Offshore firm Forbes Hare is launching a London office with the hire of former Walkers partner Catherine Ross.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has denied claims that it has introduced a blacklist naming 60 Russian officials believed to be involved in the fraud, subsequent detention, torture and death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky
Squire Sanders’ UK legacy firm Hammond Suddards was involved in the process of “review and alteration” of police officers’ recollections about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, a report into the tragedy has found.
Media firm Michael Simkins is to launch a reputation protection practice after hiring former Schillings partner Gideon Benaim.
Alastair Brett, the former legal chief at The Times, has been interviewed under caution by police investigating allegations of computer hacking, it has emerged.
French firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has added its third partner to its Chinese team, bringing on board corporate partner Emmanuel Meril.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons have both raided rival Anglo-Saxon firms for partners in Paris.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Willkie Farr & Gallagher have successfully argued a reduction in the fines handed down to energy companies E.ON Ruhrgas and GDF Suez by the European Commission for alleged market sharing.
Freshfields has broken its traditional lockstep in Asia in a bid to remain competitive in the region’s tightening legal talent market, with two top performing partners in Hong Kong awarded considerable bonus equity points last year.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired former Sullivan & Cromwell litigation partner Michael Lacovara for its US litigation practice.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has reopened in Singapore five years after its 2006 withdrawal from the city state.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer first revealed its plans to relaunch in Singapore some months ago. But the firm has now leased a 8,000 sqft office in Singapore, suggesting the reopening is both imminent and serious.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the only magic circle firm currently without a Singapore base, has signed a lease with Ocean Financial Centre, a newly-completed office building in the heart of Singapore’s CBD Raffles Place.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is to launch its first ever panel of external advisers to carry out investigations at banks.
What a busy first week after the summer break. Clyde & Co found itself an ally in Indonesia, while Allen & Overy’s former Asia restructuring head David Kidd has found a new home at Linklaters.
German firm Görg has raided two of its rival firms for a team of insolvency lawyers to launch in Hamburg and Rostock.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has relocated arbitration partner Rupert Reece to its London office, six months after losing a disputes team to Brown Rudnick.
French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has restructured its Hungarian management team, appointing partner Eszter Kamocsay-Berta and lawyer Ákos Kovách as co-heads of its Budapest office.
French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has confirmed a further drop in its turnover, with final figures for 2011 8.5 per cent below 2010’s at €192.2m (£154.1m).
Promoted to Chairman of the Conservative Party, Grant Shapps is now leaving his role as Minister of State for Housing and Local Government.
New figures released today show that the top 100 French firms are now collectively turning over almost €3.2bn (£2.5bn), a 412 per cent increase from 20 years ago.
What was your first-ever job? (prior to becoming a lawyer): Immediately after graduating from Jilin Law School I moved to Beijing and worked asa retail sales clerk in a department storewhile waiting for my Beijing residence card. It was a rewarding and fun experience.
TMT and sports firm Halebury has made a series of major hires in an ongoing recruitment drive ahead of a planned conversion to an ABS model.
Legacy Herbert Smith and Freehills lawyers are set to combine under one roof in Singapore – the only jurisdiction where the merged firm has duplicate offices.
Herbert Smith has been forced to second Hong Kong associates to clients, other practice areas and offices following the cliff-dive in capital markets work in the region.
Herbert Smith has hired Moscow-based disputes partner Alexei Panich from Salans to help fill the gap left by the departure of the firm’s Moscow disputes head in June.
Firm expects to appoint a single chief executive when David Willis stand down
The Independent Panel on the Hillsborough disaster makes for very sorry reading
Liverpool v Manchester United tomorrow is the first game at Anfield since the Hillsborough Independent Panel (HIP) report was published earlier this month. It is set to bring an element of closure to families of the spectators who died at the stadium tragedy in 1989 - especially if the rumoured tribute by United fans takes place.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a task force to crack down on tax dodgers in the legal profession as another barrister faces VAT fraud charges.
Hogan Lovells is to close its Abu Dhabi office before the end of the year and make Dubai its hub for the region.
Holman Fenwick Willan’s Sydney head David Coogans is moving to Hong Kong to join Howse Williams Bowers, a firm established earlier this year by three of Reed Smith Richards Butler’s founding partners in Hong Kong.
This year birds will fly north for the winter, Slaughter and May will look to hire US lawyers in Hong Kong and cats will start barking at cars.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Latham & Watkins and Mayer Brown have won first-time roles on HSBC’s expanded global legal panel after the bank introduced a sub-roster of US firms.
Olympics lawyers are in hot demand for in-house roles due to the success of the London 2012 Games, says the legal head of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog).
A raft of in-house legal teams at companies including Google and Lloyds Banking Group have partnered with law firms to support Prime, the profession-wide initiative to improve social mobility.
In the midst of your summer holidays and the Olympic Games, you could be forgiven for having missed the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, the outgoing Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, and the vice president of the Court of Appeal Sir Anthony May sitting on what appeared to be a bog-standard PI appeal.
Irwin Mitchell and Salans took roles advising on Blackstone Group’s first real estate investment in Turkey, where it has acquired a €200m (£160.8m) portfolio from Dutch property company Redevco.
The sigh of relief was audible from Sheffield to London as the ambitious firm finally got its ABS approval at the end of August.
Irwin Mitchell and Hodge Jones & Allen have been hit with a professional negligence claim over how they case managed a group action relating to the measle, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
French firm Jeantet Associés has turned to Nixon Peabody for the hire of TMT partner Arnaud de Senilhes.
Name: John KimPosition: Partner, Lee & Ko (Seoul, Korea)
Jones Day has appointed Nabarro’s employment head Julie Quinn as a partner in its London office, in a rare partner-level hire for the firm’s City employment team.
Jones Day, King & Spalding and Norton Rose all taken roles on the sharia-compliant financing of King’s Reach Tower on London’s South Bank.
K&L Gates has re-elected chairman Peter Kalis for a fifth consecutive term, putting him in the top role until February 2017.
The London office of K&L Gates has completed the hire of a three-partner finance team from Sidley Austin as Theresa Kradjian is added to the US firm’s finance practice.
Former The Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has turned to Rosenblatt Solicitors’ senior partner Ian Rosenblatt in a bid to extract an apology from South Yorkshire Police for the vilification he suffered in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.
North West firm Keoghs looks set to launch as an alternative business structure (ABS) in 2013 with external investment from a private equity house.
Keystone Law has added five lawyers to its ranks, including two partners, as it sets it sights on achieving £25m turnover within the next three years.
A woman who died after being crushed by falling window frames in central London has been named by police as Amanda Telfer, a lawyer at Keystone Law.
King & Wood Mallesons, German firm Hengeler Mueller and Paul Hastings advised Chinese automotive and equipment manufacturing company Weichai Power on its €738m (£584m) investment in German forklift truck maker Kion Group, which was represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gleiss Lutz.
In a bid to meet the challenges in a more competitive market, King & Wood Mallesons’s Australian partnership has replaced its transitional lockstep remuneration system with a modified one.
Kirkland & Ellis has been instructed by Chinese insurer, Ping An Life Insurance Company, in a landmark arbitration case against the Kingdom of Belgium, believed to be the first such case to be filed by a Chinese company at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (Icsid).
An international IP lawyer has been put on the sex offenders’ register for groping a woman on a bus.
Latham & Watkins has joined Texan firm Gardere Wynne Sewell advising on BP’s $5.5bn (£4.3bn) sale of its interests in a range of oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico to US petroleum rival Plains Exploration & Production.
Pan-Baltic firm Lawin has responded to increasing demand for EU advice from its clients by securing a Brussels base.
A number of firms instructed for various defendants in the failed claim brought by Irish property developer Patrick McKillen could be in line for a bumper pay day with total costs estimated at £20m.
Opinion has been split on the merits of a HMRC crackdown on tax-dodging lawyers.
Yorkshire firms Lee & Priestley and Lupton Fawcett are in merger talks, with a tie-up potentially marking the latter’s third major consolidation deal in under four years.
French firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has signed an alliance agreement with China’s TransAsia Lawyers, following its hire earlier this month of TransAsia partner Emmanuel Meril.
I am regularly asked to speak at partner conferences and in workshops on the theme of ‘what do clients really want?’. But faced with such a theme it is hard not to dive straight into the deep end of platitudes and banality.
LegalZoom, an online legal services site based in California, is to launch in the UK later this year in an exclusive partnership with high street franchise QualitySolicitors.
Belgian firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has boosted its tax expertise with the hire of Laurence Pinte, formerly head of tax for Franco-Belgian bank Dexia.
Linklaters is on the hunt for a partner to join its real estate practice, leading to suggestions that management’s plans to shrink the department have gone too far, The Lawyer understands.
Dickson Minto and Linklaters are advising on merger talks between Scottish Irn-Bru maker AG Barr and Robinsons squash producer Britvic.
Linklaters has launched a Women’s Leadership Programme aimed at attracting and retaining female talent at the firm.
Linklaters has beaten Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a pitch to win a first-time role for China National Gold on its talks to buy a stake in UK-listed African Barrick Gold (ABG) from Canada’s Barrick Gold.
Linklaters has re-hired a former trainee who had moved to DLA Piper to fill the gap in its construction practice.
US litigation funder Burford Capital has continued its march into the UK market with three senior hires.
Salans has lost another partner to US firm Locke Lord, with corporate specialist Rob Askew joining the Texan firm’s recently-launched London office.
Pinsent Masons and a City team from US firm Locke Lord have advised on the sale from administration of the UK subsidiary of motorcycle clothing and accessories retailer Hein Gericke.
The London Metropolitan University (LMU) has been granted permission to apply for judicial review of the Border Agency’s decision to revoke its licence to sponsor international students.
Malaysia has amended its Legal Professional Act in a move that some believe will become a double-edged sword on foreign legal practices operating in the country.
Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) have confirmed their post-merger management lineup.
Edward Lehman, managing director and founder of Chinese law firm Lehman Lee & Xu, has been found guilty of a second contempt of court by the Hong Kong High Court and has received a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Maples and Calder has become the latest offshore firm to open a Singapore office, relocating two partners from Hong Kong for the launch.
Mayer Brown has confirmed that it has begun a redundancy consultation in London among its support staff, four months after announcing separate plans to cut lawyers and staff from the City.
Scottish firm Harper Macleod has boosted its public sector, housing and infrastructure team with the addition of two partners from McClure Naismith, as the latter also loses two partners to MacRoberts.
French lawyer Aurélien Hamelle has been instructed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in ongoing proceedings in Paris over the publication of topless pictures of Kate Middleton in Closer magazine.
Stories about US and UK firms in the Middle East have been polarising, of late. On the one hand we saw Herbert Smith cutting support jobs in Dubai in May and Simmons & Simmons cutting lawyers and support staff in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in January. ...
Mishcon de Reya and Nabarro were drafted in to advise on the first purchase - a trophy property on Savile Row - by a joint venture between LaSalle Investment Management and Quantum Global Real Estate.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has elected three partners to succeed Pamela Reed as managing partner when she steps down next month after 13 years in the role.
Morgan Lewis & Brockius has hired Christian Nouel, a tax partner at Paris-based STC Partners and former tax head at Latham & Watkins’ Paris office.
Offshore firm Mourant Ozannes has launched in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), relocating one partner and hiring two lawyers from Ogier.
Law firms’ comings and goings in the Middle East have become as much a trend of 2012 as consolidation and redundancies. Earlier this month Cobbetts announced that it had begun an alliance with a Saudi Arabian firm (20 September 2012) while Cleary Gottlieb unveiled plans for the launch ...
Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston is set to stand down from the position roughly three years earlier than planned, the firm has announced.
News Corp has appointed five group chief compliance officers, including former Davis Polk & Wardwell and WilmerHale lawyers, as part of its bid to strengthen its compliance structure.
Nomura has restructured its global legal team in the wake of the departure of its wholesale legal head.
CMS Cameron McKenna regulatory and disputes head Liam O’Connell is set to join Norton Rose as a partner in its insurance litigation practice.
Norton Rose international arbitration head Joseph Tirado has quit the firm to join US outfit Winston & Strawn, with fellow London disputes partner Steve Abraham quitting for Baker & McKenzie.
The NSPCC has appointed a new head of legal following the departure of Catherine Dixon, who left earlier this year to become chief executive of the NHS Litigation Authority.
Rapid market consolidation, poor financial performances and the entrance of new players to the sector has had a negative impact on the number of partnership positions available, research by accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy shows.
Surely it was only ever a matter of time?
Olswang has boosted its technology and outsourcing offering with the hire of a technology partner each for its London and Singapore offices.
Have you suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault? Well, tough, because the case is too risky to take on.
Osborne Clarke is laying the groundwork for a launch in Brussels as the firm continues its European expansion amid merger discussions with Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
Clifford Chance structured finance partner Neil Hamilton is set to join US firm Paul Hastings’ London office.
Stephenson Harwood is set to receive an uplift after completing a two-year deal for an energy client to which it charged more than half of the fees conditional on the transaction closing.
Pinsent Masons has followed up its hire of two Salans partners in Shanghai by taking 13 more lawyers and 12 support staff from the European firm.
Portuguese independent Sérvulo & Associados has elected Lino Torgal as the firm’s new managing partner
Boutique IP firm Powell Gilbert has secured patent validation for its client Human Genome Science (HGS) after six years of litigation.
Property specialists Cramer Pelmont and Gilbert Turner Coomber (GTC) are set to merge creating a £7m firm that is eventually looking to attract investments from private equity funds.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Slaughter and May are among the firms that have acted on Cemex’s $7.2bn debt restructuring package.
Reed Smith has formalised a two-year relationship with Greek firm Papapolitis & Papapolitis, signing a strategic alliance effective from this month.
Russell Jones Walker (RJW) has waded in to the interest rate swap mis-selling litigation after agreeing a deal with campaign group Bully Banks.
Salans posted a 21.6 per cent increase in profit between 2011 and 2010, the firm’s LLP accounts have revealed.
Salans and SNR Denton have delayed a vote on a merger, with partners now expected to be polled on the potential combination next month at the earliest.
Banco Santander has hired Uría Menéndez corporate finance partner Javier Illescas as the Spanish bank restructures its legal department into two separate divisions, business legal affairs and internal legal affairs.
Shakespeares looks set to axe 54 jobs following its merger with Harvey Ingram. The firm has announced proposals to make 41 back office redundancies, with a further 13 lawyers shown the door.
The Shanghai Lawyers Association has admitted the first foreign lawyers to its membership in a new initiative.
Firms could be obliged to disclose client money levels to the professions’ watchdog more regularly instead of just once a year under plans being developed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Clifford Chance has seen a further exit from its structured finance practice, with partner Matthew Cahill leaving to join US firm Sidley Austin in London.
It was a legal battle that promised to lay bare the skeletons of Russia’s underworld and give the world a fascinating insight into the former Soviet Union’s bloody aluminium wars.
What was your first-ever job? (prior to becoming a lawyer): I started my working life as a lawyer.
Simmons & Simmons has boosted its restructuring capabilities in London with hires from SNR Denton and Deutsche Bank.
Simmons & Simmons has convinced a former partner to return to the firm for a second time as it looks to bulk up its Bristol office.
Singapore’s Ministry of Law has confirmed that 23 foreign law firms have applied for the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licence following the two-month window for applications, which closed on 31 August.
SJ Berwin and US firm Paul Hastings have joined forces to lead private equity group Patron Capital through the closing of its latest fund.
SJ Berwin is set to lose disputes partners Tim Beale and Justin Michaelson in a double London raid by two US firms.
SJ Berwin has relocated the founder and former managing partner of its Paris office to Hong Kong to head its office there.
SJ Berwin is set to ask a proportion of its partners to leave in a restructuring aimed at streamlining the City firm.
SJ Berwin, Mayer Brown and Travers Smith have led the work on the sale of iconic London toy shop Hamleys by Icelandic bank Landsbanki to French company Groupe Ludendo.
There have been some mixed messages in Asia over the past week. First came Freshfields’ highly-anticipated relaunch in Singapore, confirming the city state’s importance. Then there was Clifford Chance’s shocking move to ask its Singapore capital markets associates to take voluntary sabbaticals, responding to a drop in demand in the market.
Slaughter and May is considering whether to add US law capability to its Hong Kong base by hiring US-qualified lawyers as part of its regular strategy review.
Slaughter and May is looking to cut some 28 secretarial staff out of a total team of 165 in London with the firm blaming the changing role of secretaries at law firms.
The global legal market might be consolidating faster than a lawyer can file her travel expenses, but in some quarters at least the brakes have been put on expansion.
There are a few bleary eyes at The Lawyer this morning as the tennis fans sleepily relive the early morning glories of Andy Murray’s epic US Open win. Murray is, of course, already minted but last night’s epic five-hour battle with Novak Djokovichas turned him into a living legend.
The SNR Denton partner who played a key role helping Qatar win its bid to host the 2022 World Cup and who resigned from the firm earlier this year has resurfaced as an adviser at the body responsible for organising the football tournament.
SNR Denton has added another South Africa firm to its alliance network, tying up with Black Economic Empowerment firm KapdiTwala.
The SRA has launched an investigation into the conduct of solicitors involved in the aftermath of Hillsborough.
The SRA will pilot overseas testing of foreign lawyers wanting to become English solicitors for the first time next year, with a multiple choice test (MCT) to be held in New York in January.
Stehlin & Associés, until earlier this year the French arm of Osborne Clarke’s European alliance, has moved into Shanghai in cooperation with Belgian firm De Wolf & Partners.
Stephenson Harwood has added to its international arbitration practice with the hire of Reed Smith London partner Shai Wade.
Taylor Wessing has added to its property group with the hire of Orrick Rambaud Martel partner Alfred Fink, who will lead the firm’s French real estate team.
Name: Teresa Ko Position: Chairman, China - Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerLocation: Hong Kong
Blame it on a bunch of students if you don’t like your firm’s branding. Today’s story about a comparison between law firms and chocolate bars says as much about the lack of individuality of most firms as it does about the all-encompassing knowledge of law students.
The Hillsborough Files are recommended reading for anyone with an interest in justice.
Bath-headquartered Thrings is seeking to separate its personal injury (PI) business as an ABS but is mulling going down the independent body route first to avoid what it sees as an application “bottleneck” at the SRA.
Harbottle & Lewis has picked up its second Royal Family privacy instruction in a matter of weeks amidst a storm over topless pictures of Kate Middleton.
Travers Smith has launched a review into its associate pay system as it looks to assess how its rigid lockstep for legal staff compares with the rest of the market.
Travers Smith managing partner Andrew Lilley has been appointed to the role for a further two years, with the City firm chief set to return to fee-earning at the end of 2014.
Two Beijing-based firms Fangda & Partners and Jia Yuan Law Offices have launched bases in Hong Kong.
A two-partner firm with offices across London and Kent has entered administration after losing a large personal injury claim services contract.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Ritch Mueller and White & Case have all scooped roles as Mexichem issues a $1.15bn (£700m) two-tranche bond offering.
Silicon Valley-based Gunderson Dettmer has poached two partners from DLA Piper’s Beijing office to launch its first overseas presence in China’s capital city.
Vinson & Elkins has elected Robert Patterson as Beijing managing partner, two years after his relocation from Moscow.
Leeds firm Walker Morris has appointed the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)’s former director of consumer credit, Ray Watson, in a boost for its regulatory team.
Competition lawyers are worth their weight in gold.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Uría Menéndez and White & Case have all landed roles advising the China Development Bank (CDB) and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) on a $1.2bn (£740m) loan to Telefónica.
Could it be the proverbial ‘boy who cried wolf’ with the HMRC launching a task force to crackdown on tax-dodging London lawyers?
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has become the latest US firm to add Hong Kong law capability to its offerings.
Winston & Strawn has unveiled a raft of management changes including the appointment of a new office managing partner for its London office.
Austrian-headquartered Wolf Theiss is opening in Warsaw through the acquisition of German firm Beiten Burkhardt’s entire local office.