Slamdunk to KWM

Good grief. Can’t you lawyers stay still for one minute? It’s supposed to be the summer holidays (for those jetting off via Heathrow, here’s our interview with the airport’s general counsel Carol Hui) yet many seem to think now is the time to find a new job, agree an international merger or issue a cash-call.

We partly say this with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in mind. Days after the firm voted to go ahead with a $1bn merger with SJ Berwin, the first ever tie up between two major UK and Asian Pacific firms, KWM hired the former general counsel of China’s national basketball league, Steven Toronto, as a partner in Beijing.

Blimey. Weary partners, if you’re booking a last-minute escape with EasyJet, here’s what the airline’s head of legal Andrew Winterton has to say.

KWM’s hire marks a bounce back to private practice for Toronto, who joined NBA China in 2009 and was previously managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Beijing office for nine years. In fact, it was whilst at MoFo that Toronto made his first contact with KWM through his work on the Beijing Olympic Games. A jock of all trades indeed.

Now for the piña coladas.

Also in today’s issue, click here to view a webinar from HP Autonomy on meeting the challenges posed by regulators, Iken advises on how best to manage an in-house legal team flexible working arrangements, and read all about Control Risks’ sponsored peer panel which considers the impact of the Jackson reforms on civil litigation.

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