Breaks for the border subscription
UK firms have reorganised, changed focus, sacked lawyers, merged and closed offices.
Sharing the secrets subscription
2011 will bring with it a huge change to Luxembourg’s tradition of banking secrecy. Tom Phillips and James Swift look at what that will mean for the status of the offshore financial centre
Spanish firm Garrigues was crowned International Firm of the Year at the The Lawyer Awards two weeks ago - the first non-US firm to win the prize.
Boost for foreign firms as Bulgaria’s Bar Act brings legal market in line with EU rules subscription
International firms practising in Bulgaria are celebrating after the country’s government amended its bar rules to accept foreign firms.
German firm Hengeler Mueller has elected Daniela Favoccia and Matthias Hentzen as its two new managing partners.
High diplomacy: Julia Harrison, BA subscription
After strike action, snow and volcanic ash, nothing surprises BA head of employment law Julia Harrison. She talks to Tom Phillips about battles with the elements, staff and angry customers
The first Commercial Court case in Germany to be held in English took place at the end of May.
Kinstellar has opened in Turkey through the creation of a new firm, which it has called CCAO.
CMS partners home in on European strategy subscription
Partners from the nine CMS network firms will discuss how they can consolidate their position across European markets when they meet for their annual partner conference this month.
Abroadly speaking subscription
A changing regulatory landscape and the influence of international firms is set to make 2010 a significant year for the Russian legal market.
The Lawyer European Awards 2010: Shortlist subscription
After the success of last year’s inaugural event, it’s no exaggeration to say that interest in The Lawyer European Awards 2010 has exploded.
THE CREATION of a Russian legal regulator took a step closer last week with a series of meetings between law firms and the country’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
As general counsel of Lycamobile and Lycatel, Mohammed Malique knows exactly when to place that all-important call to external lawyers.
White & Case pushes into Asia via Moscow subscription
White & Case is strengthening its Moscow office in a bid to make it a ’gateway to Asia’.
White & Case has poached M&A partner Andrei Dontsov from Clifford Chance in Moscow.
As Conyers sets its sights on a base in the Channel Islands, Tom Phillips meets the man driving the expansion strategy, director John Collis
Camerons welcomes nine to partnership subscription
CMS Cameron McKenna has promoted nine lawyers to its partnership, as part of a 23-strong round across the entire CMS Europe network.
Gide Loyrette Nouel saw its turnover decrease by nearly 15 per cent to e220m (£192.87m) over the 2009 financial year.
Motion Picture Association general counsel Ted Shapiro is taking a leading role in the fight against copyright pirates.
Matrix barrister to head death row team for Reprieve subscription
A barrister from Matrix Chambers has been named as legal director of the death penalty team at human rights charity Reprieve.
In-house rules: Lee Greenbury, Enterprise subscription
As group legal director at support services company Enterprise, Lee Greenbury’s strategy to build a mini-law firm in-house is also receiving a lot of support.
Offshore firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is planning a new strategy to focus on IPOs and corporate structures emanating from India.
The new managing partner of what will be Hogan Lovells’ Berlin office has said he chose to stay with the firm despite most of his colleagues setting up alone, arguing his practice needs the backing of an international firm.
Lucky strikes subscription
The opening of new oil fields has sparked fresh interest in Africa from international law firms. By Tom Phillips
Focus: Gide Loyrette Nouel, French redressing subscription
When Gide launched in London in 2003 it hoped to crack the City. Seven years on and its UK lawyers are feeling the pressure
Egorov equity partners trouser £5m profit shares subscription
Equity partners at Moscow-based Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners pocketed profit shares of on average e5.64m (£5.12m) in the 2009 financial year.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite has paved the way for US rapper Snoop Dogg to enter the UK after a long-running battle with UK immigration.
Appleby takes offshore crown from Maples subscription
Appleby has overtaken Maples and Calder as the world’s largest offshore firm by partner numbers thanks to its October 2009 merger with the Isle of Man’s Dickinson Cruickshank.
Addleshaws on both sides of offshore tie-up subscription
Addleshaw Goddard’s nascent law firm consultancy has worked on its largest merger to date after steering the tie-up between offshore firms Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes.
Common touch: Akbar Khan, Commonwealth Secretariat subscription
Legal director at the Commonwealth Secretariat Akbar Khan is committed to furthering what he believes are the organisation’s altruistic aims.
Guernsey rush hastens Mourant-Ozannes tie-up subscription
Offshore firms Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes were spurred into making their merger talks a reality after Appleby launched in Guernsey with a four-partner team poached from Ozannes (The Lawyer, 11 January).
Channel Islands-based offshore firms Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes are to merge, creating the third-largest offshore firm in terms of partner numbers.
Salans elects Chateau as chairman in board rejig subscription
Salans has named New York corporate partner François Chateau as chairman of its seven-strong revamped board, with incumbent Stephen Finch stepping down after five years in the role.
Guardian angel: Gill Phillips, The Guardian subscription
In her first year at The Guardian Gill Phillips thrived on getting stuck in to one ruck after another.
Protection racket subscription
December’s massive hike in professional indemnity premiums led to panic in the market, with some firms being forced out of the profession altogether.
CHSH votes in female duo as co-heads subscription
Austrian firm Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati (CHSH) has elected a managing partner duo after Albert Birkner completed his three-and-a-half year tenure in the job.
Conyers follows Appleby to Channel Islands subscription
Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman is planning to open in the Channel Islands this summer, following the lead of offshore rival Appleby.
Wolfgang Grobecker, a corporate M&A partner in the Munich office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, has parted company with his new firm.
Hengeler Mueller, Slaughter and May’s best friend in Germany, has taken the unprecedented step of admitting that the firm was forced to part company with one of its partners.
Appleby raids rival for Guernsey gambit subscription
Offshore firm Appleby is to open an office in Guernsey by the spring after poaching a team of four lawyers from rival firm Ozannes.
A&O raids Clifford Chance for Paris M&A team subscription
Allen & Overy has boosted its Paris M&A practice with the hire of a partner and five senior associates from Clifford Chance.
Milbank scores Munich coup with Hengeler hire subscription
Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller has suffered a rare partner departure with a Munich corporate lawyer defecting to US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
Lord Judge to chair landmark libel appeal hearing subscription
Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, the country’s most senior judge, will chair a panel of three to preside over a landmark libel trial set to be heard by the Court of Appeal in February.
Using his loaf: John Healey, Warburtons subscription
Since leaving his role at Williams F1 to settle down at Warburtons, general counsel John Healey has shaken up the way things are done at the family bakers. Tom Phillips reports
Bott & Co launches iPhone accident app subscription
Law firm Bott & Co has launched a personal injury (PI) iPhone application that allows claimants to get instant access to a PI solicitor if they have been involved in an accident.
The managing partners of offshore law firm Maples and Calder have left the firm following its partner retreat last week.
Salans adds insolvency partner in London subscription
Salans has brought in an insolvency partner in London.
Salans follows Berlin group with London hire subscription
Salans has added an insolvency partner in London in the same week as it made an eight-lawyer hire from German law firm Beiten Burkhardt.
Reprieve, the charity that gives legal help to prisoners in Guantánamo Bay or on death row, is calling on lawyers to donate the monetary equivalent of their time.
Garrigues triumphs at The Lawyer European Awards subscription
Iberian firm Garrigues was named European Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer’s inaugural European awards, held last night in Barcelona.
BT GC in housing association switch subscription
BT Retail general counsel Gordon Moir has left the company after 10 years to join the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) as company secretary.
This year’s International Bar Association (IBA) Conference has been hailed as one of the busiest ever.
Food for thought: Gareth John, Sodexo subscription
Sodexo general counsel Gareth John’s team deals with more than just catering contracts, with the company branching into PFI and prisons management.
French firm Franklin has beefed up its Paris employment practice with the hire of Norton Rose’s French employment chief.
Magisters finds new chief for Kiev office subscription
CIS law firm Magisters has elected Andrew Mac as managing partner of its Kiev office.
Central and eastern European firm Wolf Theiss is working on the restitution of a Vermeer masterpiece bought in controversial circumstances by Adolf Hitler during the Second World War.
A&L Goodbody corporate partner and London head Julian Yarr has emerged victorious from the firm’s contested managing partner elections.
Freshfields, Bird & Bird retain places; Linklaters and Addleshaws lose out
Dressed to bill subscription
As the design capital of the world, Milan’s IP market is still thriving. But will the industry be forced to modernise in the near future? asks Tom Phillips
Austrian firm Wolf Theiss is reinventing itself as a Central and Eastern European (CEE) one-stop shop in a bid to attract more US clients.
French resistance subscription
The French economy is in recovery and its lawyers are looking ahead to rosier times. By Tom Phillips
The co-founding partner of CIS firm Magisters has left to launch a political career in Ukraine.
Go North and multiply subscription
The North has been as vulnerable as anywhere else to the recession, but the largest firms are increasing their gap at the top. By Tom Phillips
Rising dampener subscription
It may have been tough at the top in the last financial year, but as the statistics for the full UK 200 show, it was even tougher at the bottom.
NCTM ups China, East Asia offering subscription
Italian law firm NCTM Studio Legale Associato has strengthened its presence in China and East Asia.
Roschier has a new-look leadership after its long-serving chairman stepped down to take a back seat at the firm.
Schoenherr secures Renaissance-PORR JV subscription
Central European law firm Schoenherr has advised on a rare outbound transaction from a construction company in Turkey.
Former MTV legal duo bag News Corp, Arsenal posts subscription
?Two alumni of MTV Europe’s legal team have landed new jobs in recent weeks, with Andrea Appella taking a role at News Corporation and Svenja Geissmar becoming Arsenal FC’s first general counsel.
News Corporation has appointed Andrea Appella in the newly-created role of director of legal, competition and regulatory affairs for Europe and Asia.
Ex-Clifford Chance lawyer to head Polish law firm subscription
A former senior associate from Clifford Chance’s Warsaw office has left the firm to take over as managing partner at local firm Lukowicz Swierzewski & Partners (LSP).
With two mergers in 14 months, Ellisons Solicitors has been staking its claim on the Essex legal market.
Camerons, DLA square up to Bulgarian court subscription
Law Society joins UK firms’ fight against fines based on protectionism
Box clever: Bryan Hall, Virgin Media subscription
The ‘Digital Britain’ report and Ofcom’s recent Sky competition proposal are keeping Virgin Media general counsel Bryan Hall very happy.
Schoenherr real estate heads Alfred Nemetschke and Walter Anderl have decided to part with the firm and operate independently of each other.
Berrymans sees profit, turnover figures soar subscription
Insurance liability specialist Berrymans Lace Mawer has continued its growth with a 23 per cent increase in turnover for 2008-09 to £63.8m.
Magisters forms CIS best friends network subscription
CIS-based firm Magisters has launched a network of preferred law firms across the former Soviet Union.
The fourth CIS Local Counsel Forum in Ukraine saw more than 150 lawyers and academics, as well as various government representatives and one ambassador, meet in Kiev.
Dial M for Moir: Gordon Moir, BT Retail subscription
With telecoms in constant flux, BT Retail GC Gordon Moir has had to ring the changes on an almost daily basis.
Emerald ire subscription
Ireland’s law firms are up in arms after Arthur Cox won arguably more than its fair share of recession-related roles, with some pointing accusing fingers at the firm’s cosy relationship with the government. Tom Phillips reports
In the mood for dancing subscription
More than 150 lawyers and academics from law firms across the CIS have converged on a plush hotel in Kiev for the fourth annual CIS LocalCounsel Forum. This blog will report direct from the conference.
MTV names UK-based legal chief subscription
MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has promoted Roger James to the role of senior vice president, general counsel for MTV Networks International and MTVN UK & Ireland.
The judging panel for the inaugural The Lawyer European Awards.
Russia Special Report: Cold front subscription
Western companies operating in Russia have been beset by legal problems in recent years, with courts consistently ruling against them despite seemingly watertight cases.
Mazars UK recruits first-ever legal head subscription
The London office of international accountancy firm Mazars has appointed its first-ever legal head after hiring an in-house lawyer from Grant Thornton.
City slicker: Simon Cliff, Manchester City FC subscription
When the richest football team in the world asked him to handle their high-profile multimillion-pound transfer deals, Simon Cliff was only too happy to sign up with Manchester City.
EMI general counsel makes tracks for Warner subscription
EMI general counsel Chris Ancliff has resigned from the company to join its great rival Warner Music. He is currently understood to be on gardening leave.
On the law path: Wolf von Kumberg, Northrop Grumman subscription
Northrop Grumman European legal chief Wolf von Kumberg brings cutting-edge M&A nous to bear in the defence market.
Ball control: Steven Hodkinson, Umbro International subscription
It’s an enviable job considering the perks, but for Umbro general counsel Steven Hodkinson, the beautiful game sometimes getsa little ugly.
Firm profile Spratt Endicott subscription
Established in 2002, Spratt Endicott now employs 120 people across six commercial departments.
Landlocked and loaded subscription
It has been a diplomatic incident waiting to happen for decades. Germany’s efforts to claw back tax from citizens who hold bank accounts in Luxembourg has been an ongoing bone of contention, but recessions have a habit of strengthening people’s resolve, and political pressure from the G20 countries appears to have driven the first wedge between Luxembourg’s secretive banks and their clients.
Network Rail asks firms for innovative solutions subscription
Rail infrastructure company Network Rail is set to review its panel of external law firms for the first time in three years.
Shearman tackles Man City following Mansour deal subscription
Shearman & Sterling is muscling in on Premier League football transfer work after one of the firm’s associates joined Manchester City as general counsel.
Bridge McFarland subscription
After outgrowing its Lincoln base, Bridge McFarland is marking 2009 as the year to expand its presence in the North East.
As general counsel of the International Save the Children Alliance, Tara Camm is committed to keeping all of the charity’s global members pulling in the same direction.
CMC Markets invites pitches for global work subscription
CMC Markets has asked selected firms on its UK panel to take part in a beauty parade as it looks to draw up an international roster to deal with its overseas expansion.
Thomson Snell subscription
Taking an active part in the Thames Gateway Regeneration project, Thomson Snell & Passmore often comments on how the plan is progressing.
Trading paces: Dominic Bacon, CMC markets UK subscription
CMC Markets has experienced a meteoric rise in fortunes over the past two years. And as head of legal, Dominic Bacon has to work hard to keep things on track. Tom Phillips reports
Africa Special Report: Law and peace subscription
The cessation of war and abundance of rich natural resources have oiled the wheels of recovery in Angola and Mozambique and are making them attractive to Portuguese law firms.
Switzerland Special Report: The devil makes work subscription
The Madoff scandal may be bad news for Switzerland’s fraud record, but at least it’s providing plenty of work for Swiss lawyers.
Worlds apart: Jane Douglas, DP World subscription
DP World legal counsel Jane Douglas says the company is riding on the crest of a wave.
BT panel firms tender for places via e-auction subscription
BT has piloted an e-auction as part of the process of reviewing the firms on the real estate part of its external legal panel.
McKinnon lawyer: the fight will go on subscription
The lawyer instructed by Gary McKinnon, the man charged by the US with hacking into Pentagon and Nasa computers, has vowed to continue her struggle to prevent his extradition to the US.