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All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has promoted two lawyers to its partnership. Reinier Kleipool is a corporate specialist, while Jeroen van der Schrieck focuses mainly on litigation. The promotions bring the number of partners at the firm to 63. Central & […]

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Shoosmiths has advised new company Haversham Holdings on their decision to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Haversham Holdings is a new group formed by Avril Palmer-Baunack, former executive chairman of Stobart group and former chief executive of Autologic, along with the support of Marwyn, the specialist investment management company. Palmer-Baunack will drive the business […]

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