Edin Imsirovic

Edin covers corporate and the City at The Lawyer. He tweets at @TheLawyerEdin.

Marwa Elborai, A&O

A&O swoops to recruit Shearman finance partner

A finance partner, who has been at Shearman & Sterling for 16 years, is moving to Allen & Overy. Marwa Elborai specialises in both capital markets and leveraged finance. She was given the nod to partner in 2016. Denise Gibson, co-head of global leveraged finance, said: “It is fantastic to welcome Marwa to our global […]

Roundtable: How to retain talent through culture

As political turmoil continues to temper financial markets, hamper international trade relations and exacerbate political insecurity, ensuring client stability and satisfaction still remains of vital concern for all law firms. In a recent roundtable co-hosted by Scottish-based Morton Fraser and The Lawyer, participants discussed the biggest challenges facing law firms in maintaining client satisfaction into […]

Manchester United

Latham wins mandate on possible Manchester United sale

Latham & Watkins is the firm that has scored the mandate for the Glazer family on its strategic review of Manchester United. The club said in a statement it would “evaluate all options to ensure that we best serve our fans and that Manchester United maximises the significant growth opportunities available to the Club today […]


Dentons unveils newly-minted five-year strategy

Dentons has launched a five-year strategy for the UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) region that includes practice area expansion, career progression initiatives and technology investment. The firm’s UKIME CEO Paul Jarvis said the goal of the new strategy is “not to add revenue for revenue’s sake” and that it is about “being connected to […]


Charles Russell Speechlys joins flurry of firms opening in Singapore

Charles Russell Speechlys is the latest firm to confirm that it’s opening an office in Singapore, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm’s announcement follows that of at least four other firms in October 2022 alone, further demonstrating Singapore’s importance to the legal profession. Mayer Brown has established a formal joint law venture (JLV) with Singapore firm […]

Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings doubles down on debt finance with team raid on Weil

Paul Hastings has swiped a finance capital markets duo from Weil Gotshal & Manges, despite the recent slowdown in deals activity in the market. Partner Patrick Bright, who heads Weil’s European high yield team, and partner Alexander Horstmann-Caines are leaving the firm to bolster Paul Hastings’ finance practice. This is the second time Paul Hastings […]


Mayer Brown lands JV with Singaporean firm

Mayer Brown has established a formal joint law venture (JLV) with Singapore firm PK Wong & Nair. The JLV will be known as Mayer Brown PK Wong & Nair and will offer clients services on international and Singapore law. Mayer Brown first set up in Singapore in 2011 and has since grown to 25 lawyers, […]

Gibson Dunn swipes Shearman & Sterling corporate partner in Middle East

Shearman & Sterling has taken a hit in the Middle East through the exit of one of its corporate practice heads to Gibson Dunn. Marwan Elaraby has left the firm after more than nine years in Dubai, where he led the office. Elaraby previously served as a managing director at Citadel Capital (now Qalaa Holdings) […]

BDB Pitmans and Womble Bond Dickinson in merger talks

BDB Pitmans and Womble Bond Dickinson are in merger discussions in a tie-up that would create a £440m revenue firm. BDB Pitmans is the product of a 2018 merger between Bircham Dyson Bell and Pitmans, which also acquired City-based Portrait Solicitors in April 2022. It has offices in London with additional offices in Cambridge, Reading […]

Arun Birla, Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings ushers in new London and global leadership

Paul Hastings has appointed Ross Anderson and Mei Lian as the two new co-chairs of the firm’s London office. Lian is a corporate and restructuring partner who joined Paul Hastings in May 2020. She previously spent 19 years at Shearman & Sterling. Finance partner Anderson meanwhile joined Paul Hastings in July 2022 as part of […]

Kirkland, Gherkin

Partner promotions: Kirkland makes up 26 in London

Kirkland & Ellis has promoted 193 lawyers to partner worldwide, with London the third most popular jurisdiction after two of the firm’s largest US offices. Non-US promotions took place in London, Munich, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. London accounted for 26 promotions in total, coming behind Chicago and New York. This is the highest number […]