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Kirkland corporate partner exits for HSF

Herbert Smith Freehills has restated its ambitions to grow its private equity team in the City, by hiring a partner from Kirkland & Ellis’ City team. David D’Souza joins Herbert Smith as its second corporate hire in just over a month. He has been a partner at Kirkland & Ellis since July 2018, having spent […]

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Orrick Hong Kong chief joins K&L Gates as office closes

Five funds and corporate lawyers have joined K&L Gates’ Hong Kong office as Orrick’s Hong Kong base shuts its doors. The team moving to K&L Gates is led by Orrick Hong Kong funds partners Sook Young Yeu and Scott Peterman. Of counsel William Ho has also joined K&L Gates as a partner, along with two […]

Orrick’s former London head takes up new role

Orrick’s former London managing partner Kolvin Stone has moved back to Fox Williams, a firm that he left nearly a decade ago. Stone, who also led the European branch of Orrick’s cybersecurity and data privacy group, worked at Fox Williams between 1999 and 2010, at which point he left for the US firm. As well […]

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Latham goes in-house for latest infrastructure hire

Building on previous hires in the infrastructure space, Latham & Watkins has added a new partner from Omers’ in-house team. The US firm has hired John Guccione from Omers Infrastructure, where he was a managing director in the legal team. He joined in 2010 when the business was still called Borealis. Prior to that he […]

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A&O finance duo joins Cahill for long-awaited City push

Cahill Gordon & Reindel, which has been on the lookout to expand its City office, has hired two partners from Allen & Overy’s finance team. Global head of A&O’s leveraged finance practice Jonathan Brownson will join the US firm in September alongside Jake Keaveny, who returns to Cahill after six years. Keaveney formerly practised at […]

White & Case adds third City lateral of 2020

White & Case’s London office has made its third lateral hire of 2020, adding a trade partner from King & Spalding. Iain MacVay has joined after seven years at King & Spalding. He was previously at Bird & Bird and Steptoe & Johnson. He will continue to advise clients on the impact of Brexit and […]

Presentation skills

Working with time and not for it

My question this month is ‘how do you spend your day?’ As the UK enters another stage of loosened lockdown I appreciate that there will be a differentiation between a normal day (pre) and a new normal (the past couple of months), however the question remains pertinent. For all the talk of ‘things being different’ […]

Communication skills for lawyers: digital fatigue strikes in lockdown Zoom world

In 1986 something happened to television in the UK. It went from being a regulated daily dose, interspersed with frequent ‘trade test cards’ to being a 24-hour broadcasting affair. Around the same time mothers would frequently rebuke children for soaking up all that extra TV with the beration-come-warning that they would end up with “square […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: mastering the video call

“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything,” once said American liberalism advocate, John Kenneth Galbraith, and yet the meeting is an ingrained component of modern day business. It is a component that has had a drastic makeover in recent weeks with the number of meetings and conferences now conducted via video soaring. […]