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HK link for Bird & Bird

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In brief: Banking expert moves to Rowe & Maw

Christopher Causer, former senior assistant solicitor at Lovell White Durrant, has joined City firm Rowe & Maw as a partner in the banking and projects team. Causer, a former assistant director at Lloyds merchant bank, joined Lovells in 1990, where he helped extend the firm’s PFI practice. Richard Powles, Rowe & Maw’s managing partner, said: […]

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