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Clifford Chance rehires US arbitrator after Chadbourne stint

Clifford Chance has added to its US disputes practice with the rehire of arbitration partner Ignacio Suárez Anzorena from Chadbourne & Parke’s Washington DC office. Anzorena, a former legal adviser to the Argentinian Attorney General, quit Clifford Chance in 2009 to join Chadbourne as a partner after five years as a lawyer in the magic […]

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Baker & McKenzie remains world’s largest firm with $2.3bn turnover

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