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HSF and Linklaters suffer blow in Estonia arbitration claim

Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills have failed to defeat the Republic of Estonia in an arbitration case heard in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The two firms were acting for utility provider AS Tallinna Vesi and its Dutch shareholder United Utilities, whose claim dates back to 2014. They commenced proceedings against […]

Weil Gotshal targets Deloitte Legal for Warsaw team hire

The Warsaw office of Weil Gotshal & Manges has brought in a new tax team from the legal unit of Deloitte Legal, as speculation mounts over the fate of the US firm’s CEE office. A team led by tax partner Leszek Tokarski, including tax specialists Maciej Kostrzewski and Artur Ciechomski, joined the US firm’s Warsaw premises […]

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Simmons revives PE ambitions in Paris with Gowling WLG trio

Simmons & Simmons has expanded its Paris office by hiring a private equity team from Gowling WLG. Partner Jérôme Patenotte, who was at Gowling WLG for nine years, will lead Simmons’ new private equity practice. He joins the firm along with of counsel Sophie Mesnier-Teissedre and senior associate Savina Jouan. Patenotte founded legacy Wragge & […]

Freshfields and Simpson Thacher advise on KKR’s media takeover

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken advisory roles for KKR in its public takeover offer for German publisher Axel Springer. The deal puts the publishing company’s worth at around $7.7bn. Private equity group KKR is being jointly advised by the pair on corporate and finance matters. Freshfields deal team is led […]

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Freshfields leads in €475m food catering acquisition

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has landed the advisory role for British caterer Compass Group on its acquisition of Fazer Food Services, in a deal worth €475m. The Freshfields team was led by corporate partner George Swan, while partner Simon Priddis advised on anti-trust issues, and Peter Clements counseled on tax matters. The acquired family-owned food provider […]

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DWF expands in Europe after striking deal with Spanish firm

Publicly-listed firm DWF has signed up to an exclusive association with Spanish law firm Rousaud Costas Duran, in a move that expands its European presence. Following the firm’s float on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019, The Lawyer learned that DWF would wield a considerable warchest, allowing it to expand. The partnership with the […]

HSF bids farewell to Berlin after strategy review

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is set to shut down its Berlin office before the end of the year after a consultation exercise around its Continental Europe strategy. The closure of the office in the German capital, which houses 10 lawyers, four trainees and five business services staff, will not affect existing premises in Frankfurt and […]

DLA strikes CMS in Warsaw with corporate team hire

As global business firms recalibrate their offering on the Continent, there is no let-up in localised battles for talent, with DLA Piper the latest firm to rebuild practices in Warsaw. The Lawyer can reveal that DLA Piper‘s Warsaw office has brought in a two-lawyer corporate group from CMS as it seeks to rebuild its practice after […]

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King & Spalding looks to Brussels in revived European push

King & Spalding has hired a trade partner to kickstart operations in Brussels, following hot on the heels of Cooley’s Brussels launch earlier this year. Marie-Sophie Dibling has joined King & Spalding in Brussels as a partner from Fidal, where she worked for just over a year in Belgium and Casablanca. Before being promoted to […]

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US duo lead on €33bn Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger

Sullivan & Cromwell and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom are advising the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Renault respectively on the proposed merger to create a  €170bn-revenue business. News of the deal broke over the weekend with New York-based Sullivan & Cromwell partner Scott Miller acting alongside French firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier for […]

From hub to lab: Freshfields goes digital in Berlin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched its first digital solutions lab in Berlin, the latest step in building a network of innovation units across its global footprint. The lab, located in the Factory co-working space nested in the Görlitzer Park area, will be led by the firm’s German real estate and litigation counsels Gerrit Beckhaus and […]

European 100 breaks through €10bn in buoyant year

The combined turnover of the largest independent European firms has broken through the €10bn barrier for the first time, exclusive data gathered by The Lawyer reveals this week. Collectively, the firms featured in this year’s European 100 report brought in a combined €10.4bn in 2018, up 6.5 per cent from €9.76bn in 2017. It is […]

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Brexit forces Clydes’ hand into Dublin office opening

Clyde & Co has become the latest UK-headquartered law firm to launch in Dublin with the potential impact of Brexit cited as a key influence in its decision. The firm has said that its new Dublin site will allow its Irish law capabilities to continue “seamlessly” after the UK leaves the European Union, which is […]

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Signature boosts Paris offering with SocGen litigation hire

Signature Litigation has made its first partner hire in Paris since opening in January by hiring a former litigation general counsel from Société Générale. The firm has recruited Nicolas Brooke to its new office, with Brooke becoming the fourth partner in the fledgling Parisien operations. He will join the firm on 20 May, focusing on […]

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Addleshaws makes long-awaited German push with 10-lawyer raid

Addleshaw Goddard has launched its first Continental European office, taking 10 lawyers from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. The team hire in Hamburg includes two current BCLP partners and will allow the office to initially provide advice on M&A and private equity, commercial, employment, international trade and litigation matters. Addleshaws’ arrival in Germany has long been […]

Italian firm braced for split ahead of Bonelli merger talks

BonelliErede’s potential merger with a litigation-focused firm has met a stumbling block, The Lawyer understands, with one of the target’s offices eyeing a move away to another Italian powerhouse. As discussions between BonelliErede and local law firm Lombardi Segni continue, sources with knowledge of the negotiations said corporate partner Antonio Segni and his Rome-based team are understood […]

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DWF strikes deal to acquire K&L Gates’s Warsaw team

DWF is in the process of buying the Warsaw branch of K&L Gates, marking its debut in the CEE region and first step of its expansion plans since listing on the London Stock Exchange. The acquisition, valued at £3m, sees the CEE outpost of K&L Gates absorbed by the UK firm, which will open a […]

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A&L Goodbody appoints second female chair

A&L Goodbody has appointed a new chair, Eileen Roberts, as the firm’s second successive woman in the leadership role. Roberts, based in Dublin, is the former head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution department and has particular expertise in large scale commercial disputes, insurance, pensions, financial services and property-related disputes and health care law. […]

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Fidal brings in the big guns for fight with KPMG over mass Paris raid

France’s largest firm Fidal has instructed lawyers to advise it on its ongoing dispute with KPMG, as the row over the accountant’s raid of a 145-strong team earlier this year continues apace. Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has been brought in to advise Fidal. A mediation period to resolve the dispute between Fidal and KPMG ended yesterday […]

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K&L Gates’ Warsaw corporate team exit for Taylor Wessing

As many of the US firms look to pull out of the CEE region or shrink their practices, Taylor Wessing has taken the opposite approach with a team hire from K&L Gates’ Warsaw office. The UK-headquartered firm has hired partner Andrzej Mikosz in Poland, a corporate and capital markets lawyer who joined K&L Gates in […]

The Lawyer European Awards: the winners

German titan Noerr carried off the title European Law Firm of the Year last night at a sparkling ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House in an evening that shone the spotlight on emerging talent across the Continent. Noerr, which was the clear winner in the German category, carried off the European accolade after judges praised its […]

Counsel highlights ‘delicious irony’ of Brexit’s effects on human rights law

Human rights expert Becket Bedford says a ground-breaking case that attempts to hold the European Union liable in an English court for the Union’s violation of fundamental human rights a “delicious irony of law”. As first counsel for the claimants in Tomanovic v European Union [2019] EWHC 263 (QB) Mr Bedford of No5 Barristers’ Chambers presented the case […]

The Court of Justice of the European Union hears intercountry adoption case

Counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers have appeared at the Court of Justice of the European Union in an intercountry adoption appeal. The child, ‘SM’, was adopted under the Algerian ‘Kefalah’ system by her French national legal guardians, who live in the UK as EEA nationals. The issue was whether SM could join her legal guardians […]

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De Brauw recruits top in-house lawyer from industrials client

Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has recruited the former general counsel of paint maker AkzoNobel to its partner ranks. The firm has announced that Sven Dumoulin has joined in Amsterdam after a long career in-house. He starts his new role from May having served as AkzoNobel’s top lawyer for eight years. Prior to that […]

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CEE shake-ups continue as K&L downsizes in Warsaw

K&L Gates is the latest international firm to rethink its activities in the CEE region, with a group of 10 lawyers and business services staff understood to be leaving in Warsaw amid a strategic review of the office. Five lawyers and five business services staff left the firm last Thursday, The Lawyer understands, just one day before […]

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Noerr snaps up five-strong team from PwC

German firm Noerr has snared a five-strong team of fee-earners in Prague from PwC Legal, including its local managing partner. Bořivoj Líbal, who led PwC Legal’s Prague office for more than three years, will lead Noerr’s Czech Republic outpost alongside current managing partner Barbara Kusak, who has spent her entire career at the German firm. […]

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HSF lasers in on two new European locations after Continental strategy review

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has carried out a consultation exercise with partners over its next steps in Continental Europe, highlighting expansion opportunities in two key markets. The firm held conversations with sector heads, office managing partners and client relationship partners to narrow down growth markets, as well as establish where the firm might want to […]

Future of K&L Gates’ Warsaw office in doubt as firm enters strategic review

K&L Gates is considering closing its office in Warsaw, The Lawyer understands, mirroring similar strategic reviews held at other US firms with outposts in the CEE region. A management meeting is understood to have been set up for this week to discuss plans around a potential pull-out from the city. The firm declined to comment on the […]

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Squires pulls the plug on Budapest in latest CEE exit

Squire Patton Boggs has closed its Budapest office following a strategic review that echoes the destiny of a number of international firms in the region. The US firm’s five-strong Budapest office, which officially shut in late January, was helmed by managing partner Akos Mester, who previously co-led the office with M&A lawyer Akos Eros as […]

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Former A&O partner embroiled in Dutch corruption probe

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) former Dutch senior partner Sietze Hepkema has been called to appear in court as a witness, in the latest development to a long-running corruption saga involving oil and gas company SBM Offshore. The probe into SBM Offshore has been rumbling on for well over seven years and concerns allegations that bribes […]

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Legal action likely from Fidal as KPMG mounts 145-lawyer raid to bulk up in Paris

France’s largest firm Fidal has condemned KPMG’s aggressive poaching of its 145 lawyers in Paris as “unacceptable behaviour” and will not rule out the possibility of taking legal action against the Big Four accountancy firm. In a move that has sent shock-waves across the legal services sector in France, a total of 145 lawyers, including […]

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Osborne Clarke suffers four-partner walk-out in Stockholm

Osborne Clarke’s newly-opened Stockholm office has been dealt a blow as four of its eight partners have recently left to join international and domestic rivals. Osborne Clarke’s Stockholm office was launched 18 months ago as a key part of the firm’s expansion strategy to grow its presence in Europe. Corporate partner Mikael Moreira and employment partner […]

The Lawyer European Awards: the in-house shortlist revealed

The Lawyer European Awards has announced the shortlist for global in-house team of the year. The award showcases best practice, innovative delivery and quality lawyering among in-house teams on the Continent across a variety of sectors, from financial services to technology. Banco Santander’s legal team serves the biggest bank in the eurozone and for the […]

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Cooley opens first Continental European office ahead of Brexit

Cooley has opened a new office in Brussels, the US firm’s first outpost in Continental Europe, joining a market that is set to increasingly capture the attention of international firms as Brexit edges closer. The firm has set up a practice focusing on competition and antitrust spearheaded by new competition partner Alexander Israel, who joins […]

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King & Spalding hires three-lawyer Ashurst team for Paris rebuild

King & Spalding has re-established its Paris real estate practice with the hire of a three-lawyer team from Ashurst led by partner Guillaume Aubatier. Aubatier has joined King & Spalding with counsel Dorian Scemama and associate Malvina Dahan in its corporate, finance and investments practice in Paris. He was promoted to partner at Ashurst in […]

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Clifford Chance expands in Luxembourg with second hire in a month

Clifford Chance has ramped up recruitment efforts in Luxembourg with a second partner hire so far this year, taking on magic circle rival Linklaters’ funds partner Emmanuel-Frédéric Henrion this time. Henrion joins Clifford Chance as a partner in the investment funds practice in Luxembourg. This is the firm’s second lateral partner hire in the European […]

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Pinsents swoops into Frankfurt with six-partner team

Pinsent Masons is to open its third office in Germany, hiring partners from a number of different firms for its latest international launch in Frankfurt. The office will be its third location in Germany, after Munich and Düsseldorf, and will focus on the technology, energy and real estate sectors. The founding team have been recruited from […]

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Scottish independent inches towards ECJ win over Article 50 revocability

Scottish independent firm Balfour + Mason has secured a positive decision from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General over whether the United Kingdom can call off Brexit without the consent of other EU member states. In the latest development of a year-long legal battle, 21-partner Scottish firm Balfour + Mason has advanced one step […]

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Eversheds reverses CEE office closure trend with DHP merger

Eversheds Sutherland is set to merge with CEE-based firm DHP Legal, expanding in an area that has had mixed fortunes for several international firms in recent years. Through this merger, Eversheds will add 49 lawyers and gain a presence both in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, bringing the firm’s global footprint to 68 offices in 34 countries. […]

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White & Case joins fight for Paris talent with Orrick team hire

A team from Orrick’s French operations are to decamp for White & Case’s burgeoning corporate practice, the latest development in a spate of activity in the Paris market. Saam Golshani, Orrick’s co-chair of European restructuring and head of its Paris M&A and private equity group, is leading the move to White & Case. He has spent […]

William Fry takes on new pensions head from Eversheds

William Fry has appointed a new head of pensions, taking partner Ian Devlin from Eversheds Sutherland. Devlin had been at the Dublin office of Eversheds for 18 years, having trained at the firm at the turn of the Millennium. At Eversheds, he advised employers, pension scheme trustees and pension providers on pension issues. He was formerly […]

Schoenherr’s lead counsel advises Aves on the acquisition financing of NACCO/CIT Group

By Peter Feyl, Ursula Rath, Denisa Lazarescu Schoenherr, acting as lead counsel for the financing, successfully advised Aves One AG (“Aves”) on the financing of the acquisition of the NACCO/CIT Group. On 1 October 2018, Aves closed the NACCO/CIT Group transaction by acquiring 100% of NACCO Luxembourg S.à r.l. with around 4,400 freight cars, which will be managed […]

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Dentons hires Taylor Wessing duo for Germany launch

Dentons is to open its fourth German office in the city of Düsseldorf, recruiting two partners from Taylor Wessing for the launch. Taylor Wessing’s former head of competition, EU and trade, Andreas Haak, will serve as managing partner of the new office. Alongside partner Jörg Karenfort (currently based in Dentons’ offices in Berlin and Brussels), Haak […]

Cleary and Wachtell close Versace sale to Michael Kors

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Gianni Origoni, Chiomenti and Orsingher Ortu have advised on the $2.13bn sale of Versace to Michael Kors Holdings, which will be renamed Capri Holdings Ltd. Cleary took the lead for Versace, representing GiVi Holding (the Versace Family holding company of Gianni Versace S.p.A.), Donatella Versace and […]

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Fieldfisher to enter Spain with double office launch

Fieldfisher is poised to open two new offices in Spain, via a merger with local firm Jausas. The firm will be based in Madrid, an attractive city for law firms due to a strong banking and corporate scene, while the second will be located in Barcelona which has a thriving tech start-up scene. The new offices […]

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Linklaters starts coding club after asking lawyers for innovation tips

Linklaters is piloting an idea generation platform to develop new solutions to common problems in an effort to boost the firm’s engagement in innovation. Ideas Pathway, a technology platform created by software company Hype Enterprise, allows the firm’s staff to submit ideas from any device and to collaborate on the review and development of the […]

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Managing GDPR without breaching GDPR

Ahead of the ‘Managing GDPR without breaching GDPR‘ webinar The Lawyer will be hosting in association with Epiq, we caught up Vodafone head of legal compliance Andrew Yorston, Epiq senior director for professional services Europe Martin Bonney, Covington & Burling special counsel Kristof Van Quathem and McDermott Will & Emery partner Ashley Winton to get an insight into some of the issues they will be touching upon during their session.

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Clifford Chance shakes up Luxembourg leadership in post-Brexit strategic play

Clifford Chance has announced a refreshed leadership lineup in its Luxembourg office. The firm has revealed its new managing partner in the European principality and created a senior partner role for the office in what appears to be a strategic Brexit play. Partner Steve Jacoby will take up his role as managing partner in May […]

Hogan Lovells appoints new German head as part of management reshuffle

Hogan Lovells has announced a management shake-up in Germany, with a newly created managing partner role to oversee all of the firm’s German offices. Current Munich office managing partner Stefan Schuppert has been appointed as managing partner of Germany, presiding over the firm’s four offices in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. An intellectual property lawyer, Schuppert […]

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Linklaters takes the lead on Unilever’s corporate overhaul

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Linklaters have advised on the simplification of Unilever corporate structure, in which its Dutch and UK entities have been merged to create one listed holding company. As a result, Unilever’s UK business will join with the Dutch entity to create New Unilever NV. The company will be listed in three jurisdictions; […]

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VW faces £8bn damages claim from shareholders in Germany

Volkswagen (VW) is facing a new €9bn (£8.1bn) claim from roughly 4,000 shareholders in light of the company’s emissions scandal. Despite the fact that the automobile giant is a key client of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, giving a number of instructions in Germany, VW is instead instructing German firm SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschutz on the matter. The […]

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Dechert nabs Paris finance team from Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has lost a five-lawyer real estate and finance team to Dechert’s Paris office, as the recruitment market continues to heat up in the French capital. Dechert partner Privat Vigand is leading the team’s move to Dechert, along with four associates – Guenaëlle Taroni, Antoine Periat, Fanny Roiena and Pauline Keller. Vigand has been at […]

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Pinsents settles row with former best friend over Madrid office launch

The dispute surrounding Pinsent Masons‘ Madrid office opening has ended with the firm reaching a settlement with former Spanish best friend Ramon y Cajal (RyC). Late last year, it emerged that the firm was being sued over the launch of its office in the Spanish capital after the UK-based firm hired four of Ramon’s lawyers […]

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Latham boosts German operations with new litigation hire

Latham & Watkins have made yet another hire in Europe, bringing Baker McKenzie litigation partner Thomas Grützner on board in Munich. During Grützner’s 14-year tenure at Baker McKenzie, he built his practice advising corporate and financial institution clients on a variety of complex compliance and white collar crime matters. He lectures on white collar and compliance topics […]

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Clifford Chance secures victory over Cleary in landmark Google dispute

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton-represented Google has been hit with a record £3.8bn (€4.3bn) fine by the European Union Commission (EC) for breaching EU antitrust rules. This is the second record EC antitrust fine that Google has been hit with in two years, following a £2.1bn (€2.4bn) fine in 2017, both of which were pursued […]

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Linklaters and Eversheds lead as Rolls-Royce continues spate of asset sales

Linklaters and Eversheds Sutherland have advised in the £500m sale of Rolls-Royce’s loss-making marine division, two weeks after the British manufacturing giant revealed the extent of its major business shake-up. Linklaters corporate partner Hugo Stolkin and managing associate Adam Rogowski have advised the buyer, Norwegian defence, marine and aerospace company Kongsberg Gruppen.  Kongsberg, which is 50 per […]

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Clifford Chance leads on bumper fintech listing for PayPal rival

Clifford Chance has advised on one of the largest IPOs in Continental Europe this year, tapping into a trend of tech companies pursuing public listings. The magic circle firm won the mandate from Dutch fintech company Adyen, which hosts payment platforms for companies such as eBay, Uber and Netflix. Adyen turned to magic circle partner […]

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Slaughters leads opposite best friend firm on £1.5bn DS Smith deal

Slaughter and May and Iberian firm Pérez-Llorca have advised DS Smith in a deal to take over European packaging business Europac for nearly £1.5bn. DS Smith general counsel and company secretary Iain Simm turned to Slaughters corporate partners Andy Ryde and Filippo de Falco, who led a team on the deal. The lineup also included […]

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European 100: Forget about Brexit, the real threat is cyber security

Independent European firms are more worried about cyber security risks to their business than they are about global politics, Brexit or the Trump administration, exclusive research has revealed. Almost two-thirds of firms responding to the European 100 survey this year said they had identified cyber security as a risk for their business in 2018. The […]

The European 100 2018 results: Garrigues tightens grip with new revenue record

Iberian firm Garrigues has become the first Continental European firm to break through the €350m (£307m) turnover barrier, holding its place as the largest independent firm in The Lawyer European 100. Garrigues posted a 2.2 per cent rise in revenue last year to push total income to €357.1m, keeping it comfortably ahead of French firm […]

Eversheds and HSF lead on £700m engineering deal

Eversheds Sutherland and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have acted on the near £700m sale of British-owned engineering company, John Guest Holdings to Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC). Eversheds acted for John Guest’s shareholders, led by M&A partner Chris Halliday, with legal director Wyn Jones and senior associate Hannah Kaye. John Guest is one of Europe’s biggest suppliers of plastic fittings […]

Hogan Lovells makes up first new global IP head in 15 years

Hogan Lovells has appointed IP partner Burkhart Goebel as its first new global head of intellectual property in 15 years, as the leadership baton moves across from Germany to Spain. Goebel, who is based in Madrid and Hamburg, will step down from his role as regional managing partner for Continental Europe to head the IP practice […]

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Slaughters Italian best friend BonelliErede launches in Frankfurt

Italian firm BonelliErede has become the latest firm to open up in the German financial centre of Frankfurt with a hub in the offices of its German best friend Hengeler Mueller. BonelliErede banking partner Giuseppe Rumi will head up the new office. Rumi also coordinates the best friends European financial institutions group, which includes Slaughter […]

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Former Safran GC takes on new role at technology company

French cloud computing company OVH has appointed its first general counsel (GC) to be stationed in its office headquarters. Adam Smith joins the cloud provider after a two year spell away from working in-house. Until 2016, he was head of legal at aerospace, defence and security group Safran. His final act before stepping down was […]

DLA Piper takes the plunge with long-awaited Dublin launch

DLA Piper has finally confirmed its launch in Dublin after months of speculation that it was looking to join other new entrants in the market, such as Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons. William Fry partner David Carthy is the first partner to join the firm in Dublin. He made partner at the local firm […]

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A&O pursues plan to target startups with lead role on fintech deal

Allen & Overy has built on its ongoing strategy of wooing tech start-ups following the launch of tech incubator Fuse, advising online mortgage company Trussle in securing £13.6m in funding from Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments (PSI). The investment comes just three years after the online mortgage broker was formed. M&A partner and fintech specialist Simon Toms […]

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Latham recruits second magic circle partner in a week

Latham & Watkins has hired its second magic circle partner in a week, this time from Clifford Chance’s finance practice in Germany. It brings welcome respite for Linklaters, which lost financial regulation partner Carl Fernandes to Latham’s London office last week, along with finance counsel Antongiulio Scialpi who joined the firm in Madrid. Clifford Chance […]

The 60 second interview: Credit Suisse EMEA head Jason Edel

Credit Suisse Asset Management EMEA head of legal Jason Edel talks to The Lawyer about the essential non-legal skills general counsel need to possess and their unique position to advise on commercial strategy ahead of his session at the In-House Financial Services conference. How has the role of general counsel transformed within the last 5 […]

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Fieldfisher opens second European office in two months

Fieldfisher has opened its second European office in as many months, launching new operations in Luxembourg through a lateral hire. The office will be focused on finance and funds, with the firm hiring Ingrid Dubourdieu as its managing partner for the country. She joins from local firm D Law, where she has been a partner […]

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Bird & Bird promotes two in London in nine-strong round

Bird & Bird has made up nine to partner in its Europe-heavy promotions round. Two were promoted in London: they are IP lawyer Eleanor Root and real estate lawyer Marco Nicolai. Root trained with Bird & Bird, qualifying in 2004. Nicolai qualified with DLA Piper in 2005, joining Bird & Bird in 2012. Women made […]

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Hogan Lovells strikes back in Warsaw battle with Greenberg

In what is apparently developing into a see-saw struggle between two of the largest international firms in Warsaw, Hogan Lovells has swooped on key rival Greenberg Taurig to take its former Polish real estate practice leader, Marek Grodek. Grodek, a former Clifford Chance lawyer, has been with Greenberg since 2012 when he joined the firm […]

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Swiss firms must innovate to get a piece of the action

Switzerland’s stability in a volatile world is fuelling its economy, and local law firms are having to innovate to compete with global players The Swiss market is in good shape but that does not mean there are no challenges to face. The Lawyer asked for the opinions of some of the market’s leading figures on […]

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Exclusive: Clifford Chance launches second probe into partner sexual misconduct

Clifford Chance has launched a second investigation in under 12 months into the behaviour of a current partner, following  allegations of sexual misconduct leaked to The Lawyer. The first allegations emerged in 2015 when the accused partner was based in one of the firm’s European offices, and include multiple allegations of sexual impropriety with staff in […]

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CEE special report: For local and global firms, teamwork is best

Fallout from the global financial crisis keeps lawyers in CEE busy. But the region’s complexity means the work is best handled by local and international firms working together The EU bailout of Greece is often cited as the pinnacle of national financial mismanagement. Less often spoken about is the situation in Central and Eastern Europe […]

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Hogan Lovells wins the top role for Novartis in $9bn pharma deal

Hogan Lovells and Cravath Swaine & Moore have won the top roles on Novartis’ $9bn purchase of Chicago-based gene therapy company AveXis. The deal, in which the Swiss pharmaceutical giant is offering $218 per share for AveXis, is being led by Hogan Lovells Washington DC-based corporate transactions partner Joseph Gilligan who is advising Novartis. He is working alongside New […]

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The largest law firm real estate practice in the world is…

Dentons has the largest real estate team in the world, new data from The Lawyer has revealed, but the firm faces stiff competition in the global rankings thanks to accelerating consolidation. The global firm, which just last week merged with another seven firms across Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia, has 375 partners who […]

DWF launches in Turkey through local alliance

DWF is to open an offering in Turkey through an alliance with local firm Özkan Law. This combination will gift DWF with 12 lawyers in Turkey, led by managing partner Orkun Özkan. The firm acts for clients such as  Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), HSBC Bank, Euler Hermes Insurance, Rail Cargo Austria AG, De Rigo […]

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Darwin triumphs in DLA senior partner election

DLA Piper has elected developing markets managing director Andrew Darwin as its next senior partner. Darwin has fought off competition from global corporate co-chair Bob Bishop and corporate partner Jon Hayes, who were the only candidates left standing of the original eight contenders for the senior partner role. The original candidate lineup also included London-based […]

Linklaters opens fifth German office to chase banking work

Linklaters will open its fifth office in Hamburg in the first quarter of this year to capitalise on an increase in banking work for German clients.

The firm has made no lateral hires with the launch, instead transferring two existing partners from Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

Freshfields trio exit to set up German boutique

A trio of partners in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s German offices are to leave the firm to launch a boutique.

Environmental, planning and regulatory partner Wolf Spieth is exiting the firm, having led its Berlin office for a number of years. Spieth is one of 10 partners in Freshfields’ Berlin office.

Why is project work so tricky in CEE?

Infrastructure and projects work is a core practice area for many firms operating across the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. In theory there should plenty of work around because these countries need significant improvements to their transport, energy and public buildings. In practice, things are not quite so clear-cut. “My feeling is that if you […]

Partner promotions: European trio make up five lawyers apiece

Three European firms have expanded their partner ranks, each promoting five new members in the past week.

In Spain, Pérez-Llorca appointed Fernando Bedoya, Beatriz García, Javier Gómez, Pedro Marques da Gama and José Suárez to bolster the firm’s corporate, public law, tax and litigation and arbitration practices.

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Dechert launches training contracts in Dublin

Dechert has begun offering training contracts in its Dublin office, as the US firm eyes growth opportunities in the Irish market. Dechert launched training contracts in its Dublin office in the second half of 2017 by taking on two local law graduates as trainees. It is understood that the US firm will offer two or […]

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Gide launches third Middle East office

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is set to launch an office in Egypt’s capital city Cairo, its second expansion in the Middle East in four months.

Gide’s Cairo office will open in the first quarter of 2018 and the latest expansion is headed by partner Baudouin de Moucheron.

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Clifford Chance sets up ‘Big Four’ style global tech group

Clifford Chance has launched a new technology group emulating the initiatives from the Big Four accounting firms and push for wider adoption of innovation within the firm.

The technology group was formally unveiled to clients at an event in London last week and will span the entirety of the magic circle firm’s global offices.

The Lawyer European Awards 2020

The Lawyer European Awards was the first initiative of its kind to reward and celebrate excellence across the European legal market. The awards scheme attracts entries form over 120 independent law firms headquartered in Europe and global firm across the Continent.

European firms in London spot the opportunities of Brexit

As 2016 was hailed the year of disruptive political change at the heart of the Anglo-Saxon world, many expected the political storm to sweep the European continent in 2017 due to the elections in several key countries. But election results in The Netherlands, Germany and France provided a certain level of relief and continuity for the EU […]

The 60 second interview: Compliance should watch uncontrolled data growth

FTI Consulting’s European Information Governance leader Sonia Cheng talks to The Lawyer about using Information Governance as a proactive tool as well as the main challenges companies face when implementing their governance framework, ahead of her session at Managing Risk and Litigation today. How can information governance help companies to be proactive with their compliance framework? […]

Veon to expand global shared legal services offering in major transformation

Telecoms giant Veon – formerly known as Vimpelcom – has made a new pledge to boost the offering in its three global shared services centres, The Lawyer can reveal. This effort is part of Veon in-house legal department’s major drive for efficiency and compliance. Veon set up three global shared services centres (GSS) in Moscow, […]

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Slaughters ramps up Luminance investment in $10m round

Slaughter and May has invested in artificial intelligence platform Luminance as part of a $10m Series A funding round. The round, which was led by Talis Capital and also including Invoke Capital, values the M&A due diligence tool at $50m. Luminance, which launched last year, said it would use the funds to expand its operations […]

BonelliErede opens its first Middle East office

Italian firm BonelliErede is opening its first office in the Middle East, launching an offering in Dubai.

Former London managing partner Andrea Carta Mantiglia will be the executive chairman of the new office, while corporate lawyers Marco De Leo and John Shehata will be on-site local partners.

Amsterdam

Bird & Bird to open Amsterdam ‘hub’ for client meetings

Bird & Bird is set to open its second office in the Netherlands in January 2018, but will make no additional hires to run it.

The firm does not expect partners to be based in the office, but instead use it as a resource to meet clients and work on specific projects.

strategy

Gide shakes up management in strategy refresh

Gide Loyrette Nouel has appointed a new executive committee, led by newly elected senior partner Xavier de Kergommeaux.

Paris-based banking and finance partner De Kergommeaux will succeed Baudouin de Moucheron, who has held the senior partner role since 2012. De Kergommeaux served as Gide’s managing partner between 2004 and 2009.

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Deloitte loses tax team to Dentons in Russia

Dentons has hired Deloitte head of technology, media and telecoms Vasilii Markov as part of an eight-strong tax hire to grow its St Petersburg office. Markov, who will join as head of tax for Dentons’ St Petersburg office, was at Deloitte for over 11 years in the R&D and government incentives programme. He will be […]

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Clifford Chance boosts Germany with White & Case M&A hire

Clifford Chance has hired White & Case corporate M&A partner Markus Stephanblome into the firm’s German practice and will join the firm next month.

Stephanblome will join the partnership in the firm’s Frankfurt office after a transitional three years for Clifford Chance’s German corporate practice.

Career development

Mayer Brown promotes four in London in global round

Mayer Brown has promoted four lawyers to partnership in London as part of its 31-strong global round. The firm has promoted corporate and securities lawyer Rebecca Bothamley, tax transactions and consulting lawyer Ben Fryer, restructuring bankruptcy and insolvency lawyer Jessica Walker and real estate lawyer Iain Roberts in London. Mayer Brown’s London promotions matched those […]

The 60 second interview: London’s arbitration will remain unscathed

In a preview of his session at next month’s Managing Risk and Litigation conference, Clyde & Co partner & co-chair of the global arbitration group Peter Hirst talks to The Lawyer about the future of international arbitration and the relationship between arbitration and third party funding. What changes are on the horizon when it comes to […]

Diversity

Pearson pledges to improve diversity after scrutiny of law firms backfires

Pearson has launched a new diversity pledge after telling its external law firms to improve their gender and BME representation. The publishing giant’s pledge came after Pearson decided to hold its advisers to account on diversity issues. In response this prompted the firms to query the company’s own diversity commitment. Pearson associate general counsel Andy […]

HSF launches first office in Italy with Simmons hire

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has expanded in Europe, opening its first office in Italy with a hire from Simmons & Simmons.

The new Milan office, which has been described by the firm as an “IP boutique”, will launch through Laura Orlando, Simmons’ former leading IP partner in the Italian city.

Kinstellar The Lawyer roundtable

Kinstellar: It’s time to invest in CEE

Investment in the central and eastern European (CEE) healthcare market is booming at the moment. It’s time to start looking at the region seriously.

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Three GCs on the key to talent management

Ahead of their panel session on ‘Bringing your team along for the journey’ at The Lawyer’s In-house Counsel as Business Partner 2017 in association with EY, Jonathan Lipman, Vicky Sandry and Katherine Thomas are sharing their thoughts on helping your team identify and pursue their career goals and making them feel valued. Many argue that […]

Brad Karp

Brad Karp: Law firm leaders should expect the unexpected

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison chairman Brad Karp talks to The Lawyer about what law firm leaders can learn from the crisis. In many respects, the financial crisis feels like a lifetime ago; in others, it feels like just yesterday‎. The economic upheaval brought about by the crisis created secular change, the repercussions of […]

Kinstellar partner Jitka Logesova speaks at IBA Europe Caucasus Asia Forum 2017

Kinstellar is delighted to have been part of this year’s IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia (ECA) Forum, which took place in London on 6 – 8 September. The conference, a linchpin between Asia and Europe, introduces lawyers from around the world to the post-Soviet region for over a decade, offering its delegates great cultural programmes with numerous networking events every […]

Wolf Theiss advises BGK on financing acquisition of Luka Rijeka DD shares

Wolf Theiss advised BGK (Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego) on the financing of OT Logistics’ expansion in Croatia. The PLN 125 million (EUR 30 million) BGK loan will be used to finance acquisition of Luka Rijeka d.d., the operator of the port in Croatia. The first tranche of the facility in the amount of PLN 46.6 million […]

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Osborne Clarke opens new office in Sweden through five-strong team hire

Osborne Clarke has opened a new office in Sweden with a five-lawyer team hire from Baumgarten Byström Rooth & Partners, Bird & Bird and SEB Merchant Banking. Baumgarten Byström Rooth & Partners founding partner Fredrik von Baumgarten, Bird & Bird partner Henrik Bergström and senior associate Angelica Lundqvist will join the firm alongside lawyer Isabella Palmgren and […]

Schoenherr advises Groupe PSA on acquisition of General Motors’ Austrian Opel operation 

Schoenherr has advised PSA Peugeot Citroën SA (‘Groupe PSA’) on the acquisition of General Motors’ Opel Austrian subsidiary and Opel manufacturing site in Vienna. The transaction, which was part of a EUR 2.2 billion takeover by Groupe PSA, was completed on 1 August 2017 after receiving approval from regulatory authorities including the EU antitrust authorities. The acquisition […]

Walder Wyss advises Talixo in financing round

Talixo, a Berlin-based B2B ground transportation service, closed a seven-digit EUR financing round. Backers included Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Amman Group Holding AG and another Swiss institutional investor. Talixo intends to use the funds to further accelerate growth and expand operations. Founded in 2012 by CEO Sebastian Kleinau, Talixo provides a B2B ground transportation booking […]

UK data protection laws to be overhauled

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has published a statement of intent (the “Statement of Intent”) for a New Data Protection Bill. While the General Data Protection Regulation (the ‘GDPR’) will become directly applicable in all EU Member States from 25 May 2018, it is the government’s intention to bring this EU law […]

Przemysław Kozdój joins Wolf Theiss Warsaw office as head of banking and finance

Przemysław Kozdój has joined the Warsaw office of the Wolf Theiss law firm as a partner and head of the banking and finance practice group in Poland. Przemysław Kozdój has been advising foreign and domestic banks and investors on various aspects of financial transactions and regulatory matters for almost 20 years. He has participated in […]

Schoenherr advises Tele2 on sale of subsidiary to Hutchison Drei

Schoenherr has advised Swedish telecommunications group Tele2 on the sale of its subsidiary Tele2 Austria to mobile company Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH (Drei) for an enterprise value of EUR 95m. The transaction is expected to occur following approval by the Austrian competition authority. Tele2 Austria is a local telecommunications provider and the second-largest landline company in Austria […]

Kinstellar advises Mohawk on Emilceramica acquisition

Kinstellar has advised Marazzi Group S.r.l. in connection with obtaining the merger control clearances from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the acquisition of Emilceramica S.r.l. and Emil Russia LLC. Marazzi Group S.r.l. — a member of Mohawk Group and a subsidiary of Mohawk Industries, Inc., a Fortune 500 company — is a global supplier […]

Ireland

Brexit clouds surround Ireland’s biggest corporate deals

Ireland’s lawyers are used to turbulence. After all, it is not so long ago that the country was ­navigating the bumpy waters of the financial crisis and a bailout by the EU. So the last year of volatility caused by the UK’s Brexit vote and the US presidential election was something Irish firms were ready […]

Election 2017: Live blog

The Lawyer provides live updates from across the industry on the election and its aftermath.

Europe moves: Paul Hastings loses duo in Paris to K&L Gates

Paul Hastings partner Mounir Letayf and counsel Adeline Roboam have joined K&L Gates in Paris. Both will join the firm’s finance team. These latest hires come after K&L Gates also boosted its Milan office with a hire from Jones Day, partner Giovanni Meschia. France Bird & Bird has hired partner Eric Charvillat to join its […]

KWM elects Australia head as new global managing partner

King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Australia chief executive partner Sue Kench as its new global managing partner, six months after Stuart Fuller stepped down from the post. At the same time, the Asia-Pacific based firm has created a new role of global chief operating officer and elected Chinese corporate partner Rupert Li to the […]

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DLA Piper expands in Frankfurt with K&L Gates team hire

DLA Piper has expanded its Frankfurt office with a corporate team hire from K&L Gates in Frankfurt. K&L Gates partners Mathias Schulze Steinen, Andreas Fuchsel and Claudius Paul are set to join the firm from May 1, bringing DLA’s current 21 partners in Frankfurt up to 24. Schulze Steinen – whose practice focuses on TMT, […]