European Interest

Fieldfisher boosts German offering with 11-strong hire

Fieldfisher is bolstering its German presence with a sizeable team from local firm SKW Schwartz and a handful of other hires, in an effort to expand its media, technology and IP offerings. The firm has hired eight lawyers from SKW Schwarz including partners Martin Diesbach, Elisabeth Noltenius and Julia Schafdecker, all of whom specialise in […]

Warsaw, Poland

Clifford Chance’s Warsaw office raided amid political row  

Clifford Chance’s Warsaw office has been caught up in a political row that has ended with the office being searched by the authorities, The Lawyer understands.  The search relates to Clifford Chance’s alleged role in supporting an individual prosecutor who took it upon herself to stop the old Polish government from changing the rules relating to the […]

Fieldfisher re-enters Italy with five-partner hire

Fieldfisher has launched an office in Milan with a five-partner hire just six months after cutting ties with its partner firm in the country. The firm gained regulatory approval to launch the new office on 4 April, which begins as a 26-lawyer, five-partner operation in northern Italy. All five partners – including country managing partner […]

Madrid, Spain

KWM’s last European office joins Addleshaws for Spain debut

The fate of King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) final European office has been decided with the firm’s Madrid partners joining Addleshaw Goddard. KWM’s 13-partner Madrid office will join Addleshaws next month, launching the UK firm’s first office in Spain. The new office will be led by KWM Spain managing partner and corporate/M&A lawyer Roberto Pomares. […]


Paul Weiss pushes growth to Europe with Brussels launch

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison’s rapid growth in London is now translating to the Continent, as the firm has hired a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner to launch an office in Brussels. Simpson Thacher partner Ross Ferguson will join the growing European partner base at Paul Weiss. Jason Glover, London office head at Simpson […]

Paris Arc de Triomphe

The Passport: How Star Wars helped define one firm’s international network

Welcome to The Passport, your regular round-up of the most important stories to come from the European legal market. In this edition, we have a Kinstellar sandwich on Parisien bread. We look at how August Debouzy’s latest phase of international development is taking shape; a glimpse at arguably Europe’s most expansionist firm’s foray into Southeast […]

Kinstellar bolsters CEE offering with four Noerr offices

Kinstellar has agreed a deal to acquire four offices of German firm Noerr, strengthening in all the sites that the firm began with following its split from Linklaters in 2008. Noerr’s practices will be transferred to Kinstellar in Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest and Prague. The details of the integration will be made clearer in the coming […]

Paris Arc de Triomphe

European 100 firm sets ambitious target for Paris growth

Paris-headquartered firm Jeantet is set to embark on a significant growth push, setting itself the target of hitting 200 lawyers in the French capital by 2026. Currently sitting at around the 160-lawyer mark, with 35 partners, this change will mark a nearly 25 per cent uplift in the coming two years. This would put the […]


Vinge CEO exits firm after 12 years in top job

Vinge’s Maria-Pia Hope has left the Swedish firm after stepping down as CEO after 12 years in the role. Hope’s final day at the firm was 31 March with her successor, banking and finance partner Louise Brorsson Salomon, stepping into her shoes on 1 April. Having joined the firm in 1996, Hope made partner seven […]


Scandi shake-up as Hannes Snellman finalises split between offices

Scandinavian firm Hannes Snellman has finalised the split between its Swedish and Finnish businesses, citing “a divergence of the business strategies…in Helsinki and Stockholm”. The firm announced in February 2024 that the split would take place and the necessary arrangements have taken place splitting the offices into two distinct entities under the Hannes Snellman operating […]

Milan Italy

Gianni becomes latest Italian firm to overhaul management structure

Gianni & Origoni partners have voted in favour of making wholesale changes to the firm’s management and remuneration structures as a wave of modernisation continues to wash across the Italian legal sector. The changes will see a new management committee established, as well as both expanding the number and diversifying the members of the firm’s […]


Noerr passes €300m barrier in Germany with record revenue

German firm Noerr has announced its financial results for 2023, marking a significant point in its history as having generated more €300m in its domestic market for the first time. Globally the firm generated €333.1m across all its offices. The results marked an increase of 5.7 per cent on 2022, when the firm achieved a […]