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White & Case advises as CVC buys UnitedLex in biggest-ever legal market deal

CVC Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in alternative legal services provider UnitedLex in what is believed to be the largest investment in the legal market ever at $500m. UnitedLex CEO Dan Reed led negotiations in-house. The Lawyer can reveal that CVC was advised by a White & Case team led by New York-based partner […]

New York Stock Exchange

Orrick and Latham advise on FarFetch float

Orrick, Latham & Watkins and Fenwick & West have taken the lead advising on luxury online retailer FarFetch‘s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Latham & Watkins is advising FarFetch, with a capital markets team led by New York partners Marc Jaffe and Ian Schuman, and London partner Joshua Kiernan. Orrick is acting for a […]

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Revealed: A&O’s IP reshuffle in the wake of Dagg’s Kirkland move

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) head of intellectual property Nicola Dagg was leading on 75 per cent of the firm’s cases in the sector before the announcement of her high-profile move to US firm Kirkland & Ellis earlier this year, data from The Lawyer can reveal. Data gathered for The Lawyer Litigation Tracker Q2  shows that of the firm’s four […]

Clyde & Co to support global banks-backed trading blockchain platform

Clyde & Co is set to provide legal services to a new consortium of banks and traders launching a blockchain-based platform to digitalise commodities trading processes. Komgo SA is a new Switzerland-based partnership that brings together powerhouse banks and stakeholders in the oil industry, including ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Citi, Crédit Agricole Group, Gunvor, ING, Koch […]

New York City

LOD targets US as future biggest market in growth strategy

Flexible lawyering service Lawyers On Demand (LOD) has laid out its plans for significant growth in the US with hopes that it will become the provider’s biggest market in the next “few years”. In a bid to further its ambitions in the US, LOD co-founder John Knox relocated to the North Eastern state of Connecticut […]

Silicon Valley

Taylor Wessing revamps office leadership in Silicon Valley

Taylor Wessing has appointed a new co-head for its US office, as it continues its expansion in the Silicon Valley. Chris Jeffrey joined the international firm in 2000, where he was made partner in 2006. He advises online business and technology companies on issues including data protection and compliance. His career started in 1994, when […]

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Three firms win roles on AI provider Kira’s $50m investment boost

Legal tech powerhouse Kira Systems has announced a $50m investment from Insight Venture Partners, in what is the largest funding round to be achieved by an AI company. As part of the negotiations, Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault advised the start-up, while Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Stikeman Elliott advised the venture capital and private equity firm. […]

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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.

Luxembourg

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 […]

Seoul

Simpson Thacher to close Seoul office

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is closing down its operation in Seoul after six years, making it the first global law firm to pull out of South Korea. South Korea opened up its legal market to international firms in 2012, resulting in an influx of international law firms setting up shop. The firm relocated its Korea […]

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China’s Zhong Lun gets behind new AI platform to boost trade

A new bilingual legal tech platform has been launched in China that could save lawyers “lost in translation” and boost foreign investment going into and out of the country. Supported by Beijing officials and a pool of international law firms, beta trials are underway to test docQbot, a cloud-based contract bot said to draft quality […]

Perth

Clifford Chance’s Perth head decamps for Norton Rose Fulbright

Clifford Chance’s Perth managing partner has left the firm for Norton Rose Fulbright in the latest high-profile exit from the magic circle firm’s Australian office. Paul Lingard, a partner in Clifford Chance’s mining group, is moving over to Norton Rose Fulbright, alongside Herbert Smith Freehills executive counsel Miriam D’Souza. She too is joining Norton Rose’s corporate […]

CMS bulks up in Hong Kong with eight-lawyer team hire

Months after agreeing a new tie-up in Hong Kong, CMS has increased lawyer headcount in the region after snaring an eight-lawyer team from RPC. Partners Andrew Horton and Steven Wise are leading the move to CMS, which earlier this year struck up a new association with Hong Kong firm Shirley Lau & Co increasing its capacity to offer […]

Beijing

Cooley bulks up Beijing office with Kirkland hire

Cooley is beefing up its Beijing office with newly-appointed partner Henry Yin from Kirkland & Ellis. Yin was previously a Hong Kong partner at Kirkland & Ellis, which he joined in 2014, and started his career at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s New York office in 2009. He deals with corporate matters such as […]

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KWM aims for London fightback with management shakeup and new offices

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has named Darren Roiser as its new managing partner in London and taken on new space in the Walkie-Talkie building. Roiser, who featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 this year for his work helping KWM staff affected by its collapse in ther UK, will serve a three-year term as head of the […]

Reed Smith bets on Singapore growth with office move

Reed Smith has announced its move to a new office in Singapore, the latest in its increasing expansion in Southeast Asia. The law firm has moved its Singapore hub to a bigger space located inside the Ocean Financial Centre building in Raffles Place to accommodate an ever-increasing team as part of a long-term commitment to […]

London

Clydes leads as Cheesegrater 2 gets go-ahead

Clyde & Co is advising Hong-Kong based developers Lai Sun Development Company in the construction of 100 Leadenhall – a skyscraper that is set to be London’s third tallest tower. Real estate partner Martin Quicke, who specialises in advising property companies and overseas investors from Hong Kong and South east Asia, is leading for Lai […]

Beijing

Dentons Beijing managing partner exits for Orrick

Dentons former Beijing head Sarah Zeng is leaving the firm after six years to join Orrick, in a move that is set to bolster the latter’s Asia M&A and private equity practice. Before working at Dentons, Zeng was general counsel of Hong Kong-listed Weichai Power, China’s largest engine manufacturer; and vice president and country manager […]

The latest Europe briefings

Starting Point Employment Law Guide – Jersey Update – September 2018

By Siobhan Riley, Huw Thomas, Tarina Le Boutillier Whilst in the UK changes to employment legislation generally happen in April, major changes to Jersey employment law have in recent years occurred in September. September 2018 is no exception and will arguably be the busiest September for Jersey HR professionals for some years. There is a raft of changes […]

Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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