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Ashurst

Ashurst’s former managing partner exits firm

Ashurst’s former managing partner James Collis has left the firm after over a decade as a partner in its banking practice, The Lawyer can reveal. Collis was managing partner of Ashurst for four years from 2012 to 2016, before being replaced by Australian-based Paul Jenkins and returning to his work in the finance practice. Collis was […]

DWF Manchester

DWF gears up for New Law training scheme with uni project

DWF has opened the doors of its research and development unit to three university students as part of a two-week innovation design initiative, as it ramps up efforts to develop a grad scheme around technology. DWF Ventures, a unit led by Jonathan Patterson and devoted to exploring new ways of doing legal work, offered the […]

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Eversheds Sutherland takes on the Big Four with high-stakes New Law launch

Eversheds Sutherland is launching a new business built on its existing consulting platform to go head-to-head with alternative legal services providers and the Big Four accountants operating in the contract lawyer, managed legal services and consulting markets. Called Konexo, the firm’s own version of an ALSP will take on the growing challenge of rivals such […]

Bakers puts 97 roles under the spotlight in business services review

Baker McKenzie has identified 97 of its London professional and business services (PBS) staff as at risk, as part of an ongoing three-year global reorganisation plan of its PBS functions. The firm has confirmed that 33 people currently hold roles that are at risk of being made redundant. Another 18 people have already resigned their […]

Dechert hires third Sidley Austin partner in a fortnight

Sidley Austin has lost its third partner in the City to US rival Dechert, following on from the exits of John McGrath and Simon Fawell earlier this month. The Lawyer revealed that McGrath and Fawell were to make the move, having worked together at Sidley on structured finance matters. McGrath focuses on corporate deals, while Fawell […]

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Kirkland and Wachtell join Irish duo on pharma mega-deal

Kirkland & Ellis and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz were the two lead US advisers on the $63bn transatlantic deal between pharmaceutical giants AbbVie and Allergan. AbbVie, an American biopharmaceutical company, has acquired Allergan, a Dublin-based botox-maker, in a cash and stock deal. The combined company is expected to increase leadership across healthcare fields such […]

The Lawyer’s Top 50 US law firms in the UK revealed

The 50 largest US law firms ranked by revenue have been revealed with the publication of The Lawyer US Top 50 report. Last year was a record for US firms in the UK in terms of the total revenue they generated, with the combined turnover of the 50 largest rising by 13 per cent over […]

Chicago

Eversheds launches first post-merger US office with two-partner hire

Eversheds Sutherland has announced that a pair of partner hires from two US powerhouses will launch the firm’s new Chicago office next month. White & Case partner Marc Benjamin and Kirkland & Ellis partner Susan Kai will join Eversheds’ first US office since the 2017 merger between Eversheds and Sutherland Brennan & Asbill, while existing […]

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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 […]

paris

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 & […]

DLA brings in Taylor Wessing operations chief for new role

DLA Piper has hired former Taylor Wessing chief operating officer Rachel Reid in a newly-created position, The Lawyer has learned. As part of her new role as business management specialist, Reid will be responsible for geographic areas including Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, alongside partner and managing director for the regions Charles Severs. Her […]

China wall

Chinese firm Fangda strikes strategic alliance with local firm

One of China’s largest firms, Fangda Partners, has entered into a strategic alliance with a smaller regional firm, opening up further opportunities across the country’s central provinces. Fangda has signed the memorandum of strategic cooperation with Hunan Qiyuan Law Firm, which was founded in 1994 and operates across the Hunan province and south-central China. It […]

Stewarts adds firepower in tax disputes with partner hire

Stewarts has brought in three new lawyers, including one partner, to boost its tax litigation and investigations team. James Le Gallais has joined the firm as a partner from Peters & Peters. He already has significant instructions in commercial tax litigation, including the multi-million-pound action against funding company Ingenious Media. Le Gallais will bring expertise […]

Hong Kong

K&L Gates’ Hong Kong headache continues in battle over ex-partner fraud

A deputy judge in Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance has slammed K&L Gates’s request for documents as “vague”, “inconsistent” and “convoluted” in an ongoing fraud dispute involving a former partner. A judgment dated 29 March shows that the US firm requested a number of documents, including some protected by confidentiality agreements, in a bid […]

Mayer Brown targets corporate with Hogan Lovells Asia hire

Mayer Brown has hired Hogan Lovells corporate partner Steven Tran as it continues to flesh out its corporate practice in the city. Tran was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis prior to joining Hogan Lovells in 2014 and his practice is focused largely on corporate & securities, private equity and M&A. Last year he led […]

Seoul

Shearman delivers on Seoul promise with office launch

Shearman & Sterling is relocating three of its lawyers to South Korea as the firm opens an office in the country’s capital, Seoul. Partner Anna Chung will lead the team, having worked in Shearman’s project finance and development teams across London, Shanghai and Singapore for the past 13 years. She was made a partner in […]

Cooley hires Skadden partner for Hong Kong launch     

Cooley is in the process of expanding its Asia presence, with the firm hiring a Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner to spearhead its planned Hong Kong launch. Cooley has hired Skadden partner Will Cai in Hong Kong. Cai was made up at Skadden in 2014 and has a focus on China-related capital markets […]

Hong Kong

Ropes quartet defects to White & Case in Hong Kong

A four-lawyer private equity team led by partner Daniel Yeh has left Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office for White & Case. Yeh, who joined Ropes from Weil Gotshal & Manges in 2015, is to be appointed head of PE for White & Case in Asia Pacific. He is taking a team of three; Ropes […]

The latest Europe briefings

Complications of spinal surgery – has Pomphrey changed anything?

By John de Bono QC The short answer is no but feel free to keep reading. In Pomphrey v Secretary of State for Health the Claimant’s claim for damages in respect of the non-negligent complications of spinal surgery failed. His argument was that for a period of 10 months prior to surgery he had symptoms […]

Illuminating dark data

What is Dark Data? Dark data can refer to electronic information within an organization that is not easily searchable or accessible. This means that it is likely to be in an unstructured format, unclassified, and likely unmanaged by current information governance solutions. Every year, new chat apps gain popularity, huge volumes of data move into […]

A critical evaluation of ediscovery vendors – five hard questions everyone should be asking

Law firms and corporate legal operations departments frequently leverage ediscovery technology to effectively and efficiently respond to litigation, investigations, due diligence, or regulatory requests. With the big data boom, a rush of ediscovery software solutions have flooded the market to address the need for handling enormous volumes of electronically stored information (ESI). At the beginning […]

New opportunities for investors: obtaining subsoil use right for hydrocarbons through auction

By Mikhail Abdulov  Introduction If an investor wishes to commence oil and gas activity (exploration/production) in the Republic of Kazakhstan (“RoK”), it shall obtain a relevant subsoil use right (“SUR”), which is formalized by execution of a relevant subsoil use contract (“SUC”). An investor may obtain SUR either directly (SUR acquisition from an acting subsoil user or from […]

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