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Simpson Thacher makes major infrastructure PE play with Clifford Chance hire

Clifford Chance infrastructure M&A star Amy Mahon is joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s City office in yet another departure from the magic circle firm’s private equity group. Mahon’s exit follows that of Brendan Moylan to Latham & Watkins earlier this year, along with Allen & Overy infrastructure finance partner Conrad Andersen. After Moylan, Mahon was […]

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Hogan Lovells’ adult viewing moment: embarrassing on so many levels

Red faces aplenty at Hogan Lovells last week when a partner was filmed enjoying adult material on his work computer during daytime hours. But not just because a partner spent valuable fee-earning time accessing sexual content; as a policy issue, it has raised questions about why internet controls were not consistent across the firm’s global network.   Prior to the incident, Hogan Lovells’ internet controls varied across jurisdictions, […]

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Mishcon white collar star switches back to the Bar

Mishcon de Reya’s head of white collar crime and investigations Alison Levitt QC is moving out of private practice for a new role in the Bar. Levitt will resume her full-time practice as a Silk, having founded Mishcon’s white collar group in 2014 when she joined from the Office of Public Prosecutions. She will join the […]

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DWF takes on Clydes reinsurance co-head ahead of IPO listing

In its biggest pre-listing lateral hire to date, DWF has brought in Clyde & Co partner and global co-head of reinsurance David Abbott. Abbott joined Clydes as part of the 2012 merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert having started work there in 1998. It is thought that he will not have to serve his full […]

London

KWM 2.0 stages fightback with first financials since relaunch

King & Wood Mallesons’ London office generated nearly £12m in the first year since its relaunch, The Lawyer has learnt. The office opened at the start of 2017, with its financials corresponding to its first 12 months of operating. KWM’s UK revenue of £11.8m would put it at the 183rd position in this year’s The […]

US corporate powerhouse wins WHSmith mandate in expansion deal

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz has bagged an advisory role for UK plc WHSmith on its acquisition of US airport travel store InMotion for just under $200m. The US deal shop led the deal for WHSmith, with a team consisting of corporate partners David Silk and Igor Kilman. InMotion’s owners Bruckmann Rosser Sherrill & Co […]

London

Winston is latest US firm to put London at the heart of decision planning

Winston & Strawn has confirmed its ongoing commitment to the UK with the election of its London office head to the firm’s global executive committee, part of a nine-partner round of new appointments to its board. Peter Crowther joins Winston & Strawn’s excom after his role as London office managing partner was renewed last month […]

Connecticut

Akin Gump bets big on transatlantic offering with four-partner hire

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has snared a four-partner financial restructuring and global debt team from Morgan Lewis, in a move that reunites them with their former Bingham McCutchen colleagues. The hires include two heads of practice, with Morgan Lewis’ City transactional finance head Thomas O’Connor joining Akin Gump in London. Partner trio Renée Dailey, Christopher Lawrence […]

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City 50: Forget Project Fear, the UK legal pie keeps getting bigger

There are 21 US-headquartered firms in the City 50, our first-ever ranking of law firms by London revenue. That fact alone has caused some jitters among certain sections of the UK market. It shouldn’t. The US firms are taking over? No, no, no: they’re really not. The magic circle accounts for 25 per cent of […]

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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 […]

Hong Kong

Paul Hastings Hong Kong chair moves in-house for global GC role

Paul Hastings’ Hong Kong partner and office chair Steve Winegar has moved in-house, taking up a new role as international general counsel at Chinese insurance giant Ping An. The move will see Winegar returning to an in-house position in the financial sector. He joined Paul Hastings as a corporate partner in 2010 from Goldman Sachs, […]

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 […]

The latest Europe briefings

Tools and solutions for increasing access to international arbitration – An overview

By Malcolm Simpson, Gwendoline Davies, Nick Lees Parties have been concerned for some time about the length and cost of arbitration, and how these issues can be effectively controlled. This article considers the factors affecting accessibility, how arbitral institutions can help, and how the parties can help themselves; different available tools and innovative solutions that can be deployed […]

Guide for facing review fraud in online retail

By Gwendoline Davies Fake reviews have featured in the press a lot recently, but they are certainly not a new phenomenon and such practices have no doubt existed for as long as people have been reviewing products and services. However, the explosion of the online retail marketplace has made fake reviews a very lucrative business. At […]

Supreme Court – Sporting rights over land are capable of being easements

By Maria Connolly Purely sporting or recreational rights over land are capable of being easements, the Supreme Court has confirmed. In a judgment handed down today the Court held that, so long as such rights satisfy the four well-established characteristics of easements, there is no reason why they should not be easements (Regency Villas Title […]

Employment: Quarterly case law updates

By Beth Jenkins and Paula Rome In this article, we take a look back through some key cases from the last three months and the lessons which we can learn from them. Discrimination In Ms A Gray V Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd the EAT held that an employer will not be discriminating on grounds of […]

Austria – Teleradiology and other healthcare advancements

By Florian Kusznier Technology and innovation are key drivers of advancement in a variety of industries, and certainly in healthcare. The level of patient care can be improved considerably with the right mix of traditional and innovative treatments and solutions. Nevertheless, there are regulatory challenges to overcome. Teleradiology is one area where technological advancements allow […]

Belgium – New rules on influencer marketing

By Stephanie De Smedt, Olivier Belleflamme As a business operator, you obviously want your products to be known by the public and more specifically by selected target groups. To do so, many companies have chosen to heavily invest in “influencer marketing”. Many companies are partnering up with influencers to promote their food supplements or (over-the-counter) […]

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