Silicon Valley

Four reasons why Freshfields’ Silicon Valley launch affects the City

For a UK-headquartered firm, launching in Northern California is high-risk and high-impact. Unimaginably, a firm from the magic circle – that supposedly fragile, fading band – has opened its doors with seven senior lawyers, having lured not only prominent capital markets partner Sarah Solum from Davis Polk, but at the same time Boris Feldman, a […]

Barrister of the week: Blackstone Chambers’ Stephen Nathan QC

Stephen Nathan QC‘s five-decade career has taken him from Saturday shifts as the libel lawyer at The Observer to most recently challenging Saudi Arabia over mass piracy allegations. The Blackstone Chambers‘ silk has been advising beIN Media Group as part of its long-running dispute with the Saudi government, culminating in a landmark ruling recently handed down […]

Hong Kong

As unrest shakes Hong Kong, lawyers keep on moving

Despite having endured a long period of disruption caused by the pro-democracy protests in 2019, Hong Kong has remained the largest legal recruitment market in Asia, The Lawyer Asia Pacific 100 2020 report reveals. This year’s Asia Pacific 100 report, which came out on Monday, shows that 33 per cent of the Top 30 global […]