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WFW launches South Korea office with partner duo

Following in the footsteps of Ashurst last year, Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has hired two lawyers to kickstart its operations in South Korea. WFW has recruited K&L Gates partner Eugene Chang, as well as Herbert Smith Freehills associate Philip Kim, who joins as a partner. Kim arrived at WFW in November in anticipation of […]


Taylor Wessing in talks with Iberian firm over strategic alliance

Taylor Wessing is looking to develop a strategic alliance with Iberian firm ECIJA in a move that would greatly expand the former’s geographic offering to its tech and venture capital clients. The two parties were understood to have entered talks in late 2022. It is expected that a final decision will be reached by the […]

Dublin Ireland

Ropes makes first hire for fledgling Dublin office

Law firms are continuing to expand with offices in the Republic of Ireland, as Ropes & Gray hires from the country’s competition regulator to launch its operations. The firm has recruited Dervla Broderick as a counsel. She was previously a deputy director at the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, having also spent time in the […]

Goodwin announces cuts across US offices

Goodwin Procter has kicked off a redundancy round that is to affect fee-earners, paralegals and other business services staff in its US offices. In an internal firm document viewed by The Lawyer, sent by chairman Robert Insolia and managing partner Mark Bettencourt, the firm attributed a slowdown in demand coupled with “staffing levels too high” […]

Osborne Clarke’s outgoing UK boss preps for Stateside move

The outgoing managing partner of Osborne Clarke’s UK business is taking on a new role at the firm over on the West Coast. Ray Berg is moving to the US from Spring 2023, where he will be a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. He will be leading on business development, working closely with […]


DACB raids Italian firm to open offices in Italy

DAC Beachcroft has expanded into Italy by opening two new offices in Milan and Rome. The venture is fully operative as of today (1 February 2023) and the firm has swiped an insurance team from Milan-headquartered Advant NCTM to kick things off. Partners Anthony Perotto, Guido Foglia and Michele Zucca have taken the leap and […]


The Lawyer European Awards 2022: The Winners

Iberian firm Cuatrecasas took home the top prize last night at The Lawyer’s European Awards, in a ceremony held at the Hilton Bankside Hotel, which celebrated the very best of the European legal market. The evening reserved special thought for Ukraine after Russia’s invasion of the country earlier this year. Special praise was reserved for […]


And the winner is…

Recent winners of The Lawyer’s top European prize have profited from exceptional circumstances, but the future looks a very different kind of exceptional

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Kirkland leads as cryptocurrency company files for bankruptcy

Kirkland & Ellis has won a transatlantic mandate to advise cryptocurrency loan company Celsius Network as it enters Chapter 11 proceedings in the US. London partners Kon Asimacopoulos and Hannah Crawford are leading the charge in the City, while the US deal team is helmed by New York partner Josh Sussberg, and Patrick Nash and […]

Katie Sudol

Simpson Thacher partner joins KKR as new GC

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has appointed a new general counsel from its longstanding legal adviser. New York-based Kathryn King Sudol has joined as its new general counsel from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where she was global co-head of M&A. Sudol is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and Northwestern University School […]

US firms set to cover abortion costs for employees

Firms in the US, with workforces impacted by last week’s Supreme Court decision on abortion rights, are entering discussions with their medical insurers to determine whether they can cover out-of-state travel costs. The US Supreme Court last week overturned Roe v Wade, meaning it will be up to individual states to make decisions on abortions. […]

Austin Texas

Ashurst unveils third US office in Texas

Ashurst has expanded further in the United States, announcing the launch of an office in Texas. The base in Austin will be its third office in the US, after New York and Los Angeles. It is expected to focus predominantly on infrastructure investment, development and finance matters in transport, social infrastructure and water. The new […]


Ashurst seals joint venture in South Korea

Ashurst has established a joint venture with Korean firm, HwaHyun. The deal means that Ashurst will be able to practise Korean law. HwaHyun comprises 17 partners, with total lawyer numbers reaching over 30. Ashurst’s global CEO Paul Jenkins said: “This is the first JV between a Korean firm and an international firm in South Korea, […]


Mayer Brown lands JV with Singaporean firm

Mayer Brown has established a formal joint law venture (JLV) with Singapore firm PK Wong & Nair. The JLV will be known as Mayer Brown PK Wong & Nair and will offer clients services on international and Singapore law. Mayer Brown first set up in Singapore in 2011 and has since grown to 25 lawyers, […]


Baker Botts relaunches APAC presence with Ashurst team

Baker Botts will open in Singapore later this year, The Lawyer understands, marking a dramatic turnaround in its Asia Pacific strategy after shutting its Hong Kong office at the end of 2021. The firm has hired a three-partner projects and infrastructure-focused team from Ashurst, including Richard Guit, Michael Harrison and Daniel Reinbott. The trio have […]

Cooley completes merger with HK associate firm

US firm Cooley will operate as a single entity in Hong Kong having completed the required three-year association period with local firm CYL & Partners. The combined entity will operate as Cooley HK and will be led by former Skadden corporate partner Will Cai. Cooley said the move was completed on 30 June and had […]

Saudi Arabia

Kirkland & Ellis mulls Saudi launch in infrastructure play

Kirkland & Ellis is considering planting its flag in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), The Lawyer has learnt. The new branch would make it the US firm’s first office in the Middle East and Kirkland sources suggest that it would initially focus on the energy and infrastructure sector. Infrastructure has been an area that the […]

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Live blog: FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

26 November 13:00 QIA London withdrawal on the cards Significant news broke over the weekend that the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the country’s sovereign wealth fund valued at around $450bn, is set to review its investment in London. The QIA said that this was due to Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to ban Qatari adverts […]


Fast fashion giant Shein hires ex-CC lawyer as GC

Online fast fashion retailer Shein has hired Yinan Zhu as its new general counsel (GC) of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Zhu, who has joined from My Inhouse Lawyer after a three-year stint as principal, has been brought in to support the company’s activity in the region. She began her career as an associate […]

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HSF reveals corporate investment in Middle East and Asia

Herbert Smith Freehills’ association firm has hired a new corporate partner in Saudi Arabia, while it has also added further heft over in Asia with the appointment of a new head of the practice. The firm has recruited Joza Al-Rasheed in Riyadh, who joins the firm having worked in-house for a five-month stint at chemical […]

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Portuguese firms: International reach through local partnership

Portuguese firms: International reach through local partnership   In February, the International Signal channel published a report on the Iberian legal markets of Spain and Portugal. The report largely focuses on Spain as the larger of the two markets and provides insights into the largest Spanish firms’ expansion strategies. In addition to Spanish firms dominating […]

Data dive: Where in the world are the European 100?

The inexorable and continued expansion of UK and US firms around the world keeps on. Only in May 2021, Kirkland & Ellis launched in Brussels and Clyde & Co and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan both expanded in the US, while Stephenson Harwood committed to its existing Greek operations with a new legal entity. Although […]