1 March 2004

Linklaters elects new German senior partner

Linklaters has elected Michael Lappe as its new German senior partner following the decision of incumbent Rudolf Colle to step down to concentrate on client work. Colle, who had served a three-year term in the post, will officially stand down on 30 April. Lappe, an M&A partner will divide his time equally between client work […]

Jersey firm launches in Anguilla

Jersey law practice the Sinel Group has followed the latest trend of Channel Islands firms setting up in the Caribbean by launching a practice in Anguilla. Sinel’s new office will be managed by Alex Richardson who was an assistant at Harney Westwood & Riegels’ Anguilla office. Richardson, also president of Anguilla’s bar association, will join […]

Cleary Gottlieb star quits for Citigroup

Legendary Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Edward Greene has quit the firm to become general counsel of Citigroup’s Global Corporate and Investment Banking Group (CGIB). Greene will report to Robert Druskin, president and chief executive officer of the GCIB, and to Michael Helfer, general counsel of Citigroup. Greene joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1982. Prior […]

Latham plunders Sokolow for nine-lawyer team

Latham & Watkins’ Paris office has raided independent French firm Sokolow Dunaud Mercadier & Carreras for a nine-lawyer litigation team including name partner Patrick Dunaud. The Latham haul is another huge blow for Sokolow, which lost an 11-lawyer team, including another name partner Jean-Francois Mercadier, to Norton Rose at the end of 2003. Partners Emmanuel […]

Olswang set to raid SJ Berwin for private equity push

Olswang is poised to bulk up its private equity team with the hire of two SJ Berwin partners Jonathan Pittal and Perry Yam. Over the course of the last couple of years Pittal has advised JP Morgan, Hamilton Lane, Nordea and Coal Pension Board on the establishment of investment fund products and the acquisition of […]

Wilkie Farr partner enters race for seat on Paris Bar

Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Dominique Mondolini is running in the Paris Bar’s first election next week seeking to capture the vote of international firms vexed by recent tensions with the Bar. Traditionally the Paris Bar has nominated just one lawyer for vacant seats on its council but the lack of an officially endorsed candidate […]

Howard Kennedy wins ING Real Estate with Lawrence Graham lateral

Howard Kennedy has won new client ING Real Estate Development with the hire of new partner Deborah Swanwick from Lawrence Graham. Swanwick was a senior assistant at Lawrence Graham, but she had been the lawyer acting for ING Real Estate. She previously advised the client on a shopping centre development in Milton Keynes between 1998 […]

A&O partners vote in CC’s Porter

Allen & Overy (A&O) partners have voted in favour of taking on Clifford Chance’s head of real estate funds and investment banking (Refib), Robert Porter. As first revealed by The Lawyer on 1 March, A&O partners were voting on Porter’s hire over the course of last week. The vote has now been completed and Porter […]


Two out, two in. Here’s Hammonds about to hire two sports partners – Louise Quinn and Alastair Bell – from Olswang. Meanwhile, Olswang is in advanced discussions with two private equity partners – Jonathan Pittal and Perry Yam – from SJ Berwin. There’s been a fair bit of partner-swopping between all these firms in the […]

ICC challenges US over anti-trust ruling

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is fighting a legal decision it fears could make United States courts de facto global anti-trust regulators, even in cases with a negligible impact on the USA. It has filed an amicus curiae brief to the US Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a DC Court of Appeals ruling […]

EU launches consultation on company transfer

An internet public consultation has been launched by the European Commission into a planned directive laying down clear rules on the transfer of a company’s registered office from one European Union (EU) country to another. EU internal market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, said: “I encourage all businesses, associations and lawyers with an interest in company law […]

Steptoe & Johnson acquires Oppenheimer’s Brussels base

US firm Steptoe & Johnson has become the first firm to benefit from the dismantling of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly’s European network. Steptoe has acquired the Brussels practice of Oppenheimer, which consists of three partners, one counsel and three associates. Last summer Oppenheimer announced that it was to cut its costs by selling its European […]

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