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SJ Berwin builds German team with WestAM hire…

SJ Berwin has bolstered its German practice with the appointment of the former head of legal and fund development at WestAM, the asset management division of WestLB Group. Henning Starke joins as a partner in the firm’s German financial services team, under the direction of Achim Pütz. Pütz said the appointment was in line with […]

Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office in double boost

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its small Brussels presence by taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened in Brussels a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

Future unsure for right wing Italian MEP

The Likelihood that Italy’s nominee as the new EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security will take up his post has become extremely unlikely, with the European Parliament forcing a withdrawal of the entire new European Commission, which was due to start work on 1 November. Existing Commission president Romano Prodi and his existing commissioners […]

HSBC seeks worldwide fee rate from global panel

HSBC Holdings is demanding a single worldwide rate from firms seeking a place on the bank’s global panel. The bank has told firms that if they win a place on the coveted panel they will automatically qualify to pitch for work outside the UK. It is understood that in return firms must include a common […]

Memery Crystal in three-partner raid on Park Nelson

Memery Crystal has bolstered its commercial property practice with the appointment of three partners from London law firm Park Nelson. Eugene O’Keeffe, Colm Flood and Ruth Deehan have all joined Memery Crystal’s property department as from Park Nelson where they were also partners. The appointments increase Memery Crystal’s commercial property team to five partners, one […]

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