13 January 2003

Hammonds set for Spanish launch

Partners to vote by Wednesday on merger with NautaDutilh’s Madrid office Hammonds partners are about to vote on a merger with the Madrid practice of Slaughter and May’s Dutch best friend NautaDutilh. Nauta’s Madrid office has been on the market since last Summer, when the top tier Dutch firm decided to concentrate its efforts on […]

Debevoise lures Baker & McKenzie partner for European private equity drive

Baker & McKenzie splits practice group after financial services and investment funds head quits for Debevoise The London office of Debevoise & Plimpton has poached Baker & McKenzie’s London head of financial services and investment funds, Marwan Al-Turki.Al-Turki, who joined the firm in 1997 to set up the practice area, will head Debevoise’s European private […]

Simpson Thacher in Singapore retreat

Singapore managing partner returns to New York; one of counsel and four associates transfer to Hong Hong Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is to close its Singapore office at the end of this month, following the decision of its managing partner Alan Brenner to return to New York.The firm also employs one of counsel and four […]

Sheppard Mullin Richter bags Walt Disney counsel for media launch

General counsel and executive vice president to launch institutional entertainment and media practice at US firm US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has snapped up Walt Disney Co’s general counsel and executive vice president to help the firm launch an institutional entertainment and media practice.Louis Meisinger joined Disney in 1998, where he headed up […]

Pillsbury swoops on Vinson & Elkins team

Three Vinson & Elkins partners join Pillsbury’s Houston launch Pillsbury Winthrop has kick-started its new Houston office by taking on a team of lawyers from Vinson & Elkins.Pillsbury, which is currently defending an embarrassing $45m (£28m) defamation suit brought by former partner Frode Jensen, has taken on three partners and two associates from Vinson & […]

‘Big four’ accountancy firms seek last minute reprieve on Sarbanes-Oxley

SEC sent letters requesting relaxation of proposed rules on auditor independence The big four accountancy firms have now all sent the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) letters asking for a last-ditch reprieve on auditor independence proposals that threaten accountancy-tied law firms worldwide. Revenues at Landwell, KLegal and Tite & Lewis will be hard hit unless […]

DLA slams legal challenge to congestion charging

DLA advises GLA and Transport for London on threat of legal action by Class Law DLA, the firm acting for the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London, has said that a possible legal challenge to congestion charging would be out of time. ‘The fact is that the time limit for instituting a judicial […]

CC London partners vote for joint finance ticket

Robert MacVicar and Tim Plews to lead City finance machine Clifford Chance has elected Robert MacVicar and Tim Plews as joint heads of banking and capital markets, as predicted by The Lawyer on Monday.In a break with tradition, neither is from the powerful bank lending group. Debt capital markets partner MacVicar and bank regulatory specialist […]

Pillsbury swoops on Vinson & Elkins team

Three Vinson & Elkins partners join Pillsbury’s Houston launch Pillsbury Winthrop has kick-started its new Houston office by taking on a team of lawyers from Vinson & Elkins.Pillsbury, which is currently defending an embarrassing $45m (£28m) defamation suit brought by former partner Frode Jensen, has taken on three partners and two associates from Vinson & […]

Charles Russell wins Hachette

Matthew Higdon and Chris Hutchings lead team in new exclusive relationship with publisher Charles Russell has been named exclusive media adviser to Hachette UK, the owner of brands such as womens¹ magazine Elle and its stable of related titles.Hachette UK is part of French company Hachette Filapacchi Medias, the world¹s largest publisher. It also produces […]

Dorsey & Whitney faces £6m racial discrimination suit

Former associate alleges she was denied partnership because she is black Dorsey & Whitney is staring a $10m (£6.2m) lawsuit in the face after a former associate launched a racial discrimination claim against the US firm.Patricia Russell Brown, who joined Dorsey & Whitney in 2000 from Washington DC firm Venable LLP, is alleging she was […]

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