14 August 2006

Mayer Brown names three-partner successor to chairman

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is set to name a three-partner “office of the chairman” when current chairman Ty Fahner steps down in May 2007. The firm’s management committee emailed the partnership today with a proposal that would name current general counsel James Holzhauer as chairman with UK managing partner Paul Maher and Washington DC […]

Harper Macleod overhauls management with new non-lawyer boss

Scottish firm Harper Macleod has completed a restructure of its senior management, appointing the firm’s finance director to the position of chief executive and making the managing partner firm chairman. Martin Darroch, who had been the firm’s finance director for four years, was named as the new chief executive, while Lorne Crerar will take on […]

Hill Dickinson goes green to slash carbon footprint

North West firm Hill Dickinson is going green with a scheme designed to offset its carbon footprint and create a local community woodland. The firm is working with environmental company co2balance.com to plant 1,149 trees in order to cancel out the carbon dioxide it uses each year. In addition Hill Dickinson also plans to switch […]

DLA Piper wins lead role on controversial fraud GLO

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has fought off competition from McGrigors to be appointed as lead solicitor in a group litigation order (GLO) for a potential 150 companies claiming damages against the government that could run into millions. The companies are claiming for losses caused by Revenues & Customs, which has penalised them for their […]

CMS scoops leading role on Enterprise’s sale of 769 pubs

Addleshaw Goddard and CMS Cameron McKenna have both scooped roles advising on Admiral Taverns’ purchase of 769 pubs from Enterprise Inns for £318m. Addleshaws advised Admiral Taverns on the deal, with property partner Andrew Shufflebotham leading the team. Camerons put a three partner team on the transaction, advising Enterprise Inns. Corporate partner Sean Watson headed […]

Dundas hires FFW partner for London real estate push

Dundas & Wilson has hired Field Fisher Waterhouse partner Kenneth Maxwell to lead its property finance team. Maxwell will join Dundas’ London office after five years as a partner at Field Fisher. He will focus on the mid to high value property market, and will be charged with growing the firm’s real estate finance practice. […]

First Chilean firm launches in London

Chilean firm FerradaNehme has opened a representative office in London, becoming the first Chilean firm to do so. The office is headed by managing associate Carolina Werner, and specialises in regulation and antitrust matters. Werner said the plan was to strengthen ties with UK firms and provide a flow of work back to Chile. The […]

Arnold & Porter and Travers advise Lerner on Aston Villa acquisition

Arnold & Porter, Hammonds and Travers Smith all won places on Randy Lerner’s £62.6m takeover of Aston Villa Football Club. Arnold & Porter is a main adviser to American billionaire Lerner and his family estate in the US, and was brought in to advise on the bid. The team was led by London corporate partner […]

Morgan Lewis bags SunGard in-house chief

The chief legal officer of SunGard Data Systems, Larry Gross, has joined US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius after the software house was bought by a private equity consortium for $11.4bn in April. Gross was SunGard’s general counsel from shortly after its public offering in 1986 until the beginning of 2005, when he became chief […]

Merlie Calvert: De Beers

De Beers has found a priceless resource in legal services manager Merlie Calvert. David Middleton reports In a new twist on an old saying, Merlie Calvert is De Beers’ best friend. The 32-year-old manager of legal services (North) for the world’s largest diamond company was named In-house Lawyer of the Year at The Lawyer Awardsin […]

Mallesons bolsters London

Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ London office has returned to its full capacity of two partners after more than 12 months. The firm had been operating with just managing partner Rowan Russell sincelate 2004. Finance partner Hal Bolitho moved to the London office earlier this year from Melbourne, working closely with key client Allco Finance Group. Russell […]

Labruna expands offering with raids on CC, Linklaters

Italian capital markets boutique Labruna Mazziotti Segni has raided the Italian practices of magic circle firms Linklaters and Clifford Chance to broaden its range of practice areas. The firm hired Clifford Chance real estate specialist Emanuela Molinaro as a partner and Linklaters senior associate Andrea De Matteis as an of counsel to beef up its […]

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