14 November 2005

Dechert scoops 3i counsel

Dechert has landed the senior counsel of private equity group 3i as a partner in its Munich bureau. Berthold Hummel will join the firm’s corporate and securities practice in January having spent the last six years at 3i working on leveraged buyouts and venture capital deals. He has advised on a series of high profile […]

Cobbetts turnover up 18 per cent at half-year stage

Cobbetts has announced half-year income of £24.2m, up 18 per cent from the same period last year. Managing partner Michael Shaw said profits were also “significantly higher” than last year, and he expected full year average profit per equity partner (PEP) to reach £225,000 – up 18 per cent from 2005’s disappointing £190,000. The growth […]

Bird & Bird recruits rising star of RB film group

Bird & Bird has recruited Richards Butler rated film finance associate David Quli and promoted him to partner. He joined Bird & Bird to work in their UK-based film and TV finance/production team. Quli said: “I left because of the opportunities I saw at Bird & Bird within the UK and European markets.” His work […]

Linklaters revenues up 16 per cent at half-year

Linklaters has continued to resurrect its financial performance, reporting a 16 per cent increase in revenues during the first half of the financial year. The magic circle giant claims to have made £438m in billings during the first six months, compared with £376m for the same period during the 2004/05 financial year. If the firm […]

Penningtons wins Makosi refugee status

South East firm Penningtons has won an appeal to allow reality TV contestant Makosi Musambasi to stay in the UK as a refugee. Zimabawean Musambasi had her working visa curtailed and was faced with deportation after she appeared on Big Brother 6 in the summer. Her appearance on the show meant she had to give […]

Taylor Wessing raids Lawfort to boost Brussels

The European expansion of Taylor Wessing continued in November with the launch of a local law capability in Brussels. Taylor Wessing has hired three partners from the former Belgian Landwell network member firm, Lawfort, to beef up its offering in the city. Until now the firm had maintained an EU and competition outpost serviced from […]

White & Case poaches Haarmann team for Munich launch

White & Case has poached a five lawyer team from Haarmann Hemmelrath to launch its new Munich office. The US firm has hired former Haarmann Hemmelrath equity partner and public law specialist Christoph von Einem along with IP/IT partner Tobias Freiherr von Tucher and employment specialist Björn Theis and associate Ines Buermeyer, as first reported […]

Norton Rose to reveal all following LLP conversion

Norton Rose has agreed in principle to convert to a limited liability partnership (LLP). The firm’s partners voted on the conversion at the partnership conference held in London at the weekend (12 November). A timetable for conversion is yet to be set. Several regulatory hurdles in Norton Rose’s foreign offices will need to be overcome […]

Reed Smith seeks Chinese and US mergers

Reed Smith is actively stepping up its search for separate Chinese, Texan and Chicago-based merger partners, following the finalisation of its French launch. Managing partner Gregory Jordan said the Pittsburgh-based firm had moved the focus of its expansion efforts to China, with a committee established to examine opportunities in the developing jurisdiction. Michael Pollack, Reed […]

Bar Council hires GMC chair for Standards Board

The Bar Council has selected the General Medical Council’s Standards Committee chair Ruth Evans as the first chair of the bar’s Standards Board. Evans takes up her role in January 2006, as the Bar Council splits its regulatory and representative functions ahead of the implementation of the government’s white paper on the future of legal […]

Garrigues scoops EC lawyer to lead Brussels team

Spanish firm Garrigues has scooped former European Commission legal service lawyer Jose Luis Buendia Sierra to head up its Brussels office. Buendia Sierra, who joins today, will replace Stephen Pickard, who retired in July 2005 after 17 years at the firm. He has over 15 years experience at the European Commission, working at the Directorate-General […]

White & Case takes in Kilpatrick refugee

The exodus from Kilpatrick Stockton continues, with White & Case joining the swath of firms recruiting from the Atlanta-based firm’s downsizing London office. White & Case has hired a three-partner private finance initiative (PFI) team from Kilpatrick, led by the firm’s former global head of projects Anthony Fine. Projects partners Michael Scott and corporate partner […]

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