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Coudert set for dissolution

Following the collapse of Coudert Brothers’ merger negotiations with Baker & McKenzie (B&M), Coudert partners yesterday voted to release its partners from their fiduciary duties. This will allow partners to go to other firms and to solicit clients. The next step is a formal dissolution. It is understood that following due diligence B&M decided that […]

Word scared

While Tulkinghorn is on the subject of US firms, let’s have a little dig at another. Now, nobody at The Lawyer would be arrogant enough to assume that everybody working in the legal market will read the magazine regularly (honest!). But we would have thought that, for anyone working in a law firm, the name […]

Hearsay

Which pair of City firm partners went to a Brazilian-themed party recently in Paris and were the only ones there in fancy dress shaking their maraccas?

Talent: how to put it to good use

Talent doesn’t magically improve business. Simon Brittain explains how to manage this vital asset Ever since two McKinsey consultants talked about the “war for talent” in the 1990s, the term ‘talent’ has been thrown around HR, and latterly business, communities. But what is it? What it is not is simply pinpointing future partners. Talent management […]

Shearman, Weil face-to-face on ProSiebenSat.1 Media sale

Shearman & Sterling and Weil Gotshal & Manges have taken the lead roles on Germany’s largest-ever media deal. In a transaction worth around €2.5bn (£1.73bn), publishing company Axel Springer has bought a majority stake in television broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media. Shearman advised longstanding client Axel Springer on its acquisition of the broadcasting group from the existing […]

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