16 February 2004

Landwell faces SEC deadline on audit clients

Landwell’s global legal network has been given a deadline of 30th June by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this year to stop working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) SEC registered audit clients. The firm’s German practice Heussen (previously PriceWaterhouseCoopers Veltins) is to quit the network almost two months short of this date on 6 May. […]

Dentons wins Japanese Cabinet Office appointment

Name lawyer of Denton Wilde Sapte’s Japanese office Denton Wilde Sapte Kashio Law, Tetsuya Kashio, has been appointed by the Japanese Cabinet Office to manage its newly established department of compliance. The department has been set up to establish and manage new corporate governance legislation, which is due to be submitted early this year.The appointment […]

Covington finds new energy in Washington

Covington & Burling is poised to add energy attorney William Massey as a partner to its Washington office. His practice will be focused on energy-related regulatory and legislative matters. Massey has been resident Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the past 10 years, and in the late 1990’s served as lead Commissioner on […]

Latham in two partner swoop on Mayer Brown

Latham & Watkins has poached two financial regulatory partners for its Washington DC office from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. Brian Smith and Timothy Keehan join Latham as partners 12 years after the pair joined Mayer Brown from Stroock Stroock & Lavan. The team provides a variety of financial institutions, banks and credit card firms […]

Sullivan & Cromwell backs winning horse in race for AT&T

Sullivan & Cromwell’s snub of regular client Vodafone has resulted in the US firm backing the winning horse in the race to acquire AT&T Wireless. Cingular Wireless has won the auction of AT&T Wireless with a $41bn bid. Cingular is a joint venture between BellSouth and SBC Communications. Sullivan & Cromwell advised SBC Communications and […]

Coudert partner promotions benefit China and New York offices

Coudert Brothers has announced its annual partner appointments, with the bulk of new partners hailing from the firm’s New York and China practices. The appointments were made earlier this month at the Coudert annual worldwide partner’s meeting in the firm’s New York headquarters. The new partners include three from New York, as well as lawyers […]

Townsend and Townsend and Crew reveal San Francisco merger

US firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew is to merge with litigation boutique Legal Strategies Group (LSG). Six partners and a total of 12 lawyers will join the San Francisco branch of Townsend, a 150-lawyer IP and litigation practice, which also has offices in Seattle, Denver, Palo Alto, San Diego and Walnut Creek, California. “This […]

Allens Arthur Robinson scoops plum role on Commonwealth Games

Allens Arthur Robinson has once again proved it is the top choice for major sporting events, having won the coveted role of official law firm to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The firm won the role from a host of other law firms, and will advise alongside the Games’ in-house legal team. Chairman of the […]


It’s heartwarming to think that £400-an-hour corporate finance lawyers haven’t spent a slow 18 months playing with their executive toys. Simmons & Simmons’ corporate department used the downturn to help out pioneering broker Collins Stewart on its now famous accelerated initial public offering (IPO) procedure. (For those of you who rush straight through the business […]

Hextalls raids Beachcrofts for new professional indemnity head

Hextalls is continuing its attack on the London market, with the hire of Beachcroft Wansbrough’s insurance litigation partner Dominic Dennis-Browne to head the firm’s professional indemnity department. Dennis-Browne specialises in defending claims against a number of professions including solicitors, with particular expertise in claims involving dishonesty. The role of head of professional indemnity has been […]

Howard Kennedy bolsters media department with Hammonds lateral

Howard Kennedy continues to beef up its media department with the hire of another Hammonds partner. Justin Stephenson joins the eight-strong media team headed by his former Hammonds colleague Brian Eagles. Stephenson is a banking lawyer who specialises in media finance. He will work predominantly for the film and music industries and will lend a […]

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