16 June 2003

Boston's Mintz Levin makes shock entry into London market

Boston-based Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo is gearing up to brave London’s choppy legal market after announcing plans to open an office later this summer. The firm is hoping to make its mark in IP, specifically in the biotechnology sector, and has taken space at The Rectory, 9 Ironmonger Lane, marking its first […]

A&O and Addleshaw Goddard emerge victorious from BT review

British Telecom (BT) has concluded its review of its legal advisers, appointing Allen & Overy and Addleshaw Goddard to its preferred adviser panel for the first time. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Ashurst Morris Crisp, Denton Wilde Sapte and Lawrence Graham have all been snubbed. BT’s longest standing advisers Linklaters and Bird & Bird have been retained, […]

Lex Mundi signs up Sri Lankan friend

International legal network Lex Mundi has signed up Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest firm, FJ & G de Saram.The firm has become the exclusive Lex Mundi member for Sri Lanka.FJ & G is a full-service commercial firm with a particular focus on banking, investment, telecommunications, copyrights and intellectual property.Lex Mundi has 160 firms world wide, […]

CC boosts DC office with US govt capture

Clifford Chance’s Washington DC office has strengthened its projects group by recruiting the former assistant general counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).Ronald Jonkers is joining Clifford Chance after 11 years at OPIC, a development agency which is part of the US government, where he specialised in large project finance deals in a number […]

Shearman’s London office bags third Linklaters lawyer

Shearman & Sterling’s London office is continuing its aggressive recruitment drive after taking on another former Linklaters lawyer. John Schmidt, a senior associate in competition who has experience in a number of areas, including EU, UK, German and multijurisdictional merger control, spent five years in Brussels at his former firm before returning to London in […]

TLT completes record year with HQ move

Bristol firm TLT has grown its turnover by 14 per cent to hit £15.75m.The last 12 months leading up to TLT’s third birthday have been its most successful to date. Average profits per equity partner have risen from £135,000 for 2001-02 to £175,000 for the last financial year. The number of equity partners has remained […]

Wachtell lawyers face court appearance against client Martha Stewart

New York’s Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz may soon be viewing the trial process from the other side after it emerged that two of its partners could be called as witnesses in the case against client Martha Stewart.Litigation partners Lawrence Pedowitz and John Savarese may be asked to the stand as witnesses for the prosecution. […]

Fenwick suffers further litigation exit

Fenwick & West has been hit with yet another departure in litigation, this time to Los Angeles firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges.Partner Claude Stern, an intellectual property specialist, has jumped shipped to Quinn Emanuel. His move follows the surprise defection earlier this year of Fenwick’s former litigation group chairman Timothy Roake to Gibson […]

Garretts hire brings Queens Moat Houses to BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won new client Queens Moat Houses through Garretts lateral Andrew Little, who joined in May 2002 when the accountancy-tied firm collapsed. Little, a former general counsel for Holiday Inn Hotels, had several key clients, including Muirgold, the Hilton Hotel Corporation and conference centre operator Hailey. He has just advised Queens […]

Cuatrecasas builds up NY office

Cuatrecasas is doubling partner capability in its New York office. The firm is moving two partners there from Madrid to replace Javier Villesante, the incumbent director, who is going back to Cuatrecasas in Madrid. Javier Asensio and Victor Xercavins, tax and corporate partners respectively, will run the New York office together from 1 July this […]

Simmons stakes all on investment as profits slide

City firm Simmons & Simmons has announced a rise in turnover of 12.6 per cent to £176.9m, but is set to post average profits per equity partner of around £300,000, representing a drop of some 20 per cent.It is the second year in a row that average profits have fallen. In 2002 they fell to […]

EU reforms give the all-clear for electronic documentation

Reforms to the EU’s company law regime that take account of the development of electronic communications have been approved by the EU Council of Ministers. The changes require member states to permit from 2007 the filing of official documents electronically. They also allow electronic copies of company documents to be obtained, governments to establish internet […]

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