19 February 2007

Download an Englishman, an Irishman and an American

Get your iPods and headphones at the ready: the February edition of The Lawyer Podcast is now live on the website. Following the success of January’s launch edition, which rocketed up the iTunes business podcast charts to reach 21st place, the latest instalment is sure to prove as popular. As a teaser, Tyco general counsel […]

Dewey hits back with W&C hire

Dewey Ballantine has strengthened its Frankfurt office with the hire of a capital markets partner from White & Case. Partner Matthias von Oppen, whose clients include Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and HVB, will join Dewey Ballantine’s Frankfurt office in March. He spent seven years at White & Case, where he worked in both the firm’s […]

A&O suffers as another partner quits in Italy

Allen & Overy has lost its Italian head of banking and finance less than a month after banking star Davide Mencacci defected to Linklaters. Giancarlo Castorino has left A&O’s Milan office to join burgeoning Italian independent MBL & Partners. A&O confirmed Castorino’s departure and said they would look to fill the holes left by him […]

Swede swoops into TwoBirds

There was one big surprise from Bird & Bird’s leadership election today. See story. Chief executive David Kerr was a shoo-in for re-election and it was not a surprise to see longstanding chairman Hamish Sandison stand down. He’s now free to pursue a long-held ambition to be an MP. “Well,” said Sandison, “that’s not beyond […]

Dewey in talks with Italian firm

Fresh in the wake of its failed merger with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Dewey Ballantine is in advanced talks with Italian boutique Galgano to form a “collaboration”. A Dewey spokesman confirmed that the firm had been talking with Bologna-headquartered Galgano but said that nothing had been formally decided as yet. Dewey particularly wants access to […]

Bird & Bird overhauls management team

Bird & Bird has elected Swedish managing partner Michael Frie as the firm’s new chairman, after former chairman Hamish Sandison stepped down from the role. David Kerr has held on to his role as managing partner, standing unopposed in this year’s round of elections. Kerr has spent 11 years as managing partner and will serve […]

Another former Freshfields partner departs

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner André Kowalski has left the firm’s Düsseldorf office to join German boutique Franz Rechtsanwälte. According to German publication Juve, Kowalski, who had been a partner at the magic circle firm since 1996, has left the firm to join Franz Rechtsanwälte, which was set up in 1996 after Velten Franz […]

Manches wins IP battle for Tolkien

Commercial law firm Manches has secured author JRR Tolkien’s estate a subpoena against content-sharing website eSnips, it was revealed today (22 February). The subpoena, issued by the US District Court, requires eSnips to divulge the identities of those who posted illegal copies of Tolkien’s works, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Intellectual […]

Farrers recruits silk for mediation push

Farrer & Co has continued its recent recruitment drive, snaring the services of highly rated family barrister Jeremy Posnansky QC from 1 Hare Court. Posnansky, who took silk in 1994, represented Kenneth Miller in the May 2006 House of Lords landmark divorce ruling by the Law Lords that saw his ex-wife Julia be awarded 250,000 […]

Bindmans wins landmark ruling to save 75,000 pensions

Bindman & Partners has won a High Court victory likely to save 75,000 pensions. Judge David Bean yesterday condemned Work and Pensions minister John Hutton’s rejection of a Parliamentary Ombudsman report into occupational pensions as “irrational” and outside his powers, and said that the decision not to restore money lost in the scheme should be […]

Linklaters poaches new talent chief from Lovells

Linklaters has hired Lovells’ former director of legal training as its new global head of learning and development. Suzanne Fine, who joins the firm on 1 May, previously worked at Nottingham Law school, where she was head of business development. She also previously worked at the College of law, where she was principal lecturer and […]

When is a conflict not a conflict?

When it involves football clubs. Brabners, home to esteemed senior partner and Manchester United FC non-executive director Maurice Watkins, advised Liverpool FC on the transfer of Argentinian star Javier Mascherano from West Ham to Man Utd’s bitter rival Liverpool. See story Slaughter and May sports (and corporate) guru Nigel Boardman advises Arsenal FC and North […]

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