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Herbies says merger is a boost for litigation, contrary to market murmurings Herbert Smith’s announcements that it was to merge with Australia’s Freehills and launch a litigation base in New York came in quick succession. One theory among market-watchers was that these two events represented a compromise: Herbies’ litigators would vote in favour of the […]

Mayer Brown takes Ashurst partner to head real estate in Europe

Mayer Brown has hired longstanding Ashurst partner Martin Wright to fill the new position of European real estate head. A spokesperson for the firm said that Wright, who will take up the position in January 2013, is not replacing anyone at Mayer Brown as he has been hired specifically to drive forward the firm’s European […]

Allen & Overy to offer Turkish advice following local tie-up

Allen & Overy (A&O) has expanded in Turkey through an exclusive tie-up with new firm Gedik & Eraksoy, and will now be able to offer clients local-law expertise. A&O’s exclusive association with Gedik & Eraksoy goes live today. The Turkish firm has two partners and eight associates. Founding partners Hakki Gedik and Gökhan Eraksoy were […]

Kennedys gears up to recommend Scottish merger to partners

Insurance firm Kennedys is in early-stage tie-up talks with Scotland’s Simpson & Marwick and is preparing to put the prospect of a merger to its partners. A merger would give Kennedys its first foothold in Scotland. Simpson & Marwick, which focuses on insurance and personal injury work, has offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh […]

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King & Spalding bolsters Middle East practice with Simmons hire

King & Spalding is set to add to its Middle East capability with the hire of Simmons & Simmons regional disputes and construction head Adrian Cole. Cole, a contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering specialist, is set to leave Simmons to join the US firm, with a starting date unclear. He is currently a partner […]

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