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The challenge of on-going innovation for FinTechs

A roundtable discussion between General Counsel from a range of fintech companies highlighted some common ground when it comes to the challenge of on-going innovation. A virtual roundtable hosted by sector head for financial services at Shoosmiths, Stephen Dawson, and partner Luke Stubbs, in conjunction with The Lawyer, brought together a group of senior lawyers […]



Wragges shortlists City merger suitors

Wragge& Co is drawing up a list of London merger targets as it seeks to invest £20m of reserved cash. Heads of department have been asked to draw up shortlists of ideal merger firms as part of their business plans, alongside recruitment and other growth opportunities. Senior partner Quentin Poole said: “These economic downturns are […]

Opinion: Forget growth for now, profit’s where it’s at

The new century has seen remarkable growth for law firms. Consider the AmLaw 200. From a combined headcount of 78,894 lawyers in 2000, they expanded to 106,742 in 2008. The first years of the new century have seen remarkable growth for law firms. Consider the AmLaw 200 (a readily available data universe, but presumably typical […]

Norton Rose installs Russia banking head

Norton Rose has transferred London banking partner Caroline Hurley to Moscow to head its Russian banking practice. Hurley will focus on finance deals in the energy sector, specialising in oil and gas. She has been a partner at the firm since 1998. “My particular banking and energy mix of experience will be put to good […]


Force of law: Edward Solomons, Metropolitan Police

Being under constant public scrutiny is just one of the challenges facing Metropolitan Police general counsel Edward Solomons. T­he Metropolitan Police is never far from the spotlight, what with it garnering more column inches than any other public sector department. The work its officers perform is carried out in the full glare of the public, […]

Akin posts rises in revenue and PEP in spite of exits

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has posted a sharp rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2008 financial year, with PEP up more than 16 per cent to $1.4m. The Texas-headquartered firm also managed a rise in revenue to $780.5m, an increase of just under 4 per cent. A number of […]

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