20 January 2003

Norton Rose enters Safeways fray

Mark Lloyd Williams and Chris Pearson act for Philip Green’s backer West LB Norton Rose is the latest in a plethora of firms to get a slice of the Safeways action. The firm is advising Philip Green’s financial backer, West LB, on its possible bid.The firm has acted for West LB before in connection with […]

Dewey Ballantine is latest Hong Kong casualty

Asia under review as New York firm abandons Hong Kong office New York firm Dewey Ballantine has confirmed that it is abandoning its Hong Kong office. The move is part of a continued effort to reassess the firm’s presence in Asia.In a statement, Everett Jassy, chairman of Dewey Ballantine’s management committee, said: “The Asian market […]

Mail on Sunday defeated again by Maria Fernandes

Wife of Keith Vaz wins second libel action against the newspaper Maria Fernandes, solicitor and wife of Labour politician Keith Vaz, has today (22 January 2003) won her second libel action against the Mail on Sunday. The newspaper alleged in June 2001 that Fernandes, principal of Fernandes Vaz solicitors, had used her contacts with senior […]

Herbert Smith claims first with accountant partner

Inhouse accountant gets partnershipr to help meet client demands post-Enron Herbert Smith has promoted an inhouse accountant to partnership status in a move thought to be unique among City law firms. Kathryn Cearns has been given partnership status as a recognition of the growing role law firms will have advising clients on audit issues post-Enron. […]

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Haarmann Hemmelrath boosts Shanghai presence

German firm hires Thieffry & Associates partner German firm Haarmann Hemmelrath has strengthened its Shanghai office by recruiting Bruno Lefebure, a partner of Paris-based firm Thieffry & Associates.Lefebure, 38, managed Thieffry’s Shanghai office for two years until 2002. He specialises in French and European investment in China and joined Haarmann as an associated partner on […]

Dewey Ballantine is latest Hong Kong casualty

Asia under review as New York firm abandons Hong Kong office New York firm Dewey Ballantine has confirmed that it is abandoning its Hong Kong office. The move is part of a continued effort to reassess the firm’s presence in Asia.In a statement, Everett Jassy, chairman of Dewey Ballantine’s management committee, said: “The Asian market […]

Piper Rudnick in hiring spree for Boston launch

Dissolution of Hill & Barlow profits Piper Rudnick with 33 lawyers Expansionist US firm Piper Rudnick has now cracked the Boston market after taking on 33 lawyers from the recently dissolved Hill & Barlow to open an office in the region. The haul, which includes 17 partners, means the firm has built up its real […]

Simmons bags entry to Safeway battle

Firm profits from A&O conflict to win Philip Green instruction Simmons & Simmons has scooped the last coveted place in the battle for Safeway, after being appointed to advise retail entrepreneur Philip Green.Green’s likely first choice would have been Allen & Overy, but the magic circle firm is already advising Morrisons’ financial advisers ABN Amro.Simmons […]

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