20 October 2014

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Women, do it for yourselves

Edwards Wildman associate Sascha Grimm and Shearman & Sterling associate Suzanne Szczetnikowicz like to recount a story about female behaviour in the workplace. When asked whether they put themselves forward, push for mandates or promotion, many of the women they have surveyed excuse their diffidence by saying: “Ah, but that’s not a gender thing. It’s […]

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The five associates taking law firm gender balance into their own hands

Tired of firms’ talk of commitment to the partnership gender balance while seeing scant evidence of change, five female lawyers have launched Women in Law London (WILL) to empower women to take the initiative themselves If you look closely around a partner meeting in any of the top law firms in the UK you might […]


Young guns go for it at Kirkland

Next generation set to take lead at Kirkland & Ellis as White exits for Fried Frank The latest high-profile partner to jump on the private equity carousel took the market by surprise. Last week The Lawyer revealed that Kirkland & Ellis’ de facto London head Graham White has quit to head up Fried Frank’s City […]


Briefing live: Romania

Panellists at The Lawyer’s recent Romania briefing heard much to encourage them to get involved in the country When it comes to investing in Romania there’s no time like the present, according to panellists at The Lawyer’s recent Briefing Live event on the country, held in association with Popovici Nitu & Asociatii. The watchword was […]

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Charles Martin: Partner performance management can make or break a firm

From a firm’s culture to the nuts and bolts of service delivery and business performance, it all stems from how you choose to manage your partners Recently, I was asked to talk about partner performance management. A slightly dull and rather process-driven subject was my initial reaction, particularly so for a partner in a firm […]


In-house interview: Colin Armstrong, Merlin Entertainments

As GC at one of the world’s biggest visitor attractions operators, Colin Armstrong’s role is to keep Merlin out of the firing line of global regulators General counsel Colin Armstrong works for a company that makes magic happen. Merlin Entertainments’ portfolio of 150 attractions spans the world, from constructions in Legoland Florida and frights in […]


Peer panel: IT – Oil the wheels of commerce with data

Information is key in M&A negotiations but the amount of data available is rocketing as a result of social media. Our expert panel give their advice The Panel Q: How effective is an analysis of the bidder/target using publicly available information, including the press and social media, in advance of formal negotiations on an M&A deal? […]


Moves: 20 October 2014

Move of the week Kaye Scholer has hired Philip Perrotta as a partner in London to lead the office’s aviation finance and leasing practice. He was formerly global head of aviation finance at Clyde & Co, which he joined in 2006, becoming head of aviation finance five years later. UK London Lewis Silkin has recruited […]

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Finland – Triumph in adversity

Finland’s economy might be struggling but firms are thriving from a stream of acquisitions, restructures and start-ups emerging in Nokia’s wake Finland’s economy has not been in a good place recently, suffering two years of stagnation and with little sign of change in sight. Major employers, notably telecoms giant Nokia, have struggled to keep up […]

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