21 November 2005

Osborne Clarke posts 14 per cent half-year revenue rise

South West firm Osborne Clarke has posted a rise of 14 per cent in half year revenues. At the half way point the firm has generated turnover of £36.5m, up from £32m on the same period last year. Osborne Clarke managing partner, Simon Beswick, commented in a statement: “In common with many firms in the […]

Dentons appoints PwC to study LLP switch

Denton Wilde Sapte has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as its adviser as the firm considers converting to limited liability partnership status deferring its vote by almost one year. The law firm has asked PwC to identify the steps it will need to take to convert to into an LLP and at the end of the process the […]

Bakers scoops prize Macquarie role on LSE bid

Baker & McKenzie has scooped the lead role advising the Macquarie Bank on its expected bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The firm is understood to have secured the role, with the majority of city firms unable to act for the Australian lender due to conflicting roles in relation to the LSE. Baker & […]

BLG bags top FSA lawyer

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has scooped a senior Financial Services Authority (FSA) lawyer in the first hire for its six-month old financial services regulatory team. Ian Mason, head of the FSA’s enforcement division’s wholesale group, joins BLG as a partner. He becomes a member of the financial services regulatory department headed by Chris Warren-Smith. […]

Skadden scoops Shearman rainmaker

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has raided the City arm of US rival Shearman & Sterling to poach M&A partner Adrian Knight. Knight is expected to serve his final day at Shearman today, after his resignation was formally announced to the staff at the firm’s London office earlier this week. Knight, who joined Shearman […]

Slaughters miss out in Paris Bar election

Slaughter and May partner Antoine-Audoin Maggiar has just missed out on a place on the Paris Bar Council after coming 15th in yesterday’s (24 November) second and final round of elections. But there was better news for Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Olivier Cousi and Jean-Marie Burguburu, who bagged two of the 13 vacant seats on the […]

DLA Piper makes first French hire

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has made its first lateral hire in Paris since Piper Rudnick launched in the French capital in July 2004. Paul Hastings’ French IP/IT head Patrick Boiron will be DLA Piper’s first dedicated partner in the firm’s technology, media and communications team in Paris. Boiron’s experience includes drafting and negotiating various […]

Linklaters raids CC for Dubai launch

Linklaters is to join the swath of firms entering the booming Dubai market, after raiding magic circle rival Clifford Chance to hire two lawyers to launch its local presence. Ewan Cameron, previously head of corporate and securities at Clifford Chance’s Dubai office, will head up Linklaters’ new Dubai presence. He will be supported by Scott […]

Holman annexes Hill Taylor Dickinson Dubai

Holman Fenwick & Willan is launching in Dubai with the takeover of shipping boutique Hill Taylor Dickinson’s Middle East office. The transfer sees Hill Taylor Dickinson’s three Dubai partners, Edward Newitt, Rula Dajani and Richard Jowett become partners of Holman Fenwick from February 2006. The establishment of a base in Dubai will be a major […]

CC elects global tax and property leaders

Clifford Chance has elected new leaders for two of its global practice groups. Cliff McAuley has been re-elected as global real estate practice leader for a four-year term starting 1 January 2006. He was first elected to the role in 2003 at which time he was head of the London practice. David Harkness has been […]

Paris bar elections: Gide well-placed, Slaughters disappointed

Gide Loyrette Nouel partners Jean-Marie Burguburu and Olivier Cousi are in a strong position to be elected to the Paris Bar Council after they came second and third in the first round of elections. Burguburu, president of the council for the past two years, received 2729 votes in the initial round of voting yesterday (23 […]

Martineaus takes Conti from Nabarros

Midlands firm Martineau Johnson has poached Nabarro Nathanson partner Mario Conti for its pensions team. Formerly an equity partner and member of the partnership board at London-based Nabarro Nathanson, Conti will join Martineau’s pensions group to work on merging and restructuring pension schemes. Conti is a qualified barrister and was called to the Bar almost […]

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