24 January 2005

O’Melveny bolsters M&A after swoop on Wilson Sonsini, McDermott

O’Melveny & Myers is dramatically ramping up its M&A offering in San Francisco and New York after raids on Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and McDermott Will & Emery. The Los Angeles-based firm has dealt a blow to McDermott with the hire of three partners including the firm’s high profile head of M&A, Spencer Klein. […]

Cadwalader lands P&G on Gillette acquisition

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has landed work advising consumer giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) on its $57bn acquisition of Gillette. The US firm was the company’s main adviser on the deal, agreed yesterday (27 January). It is understood that Cadwalader has not previously been instructed by P&G. Davis Polk & Wardwell advised Gillette on the […]

Cobbetts raids Hammonds for construction splash

Hammonds has suffered a double construction loss as two Birmingham partners move to Cobbetts. Birmingham head of construction James Bessey and non-contentious partner Mark Robinson join Cobbetts’ existing two-partner Midlands construction team. The hires boost Cobbetts’ construction team nationally to nine partners. According to Cobbetts’ national construction head Mark Whittell, Bessey and Robinson will add […]

Gide posts 15 per cent revenue hike as it bolsters London with Cadwalader lateral

French international Gide Loyrette Nouel has posted a revenue rise of 15 per cent for 2004. The firm is also further strengthening its London finance capability with the hire of a tax partner from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. Anthony Davis becomes Gide’s seventh London partner and the first to specialise in tax work. His career […]

Hammonds IP team suffers fourth partner exit

Shaw Pittman is on the verge of recruiting its first lateral hire since last year’s exodus of lawyers to Morrison & Foerster by taking Hammonds IP partner Phillip Rees. Hammonds is enduring its own exodus. Hammonds head of IT Ged O’Neill left in December and Rees will be the fourth IP partner to leave in […]

Watson Burton signals Leeds intentions with new premises

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has signalled its commitment to its Leeds outpost by agreeing terms for new offices in the city. The firm announced it was to open in Leeds last August. The new premises in City Square, in the centre of the city, will house Watson Burton’s growing Leeds team. Senior partner Andrew Hoyle […]

Enron prosecutor joins Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has hired Enron Task Force prosecutor John Hemann as a partner in its San Francisco office. While Hemann was an assistant US attorney he prosecuted Enron’s former chief financial officer Andrew Fastow. Hemann will team up again with Leslie Caldwell, former head of the Enron Task Force and former director of […]

Spendlove elected managing partner at Fried Frank

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has announced a management reshuffle, with London partner Justin Spendlove elected to the managing partner post at the US firm. Spendlove was formerly managing partner at Ashurst until he defected last April to join the firm’s jilted merger suitor. The firm’s former managing partner since 2003, Valerie Ford Jacob, […]

Linklaters loses Brussels IP head to Howrey Simon

Linklaters has lost its Brussels head of IP Carl De Meyer to US firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White. De Meyer will be the US firm’s first IP partner in the Brussels office, which until now has concentrated purely on anti-trust, although the firm does already have IP expertise in London and Amsterdam. Linklaters culled […]

OFT bolsters enforcement division with Lovells lateral

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has taken on Lovells associate Sean-Paul Brankin as a director in its competition enforcement division. Brankin replaces Simon Brindley who has moved to the consumer enforcement division. The OFT has also appointed a second standing counsel. Daniel Beard of Monckton Chambers will work alongside the current standing counsel Jon […]

French independent De Pardieu lands Jones Day tax expert

French independent De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has snagged a leading tax lawyer from Jones Day in Paris. Emmanuel Chauve joins De Pardieu to head up its tax practice, bringing with him a team including two senior tax associates from Jones Day and one from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Chauve came to Jones Day from EY Law, […]

New chief takes the reins at MoFo

Morrison & Foerster has named Larren Nashelsky, who chairs the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice, as the firm’s new managing partner for the US. Nashelsky, who works in Morrison & Foerster’s New York office, succeeds Laurie Hane, who returns to her technology transaction practice in San Francisco full-time. Nashelsky will share management responsibilities with the […]

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