24 October 2005

Chessa returns to CC Rome after two-year break

Clifford Chance’s former joint Italian managing partner Luigi Chessa has rejoined the magic circle firm’s Rome office as of counsel just two years after quitting. Chessa, a highly rated structured lawyer was a partner at Clifford Chance from 1997 to 2003. He quit the firm in Febraury 2003 to set up his own practice. Chessa […]

Orrick strikes groundbreaking outsourcing deal

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has struck an innovative outsourcing deal in the US that will see 35 employees transfer to business process outsouring provider Williams Lea. Orrick’s partnership with Williams Lea goes live on 14 November. The pair will work together on marketing outsourcing services to other law firms. “Our two firms share a vision […]

O’Melveny confirms Ashworth hire

O’Melveny & Myers has confirmed the hire of Ashurst corporate heavyweight Chris Ashworth to create the firm’s first M&A capability in Europe. As first revealed by The Lawyer (17 October), Ashworth is the firm’s first M&A appointment to its five-partner London presence. The US firm, which specialises in private equity, formally announced the hire today […]

DLA Piper bolsters Moscow with more Coudert hires

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has made another raid on Coudert Brothers, this time taking two partners from its Moscow office. Pavel Bakoulev and Igor Panshensky will join DLA Piper’s Moscow office from the 1 November bringing with them two associates. Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili, regional managing partner for Russia and the CIS said in a statement: […]

Lovells overhauls international executive

Lovells has appointed regional managing partners for Continental Europe and London and a practice stream leader for commerce as the City firm puts the finishing touches to its new-look international executive. Frankfurt-based litigation partner Harald Seisler has been appointed regional managing partner for Continental Europe. Meanwhile, dispute resolution partner Ruth Grant has taken over from […]

Criminal bar strike off as Carter talks pay off

Criminal barristers who have been refusing instructions in the row over legal aid are returning to work, it emerged today (27 October). The Midlands and Northern Circuits have been hit since 3 October by strike action, which saw hundreds of individual barristers refuse new instructions in criminal legal aid cases. However the circuits’ leaders now […]

CC takes Heinz merger to Competition Commission

Clifford Chance is set to argue its case for the completed acquisition by Heinz of the HP Foods Group after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) referred the takeover to the Competition Commission. The magic circle firm advised Heinz on its successful purchase of HP Foods, which was completed in June, but regulatory approval of […]

Skadden scoops Linklaters partner for Hong Kong push

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has raided Linklaters to bolster its developing Hong Kong corporate finance and M&A capability. Linklaters partner Dominic Tsun will join the US firm’s Hong Kong office from 1 November, as the second partner and co-head of the office’s new corporate finance and M&A practice, which was officially launched earlier […]

Michaud withdraws as Freshfields votes for joint senior partners

The candidates for the position of senior partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer were reduced to five today (26 October) when French partner Jean-Luc Michaud withdrew from the race. Michaud was the sole partner standing on a single senior partner ticket. He withdrew after a partnership vote commited to continuing with its dual senior partner structure. […]

ABP appoints First Choice GC

Former First Choice Holidays general counsel Andrew Garner has jumped ship to take the helm of Associated British Ports’ legal functions. Garner had been with First Choice for four years, and will join ABP from November 1. Garner succeeds Stephen Walsh, who served as the group’s general counsel for three-and-a-half years. Walsh, who joined ABP […]

Sandelson confirmed as CC London head

Clifford Chance London litigation and dispute resolution head Jeremy Sandelson has been confirmed as the firm’s new London managing partner following an uncontested vote. His appointment will take affect from 1 January 2006, following the announcement of the result of a partnership vote this afternoon (26 October). The vote, however, was a formality as Sandelson […]

CAT-Abbott settles on morning of appeal

The IP dispute between Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) and Abbott Laboratories has reached a shock settlement ahead of a Court of Appeal hearing due to start today (26 October). Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Abbott had appealed a December 2004 decision of Mr Justice Laddie over the royalties payable over CAT’s ground breaking rheumatoid arthritis drug […]

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