27 September 2004

Milbank overhauls Asia management for Japan drive

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has joined the growing throng of firms shaking up its Asian strategy as the US firm re-jigs the regional management. Gary Wigmore, currently managing partner of Milbank’s Singapore office and managing partner of the firm’s Asian project finance group, will relocate to head up Tokyo. The current incumbent David Impastato […]

Bird & Bird takes Norton Rose German partner

Bird & Bird has recruited an M&A and capital markets partner from Norton Rose to join its burgeoning German operation. Erich Michel is moving from Norton Rose’s Frankfurt office and will join Bird & Bird, which set up in Germany in 2002, on 1 November. Michel is leaving Norton Rose after three years after joining […]

SJ Berwin wins Goldman mandate on CC conflict

SJ Berwin has secured its first major instruction for Goldman Sachs Asset Management after the fund manager’s longstanding firm Clifford Chance was conflicted out. SJ Berwin private equity and corporate finance partner Mark Mifsud lead the team from SJ Berwin acting for The Goldman Sachs Vintage Funds on its €400m (£272m) agreement with Société Générale […]

V&E shuts up shop in Singapore as it sets up in Tokyo

Texas-based Vinson & Elkins (V&E) has realigned its Asian operations with a new office in Tokyo and the closure of its Singapore branch. The Tokyo base, the firm’s fifth international location, was launched primarily to assist US clients investing in non-performing loans, real estate and other assets in Japan. The office will be headed by […]


Just when you think Nigel Knowles had gone quiet for a couple of weeks, back he comes with yet another grand gesture. As we revealed yesterday on www… lala la, the DLA managing partner is about to pull off the biggest team move ever in the legal sector by taking on a 40-lawyer team from […]

McDermott unveils Dorsey corporate hire for London

McDermott Will & Emery’s London office is bumping up corporate with a lateral from Dorsey & Whitney. Michael McFall is leaving Dorsey after six years at the firm. His clients include technology giant Intel, Pearson and US private equity firm The Carlyle Group. The hire of McFall follows the summer appointment of employment partner David […]

Shearman scores dual hire for West Coast push

Shearman & Sterling is forging ahead with its Californian recruitment drive after scooping its second lateral in less than a month. IP litigation partner Brian Cannon leaves Fish & Neave for Shearman. He will rejoin former colleague Vicki Veenker who left Fish & Neave four years ago to establish Shearman’s IP group at Menlo Park. […]

Hannes Snellman reports double-digit profit recovery

Finland’s second largest firm Hannes Snellman has recorded an astonishing 48 per cent rise in profits, smoothing the way for a new managing partner in 2005. The firm made a post-tax profit of €6.75m during the last financial year. The previous year profit had slumped 10 per cent to €4.56m. Turnover rose 13.6 per cent […]

Law Society forges links with Nigeria for human rights push

The Law Society is attempting to help develop human rights in Nigeria with this week’s launch of the British Nigerian Law Forum. Aimed at encouraging relationships between the British and Nigerian legal professions, the forum will also acts as a support network for Nigerian lawyers working in London. The forum comes at a time when […]

Former nurse emerges as College of Law first trained lawyer

The College of Law (CoL) has trained up its first qualified solicitor since becoming a registered contractor. Former nurse Rebecca Parker completed her training contract in the college’s legal advice centre in its Birmingham branch. Her qualification arrives just two years after the college was registered with the Law Society as a training contract provider. […]

BLP public affairs head lands directorship at CRE

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s head of public affairs and public policy has been named as the new director of private sector at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE). Litigation specialist Brenda Stern will take a two-year secondment from the City firm where she has been since 2000 to take up the role under commission chairman Trevor […]

CC litigation partner retires for Clyde & Co post

Clyde & Co has picked up a former Clifford Chance litigation partner as a consultant. Stephen Lewis is due to retire from the magic circle firm at the end of October, after being a partner at Clifford Chance since 1985. On his move to Clyde & Co he will specialise in reinsurance arbitration He leaves […]

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