28 January 2002

White & Case takes on M&A trio

White & Case Feddersen is expanding its corporate practice as it takes on an M&A team in its Hamburg office Partners Christian Jacobs, Günther Kahlert and Boris Kläsener all join from the M&A boutique firm Huth Dietrich Hahn.Jacobs said that the move to White &Case is driven by client demand for a global capability.White & […]

Linlaters opens Portuguese office

Linklaters is to launch an office in Portugal, enabling it to target clients across the whole Iberian Peninsula The magic circle firm has hired five Portuguese lawyers and their team. The group left Lisbon firm Morais Leitão J Galvão Teles & Associados in September last year.Corporate rainmaker Jorge Bleck, securities lawyer António Soares, project finance […]

Dentons signs up Czech member

Denton Wilde Sapte has sewn up its Central European coverage with an alliance in the Czech Republic and a three-way merger of its Austrian allied firm

Kramer set to fight Kenyan corruption

Stephen Kramer QC, head of specialist crime set 1 Hare Court, has been appointed as legal adviser to the Risk Advisory Group in its campaign for the Kenyan government against corruption

A Reading of convenience

One of The Lawyer’s news-hounds was deeply impressed last week by the selling techniques of one Christopher Avery, managing partner of Reading firm Pitmans. Over lunch at Knightsbridge trattoria San Lorenzo, Avery spied property tycoon John Beckwith a few tables away. Not perturbed by Beckwith’s newly elevated status (he was knighted in the New Year’s […]

Mis-Claridge of justice

Tulkinghorn is rather fond of Claridges Hotel, as it is where he did most of his courting of Mrs Tulkinghorn. What he likes most is its timelessness – the place doesn’t seem to have changed since the days when Tulkinghorn was a young buck.And it is not just in décor that Claridges has stayed the […]

DLA fills London role with KLegal capture

DLA has taken on the director of KLegal’s competition and regulatory policy group Rob Murray Murray joins DLA as a partner and becomes head of the London competition team, a position he will take over from London partner Martin Rees, who will remain with the team. Murray’s exact start date has yet to be confirmed.

BASF picks Cleary for EC fine appeal

German Chemicals giant BASF is to appeal against the European Commission’s landmark €296m (£182.7m) fine over the company’s involvement in a price-rigging cartel BASF was the sole member of the cartel to rely on in-house counsel for its defence, but has now drafted in an antitrust team from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to fight […]

Linklaters wins real estate client double

Bradford & Bingley in cost-cutting review as Dresdner picks its long-term adviser Linklaters has gained two high-profile real estate clients following competitive tenders.The firm has been app-ointed by both Bradford & Bingley and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.The Bradford & Bingley appointment relates to a full-scale review of the bank’s property portfolio to cut costs. Linklaters partner […]

Weil Gotshal gets go-ahead for Singapore fling

Weil Gotshal & Manges has received regulatory clearance from the Singaporean authorities, which clears a path for it to form a joint venture with strategic partner Rajah & Tann Singapore firm Rajah & Tann is a member of the Andersen Legal worldwide network, but according to an Andersen Legal spokesperson, there is no conflict between […]

First Bahamian firm launches in London

Lennox Paton is the first Bahamian law firm to open an office in London The introduction in the Bahamas of anti-money laundering and fraud regulations and legislation has led to a significant growth in the volume of multinational companies using the jurisdiction. Lennox Paton has won many clients which it believes will be better serviced […]

Efficiency drive sees DAC close Newcastle office

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is to close its Newcastle office with effect from 31 January The insurance firm will service Newcastle clients from its base in Manchester.Partner David Hertzell said that the decision to shut up shop in Newcastle was prompted in part by the expiry of the lease on the office. Executive partner Daniel […]