29 January 2007

A&O associate gets a shout at the top

On the day that Linklaters confirmed Simon Davies as its new managing partner, The Lawyer revealed news of a slightly different addition to the management team at magic circle rival Allen & Overy (A&O). A&O has appointed employment associate – yes, associate – Penny Caven to its management team. While all and sundry have been […]

DLA scoops CC ally to lead Islamic push

DLA Piper has plundered Clifford Chance’s Saudi Arabian alliance firm for a new global head of Islamic Finance. Oliver Agha is to join DLA’s equity partnership on Monday [5 February] from Riyadh-based The Law Firm of Yousef & Mohammed Al-Jadaan, where he had the title of head of projects and general counsel, and co-chair of […]

Linklaters confirms Davies: his first interview

Asia chief Simon Davies has officially become the victor of the Linklaters’ fiercely fought managing partner battle. Davies won the top job after the magic circle firm’s 500-plus partners voted for him earlier this week following a recommendation from the firm’s international board. In his first interview since the announcement was made this morning, Davies […]

Latham reunites Enron prosecution team

US firm Latham & Watkins has secured the hire of its second prominent Enron prosecutor. Kathryn Ruemmler will be reunited with former chief prosecutor of Enron, Sean Berkowitz, whom Latham took on three months ago (see The Lawyer, 3 November 2006). While Berkowitz chose to stay in his home town of Chicago, Ruemmler will join […]

Dewey exodus continues as twelfth partner departs

Dewey Ballantine’s New York office has suffered another senior partner departure in the wake of its failed merger with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Former management committee member Paul Wessel, a compensation and benefits partner, is leaving for Milbank Hadley Tweed & McCloy, the 12th partner to leave Dewey since its proposed merger with Orrick, scrapped […]

A&O appoints associate to global management team

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed an associate to its global management team as part of its ongoing associate retention scheme. Employment associate Penny Caven will join the firm’s management team, which is made up of key practice heads, international heads and support-function heads. Caven said: “I’m not there to champion a particular issue but […]

Simmons takes Houthoff banking head

Simmons & Simmons’ brand new Amsterdam office has wasted no time in hiring its first lateral partner. Equity and Capital Markets (ECM) partner Daphne Brinkhuis joins the five-partner office from local firm Houthoff Buruma where she was head of banking. Brinkhuis also spent eight years in the ECM practice at Clifford Chance before moving to […]

Linklaters fills its boots as magic circle rivals give up talent

Linklaters is positively gorging itself on its magic circle rivals at the moment. As revealed exclusively today on www.thelawyer.com, Linklaters is hiring young private equity star Ian Bagshaw from Clifford Chance – and with him gaining footholds in Candover and Blackstone. It virtually guarantees Linklaters a shout every time Clifford Chance gets conflicted out. Bagshaw […]

Ogier completes WSmiths merger

Offshore giant Ogier has completed its merger with WSmiths in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), giving the firm access to three further offshore jurisdictions. The newly merged firm, which went live today (1 February), continues to operate under the Ogier brand. Ogier’s chairman Jonathan White retains his role at the helm of the combined firm, […]

Linklaters poaches CC private equity star

Linklaters has continued its assault on its magic circle rivals with the hire of Clifford Chance private equity star Ian Bagshaw. Bagshaw, the second highest biller in London during 2005-06, is the third magic circle partner Linklaters has hired in less than a week. Bagshaw’s appointment is Linklaters’ first move to rebuild its private equity […]

Former Haarmann partners launch private equity boutique

Five former Haarmann Hemmelrath partners have set up a spin-off firm, which is being launched in Düsseldorf this month. According to German publication Juve, former Haarmann partners Christine Vogel, Guido Glörfeld, Torsten Grob and Ralf Lohmann have teamed up with White & Case partner Hans-Jörg Wittmann, who left Haarmann in 2002 for Simmons & Simmons. […]

Marks & Clerk opens office in China

Patent and trade mark attorney firm Marks & Clerk has launched an office in Shanghai, becoming one of the first UK IP agencies to open on the Chinese mainland. The firm has set up a three-person representative office to act as a meeting point for Marks & Clerk attorneys and Chinese IP clients. Keith Hodkinson, […]

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