29 September 2003

Fifth IT partner leaves Taylor Wessing

High-profile IT partner Kiran Sandford is to leave Taylor Wessing on 13October for Mishcon de Reya. Sandford will be the fifth partner from Taylor Wessing’s IT group to exit the firm this year. Sandford, a specialist in IT procurement and supply and a regular on thelecture circuit, is the best known of the IT partners […]

Gianni launches Naples office

Linklaters ally Gianni Origini Grippo & Partners has hired Banco di Napoli’s legal director to help launch an office in Naples.Gianni Origoni is the first major firm to open in Naples and hopes to capitalise on future economic growth thanks to a regional investment program started by the previous government. Nicola Tremante joins from client […]

CC ousts Linklaters from M&A top spot

Clifford Chance has dumped Linklaters from the top of Thomson Financial’s M&A tables for the first three quarters of 2003. Clifford Chance was ranked fifth for announced deals for the same period last year, but this year has boosted the value of deals it has worked on by 31 per cent. Linklaters has held first […]

Orrick replaces London chief

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has appointed a new head for its London office, as the current incumbent returns to the US. Adrian Harris, who joined the firm from O’Melveny & Myers last year, is taking over the London leadership from Michael Bacon, an energy and project finance expert who previously ran Orrick’s Tokyo office for […]

Connecticut’s Wiggin & Dana swipes NY boutique

Connecticut’s Wiggin & Dana has gained entry to the New York market through a merger with niche Manhattan firm Howe & Addington. The takeover of the New York firm signals Wiggin & Dana’s second office outside of the State of Connecticut. It set up a Philadelphia operation in 2001. Howe & Addington, which specialises in […]

Taylor Wessing plots Paris launch with Landwell raid

Taylor Wessing is to launch in Paris with a haul of lawyers from Landwell & Associés. Negotiations are understood to be ongoing with a number of lawyers, including partners. Landwell’s Paris managing partner Jacques Taquet said: “The deal is not yet finalised and we don’t know how many people are involved.” Taquet said he would […]

Wragges adds pensions to London capability

Wragge & Co is adding yet another practice area to its growing London presence, with the addition of a pensions specialist. The Birmingham heavyweight has hired Linklaters managing associate Jason Coates as a partner to launch a full-time pensions team out of its London office. Coates will drive forward the firm’s 24-strong pensions team, which […]

Grapevine

More pins in maps: there’s something about DLA’s frenetic international transformation that is starting to ring warning bells. Over the last year DLA has managed to sniff out disgruntled partners across the Continent and launch in Spain, Belgium, Austria and now Italy. As reported yesterday on https://www.thelawyer.com, DLA has raided the entire Milan office of […]

Linklaters woos Slaughters buddy Nauta with Air France deal

Linklaters is muscling in on Slaughter and May’s relationship with Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh after Air France’s high-profile takeover of Dutch flag carrier KLM. The deal underlines the shake-up in law firm referral relationships between the UK and the Netherlands. Although Linklaters has continued to work with De Brauw after the collapse of merger talks […]

Bloom quits OFT for Freshfields

Margaret Bloom, competition enforcement director at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), has left her post to join Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Bloom, who retired from the OFT on 31 July, joins Freshfields as a consultant after six years in her post at the OFT. Bloom started her career as an economist and held posts in […]

Clifford Chance: no longer the worst employer in the US

Clifford Chance is no longer the worst law firm to work for in the US, according to the latest associates survey by The American Lawyer. The survey reveals that the firm leapt 31 places from bottom to 128th out of 159 – the biggest increase in the survey – after concerted efforts by the management […]

A&O ‘victimised’ employee

Allen & Overy has been found guilty of victimising a female Asian employee. A string of sex, race and other discrimination claims brought by intranet project manager Shazia Wahab were dismissed by the London Central Employment Tribunal on 23 September. However, a single comment made by a human resources manager came back to haunt A&O, […]

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