30 August 2004

Hammonds head of equity capital markets quits for Hunton & Williams

Hammonds’ head of equity capital markets, Martin Thomas, is leaving to join Hunton & Williams. The hire will significantly strengthen the US firm’s capital markets practice, in particular within the AIM market. Thomas has acted on over 40 AIM transactions, the majority during the four years he has spent at Hammonds. His clients include Close […]

Former Ashurst managing partner quits for Shearman

Ashurst’s former managing partner Ian Nisse is leaving for Shearman & Sterling. The property partner, who served as managing partner from 1997 to 2000, is joining the US firm to set up its real estate practice, which it hopes to grow to three partners and 10 associates. Shearman has been searching for a real estate […]

Shearman bolsters German tax group with hire

Shearman & Sterling’s German office has recruited a former Linklaters partner to shore up its tax practice. Thomas Fox is joining Sherman to focus on national and international tax as well as private equity. Prior to joining the US firm, Fox was chief executive and founder of a mobile commerce company and before that, a […]

Hammonds recruits new Hong Kong managing partner

Hammonds appointed a former Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BL&G) partner as the head of its Hong Kong office. Anthony Chan starts work at Hammonds today (1 September), where he will become managing partner for the office, which trades under the name of Li Brandt & Co. He specialises in finance and investment with particular expertise […]

Winston & Strawn chairman stung in Hollinger report

The chairman of Winston & Strawn has been criticised in 500-page report into the alleged fraud at Hollinger International Inc over his role as the chair of the company’s audit committee. The audit committee headed by lawyer James Thompson, also the former governor of Illinois, is lambasted in the report for a performance that was […]

China edges open gap for foreign lawyers in new reforms

China has unveiled a second phase of reforms that will next year further ease the tough restrictions on the country’s legal market, although the reforms still fall short of granting foreign lawyers the right to practise local law. The new Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA II) between China and Hong Kong, which was announced by […]

Pillsbury Winthrop wins IP haul from Mintz Levin

US firm Pillsbury Winthrop has scooped the co-chair of IP at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo and his eight-strong team for its Northern Virginia office. Former Mintz Levin IP co-chair James Gatto and partner Rick Toering lead a team of three associates, two patent law clerks and a patent specialist. The group has […]

Balfour & Manson boosts private client with local merger

Edinburgh firm Balfour & Manson has bolstered its private client practice by merging with G W Tait & Sons. The move will see two G W Tait partners, George Tait and Allen Kerr, join the partnership along with three associates and the majority of the firm’s staff. Balfour & Manson also has a well-known personal […]

Denton Wilde Sapte partner makes return to the bar at Quadrant

Quadrant Chambers is continuing its prolific hiring spree after recruiting a former corporate partner from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). Hugh O’Donovan is joining the set after 13 years at DWS where he was a key member of the firm’s aviation practice specialising in the growing area of airline regulatory and competition work. His clients include […]

Gadens incumbent steps down to usher in new era

Australian-based Gadens’ long-standing managing partner has handed over the reigns to a commercial litigator. Jon Denovan is stepping down from the managing partner role after eight years and Michael Bradley, who has served as Gadens’ staff partner for seven years, will take over. Gadens houses 85 partners and 720 staff throughout Australia. Denovan will continue […]


I always used to think that over the summer holidays, most lawyers fled somewhere sunny and posh and forgot about work. This, as it turns out, is utter pants. At least it is this summer, with certain firms, mostly US-based, recruiting like mad – and it’s all been private equity lawyers. First was the Wayne […]

Weil Gotshal scores big with Soundy scoop

Weil Gotshal & Manges has lured former Travers Smith Braithwaite private equity rainmaker Mark Soundy back into the law. Soundy left Travers Smith at the beginning of June, ostensibly to take a career break. However Soundy has decided to stay in the legal market and will join Weil Gotshal’s London office on 6 September. The […]

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