30 December 2002

Watson Farley Paris fights back with Archibald scoop

UK firm in first partner hire since Orrick raid last year Watson Farley & Williams’ Paris office has recruited its first partner since the defection of most of its team to US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe last year. Jean Thibaud, a finance partner at Archibald and previously a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel, will […]

Baker & McKenzie scoops second China licence

Bakers to open in Shanghai in February Baker & McKenzie is to open an office in Shanghai, its second in mainland China. The Chinese government approved Bakers’ application in December and the firm is due to open the Shanghai office in February. The firm also has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei. Partners John […]

Simmons spreads its net to Portugal

Full merger for Lisbon joint venture; four to join Simmons partnership Simmons & Simmons has now formally merged with its Portuguese best friend F Castelo Branco P Rebelo de Sousa & Associados. The firms have operated a joint venture in Portugal, known as Grupo Legal Português, for the last ten years. Merger discussions between the […]

Baker & McKenzie ramps up in Indonesia

New partner hire signals capital markets push Baker & McKenzie’s Indonesian office Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (HHP) has poached capital market specialist Rambun Tjajo, the managing partner of local firm Bahar, Tjajo & Partners. Tjajo, who had been a name partner at Bahar, Tjajo & Partners since 1998 and also headed up the capital markets […]

Nomura legal head quits

Investment bank in legal shake-up as Mee resigns Nomura International’s European general counsel David Mee has quit after ten years with the Japanese investment bank. Mee, who heads up a 50-strong legal team comprising the transactional legal and corporate legal departments, will be leaving the bank in March 2003 but has not yet secured a […]

Simmons spreads its net to Portugal

Full merger for Lisbon joint venture; four to join Simmons partnership Simmons & Simmons has now formally merged with its Portuguese best friend F Castelo Branco P Rebelo de Sousa & Associados. The firms have operated a joint venture in Portugal, known as Grupo Legal Português, for the last ten years. Merger discussions between the […]

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