30 January 2006

Childs to be new CC managing partner

Clifford Chance chief operating officer David Childs is set to be crowned as managing partner of the world’s biggest law firm. Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli, the only other serious contender for the post, emailed partners yesterday indicating his decision not to stand. In an email sent to the partnership yesterday, Childs said: “I would […]

Luxembourg leader launches in London

Oostvogels Pfister Roemers has launched a London representative office, becoming the first Luxembourg-based law firm ever to open a UK operation. The new office will initially be staffed just one associate, Estelle Francais, who moves across from Luxembourg. However, the firm plans to move a second lawyer across later in the year. Stef Oostvogels, a […]

Winston suffers second CC assault

Winston & Strawn has suffered a second loss from its projects practice in as many months after Clifford Chance poached a second partner for its Washington DC office. The former head of Winston’s project practice Chris McIsaac has joined Clifford Chance as a partner and co-head of the energy and projects group. His departure from […]

Latham posts record results

Latham & Watkins has posted a 14 per cent rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) off the back of a 17 per cent rise in gross revenues for 2005. Average PEP increased from $1.4m in 2004 to $1.6m, while revenues grew from $1.2bn to $1.4bn. London managing partner David Miles told The Lawyer […]

Lovells leads RIM to BlackBerry patent win

Lovells has successfully defended BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) and T-Mobile, winning the high-profile patent dispute against Inpro in the High Court today. The High Court decision, which was made public this morning, found Luxembourg-based IP company Inpro’s UK patent was invalid. Inpro sued BlackBerry and T-Mobile, claiming it owned the patent for a technology […]

Bingham bolsters NY with three-partner MoFo raid

Bingham McCutchen has scooped a three-partner team from Morrison Foerster (MoFo) for its New York office. The three-lawyer team includes the former head of MoFo’s New York financial transactions group Mark Joachim. He joins along with partners Katherine Weinstein and Sandra Lee Montgomery into Bingham’s bank, commercial and structured finance group. Joachim and Weinstein will […]

Simmons strengthens HK with former Herbies banking head

Simmons & Simmons has landed the former head of Herbert Smith’s Asia banking and finance practice for its Hong Kong office. Jonathan Moult joined Simmons at the start of February as a partner. He specialises in global loans, acquisition finance and property finance and capital markets. Moult spent seven years at Herbert Smith’s Hong Kong […]

Links ramps up in Dubai with magic circle hires

Linklaters has raided its magic circle rivals for two senior associates to boost its Middle East practice ahead of the firm’s official Dubai launch later this month. The firm has appointed Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate Luma Saqqaf as local Islamic finance head, while Clifford Chance projects senior associate Mark Craig joins the firm […]

Willkie Farr raids Shearman for five-partner funds team

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has raided US rival Shearman & Sterling to hire a five-partner investment management team, the largest group it has ever brought onboard. Barry Barbash joins as a partner to head up Willkie’s investment management practice. He joins the Washington DC office along with partner Karrie McMillan. Partners Maria Gattuso, Joel Goldberg […]

Weil Gotshal bags Lovells’ Compagnoni in private equity coup

Weil Gotshal & Manges has launched a fresh attack on the private equity market with the trophy hire of Lovells partner Marco Compagnoni.The New York-based firm voted Compagnoni into the partnership yesterday after a recruitment process that began onl… Weil Gotshal & Manges has launched a stunning assault on the UK private equity market with […]


Freshfields scoops HMV over Simmons on Permira bid

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped the lead instruction over Simmons & Simmons to advise HMV on a potential bid for the struggling entertainment retailer by Permira. HMV selected the magic circle firm for the role after private equity house Permira made a preliminary bid approach. Freshfields has acted for HMV in the past, but it […]

Steptoe raids LeBoeuf for Brussels push

Steptoe & Johnson has hired the former head of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae’s EU insurance regulatory team for its Brussels office. Guy Soussan, a partner at LeBoeuf since 1998, joined LeBoeuf in 1987 and established its EU insurance regulatory practice in Brussels. Steptoe’s joint managing partner in Brussels, Jean Russotto, said the firm would […]

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