4 August 2008

Talked out

Government pledges to involve local communities in the planning system are little more than lip service, if the latest planning bill is anything to go by The Government has, in its raft of planning reforms in recent years, gone to great lengths to stress that community involvement is a fundamental tenet of the town and […]

Entente uncordial

Entente uncordial 08-August-2008Further details have emerged about the row between Taylor Wessing and US firm Nixon Peabody that dominated Wednesday’s news (see story). Further details have emerged about the row between Taylor Wessing and US firm Nixon Peabody that dominated Wednesday’s news (see story). And as with so many international alliances, it transpires the temporary […]

Linklaters, DLA Piper strengthen Asia groups

Linklaters, DLA Piper strengthen Asia groups” />Linklaters is to boost its banking and projects offering in Singapore with the transfer of infrastructure partner Richard Ginks from London. Ginks, who joined the magic circle firm as a trainee in 1996 and became a partner last year, will move to Singapore in September, bringing the number of […]

Ogier’s White steps down; chief exec role created

Offshore firm Ogier is to undergo a management shake up which will see both group chairman Jonathan White step down after 18 years in the role and the creation of a chief executive post. White is to take up a partner position from February when Clive Chaplin, senior partner who currently heads Ogier’s business and […]

Field Fisher latest to launch real estate redundancy talks

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has entered redundancy consultations with fee-earners and other staff in its London real estate department. It is understood that up to 15 lawyers could be going through the consultation process. FFW head of real estate Paul Houston said: “We can confirm that in response to current market conditions the firm is […]

Links scores NY coup with FTC hire

Linklaters has recruited Federal Trade Commission (FTC) bureau of competition director Jeff Schmidt for its New York office. Schmidt, who is a senior antitrust official with a specialism in civil enforcement, will join the magic circle firm’s competition practice as a partner in October after just over two years as the FTC competition director. Linklaters’ […]


CC to elect new Asia chief as Baird falls ill

Clifford Chance is holding elections for a new Asia managing partner after Jim Baird (pictured) stepped down due to ill health. Baird was taken ill when travelling in Asia earlier in the year and is currently in a critical condition under care of specialists in Hong Kong. Baird has been with the firm for over […]


Data security and outsourcing – the FSA turns up the heat

In a report published in April by its Financial Crime and Intelligence Division (FCID), the FSA warns that many financial services organisations are still falling substantially short of what it expects of them in safeguarding the security of their customer data, and that this presents a “serious, widespread and high-impact risk” to the FSA’s objective […]

NYC’s Curtis eyes Dubai launch

New York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has revamped its management team ahead of its expansion into the Middle East. Longstanding managing partner George Kahale, who is based in the firm’s New York office, takes on the role of firmwide chairman, while partners Joseph Pizzurro and Matias Vega, who are also based in New […]

Kaye Scholer taps Brown Rudnick for finance hire

Kaye Scholer has hired a Brown Rudnick structured finance partner to bolster its New York practice. Partner Madeleine Tan joined the firm on 1 August, just weeks after Kaye Scholer made two structured finance hires from Thacher Proffitt & Wood. As reported on TheLawyer.com (21 July) the firm took on Thacher Proffitt partners William Cullen […]


Taylor Wessing sues Nixon Peabody after merger talks fall apart

Taylor Wessing’s French base is suing Nixon Peabody for $5m and punitive damages after the US firm allegedly poached 13 Taylor Wessing partners in violation of a non-disclosure agreement after botched merger talks between the firms. Taylor Wessing sues Nixon Peabody after merger talks fall apart” />Taylor Wessing’s French office is suing Nixon Peabody for […]

Paul Weiss; Davis Polk on Sony deal

Two US firms have won the lead roles on the $1.2bn sale of German music giant Bertelsmann’s 50 per cent interest in Sony BMG to Sony. Davis Polk & Wardwell advised Bertelsmann with New York partner Christopher Mayer leading the firm’s team on the deal. Sony turned to panel firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & […]

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