4 December 2006

SJB and Slaughters await Universal BMG probe

SJ Berwin client Universal and Slaughter and May client BMG Music Publishing are waiting to hear whether or not the European Commission will launch a probe into their proposed £1.1bn merger. DG Comp will inform the parties by midnight tonight if they will launch a “Phase II” investigation into whether or not the planned tie-up […]

Associates to bag bumper package

With attrition rates still sky high at many City law firms, one boutique is trying to steal a march on its big brothers. Recently launched technology boutique iLaw is looking to recruit and has hit upon the terribly novel plan of paying associates according to how hard they work – and more importantly how much […]

Pearson reappointed to lead CC London corporate

Clifford Chance has confirmed the re-election of David Pearson as London corporate practice head for a further four-year tenure. Pearson, who has been a partner at Clifford Chance since 1996, has been re-appointed as the London corporate practice area leader from 1 January. He has been head of the London corporate practice since 2003. Pearson’s […]

White & Case hires CC funds partner

White & Case has raided Clifford Chance to hire funds partner Matthew Judd as the US firm looks to ramp up its European investment funds practice. Judd, who has relationships with existing White & Case clients Société Générale and ABN Amro, is due to join the New York-headquartered firm’s London office in February to develop […]

Marriott GC quits for private practice

Top in-house corporate counsel Joseph Ryan from Marriott International has been snapped up by Venable as a partner in its Washington DC office. Ryan, executive vice president and general counsel with Marriott International, joins the firm on 18 December. He spent 12 years at Marriott, where he headed up a law department of 85 attorneys, […]

A&O, DWS and Freshfields take on Polestar job

Allen & Overy, Denton Wilde Sapte and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged lead roles in the restructuring of the heavily-indebted printing company, Polestar Group. Allen & Overy is advising Polestar on its financial restructuring, which is expected to result in losses of around £700m to its debt and equity investors. The team is being led […]


A&O in Japan push with Freshfields bengoshi hire

Allen & Overy has boosted its Tokyo office by hiring its first Japanese qualified lawyers, raiding Freshfields of a corporate partner. Japanese qualified lawyer Nobuo Nakata will join Allen & Overy’s Tokyo office as a partner. Nakata will join the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Tokyo office. He specialises in corporate and M&A as well […]

HP pays $14.5m to settle investigation

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has paid $14.5m (£7.3m) to settle an investigation by California’s attorney general. But the company’s former chairman, senior in-house lawyer and three others still face criminal convictions if found guilty of identity theft and fraud. The settlement means that the company and its current and former employees are cleared of any civil liability […]

Boutique offers associates billings-based salary

Technology boutique iLaw Legal Services is aiming to attract associates by offering to pay them more than half of their billings. The IP/IT boutique, was launched in September by three partners from Osborne Clarke and DMH Stallard and is now looking to bulk up with associates. iLaw partner Justin Ellis commented on the unique billing […]

Tiger Woods, George W and the Sheikh

The UK’s law firms are focusing on the Middle East more and more, and today’s stories on www.thelawyer.com represent the celebrity end of the Middle East market. Trowers & Hamlins has picked up what must be the most prestigious project (see story) in the region – the expansion of the Mosque of the Prophet in […]

UK scores record promotions at Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) has announced its partner promotions for the year, more than quadrupling the number of London promotions compared to last year. In all, 39 new partners have been made up worldwide, with 13 in Europe. Chicago, the firm’s historic US headquarters, saw the bulk of the promotions with 12. London […]

Allens Arthur Robinson elects new managing partner

Allens Arthur Robinson, the Australian best friend of Slaughter and May, has elected litigation head Michael Rose to succeed the retiring Tom Poulton as managing partner. Poulton, who has been managing partner of the firm since 1997, will stand down at the end of the Australian financial year, on 30 June 2007. He will remain […]

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