4 June 2012

M­­oves: 4 June 2012

Allen & Overy (A&O) is to launch two offices in Vietnam after hiring Dao Nguyen, Mayer Brown JSM’s managing partner in the country. Move of the week A&O has received regulatory approval and will open offices in Hanoi (pictured) and Ho Chi Minh City in the third quarter of 2012. The two new offices bring […]

Wealth and safety

The careful management of wealth for future generations is a hot topic for the well-off, with private client lawyers at the heart of the decision-making In brief The Budget this year was called a ‘Budget for millionaires’ by Labour, but the Coalition insisted it would hit the rich. In this week’s report our panel of […]

Cyprus: Gas empowered

While acknowledging the potential for work from Cyprus’s gas discovery, the republic’s ties to Greece are a big cause for concern There are two main issues occupying Cypriot minds right now. One is the economic and political fate of their cultural and political cousins in Greece. The other is the recent ­discovery of reserves of […]


Are you cut out for partnership?

Male or female, corporate or finance and size of firm all influence your chances of making partner at a big UK firm. The Lawyer provides a comprehensive breakdown of the factors in play At their recent partnership conference Freshfields Bruckhaus ­Deringer partners made a decision. They would introduce targets for ­female partners, seeking to address […]

UBS Asia-Pacific general counsel: Region to be cheerful

As UBS’s first Asia-Pacific general counsel, Kevin Wilkey is rekindling his love affair with Hong Kong, a land of opportunity and increasing competition The continued influx of foreign law firms into Hong Kong demonstrates clearly the city’s pulling power in the global legal services market. UBS’s recent instalment of its first Asia-Pacific general counsel is […]

The Lawyer Management: SGH Martineau

Jon Preston joined SGH Martineau in 1987 as part of the support function, later becoming marketing assistant, senior manager and then director. Briefly describe your role To be an effective marketing and business development director (M&BD) you need the skills of a politician, diplomat and negotiator while being an ambassador for the firm. Key elements […]

Unfriendly fire for IPO regulations

The Facebook class action may change the way brokers communicate with their clients It was a mere three business days after the launch of Facebook’s much-anticipated public offering before the company, its officers and underwriters landed in court. Disappointed ­investors, sitting on stock worth far less than they had paid for it, ­commenced a class […]


Insufficient funds: cash crisis looms

Eurozone chaos allied to UK economic weakness could hit firms’ ability to access the funding they need The eurozone crisis is the dominant theme in almost all serious media. In the past four years the story has risen and fallen like the tide, but has never gone away. However, some serious commentators are warning that […]

Have shares, will care

Forcing shareholders to exercise their rights of stewardship may sound good, but is not without difficulties Who is the rightful owner of a company may seem like an easy question for lawyers brought up to respect black print and authority. The joint stock company was invented to allow those with money but little commercial acumen […]

A steppe in the right direction

Abundant natural resources and a stable legal system make going into Mongolia a no-brainer The 21st century will see the rise of countries that have been ignored or considered insignificant for ages by the transatlantic world. Mongolia certainly falls into that category. Since 2009, the sleepy capital of Ulaanbaatar has been transformed into a major […]

Gremlins in court

Rolls Building fanfare shocked into silence as electrics give up the ghost It was supposed to be a pioneering project, one that would make London’s courts among the most attractive in the world, but in the end the Rolls Building’s electronic working system simply fizzled out before being abandoned altogether. Details of why the e-filing […]

Woman chastener

Freshfields unveils plan to address lack of female partnership candidates Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s plans for female partner candidate targets each year drew plenty of comments on TheLawyer.com. The criticism? It encourages discrimination against men. It seems the firm will not be doing anything so discriminatory. If the plans under discussion go through, it will merely […]

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