5 April 2004

Dentons shocks market with mass Asia closure

Denton Wilde Sapte is to completely withdraw from Asia, axing four offices in the process. The firm is pulling out of Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Tokyo, in a move that will affect 12 partners and around 50 lawyers in the region. In total approximately 100 staff will be hit by the decision. Staff are […]

A&O scoops outsourcing first for Trillium

Allen & Overy (A&O) is to undertake its first major property outsourcing for Land Securities Trillium, after insurance giant Aviva opted for the group over Linklaters’ client Mapeley. Land Securities Trillium saw off stiff competition from Mapeley to win the first stage of a £700m deal. Aviva hopes to have a contract signed by the […]

Jones Day takes A&O partner for Italian push

In a bid to ramp up its real estate and corporate capability in Italy, Jones Day has hired Allen & Overy partner Marini Giovanni from the magic circle’s firm Milan office. Giovanni, who starts at Jones Day on May 1, takes with him a number of ongoing deals to the US firm, including transactions for […]

Covington kick-starts UK arbitration with Coudert hire

Covington & Burling’s London office is taking the plunge into international arbitration after recruiting a partner from Coudert Brothers. Robert Pietrowski is stepping into the newly created role of head of the firm’s European arbitration practice. Although arbitration is a large feature in Covington & Burling overseas offices, Pietrowski’s appointment is a first in London […]

Shaw Pittman targets China with new office opening

Washington’s Shaw Pittman is attempting to grab a slice of lucrative Greater China-based IP and litigation work by opening an office in Taiwan. The firm has recruited Yitai Hu, the former managing partner of US-based Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner’s Taipei office, to open an office in the region. Shaw Pittman is hoping its […]

CC sees new partner numbers slump

Partner promotions at Clifford Chance have plummeted falling to 18 from 31 in the previous year. Compared to 2003-03 when nine London lawyers reached equity, this year’s round of promotions show that in the UK just four have made partner. While in New York one attorney joined the partnership on the previous year’s two. There […]

Slaughters injects new blood in top level reshuffle

Slaughter and May has competed its firm-wide management reorganisation with Chris Saul taking over as head of corporate from Nigel Boardman. The change-around also includes a new head of finance in Andrew Balfour who takes over from Richard Slater while tax leader Steve Edge stepped down and has been succeeded by Tony Beare. Elizabeth Barrett […]

SJ Berwin scores Kennedys partner for arbitration drive

SJ Berwin is taking steps to prepare for the upcoming 10-country EU accession after recruiting Kennedys‘ former co-head of international arbitration. David Goldberg joins SJ Berwin today (April 5) to help develop its international practice group using his experience of working on Central and Eastern European cases. Alex Leitch, litigation partner at SJ Berwin, said: […]

Bingham lose eleven to New York firm

Bingham McCutchen’s New York office has been hit with the loss of an 11-lawyer real estate team to Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. The group, including five partners, is made up of lawyers from Richard & O’Neil which merged with Bingham Dana (prior to its link-up with McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen) in 2001. Meanwhile […]

Media and IT collide with McNeive merger

Boutique McNeive Solicitors is merging with a group of specialists from Lewis Davis Shapiro & Lewit to form entertainment and technology firm, Smiths.

The newly merged firm, which went live today (April 5), is made up of three partners: internet…

Corporate Deals Roundup

Osborne Clarke (Greg Leyshon) advised ECI Partners and a newco on the £34m institutional buyout of Nuaire Holdings. Eversheds acted for the vendors, while Morgan Cole advised the management team. Bank of Ireland provided debt funding, advised by Dickson Minto. Weil Gotshal & Manges (Wayne Rapozo) represented Lehman Brothers International and Danske Markets as underwriters […]

Schroders review: CC, Wragges out

Schroders has appointed 11 firms to its legal panel, with Clifford Chance and Wragge & Co both failing to win places. It is the first time the fund-management group has instituted a legal panel and follows the appointment of the high-profile former Barclays legal chief, Howard Trust, to the role of head of legal. The […]

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