5 June 2006


Let the games begin…

Forget lacing up the boots – leave that for the players. Instead, replace the batteries in the TV remote, put out the cat and stock the fridge full of beer (or, if you dare, Champagne). If you’re one of the lucky ones, pack your passport and double, triple and quadruple check you’ve got your tickets. […]

DaimlerChrysler takes GM star for GC role

DaimlerChrysler has hired the former legal chief at General Motors Europe for its new general counsel for Europe, Africa and Asia. Gerd Becht replaces Peter Waskoenig, who left DaimlerChrysler in May this year. He will report to global general counsel William O’Brien, who is based in the US. According to German magazine Juve, Becht has […]

Hammonds, Nortons and Berrymans picked to advise Falconer

Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, has bolstered the panel advising him on legal services and legal education with the appointment of four practising solicitors. Norton Rose competition head Martin Coleman, Hammonds’ commercial litigation chief Robert Elvin, and Berrymans Lace Mawer partner Valerie Jones have all been appointed to the Legal Services Consultative Panel. David Glass, […]

White & Case shakes up finance with cap markets merger

White & Case has radically overhauled its London banking and finance practice groups in a restructuring that has seen the capital markets team wholly integrated into the finance team. An internal announcement to staff last Thursday (8 June) revealed that the London banking and structured finance team and separate capital markets team are being combined […]

North East development body names seven-firm panel

Pinsent Masons, Newcastle’s Ward Hadaway and Scots firm McGrigors have landed spots on the new-look legal panel for regional development body One North East while Eversheds and local firms Dickinson Dees and Robert Muckle have retained their places. The new panel is split into six distinct groups: corporate, employment and regulatory, IP, tourism, property, and […]

Bar Council calls for major changes to Legal Services Bill

The Bar Council will call for three major changes to the draft Legal Services Bill today (8 June) as it gives evidence to the joint committee scrutinising the new legislation. The Bar wants the committee to consider the powers of the Legal Services Board (LSB); the arrangements for complaints handling; and the cost of the […]

Nauta rejects lockstep overhaul

Leading Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh has backed away from plans to introduce a bonus for its equity partners. The firm’s partners voted against the proposals at its annual partnership conference last week. Managing partner Marc Blom said the question had been whether lockstep or a system with a merit element was best for the firm. […]

Addleshaws wins adidas competition case

Adidas has won its High Court challenge against the dress rules of the International Tennis Federation, and will be allowed to include its 3-stripes design on tennis clothing at Grand Slam tournaments. Addleshaw Goddard partners Michele Boote and Guy Leigh advised Adidas, instructing Peter Roth QC and Julian Gregory at Monckton Chambers and Kelyn Bacon […]

Osborne Clarke profit up 18 per cent as London and Germany grow

Osborne Clarke recorded a solid 18 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) from £360,000 in 2004/5 to £425,000 for the last financial year. Despite increased profit for three years running, the Bristol-based firm has fallen short of the emerging £500,000 PEP benchmark for mid-tier firms. Managing parter Simon Beswick attributed the […]

Bird & Bird takes Eversheds IP head

Bird & Bird has plundered Eversheds‘ IP and life sciences department for head of department Sally Shorthose. Shorthose specialises in non-contentious IP work, including partnering agreements and regulatory advice for life sciences and pharmaceutical clients. Morag McDonald, co-head of IP at Bird & Bird, said: “She fits in with the rest of our international life […]

Kirkland hit by exit of restructuring star Sprayregen

US firm Kirkland & Ellis has been rocked by the departure of Chicago-based superstar and head of bankruptcy and restructuring James Sprayregen. Sprayregen, who has been with the US firm for 16 years, will leave the firm early next month (July) to join Goldman Sachs in a non-legal role. He will help lead the bank’s […]

Italian stock exchange appoints Chiomenti for Euronext merger

Italian stock exchange Borsa Italiana has appointed Chiomenti Studio Legale as its sole legal advisor for talks with Euronext bosses about a possible merger. Borsa Italiana Chairman Angelo Tantazzi and CEO Massimo Capuano had their first meeting with Euronext CEO Jean-François Théodore and board member Olivier Lefebvre today (6 June). A Chiomenti partner, thought to […]

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