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Linde turns to Linklaters, DLA Piper for new panel

Linklaters, DLA Piper for new panel” />Gas and engineering group Linde has shunned Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May in favour of Linklaters as it invents its own DuPont-style Linde Legal Model. Linklaters has won the role of chief corporate adviser outside the US, while DLA Piper has been selected as the firm’s new […]

Racine absorbs boutique in corporate push

French litigation firm Racine has swallowed up M&A boutique Boisséson & Associés, boosting the firm’s transactional capability. Six lawyers join Racine in the move, including the two lead partners Gilles de Boisséson and Jean-Yves Martin. Racine is developing its corporate practice following a strategy review. De Boisséson’s practice focuses on IP, M&A and private equity […]

Tough times for IP lawyers

As we report today, IP boutique Bristows has decided to postpone its entire promotion process following the resignations of five patent litigation partners late last year. It seems on the face of it a pretty drastic response: Bristows’ IP franchise is not going to be capsized by a team departure, even if it does represent […]

Bristows breakaway opens as Powell Gilbert

Five breakaway partners from IP firm Bristows have today launched their own boutique firm, called Powell Gilbert. The firm launches with contentious IP partners Tim Powell, Penny Gilbert, Simon Ayrton, Zoe Butler and Alex Wilson, as well as five ex-Bristows associates. The partners gave in their notice last year and worked six months notice before […]

Five-partner exodus sees Bristows halt promotions

Bristows’ partnership has been put on hold as the firm assesses the damage from the shock departures of five life sciences partners. The firm is postponing this year’s round of partnership promotions while it comes to terms with the loss of one-fifth of its partnership. Co-managing partner Pat Treacy said: “We’ll hold off promotion talks […]

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