5 September 2005

Addleshaws scoops Lovells corporate partner

Addleshaw Goddard has bolstered its corporate practice with the hire Lovells partner Charles Penney. Penney, who is joining Addleshaws London office as a partner, has been a partner at Lovells since 1990. He was also secretary to the Takeover Panel between 1992 and 1994 and resident managing partner of Lovells’ New York office between 1999 […]

Freshfields launches massive corporate overhaul

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has radically overhauled its London corporate group in a tacit admission that the team has lost ground over the last four years. The shake-up will see the group restructured along four sector lines instead of the previous seven groups. The new teams are financial institutions; private equity; energy and transport; and leisure, […]

Mills & Reeve launches China practice

Mills & Reeve is launching a 20-strong China team to advise clients on doing business in China. The team will be led by Robert Weatherley, an assistant who joined Mills & Reeve from Clifford Chance earlier this year. Weatherley spent six months on secondment in Shanghai, where he acted for Alcatel China on the acqusition […]

Nabarros lands Sportingbet deal

Nabarro Nathanson is capitalising on the booming online gaming sector after landing an instruction to advise Empire Online on a potential £800m-plus takeover by Sportingbet. The firm scooped the lucrative mandate after acting for Empire on its AIM debut in June. Empire provides marketing for the online gaming industry. Sportingbet, the AIM-listed online betting and […]

DLA scoops Coudert Frankfurt and Corrs gets Oz team

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has officially joined the pack benefiting from the demise of beleaguered law firm Coudert Brothers, scooping a team of 11 lawyers to launch in Frankfurt. Five partners and six supporting lawyers from Coudert’s Frankfurt office have moved across to open DLA Piper’s local outpost, which will have a corporate, finance […]

P&O legal chief snares CEO role

P&O has appointed it legal chief Michael Gradon to take charge of the group’s London Gateway project in Essex. Michael Gradon, a board member of P&O and director of commercial and legal affairs, has been appointed as chief executive of London Gateway, P&O’s £1.5bn port and business park development that received government approval in July. […]

Deacons first to profit from PRC liberalisation

Deacons Hong Kong has become the first foreign firm to win a licence to open a third office on the Chinese mainland. The move follows the Chinese Ministry of Justice’s decision to relax the rules limiting the number of offices foreign firms are allowed to have on the mainland. Deacons Hong Kong and Deacons Australia […]

Shearman & Sterling gets new London arbitration head

Shearman & Sterling Paris arbitration partner David Reed is moving across the Channel to become the firm’s new London arbitration head. Reed, who was made up in 2004 after nine years as an associate with Shearman, will become the firm’s first partner specialising in arbitration in London. He joins counsel Penny Madden and six associates […]

Squire Sanders merges with Miami’s Steel Hector

US law firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has merged with Miami-based Steel Hector & Davis to create one of the first international law firms with a strong presence in Latin America. Squire Sanders indicated that Steel Hector’s offices in Caracas, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Santo Domingo were a key driver behind the merger. Squire Sanders […]

Maclays pays £1.2m to cement London merger

Maclay Murray & Spens is to pay £1.2m a year for new London premises in order to integrate its offices and complete the final stage of its merger with financial services boutique The City Law Partnership. The Scottish law firm has signed a 15-year lease for 25,000 sq ft within One London Wall, enabling the […]

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