6 March 2006

Huntons ramps up in Brussels with Freshfields hire

Hunton & Williams has boosted its competition practice, snaring two new partners for its Brussels office. Michael Rosenthal, a former associate from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has joined the firm as a competition partner. John Martin has rejoined Hunton & Williams as a competition partner after serving as a senior trial counsel at the US Federal […]

Kramer boosts real estate with second in-house raid

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has strengthened its French real estate offering with the hire of former in-house lawyer David Blondel. Blondel joins the US firm, which is allied with Berwin Leighton Paisner, from a role as legal director of the real estate department of Natexis Banques Populaires. He becomes of counsel at Kramer Levin. […]

Cole lawyer launches internet search for libel witnesses

Teacher Stern Selby’s Graham Shear has turned to the internet in a search for witnesses to support footballer Ashley Cole’s libel claim against The News of the World and The Sun. Shear filed a claim on Cole’s behalf at the end of February following the publication of articles alleging that two unnamed Premiership footballers had […]

Ex-CC Schwarz takes the helm at Linklaters TMT group

Linklaters telecoms specialist Tim Schwarz is to replace Christopher Millard as global head of the firm’s technology, media and telecoms group, effective 1 May 2006. Millard, best known for his expertise in data protection, has been head of the TMT group since 2002 and plans to resume a purely fee-earning role. Linklaters scored a major […]

CC and Latham scoop VNU deal

Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins have advised a six-strong private equity consortium on its EUR7.5bn recommended cash offer for media giant VNU. AlpInvest, Blackstone, Carlyle, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts and Thomas H. Lee had their offer accepted by VNU yesterday following a meeting of the company’s supervisory board. Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, […]

Norton Rose reeling as Rees quits for Debevoise

Norton Rose is losing its former global head of dispute resolution Peter Rees to the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton. Rees, a one-time chief executive candidate, is expected to join Debevoise by the end of April. The dispute resolution specialist, who is particularly known for construction, engineering and energy disputes, will head the firm’s […]

Philly firms join New York associate pay war

The US East Coast associate pay war has spread from New York to Philadelphia, with the city’s leading firms all raising newly-qualified salaries. Philadelphia-based national Saul Ewing increased first-year pay to $125,000 (£71,600) in all its offices bar Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, reflecting a $10,000 (£5,700) hike on all associate salaries. The firm matches rival Philadelphia-based firm […]

Links makes rare Slaughters hire in Hong Kong

Linklaters’ China arm has poached Slaughter and May corporate partner Paul Chow for its Hong Kong office. Chow, a specialist in M&A, capital markets and IPOs, is set to join Linklaters on 18 April. Linklaters’ Greater China managing partner Zili Shao said: “During the past year we have added five new partners focusing various aspects […]

BlackBerry settles US patent battle with $600m deal

BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) finally bowed to NTP’s demands, striking a $612.5 million licensing deal with the Virginia-based patent holders. NTP had sued RIM for patent infringement, and threatened to close the BlackBerry network if RIM did not settle. Judge James Spencer, of the Eastern District of Virginia, held the final hearing on […]

Eversheds raid further weakens Pinsents Manchester

Eversheds has raided Pinsent Masons’ Manchester office for a five-lawyer corporate team including two partners. Simon Masters and Hannah Kendrick join Eversheds along with one associate and two assistant solicitors. The news comes just a week after Cobbetts hired Pinsents Manchester private equity partner Paul Johnson and three lawyers, and further dents the firm’s North […]

Slaughters holds off Links for FTSE 100 top spot

Slaughter and May has retained its corporate crown despite falling victim to the frenzy of takeovers of UK companies during the past three months. According to research conducted by Hemscott Group, Slaughters advises more FTSE 100 companies than any of the magic circle firms. Slaughters acts for 28 FTSE 100 clients, followed by Freshfields and […]

CMS, Eversheds and Simmons dumped from Sunday Times best workplace league

Eversheds has dropped out of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list, plummeting from 63rd place last year. The firm was one of several large law firms to disappear from this year’s list, with other casualties including Simmons & Simmons (86th in 2005) and CMS Cameron McKenna (87th last year). The result […]

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