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The reason to turn yourself from a busy expert into a recognised thought-leader

If you are a “fee earner” working in Professional services it is likely that you are an expert in whichever field you specialise in. Your clients pay you a fee for that expertise. It is also likely that you are very busy. But what would it mean if you could turn yourself from being just another “busy expert” like so many of your peers into a “Recognised Thought-Leader?”


No cause for conflict

Reckless on conflicts? Freshfields? Certainly not. But goodness, the firm has some chutzpah. You would have thought that in the same year that former corporate head Barry O’Brien was hauled over the coals by a disciplinary tribunal for Freshfields’ conflict on the M&S bid, the firm would want to keep up appearances. But such sensitivities […]

A&O scores £4.2bn Southern Water victory

An Allen & Overy (A&O)-advised consortium has emerged victorious in the £4.2bn auction for Southern Water. Veteran corporate partner Alan Paul led the team for A&O after financial advisers Maquarie recommended the firm. Paul steered Macquarie to victory in the £8bn auction for Thames Water last October. Corporate finance partner Susan Howard co-led the team […]

Lovells hires finance systems head from CC

Lovells has hired Steven Capon as the head of finance systems. He joins from Clifford Chance, replacing Nigel Nelson who plans to retire from the firm in July next year (2008) to move to Canada. Capon will join Lovells in January 2008. During his seven years at Clifford Chance, Capon managed a development and support […]

DLA Piper reshuffles as Asia chief quits

DLA Piper is transferring its corporate chief to Hong Kong following a row over strategy and the resignations of two senior partners in the region. DLA Piper reshuffles as Asia chief quits” />DLA Piper is transferring its corporate chief to Hong Kong following a disagreements row over strategy and the resignations of its two most […]


Herbert Smith’s China boss quits for Credit Suisse

Herbert Smith’s China managing partner Jeremy Xiao is set to leave the firm to take up an in-house position with Credit Suisse. Xiao, who is based in Herbert Smith’s Beijing office, will join Credit Suisse as managing director of its China investment banking department. He is due to take up the position on 15 November […]

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