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Baker & McKenzie has picked up Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong head of competition, consultant Stephen Crosswell, for its Hong Kong office.  Crosswell, who joins Baker & McKenzie as a partner, headed up the region’s antitrust and competition practice in Hong Kong and coordinated the Asia competition practice. He moved to the magic circle firm in […]

Ogier is shortlisted for Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards

Ogier has been shortlisted for the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards in two categories: the Jersey Trust Company of the Year and the Law Firm of the Year Jersey. These two shortlists build on Ogier’s success at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards in May 2013, when Ogier Private Finance won the Trust Company of the […]

DLA Piper team advises MoboTap on investment transaction with Changyou

DLA Piper has advised MoboTap on an investment transaction with Changyou.com for nearly $100m (£60m). The DLA Piper team working on the transaction included senior associate David Xu, Iris Liu and Yiran Peng, all in Beijing. MoboTap developed the Dolphin browser for the Android and iOS operating systems and was one of the first alternative […]

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Mikelėnas’s practice areas are dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation and ADR. Major projects include: Representing the interests of Nordea Bank Finland Plc. Lithuania Branch in judicial proceedings related to the provision of financial services. The majority of disputes stem from contract law (2009 – present); Representing the RIMI group of undertakings in a number of cases, […]

Further legal clarification is required for all-women board shortlists, says Eversheds

Eversheds partner Audrey Williams has commented on the announcement of recommendations from Charlotte Sweeney to increase the number of women on British boards, following her review of the Voluntary Code of Conduct that the executive search industry uses for board recruitment. One of the recommendations is that the equalities and human rights commission should create guidance on the […]

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