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Addleshaw Goddard opens in Hong Kong

Addleshaw Goddard has received the regulatory approval to open in Hong Kong and has named private equity head Andrew Carpenter to international managing partner. The Hong Kong office, to be launched later this month, will be initially led by the firm’s private equity head Andrew Carpenter and international arbitration partner Jonathan Tattersall. It will be […]

Pension Protection Fund closes in on legal panel following delay

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is gearing up to unveil its new-look legal panel following a delayed process to shrink its 27-firm roster. The fund, which compensates members of defined-benefit pension schemes in the case of an employer’s insolvency, kicked off the tendering for its panel early this year and confirmed it is close to […]


DAC Beachcroft partner count closes in on 250 as five promoted

DAC Beachcroft has made up five lawyers to partner after promoting the same number last year. London insurance litigator James Deacon, Manchester claims solutions lawyer Craig Godding, Birmingham claims solutions specialist Daniel Abbey, Madrid professional indemnity, energy and construction lawyer Alejandra Galdos and Jose-Maria Alvarez-Cienfuegos join the UK firm’s partnership today (1 May), who specialises […]


Capsticks makes up two to partner in Birmingham as office grows further

Health and social care specialist Capsticks has promoted two lawyers to the partnership in its Birmingham office. The Wimbledon, London-headquartered firm has made up real estate specialist Lisa Robotham and clinical lawyer Tracey Lucas to partner after opening in Birmingham five years ago. Earlier this year the firm signed up Coffin Mew’s 28-strong Southampton-based social […]


Hogan Lovells and Simpson Thacher bite into record $17bn Apple bond

Hogan Lovells and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have advised on Apple’s $17bn (£10.9bn) bond issue, described as the largest corporate bond offering in history. Hogan Lovells Washington DC corporate partners Stuart Stein, Eve Howard and Gregory Parisi are acting for Apple, according to its Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Monday (29 April). Underwriters Goldman […]


Stephenson Harwood raids Dentons again as quartet make partner

Stephenson Harwood has made up four lawyers to partner from today (1 May), with the promotions coming alongside its seventh partner hire from Dentons in two years. All four promoted lawyers are in London, comprising commercial litigators Richard Garcia and Tatiana Minaeva, funds lawyer Alex Haynes and commercial specialist Jonathan Kirsop. The promotions round is […]


Stephenson Harwood unveils Beijing launch and Singapore association

Stephenson Harwood has launched in Beijing and set up an exclusive association in Singapore in a double move to boost its Asian presence. The City firm launched in the Chinese capital today (1 May) with corporate and commercial lawyer James Zhang, who will be joined soon by a second lawyer focusing on shipping law. Zhang, […]


DLA Piper enters into strategic alliance in Indonesia

DLA Piper has entered into a strategic alliance with Indonesian firm Ivan Almaida Baely & Firmansyah (IAB&F) to tap into one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world. The Jakarta-based firm focuses on servicing international and domestic corporations, investors and state-owned enterprises. DLA Piper has been involved in Indonesian matters for many years. […]


Clydes partner promotions fall by half to seven

Clyde & Co has unveiled a slimmed-down promotions round, with seven lawyers joining its partnership in seven separate offices. The promotions round is half that of last year’s, when 14 lawyers joined the partnership (1 May 2012). Three of the promotions to equity partner are in the firm’s marine and international trade group, two in […]


Hogan Lovells and Links in focus as Kodak sells unit to UK pensioners for $650m

Hogan Lovells, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell have won lead roles as Eastman Kodak offloads its personal film business to UK pensioners in a bid to erase around $2.8bn (£1.8bn) of claims. Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), Kodak’s largest creditor, will pay $650m (£419m) in cash and non-cash to take on Kodak’s personal film business. The […]

Conyers Dill & Pearman represents SeaCube in connection with acquisition

Conyers Dill & Pearman has represented SeaCube Container Leasing, a Bermuda company, in connection with the acquisition of SeaCube by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan by way of amalgamation following approval of the transaction by the shareholders of SeaCube at a special general meeting held on 23 April 2013. The shareholders of SeaCube received $23 (£15) […]

Intellectual Property Matters — April 2013

The April 2013 issue of Walker Morris’s Intellectual Property Matters online publication is available now. Topics covered The Interflora v M&S evidence saga: the latest (final?) chapter Trademark dispute that has rabbited on for over a decade comes to an end Patents and pharmaceuticals — widening the research exemption in the UK Improved IPO mediation service ICANN’s […]

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