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How ethnically diverse is your firm or set?

This year’s diversity gongs go to O’Melveny & Myers and Coram Chambers, which top the tables for law firms and barristers’ sets respectively when ranked by their proportion of partners or tenants from ethnic minorities. But the real news is the number of chambers that failed to fill in the form. Only 23 sets out […]

Martin Bienenstock

Weil and Morgan Lewis among firms on $3.6bn sale of Jefferies

Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Weil Gotshal & Manges are among a raft of US firms to advise as American investment bank Jefferies agrees to sell to its largest shareholder, Leucadia National. The agreement sees New York-based conglomerate Leucadia, which currently owns about 28.6 per cent of outstanding shares in […]

Derek Baird

English heritage

The latest instalment in a small but significant trend slotted into place recently when Allen & Overy (A&O) private equity specialist Derek Baird upped sticks for the London office of elite US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. At the start of this year fellow US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell made waves when it launched […]

Paul Murray

DAC Beachcroft to separate out volume arm

DAC Beachcroft is to corporatise its claims solutions arm as a subsidiary of the firm’s LLP in a bid to boost the efficiencies of the business. The firm has long harboured plans to standardise its commoditised business following legacy Beachcroft’s acquisition of Kingslegal in May 2009 (11 May 2009). Following the acquisition the firm established […]


Deloitte to launch legal offering in Germany with Raupach acquisition

Deloitte is set to become the last of the so-called Big Four accountancy firms to launch its own legal offering in Germany by acquiring 100-lawyer national firm Raupach & Wollert-Elmendorff. The audit giant is at the advanced stages of finalising a deal with the German mid-market corporate and M&A specialist, which already operates a strategic […]

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