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K&L Gates and O’Melveny become latest US firms to win Seoul approval

K&L Gates and O’Melveny & Myers are the latest US firms to land on the ground in Seoul after receiving final approval from the Korean Ministry of Justice. The two US firms are the latest to get the green light after South Korea opened its doors to international firms at the beginning of the year. […]

Pepeliaev Group expands footprint with Siberia launch

Russian firm Pepeliaev Group has launched an office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, making it the firm’s third office in the region after Moscow and St Petersburg. The new office offers a full range of legal services, including advice on tax, corporate, anti-monopoly, land, employment, customs, commercial and intellectual property issues, administrative, criminal and litigation matters. Tax […]

Faisal Baassiri

Ashurst seals Jeddah tie-up as first step in Saudi plan

Ashurst is set to launch in Jeddah through an association with local in-house lawyer Faisal Adnan Baassiri as the firm aims to kick off its expansion in Saudi Arabia. The firm will open in the city on 1 January next year with a practice headed by Baassiri, vice-president for legal affairs at the Saudi Economic […]

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 […]

White & Case shifts strategy with hire of Emirati partner in Abu Dhabi base

White & Case has appointed UAE-qualified lawyer Abdulwahid Al Ulama as a partner in Abu Dhabi, making it the first international law firm to add an Emirati partner to its headcount there. Al Ulama, who has extensive experience of working in private practice and in-house across the region, joined White & Case’s global mergers and […]

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