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Moves: 7 September 2015

Ropes & Gray has hired McDermott Will & Emery partner Rohan Massey to lead its privacy and data security practice in the City. Massey has been a partner at McDermott since 2000 and was also head of its non-contentious intellectual property, media and technology group.


André Garrett at Cliveden House

Shall we go to Cliveden? I say to C, who is sitting on the chair in the kitchen, playing with his phone, whilst I am preparing a schedule of mortgage requirements for a new client. Unsurprisingly, the tedium is leading me to thoughts of escape. There are only so many times you can re-organise the […]


Dechert joins forces with Saudi firm Hassan Mahassni

Dechert has joined the growing number of international firms in Saudi Arabia through a tie-up with local firm Hassan Mahassni. Hassan Mahassni, based in Jeddah, specialises in corporate, commercial and financial transactions both locally and internationally. Work carried out by the firm includes joint ventures, M&A, capital market transactions, banking, project finance and Islamic finance. The firm […]


Magic circle falls behind Slaughters in stock market rankings

Slaughter and May and Pinsent Masons have retained their top positions in the corporate client rankings, but Norton Rose Fulbright has edged Linklaters out of the top five firms ranked by total stock market clients. According to the latest data published by Adviser Rankings, Slaughters continued to lead at the top of the table despite […]


Shipping giant Maersk launches drive to cut legal costs and adviser numbers

Danish-listed shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Møller – Maersk has kicked off an exercise aimed at cutting legal spend and the number of advisers it turns to worldwide. In today’s in-house interview group general counsel Christian Kledal reveals that the company, which has revenues of $47.6bn and 89,000 employees in 130 countries around the world, […]

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