TL 13 July 2015

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K&L Gates’ Kalis: Greet change as an old friend

Peter Kalis, the keynote speaker at The Lawyer Business Leadership this September, discusses leadership through disruptive change. Does the unprecedented level of “disruptive change” we’re seeing make it the toughest time to be a law firm leader, whether managing partner or head of a business services team? Change is a constant in our business. It […]

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Osborne Clarke, Law Firm of the Year: Living the digital dream

This year’s Law Firm of the Year is one that over the past decade has transformed itself to such an extent that it is no stretch to describe it as a Silicon Valley firm in the UK. Stand up, Osborne Clarke. Since 2000, Osborne Clarke has advised more than 400 US businesses on their expansion […]

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Luxembourg’s reputation remains untainted from the corporate tax uproar

Despite attacks on its tax system, Luxembourg is enjoying a solid reputation at the moment Luxembourg recently escaped inclusion on the European Commission’s tax ‘blacklist’. How important is this for the future of the jurisdiction as a domicile for corporate headquarters? Thierry Lesage, partner, Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg has never seriously been considered for inclusion […]

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Anti-corruption measures are beginning to benefit Romania

Anti-corruption measures are beginning to bite but for now lawyers are pinning their hopes on work in areas such as banking, pharma and agriculture. Q: Have you seen any sign that foreign clients are being discouraged from investing in Romania as a result of the investigations into corruption and the related political crisis? Stefan Damian, deputy […]

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Moves: 6 July 2015

Move of the week Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London tax head Jonathan Kandel is leaving the firm for Kirkland & Ellis. Kandel, who is also in Weil’s private funds’ group, advises clients on tax issues relating to their fund investments, M&A, restructuring and own-account tax matters. He was one of four Clifford Chance partners to […]

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Does RBS deserve the cold shoulder?

Last week The Lawyer revealed that RBS was reviewing its transactions panel and was asking the firms involved to commit to a legal fee freeze for the next five years – a period of time that includes the next general election and a European referendum. Partners involved say it’s better than the notorious online bidding process that […]

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The Lawyer roundtable: How innovation can make firms better and faster

Some firms and in-house legal teams have used the resources squeeze of recent years as a chance to redesign their systems for efficiency, using process control methods borrowed from busines. In association with  Over the past decade lawyers from Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw have arguably spent more time analysing their working practices against the yardstick of […]

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In-house interview: Sarah Binder, PlusNet

With a grounding in both telecoms and M&A, Sarah Binder is well placed to face the challenges that come with being director of legal and compliance at entrepreneurial and fast-growing PlusNet. “When in-house teams get it right they are a conduit between other departments,” asserts PlusNet head lawyer Sarah Binder. “They sit at the centre of the […]

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Hot 100 Alumni: Tania Bedi, Ropes & Gray

It’s been three years since Ropes & Gray finance partner Tania Bedi was promoted to partner in the firm’s London office and was featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100.  Since then, Bedi has been the driving force behind the junior debt practice at Ropes & Gray, “moving it forward in terms of principles and inter-client […]

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