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New managing partner for Rollits

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The Private Equity Lawyers Forum Annual Conference will be on Friday 28 April at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s London offices. Roundtable discussions will be led by: Freshfields (funds constitution and fund management), Lovells (employment law) and Wragge & Co (strategic deals and engaging advisers). A session will also be held on unleashing management potential in lawyers […]

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