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International law firm, Sidley & Austin has poached Robert Asher from the London office of US firm, Hogan & Hartson and installed him as partner in the corporate group. The US qualified lawyer joined Sidley & Austin’s London office yesterday and will boost the team of US lawyers working on finance, securities and acquisition deals. […]

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