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Australian firm Minter Ellison has hired three partners from Jones Day for its Hong Kong office. Anne Ko, Barbara Mok and Katherine U – all partners in Jones Day’s Hong Kong office – will join Minter Ellison in Hong Kong in the New Year, giving the firm a boost in capital markets and M&A. The […]

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What with the X Factor, Pret’s seasonal sandwiches and those perfume ads starring the cutesy girl next door off of Amelie, it’s very easy to forget that Christmas is in fact all about the birth of a small child in the manger. The real spirit of Christmas isn’t lost on Lee Ranson though. The Eversheds […]

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