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Norton Rose has dealt a blow to Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) by poaching highly-rated head of Islamic finance Farmida Bi. Bi, who leaves DWS after five years at the firm, will join Norton Rose as a partner to kickstart the rebuild of the firm’s securitisation and debt capital markets practice in the Middle East. Norton […]

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FFW reports 19 per cent half-year growth

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