Lygo, Carl – Hot 100

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Lovells has launched a dedicated Spanish intellectual property practice by relocating Hamburg-based partner Burkhart Goebel to the firm’s burgeoning Madrid arm. The addition of IP expertise represents a further stage in the development of Lovells’ Spanish practice, following the opening of the firm’s Madrid office last September and the appointments of dispute resolution partner José […]

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