Alibaba Group names new GC as affiliate hires Fangda chair

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group has appointed associate general counsel Sara Yu to head its group legal function, taking over the helm from former Freshfields partner Timothy Steinert. Steinert, who has been Alibaba’s group general counsel for 13 years, will remain with the group and serve as company secretary. He will also take on a senior […]


CMS loses out in Russian dispute over diamond business

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has unsuccessfully defended a Russian businessman in a dispute over outstanding debt related to a diamond business. Dmitry Tsvetkov and Rustem Magdeev bought and sold diamonds owned by Graff Diamonds, selling these in concessions stores in Dubai and Cyprus. Tsvetkov, instructing PCB Litigation, was an associate of the Graff family […]

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Eversheds unveils biggest ever promotions round

Eversheds Sutherland has announced its biggest ever promotions round, with 38 partners making the grade. The cohort is the firm’s largest so far and comes four years after its transatlantic merger in 2016 with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The promotions apply to lawyers across Europe and the international network (bar the US), with the UK […]

Birketts enters London with insurance firm merger

East Anglian firm Birketts is to take its first steps into the London market via a merger with an insurance boutique. EC3 Legal has been in business for eight years and is led by David Coupe, a former partner at both Clyde & Co and Ince & Co. It has around 18 lawyers, including five […]