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Mother's adoption rights clarified

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Marcus Billam and Frederic Peltier, who both have weighty contacts with leading French corporations and investment banks, join Clifford Chance’s 35-lawyer M&A practice in Paris as partners. The announcement of the new recruits comes in the same week that the Lawyer Online revealed that Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot M&A partners, Tom de Waard and Hector […]

Stephen Ball quits Nomura

He was in charge of over 100 staff around the world overseeing legal, compliance, transaction management and audit issues worldwide. He was also a member of the board of directors and executive committee which Nomura. He has been with Nomura for three years and practised law in the united Stases with Linklaters, Asia-Pacific and Europe […]

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