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Global verein founded by Fidal and Luther expands to Italy

A newly-created global verein, led by two of the largest European firms, has added an Italian player as its third member. Italian law firm Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati has joined as the Italian member firm of unyer, a global multi-disciplinary platform founded by the largest French firm Fidal and Germany’s Luther in May 2021. […]

Goodwin raises German pay after UK salary bump

Goodwin has raised its associate salaries in Germany by 25 per cent, The Lawyer understands, after similar increases in the UK. The firm’s first-year associates, a category that corresponds roughly to newly-qualified lawyers, will see their package go up from €130,000 to €160,000. Last July, Goodwin raised its NQ salaries in London by 6 per […]

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Goodwin strikes Dechert again to boost Paris ranks

Goodwin has hired a new partner from Dechert to bolster its life sciences and tech practice in France. Intellectual property partner Marie Fillon will work with Paris-based technology and life sciences partners Anne-Charlotte Rivière, Thomas Dupont-Sentilles and Benjamin Garçon. Rivière was also hired last April from Dechert to kickstart the practice. An expert on IP […]


Linklaters hires DLA Piper team in Italy

In a boost for its real estate group in Milan and Rome, Linklaters has added a new team from DLA Piper. The magic circle firm has recruited Francesco De Blasio as its new practice head in the country, having been promoted to DLA’s partnership in 2012.  He is joined by fellow DLA lawyers Francesco Macrì […]

Taylor Wessing eyes big pharma investment as Dublin hub launches

While many firms have placed competition and regulatory at the heart of their Dublin strategy, Taylor Wessing has said its new office will focus on picking up new tech and life sciences business as private equity interest grows. The firm recently hired Adam Griffiths to lead the new operations, who was previously a member of […]

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Addleshaws continues Paris push with Ashurst hire

Addleshaw Goddard has added to its new Paris office with a competition partner hire from Ashurst. Michaël Cousin joins as the first lateral that Addleshaws has made in the French capital since opening in January. For its launch, the firm picked up 22 lawyers from from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and K&L Gates. The office […]


Hogan Lovells’ ex-Brussels chief joins King & Spalding

The former head of Hogan Lovells’ Brussels office has left the firm for King & Spalding’s fledgling operations in the city. Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte will be King & Spalding’s third partner in the Belgian capital. She joins international trade partner Marie-Sophie Dibling, who got the office up and running in June 2019 after a career […]


Dentons’ European arm reinstates monthly drawings

The European arm of Dentons is to restore full monthly drawings for its partnership, representing the last of the firm’s resilience measures adopted at the start of the pandemic. Drawings will be reinstated as of August having been reduced by 20 per cent for over a year. While similar cuts to business support teams’ salaries […]

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Goodwin gears up for Munich office launch

Goodwin has taken space in Munich after a spate of hires, The Lawyer has learned, in an expansion initiative led by one of its recent recruits. It is understood that the firm has signed a lease for temporary space in the Ludwigpalais building in Ludwigstrasse, in the business hotspot of the Bavarian capital. Private equity […]

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A guide to damages for personal injury following an accident in Italy

Under Italian law the person or organisation that causes an accident that results in injury to a person or persons and damage to property has a duty to restore the victim to the position they would have been in had the accident not occurred, as set out in articles 2043 and 2054 of the Civil Code.

ESG tax has an ethical dimension

ESG on taxation – The role of legislators and tax authorities

The way tax matters are collectively perceived is rapidly changing. The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are a game changer for tax transparency, as they give the floor to companies and their stakeholders to establish what is (or should be) the level playing field for taxation. By linking fair taxation with reputational risks, Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) trend brings the discussion from tax legality to tax morality.

Updates to European facilities agent requirements

In July 2019, the European Commission’s new framework for cross-border distributions of investment funds entered into force and will apply in each EU Member state by 2 August 2021. The overall framework represents an overhaul of the current rules on cross-border distribution of both UCITS and alternative investment funds (AIFs).

New Irish legislation on individual accountability

On 27 July 2021, the General Scheme of the Central Bank (Individual Accountability) Bill was published. The bill will introduce a new legislative framework to improve individual accountability in the financial sector, known collectively as the “Individual Accountability Framework”.

An offshore perspective: the English Commercial Court’s decision in the SKAT “cum-ex” case and Dicey Rule 3

In April this year, Mr Justice Baker of the English Commercial Court dismissed proceedings brought by the Danish national tax authority (SKAT) against over 100 defendants in connection with more than DKK2.5 billion in tax refunds that SKAT alleged it had been induced to repay by misrepresentations: Skatteforvaltningen (the Danish Customs and Tax Administration) v Solo Capital Partners LLP (in special administration) and others [2021] EWHC 974 (Comm).

Outstanding debt? Mediation may make your debtors pay up

As businesses are attempting to regain their previous position in the market following the restrictions and limitations brought about by the pandemic, many are facing a situation where they have outstanding invoices which considerably exceed their terms of business.  Normally most companies would seek a legal option and take a firm stance towards their debtors […]

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