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Kirkland set for associate hiring spree in Paris

Kirkland & Ellis is set to take the next step in the growth of its Paris office by building out an associate base following the hire of key partners. Since opening in 2018, the Paris office has grown rapidly with partner hires from the likes of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Linklaters and local firm De […]

The Lawyer European Awards 2023: The Winners

It was the turn of Nordic law firm Roschier to claim the crown as the Continent’s outstanding law firm last night at The Lawyer’s annual European Awards ceremony. The firm won the prize at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, as the elite of European legal talent came together in celebration. The Helsinki-headquartered law […]

The Lawyer’s European Awards: Who’s in the running for GC of the year?

Ahead of this Thursday’s 2023 The Lawyer European Awards, we have spoken to, learned from and highlighted some outstanding legal talent from across the Continent. Amid geopolitical uncertainty, an inflationary macroeconomic environment and increasingly strict regulations, there’s never been a more fascinating time to be an in-house lawyer. We sat down with the six shortlisted […]

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The Passport: The Euro 100 preview edition

Welcome to The Passport, your weekly roundup making sense of the European legal market. This week is The Lawyer’s annual European Awards, a night where we celebrate the breadth of talent and dedication from Portugal to Poland, Sweden to Sicily, and everywhere lying between. Not only that, the 2023 edition of the Euro 100 report […]

Spotlight: Freshfields’ answer to Germany’s mass claims problem

This week on The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker, we explore Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Mass Claims Unit (MCU). Offering a novel take on how to handle this ever-growing part of the European disputes market, the magic circle firm wants to be a one-stop shop for the largest mass claims and tap into previously unexplored talent pools. The […]

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Willkie Farr to launch Munich office

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is to open a second office in Germany, as the firm aims to become a major player in Europe, The Lawyer can reveal. The new outpost in Munich is expected to focus on funds work. It will be the firm’s 14th office globally and its seventh office in Europe. Willkie already […]


CMS strikes merger deal with Swedish firm

CMS is set to add two Swedish offices to its network after joining forces with a local firm. The merger with Stockholm-headquartered Wistrand will give the firm offices in both Sweden’s capital and its second city of Gothenburg. The announcement comes nearly two years after CMS announced its tie-up with Norwegian firm Kluge. Wistrand was […]

Paul Hastings seals Abry Partners’ buy-out of Chambers & Partners

Paul Hastings has scored a mandate acting for PE sponsor Abry on its buy-out of legal intelligence provider Chambers & Partners from Inflexion. The Lawyer has learnt that Abry Partners was spearheaded by London private equity head Anu Balasubramanian, with help from partners Jamie Holdoway and Arun Birla on tax, as well as Michael Wise […]

Featured Briefings

IOSCO reaffirms its 2013 ETF Principles and consults on good practices

The IOSCO consultation report, published on 6 April 2022, represents the output of a five-year long collaboration between regulators of major global ETF domiciles focussed on two broad themes, namely the effective functioning of the primary market and appropriate disclosure to investors, and is set against the backdrop of significant ETF growth, in-depth market studies and stress events.

Putting justice to hazard: When does delay justify the dismissal of proceedings?

In recent months several applications to dismiss proceedings for want of prosecution on the grounds of delay came before the High Court. These judgments continue to illustrate that the success of an application to dismiss proceedings will depend on the particular facts of each case. A period of delay found to be prejudicial in one case may not be determinative of the point in subsequent cases of similar delay.

Ireland: Fitness and Probity regime – Changes to PCF roles

On 5 April 2022, the Central Bank of Ireland made further changes to its list of Pre-Approval Controlled Functions (PCFs) under its Fitness and Probity framework. These changes, introduced by amending regulations, are in addition to PCF role changes notified by the Central Bank in September 2022.

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