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Linklaters team defects in Stockholm

A seven-lawyer real estate team led by one of Linklaters’ longest-serving partners in Stockholm has left the firm to join a local player. Longstanding real estate partner Magnus Lidman retired from the Linklaters partnership earlier this year, but has re-emerged as the star name among this group leaving to join Sweden’s Gernandt & Danielsson (G&D). […]

TV show triggers partner dismissal and internal review at Euro 100 firm

Danish firm Horten is undertaking a thorough internal review following the release of a TV documentary series that engulfed the firm in scandal and resulted in the dismissal of a key partner. The firm published a statement last week saying that insolvency partner Nicolai Dyhr had left the firm with immediate effect and that it […]

Stranded planes

$300m Ukrainian aircraft claim thrown out by Commercial Court

As the mammoth Russian aircraft claim make its way to trial in October, a similar case involving jets stranded in Ukraine has been struck out. The smaller Ukrainian aircraft claim has been stayed by the Commercial Court in a judgment handed down today. Aircraft lessor claimants represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, Hausfeld and McGuireWoods have […]


The Passport: Latham’s City office is steaming ahead of Germany

Welcome to The Passport, your regular round-up of the most important stories to come from the European legal market. In this edition we compare and contrast Latham’s City performance and how it’s faring in Germany; and why A&O Shearman associates in Central and Eastern Europe might be better off looking for partnership elsewhere. Latham’s German […]

Rotterdam skyline

De Brauw faces further challenge over Royal Imtech claim

Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is hoping that the latest claim it faces from the trustees of a bankrupt engineering client will be its last, as a dispute between the pair continues to run after almost a decade. De Brauw’s annual report showed that a Rotterdam court had permitted an appeal to a decision […]

Amsterdam, Holland

De Brauw’s investment costs hit €19.3m after office kit-out

Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek grew by 9 per cent in the 2023 financial year, recording a record revenue of €192.7m (£164m). The result sees it fall desperately short of double-digit growth from the previous year’s €176.8m (£150.5m). The firm saw a series of significant outlays to its cash position over the course of […]


Willkie’s beginning to look a lot like Latham

Latham’s loss of four partners in Germany provides a case study in how past relationships govern moves of the future. Willkie Farr and White & Case have poached a pair of partners each from Latham’s Hamburg and Frankfurt offices: restructuring and insolvency duo Jörn Kowalewski and Ulrich Klockenbrink are heading to Willkie Farr, while equity […]

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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