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Latham names new Madrid leader following death of Picón

A former partner of DLA Piper has been appointed as the new head of Latham & Watkins’ Madrid office, following the passing of Juan Picón last month.  Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, who joined Latham as a corporate partner in the Spanish capital’s office in early 2018, will take on the managing role effective immediately.  Prior to that, […]

Weil Gotshal’s Warsaw pull-out expected later this year

The Warsaw office of Weil Gotshal & Manges is set to drop the US firm’s brand later this year following a strategic review of its operations in the CEE region, The Lawyer understands. It is understood that the contracts of lawyers in the Warsaw office have been reviewed and that in about six months’ time […]


Future of Paul Hastings’ Milan office in doubt after exits

Paul Hastings has not renewed the lease of its Italian office, The Lawyer understands, following a raft of partner departures over the last few months. The firm’s lease in Milan is understood to be expiring in December, with no renewal of its presence in those premises having yet been made. The decision comes as Paul Hastings’ […]

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Reed Smith reboots its Paris IP offering with Dentons trio

Reed Smith is beefing up its Paris office with a new team hire, bringing in a three-lawyer group from Dentons. Dentons partner intellectual property partner Marianne Schaffner is joining Reed Smith’s IP, technology and data practice in Paris along with two associates. She spent over a year at Dentons, where she headed the intellectual property […]


HSF raids Paul Hastings in belated Italian push

A team from Paul Hastings is to join Herbert Smith Freehills‘ (HSF) Milan office, marking the first significant hire for the UK firm since it opened its doors in Italy two years ago. The Lawyer understands the eight-strong team is led by partners Lorenzo Parola and Francesca Morra, who will join HSF alongside six associates. […]

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HSF and Linklaters suffer blow in Estonia arbitration claim

Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills have failed to defeat the Republic of Estonia in an arbitration case heard in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The two firms were acting for utility provider AS Tallinna Vesi and its Dutch shareholder United Utilities, whose claim dates back to 2014. They commenced proceedings against […]

Weil Gotshal targets Deloitte Legal for Warsaw team hire

The Warsaw office of Weil Gotshal & Manges has brought in a new tax team from the legal unit of Deloitte Legal, as speculation mounts over the fate of the US firm’s CEE office. A team led by tax partner Leszek Tokarski, including tax specialists Maciej Kostrzewski and Artur Ciechomski, joined the US firm’s Warsaw premises […]


Simmons revives PE ambitions in Paris with Gowling WLG trio

Simmons & Simmons has expanded its Paris office by hiring a private equity team from Gowling WLG. Partner Jérôme Patenotte, who was at Gowling WLG for nine years, will lead Simmons’ new private equity practice. He joins the firm along with of counsel Sophie Mesnier-Teissedre and senior associate Savina Jouan. Patenotte founded legacy Wragge & […]

Freshfields and Simpson Thacher advise on KKR’s media takeover

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken advisory roles for KKR in its public takeover offer for German publisher Axel Springer. The deal puts the publishing company’s worth at around $7.7bn. Private equity group KKR is being jointly advised by the pair on corporate and finance matters. Freshfields deal team is led […]

Featured Briefings

Transaction complete: Mid Europa Partners sells Bambi

The leading private equity investor in Central and Eastern Europe Mid Europa Partners sold Bambi, the leading Serbian biscuit and confectionary maker, to Coca-Cola HBC. The sale was completed on 18 June, and Bambi, one of the most recognisable brands in Serbia, will continue its development under Coca-Cola HBC. The Karanovic & Partners legal team, […]

Facilitated Employment of Serbian Citizens in Slovenia

By Marko Ketler On 28 May 2008, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Act ratifying the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Government of the Republic of Serbia on the Employment of Citizens of the Republic of Serbia. The Protocol on the Implementation of the Agreement between the […]

Directors’ remuneration: New regulations are in force

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson The Companies (Directors’ Remuneration Policy and Directors’ Remuneration Report) Regulations 2019 have come into force. The regulations introduce new requirements in relation to a company’s remuneration policy and remuneration report. The Companies (Directors’ Remuneration Policy and Directors’ Remuneration Report) Regulations 2019 (2019 Regulations) came into […]

The CJEU’s interpretation of the concepts of abuse of rights and beneficial owner

Two important judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) were published on 26 February 2019. In these judgments, the CJEU interprets the concepts of “beneficial owner” and “abuse of rights” in the light of the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (Cases C-116/16 and C-117/16), and the Interest and Royalties Directive (Cases C-115/16, C-118/16, C-119/16 […]

Approval of the National Cyberspace Security strategy for the period 2019-2023

Council of Ministers Resolution no. 92/2019 was published in the Portuguese official gazette, Diário da República, on 5 June and it approves the National Cyberspace Security Strategy 2019-2023 (the “Strategy” or “ENSC 2019-2023”). The Council of Ministers’ approval of the strategy for the four-year period 2019-2023 follows on from the First National Cyberspace Security Strategy, […]

Essential know-how: Commercial Arbitration in Romania – 2019 edition

It is the third year in a row that our arbitration professionals, coordinated by Founding Partner Alina Popescu, provide the latest provisions and news for the Romanian chapter of the Commercial Arbitration guide of Global Arbitration Review (GAR). GAR know-how provides reliable cross-jurisdictional insight to help cement the building blocks of international practice. Select experienced […]

Macquarie successfully claims fees for financial advisory work

Daniel Toledano QC, Nehali Shah and Henry Hoskins acted for Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited in successfully pursuing a claim against Nordsee Offshore MEG I GMBH for payment of some €16 million in respect of fees due under a financial advisory agreement. The central issue turned on the interpretation of that agreement, by which the claimant […]

Energy & Natural Resources Digest: Ukraine. June 2019 in Review

By Olena Kuchynska The new energy market began operation on 1 July 2019, despite previous discussions concerning the proposed delay in the launch of the new energy market by three to twelve months. As part of reforms under the new energy market, during June 2019 two newly established entities, the Guaranteed Buyer and the Market […]

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