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Arthur Cox scouts Freshfields alumni for aviation practice

Arthur Cox has taken on a double hire, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former global aviation head, to bolster its aviation team. Partners Rob Murphy and Laura Cunningham, two Freshfields alumni, have moved from London to join the Irish firm’s Dublin office. Murphy joins as co-chair of Arthur Cox’s aviation team, returning to private practice after a year as chief […]

Aldgate

Fried Frank bulks up corporate practice in 2019 partner promotions round

Fried Frank has announced its partner promotions round, making up ten partners worldwide, with one sitting in London. This is the second partner the firm has promoted in London in the last two years, with corporate lawyer David Christmas making the cut last year. Christmas’s promotion came after three fallow years where Fried Frank did […]

Mishcon moves to replace Levitt with Kingsley Napley hire

Mishcon de Reya has moved to fill a gap left by its former head of white collar crime and investigation Alison Levitt QC by hiring Kingsley Napley criminal litigation partner Johanna Walsh. Walsh will join the firm on 4 February having previously worked at DLA Piper and litigation boutique Peters & Peters with a focus […]

Nuclear power station

Clifford Chance among firms advising on halted nuclear project

Japanese firm Hitachi has suspended its £20bn nuclear power plant project in Anglesey, a construction deal that had been overseen by magic circle firm Clifford Chance and Burges Salmon. A Clifford Chance team led by partner Nigel Howorth, who works on areas including planning, energy and environment, was involved as an advisor to Horizon Nuclear […]

Liverpool

CMS places its bets on the North with surprise Liverpool launch

In a bid to pick up further work arising from the “Northern Powerhouse” initiative, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is opening an office in Liverpool, hiring a partner from DWF for the launch. This will be the firm’s first UK office opening since its tripartite merger with Nabarro and Olswang in May 2017 and its tenth UK […]

Balfour Beatty hires new general counsel from Tesco

UK Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty is to bring in a new general counsel from Tesco ahead of the impending retirement of current head David Mercer. Tesco’s legal director of finance, corporate and technology Jonathan Lagan will take on the position, after nearly a decade at the supermarket. He was formerly a senior associate in Shearman […]

Hong Kong

KPMG muscles in on Hong Kong legal market with six-lawyer team

Big Four accountancy firm KPMG has extended its legal services network to Hong Kong, targeting a headcount of 20 lawyers for its newly-established legal outfit in the region. The new firm called SF Lawyers is being set up by former Harneys counsel Shirley Fu, who started her professional services career with KPMG back in Australia in 2004. […]

Gowling WLG sells Monaco office in shift from private client work

Gowling WLG’s Monaco office has been acquired by an advisory firm, nearly two decades after legacy firm Lawrence Graham launched private client-focused operations in the principality. The office has been acquired by advisory firm Maitland, with the new entity being renamed as Maitland Advisory (Monaco). It will be led by former Gowling partner Peter Walford, who will now […]

paris

Signature ups stakes in international disputes with Paris launch

Litigation boutique Signature has launched its second overseas office with two lawyers from Hogan Lovells, including its former head of Paris disputes. The firm has hired Hogan Lovells partner Thomas Rouhette to establish a three-partner site in the French capital. Rouhette had been head of litigation at the international firm and is joined by Hogan […]

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher debuts stand-alone funds firm to skirt panel conflicts

Fieldfisher has debuted a new firm that will focus exclusively on the hedge fund market and work with businesses in the alternative investment management area. Located at 1 Mayfair Place, a hedge fund hub, specialist firm Cummings Fisher has been launched to deal with derivatives and investment funds and will be helmed by Claire Cummings, […]

London town

MoFo launches first London real estate practice with Reed Smith hire

Reed Smith’s head of private equity real estate, Oliver s’Jacob has left to join US counterpart Morrison & Foerster as its first real estate partner in London. s’Jacob becomes MoFo’s first and only real estate partner in London, following on from the arrival in late 2017 of partner Florian Ehrich, who joined to build out the real […]

Dubai

Dechert’s former Dubai co-head moves to new firm in London

Dechert’s former Dubai co-managing partner Gavin Watson has left the firm for Pillsbury, where he will work as a partner in its London office. Watson has relocated from the Middle East to London, with a focus on cross-border corporate transactions in the oil and gas space. He joined Dechert in 2012 from defunct firm Dewey & […]

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Fried Frank plugs finance gap with Milbank hire

Plugging a gap in its leveraged finance offering in the City, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has secured a new partner in London from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Neil Caddy has been a partner at Milbank for over six years, joining in 2012 from Mayer Brown. His practice focuses on leveraged financing and restructuring, […]

Luxembourg

Clifford Chance expands in Luxembourg with second hire in a month

Clifford Chance has ramped up recruitment efforts in Luxembourg with a second partner hire so far this year, taking on magic circle rival Linklaters’ funds partner Emmanuel-Frédéric Henrion this time. Henrion joins Clifford Chance as a partner in the investment funds practice in Luxembourg. This is the firm’s second lateral partner hire in the European […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Further DWF defections as real estate finance duo leave firm

Partners continue to trickle out of DWF ahead of its proposed £1bn IPO, with the latest two leavers being snapped up by Fieldfisher. Iain Thomas and Christian Francis are to join Fieldfisher’s real estate finance practice. Thomas led the real estate practice at DWF, where he has been since 2014. He was previously a partner at […]

A&O partner takes top UK job at Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal has ended its nine-month long search for a leader of its new UK legal arm, with the appointment of a new managing partner from Allen & Overy. The role, which for months was believed to have targeted a general counsel, has by contrast fallen to A&O banking partner Michael Castle, who has spent […]

Latest Briefings

FCA opens notifications for temporary permissions regime in case of no-deal Brexit

By François Pfister, Anne-Gaëlle Delabye In order to ensure that investment funds that are currently marketed in the United Kingdom under the European Economic Area (EEA) passporting regime continue to be able to do so in the event of there being no implementation period based on the withdrawal agreement after 29 March (no-deal Brexit), the […]

Changes in the procedure for admission of foreign medical devices and medicines to public procurement in Russia

On 1 January 2019, amendments to the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 102 of 05.02.2015 that provides for restrictions and conditions for the admission of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign countries for the purpose of procurement for state and municipal needs (“Resolution No. 102”). And the Resolution of […]

The role of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

By Jocelyn S Paulley, David E Brennan The UK’s brand new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has officially launched, implementing part of the Sector Deal for AI and Data in the government’s Industrial Strategy. The Centre will advise the government on how the UK can maximise the benefits of data-enabled technologies, including artificial intelligence.

Ontario employers: Time to update your ESA poster

By Craig J. Stehr, André Poulin-Denis The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) requires that employers in Ontario display a poster published by the Ministry of Labour. The poster provides information about employee rights and obligations under the ESA and its regulations, and is periodically updated. Recently, the Ministry published a new eighth version of the poster, which is available […]

‘Strexit’ – dealing with workplace stress, depression and anxiety

By Sinead Kelly Ever had to deal with a toxic work environment? Being undermined? A lack of support? Working to tight deadlines under pressure? One can only assume this would resonate quite strongly with Theresa May at present. In a wider context however, these issues are of course all factors which can lead to workplace stress.

All aboard the bond wagon: SEBI board meeting decisions

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in its meeting held on 18 August 2018, besides reviewing the total expense ratio of the mutual fund schemes and agreeing to introduce united payment interface with ASBA facility for public issues, has also paved the way for further stimulating the bond market by removing the requirement […]

Brexit: What happens next?

By Trudy Feaster-Gee, Sue Harris Now that the House of Commons has overwhelmingly rejected the government’s Brexit deal, we take a look at what happens next and what it means for businesses. On Tuesday 15 January 2019, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to reject the Brexit deal negotiated between the government and the European Union. A […]

Implying ‘Braganza’ duties into mortgage contracts

By Christina Gill A recent High Court case has shed some light on the extent to which the courts may imply additional duties into mortgage agreements requiring lenders to make decisions by way of processes that would be “lawful and rational in the public law sense”. Banking Litigation specialist Christina Gill explains UBS AG v Rose Capital […]

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