US and the Americas

Updates and analysis from The Lawyer covering law firms from the US and the Americas.


Net zero

National Grid launches tender for multimillion-pound net zero panel

British utility company National Grid has kicked off a major tender for legal services as it looks to create a dedicated net zero panel worth £250m. Law firms appointed to the roster will support National Grid with its business ambitions and net zero projects for the next eight years. The panel spots have been separated […]

Lexington Avenue

Merger moves: A&O and Shearman reveal New York and London office plans

Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling have set out plans concerning the integration of staff in New York and London, its two largest offices worldwide. The Lawyer can confirm that A&O’s New York staff will move into Shearman’s building in the Big Apple, while A&O’s London office will take on Shearman’s City team. In […]


BCLP bolsters London office with nine promotions

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has made up 24 partners in its latest global promotions round, with 38 per cent (nine) of the cohort having been made up in London. Effective from 1 January 2024, the new partners in the City are Daniel Burnaud, Janany Kathirgamanathan, James Parker and Benedict West in real estate, and […]

Osborne Clarke sets out plans for Miami launch

Osborne Clarke is laying the groundwork to launch a third US office in Miami, focused primarily on international arbitration. With an eye on trading opportunities with Latin America through Miami, the firm has brought on IT and dispute resolution lawyer Javier Fernandez-Samaniego, who had been running his boutique firm Samaniego Law since its establishment in […]

Houston, Texas

Clifford Chance launches in Texas with 10-strong team

Becoming the first of the magic circle to open an office in Texas, Clifford Chance is set to launch in Houston with a 10-partner team.  Seven of the group will be lateral hires, with the firm announcing the recruitment of Jonathan Castelan and Trevor Lavelle. Both join from Latham & Watkins’ partnership; Castelan handles energy […]

new york

Debevoise’s City revenue drops as global income stays flat

Revenue fell by 5.5 per cent at Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office last year, from $173m to $163.3m. Average revenue per partner in London was also down, by 16 per cent to $7.4m, while average revenue per lawyer in the City fell by 12.2 per cent to $1.3m. Globally, Debevoise narrowly avoided posting a drop […]


Toilet timer

Financial year-end: The myths and legends of billing on the loo

April is the busiest month as the end of the financial year looms. As firms rush to get bills out and paid, The Lawyer takes a deep dive into key financial hygiene and behavioural issues. According to legend, time recording has been a thing in law firms for over 100 years. It is thought to date back […]


Cooley’s problem with Amazon

Last month, Cooley unveiled its first revenue dip since it opened in the City in 2015. Behind that lies a major tussle over firm strategy – and in particular, its relationship with one of the most powerful companies in the world.

Century City

After O’Melveny came Akin: How A&O’s LA plans shifted

“Now we have a presence in LA, it expands our opportunities,” says Allen & Overy’s US senior partner Tim House in reflection of the firm’s bold hire of Akin Gump’s West Coast project finance team last week. The magic circle firm has established itself in LA through the hire of six partners and 13 lawyers […]

Silicon Valley

Four reasons why Freshfields’ Silicon Valley launch affects the City

For a UK-headquartered firm, launching in Northern California is high-risk and high-impact. Unimaginably, a firm from the magic circle – that supposedly fragile, fading band – has opened its doors with seven senior lawyers, having lured not only prominent capital markets partner Sarah Solum from Davis Polk, but at the same time Boris Feldman, a […]

Featured Briefings

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

Canada: Employment, Labour & Equalities Law Webinar Series | Remote Workplace

Remote work – what was once the exception in most workplaces is now becoming the new standard. With the shift to remote work, however, comes new legal issues and challenges for employers. In this on-demand webinar, a panel of legal professionals unpack the various employment, health and safety, privacy, tax and immigration issues that may arise within the remote work environment and highlight the best practices through which to address these issues.

Depp v Heard, and what is SLAPP litigation/Anti SLAPP?

Currently taking place in the Fairfax County Courthouse, Virginia, US, and with a celebrity witness line-up and livestream, Johnny Depp v Amber Heard is sure to attract the most column inches of any libel case this year.

Canada: Revisiting five noteworthy expropriation cases from 2021

In Expropriation Law: 2021 A Year in Review, Gowling WLG’s national Expropriation Law Group has summarized several complex and compelling expropriation cases from across Canada in 2021. In the article, the team highlights a number of important issues and key takeaways for those parties involved in the expropriation process.

Launch of Ontario’s life sciences strategy coincides with announcement of investment in OmniaBio Inc. biomanufacturing facility

On March 31, 2022, Ontario announced its life sciences strategy, “Taking Life Sciences to the Next Level,” together with a press release detailing a $40 million loan through Invest Ontario to build a $580 million commercial scale cell and gene therapy contract and development manufacturing facility at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario. The investment in OmniaBio Inc., a subsidiary of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine is part of Phase I of Ontario’s two phase life sciences strategy.