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Fieldfisher loses third life sciences partner in four months

Fieldfisher has lost a London partner to US firm Arnold & Porter, in a move that marks yet another blow to Fieldfisher’s IP and life sciences practice following a string of departures. Partner Beatriz San Martin has joined the US firm having spent over a decade at Fieldfisher. She joined in 2004 and ascended to […]

DLA Piper roundtable: Dealing with the rise of digital therapeutics

The Lawyer, in association with DLA Piper, recently hosted a roundtable focusing on the growing number of obstacles and opportunities faced by law firms and businesses alike when working with digital therapeutics Co-moderators Roger Wagland – Research and digital product director, The LawyerTom Heylen – partner, DLA Piper Gareth Stokes – partner, DLA Piper Round […]

Novartis keeps firms waiting for results of global panel review

Swiss pharmaceutical powerhouse Novartis is nearing the end of its global legal panel review, which is understood to have been launched earlier this year. The panel is underway following the appointment of GC Shannon Thyme Klinger, who took on the role in June 2018, replacing Felix Ehrat. Her appointment came four months after Novartis also […]

Kirkland among US firms acting on $90bn pharma merger

Kirkland & Ellis, Sullivan & Cromwell and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer are the firms involved in the latest deal between US pharmaceutical giants, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene and Amgen, valued at $13.4bn. The deal is related to the $90bn merger between the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene, announced in January, and the sale of Celgene’s skin […]

Taylor Wessing rebuilds life sciences group with Fieldfisher hire

A month after the firm lost four life sciences and technology partners to Goodwin Procter, Taylor Wessing has started to reassemble its group with a new hire from Fieldfisher. Fieldfisher’s former life sciences and healthcare head Alison Dennis is to join Taylor Wessing after over a decade at Fieldfisher. As the head of the group, […]

Analysis

CMS’s private equity head exits for Goodwin

Goodwin Procter’s private equity group in London have secured the hire of CMS’s practice head James Grimwood. Grimwood has been a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna since 2007 and played a pivotal role in the setting up of the firm’s Mayfair office. Appearing in The Lawyer Hot 100 for 2016, Grimwood saw an opportunity to grow […]

Düsseldorf

HSF transfers German offices to UK LLP to fend off Brexit concerns

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has incorporated its German arm into its UK limited liability partnership so it can continue to operate as an international business in the jurisdiction after Brexit. The change, which took place at the end of 2019, was implemented because, in a Brexit scenario, the firm could not operate in the country […]

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Era of borrowing ends as firms hoard cash in hand

The average level of borrowings at a cross-section of UK 200 firms fell for the first time in at least five years despite the cost of debt, often used to fund strategic goals such as office openings and lateral hires, remaining at record low levels. In 2017/18 the average amount borrowed by a representative sample […]

Talk

CMS, DLA and Osborne Clarke lead on CityFibre’s £200m acquisition

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, DLA Piper and Osborne Clarke have all bagged roles in CityFibre’s latest acquisition in the network infrastructure sector. CMS advised the buyer on the acquisition of FibreNation from telecoms and network provider TalkTalk Group, which was in turn counselled by teams from DLA and Osborne Clarke. Corporate partner Katie Nagy […]

DACB raids Spanish firm for 20-lawyer group hire

DAC Beachcroft continues its Spanish expansion, as it gains a 20-lawyer team in Madrid from local firm Asjusa Abogados. The firm has integrated its Spanish office with lawyers joining from Asjusa, a boutique insurance and civil responsibility firm – specialising in Spanish healthcare law. Three partners and 20 lawyers – specialising in professional liability and […]

DLA Piper leads on restructuring of department store Beales

DLA Piper has taken a lead role in the administration of the latest retail company in the UK to fall into administration. Partner Barney Smedley from the firm’s Leeds office is leading a team acting for KPMG, which was appointed as administrators for Beales following a court hearing yesterday. The Bournemouth-based department store started facing […]

CMS eyes foothold in Sweden via merger

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (CMS) has been mulling a move into Sweden through merger talks with a local firm, The Lawyer can reveal. CMS is understood to be in talks with Stockholm-based firm Törngren Magnell, which was founded in 2006 by partners Peter Törngren and Viktor Magnell. It has just under 20 partners. If the […]

Transferwise ends GC search with senior Monzo hire

Transferwise has hired the chief legal officer of rival money app Monzo as its new general counsel, ending a seven-month search to fill the position. The currency transfer service has found its next general counsel in Dean Nash, who has spearheaded the legal strategy of digital bank Monzo for more than three years. In 2019, […]

Featured Briefings

Registration of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union

At the Pharmaceutical Forum of the EAEU and CIS countries held in Moscow in late February 2018, the Director of the Department of Technical Regulation and Accreditation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEС) said that the full-scale work on registration of medicines using the unified information system of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will start […]

Revolutionising Africa’s healthcare system

By Robert Breedon, Tom Gray, Elwin Morgan Africa’s healthcare is in the midst of an innovation revolution that, as PwC say, “…is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice”. This innovation revolution is powered in part by traditional methods of funding human capital development in areas such as development and […]

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