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HSF reacts to lockdown living with new agile working rules

Becoming the latest City firm to take additional steps to embrace remote working, Herbert Smith Freehills is to bring in a new agile working policy that will see employees spend an average of 60 per cent of their time in the office. This new policy will allow staff to work from home for just under […]

germany

Cum-ex saga: German minister casts doubt over future government contracts for Freshfields

Germany’s finance minster today suggested that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is unlikely to receive any new contracts from the country’s government, as he addressed concerns over the ongoing cum-ex saga. Olaf Scholz was questioned in the country’s Bundestag over a range of matters related to cum-ex trading, a controversial practice that was prohibited in Germany in […]

CMS follows Keystone with latest Middle East office opening

CMS is expanding its Middle East footprint with a new office in Abu Dhabi, marking the firm’s sixth office in the region. CMS already has a presence in Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. London infrastructure partner David Moore will spearhead the new outpost, aided by the team in Dubai. The opening comes as […]

paris

Reed Smith adds Paris partner to executive committee

Reed Smith has seen a changing of the guard within its internal executive committee, as longstanding member Andrew Jenkinson steps down. Jenkinson is leaving the managerial body after the end of his three-year term. However, he will keep on his role as managing partner of the London office. On the committee, he will be succeeded […]

Dublin

Dentons targets more local firms for delayed Dublin launch

Dentons has opened its doors in Dublin, after postponing the launch over the summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The firm had planned on opening in Q2, having announced its intentions at the start of the year. Initially the firm hired three partners to kickstart operations; Eavan Saunders and Peter O’Brien from William […]

Washington DC

Crowell to add Squires’ Washington team ahead of Doha move

Crowell & Moring is to launch a second raid on Squire Patton Boggs, bringing over a four-lawyer team in Washington. Having poached a nine-lawyer team in Doha, Crowell is also set to add three more partners from Squires; litigation partner Michael Guiffré, infrastructure partner Robert Hager, and construction and commercial disputes partner Meagan Bachman. A senior […]

Hong Kong

Stephenson Harwood partner duo launch Hong Kong litigation boutique

Stephenson Harwood’s former Hong Kong senior partner has launched a new litigation-focused boutique, alongside two other lawyers from the UK firm’s office in the region. The new firm M B Kemp has been established by veteran litigation partners Malcolm Kemp and Yeeling Wan. Kemp was previously the senior partner of Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office […]

Qatar, Doha

Squires set to close office in Qatar

Squire Patton Boggs is to close its office in Doha, with its team set to be joining a rival US firm. The Lawyer understands that Crowell & Moring is to bring over the whole of the Doha office of nine lawyers. Crowell declined to comment. Squire Patton Boggs’ Doha office is headed by managing partner […]

Brussels Belgium

Cooley boosts Brussels office with DLA lateral

Cooley has made its first lateral hire in Continental Europe since the opening of its Brussels office in 2019. The firm has taken on DLA Piper Brussels-based partner Patrick Van Eecke, who was global co-head of cybersecurity and data protection at the rival firm. He will complement Cooley’s Brussels practice, which focuses on competition and […]

The magic circle is dividing into East and West – place your bets

The dynamics of the magic circle shift according to what parameters are applied. It can be pay, where Freshfields and Linklaters have slugged it out for top PEP; or private equity market share, where Freshfields and Clifford Chance have maintained a top-grade client base; or attitude to jurisdictional expansion, where Clifford Chance and A&O have […]

Gary Hamp

Shearman tops up City finance team with Latham hire

Shearman & Sterling has replenished its London partner headcount, with the arrival of a new hire from Latham & Watkins’ Hong Kong office. Shearman has added Latham leveraged finance partner Gary Hamp to its team in the City. Hamp will relocate from Latham in Hong Kong, having been based out there for over a decade. […]