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LLP accounts: White & Case growth slows after years of expansion

White & Case’s UK and Africa staff numbers went down by 2 per cent over 2018, its accounts have revealed, after a six-year period of rapid growth across both jurisdictions. Over 2018, the firm’s employee headcount dropped from 633 to 619, with a fall in both fee-earner and non fee-earner numbers. The average number of […]

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Shearman City partner makes transatlantic move to Quinn

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has expanded its international arbitration team with the hire of a partner from Shearman & Sterling’s London office. Mark McNeill will be joining Quinn as a partner in its New York office. He has been at Shearman & Sterling for 12 years, initially in its Paris office and later moving […]

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Paul Hastings snatches Shearman team in São Paulo

Paul Hastings has hired two partners in its São Paulo office from rival US firm Shearman & Sterling. Corporate partner Jonathan Kellner and capital markets partner David Flechner will be joining Paul Hastings along with several members of their team, which will include of counsel Andrea Campos and associates Thomas Ayres, Diana Balassiano, Filipe Lima. […]

White & Case fields transatlantic corporate team on 3M defence deal

White & Case has secured the mandate for a UK-listed company in its acquisition of 3M’s defence business that supplies equipment to the US military. Avon Rubber, a respiratory protection systems company that supplies military, law enforcement and firefighting teams, has bought the ballistic protection business of 3M, another US company conglomerate, for just over […]

Clifford Chance invests in Continental European “brainstorming platform”

Clifford Chance has turned part of its Frankfurt office into its latest digital and legal technology hub, as firms increasingly turn to Germany for  long-term innovation infrastructures. The Lawyer understands that the firm spent below €100,000 to refurbish a series of meeting rooms and former admin spaces into what has been dubbed internally the “innovation and […]

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Simpson Thacher among firms to win roles on Campbell Soup sale

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Weil Gotshal & Manges both advised on private equity group KKR’s $2.2bn acquisition of some of Campbell Soup’s international operations. The deal boosts KKR’s presence in the APAC region’s retail and food markets, especially since one of the units being bought is Arnott’s Biscuits, the 150-year old Australian snack producer […]

Hogan Lovells to split from South Africa merger partner

Following a review of its South African presence, Hogan Lovells is to go it alone in the region by setting up a fully-integrated firm consisting of five partners. The break-up from local legacy firm Routledge Modise will leave Hogan Lovells with a dramatically reduced partnership of five partners and 15 lawyers, headed by mining partner […]

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Cooley set to launch third international office of 2019

Cooley is expanding in Asia-Pacific after the hire of a Singapore-based partner from Gunderson Dettmer. Ferish Patel is joining Cooley’s fledgling office in Hong Kong but will help to pursue a Singapore launch for the US firm. Patel was head of Gunderson’s Singapore office, having joining the firm in 2015. Prior to Gunderson, he was […]

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White & Case adds further Latham clout in Milan

Eight years after re-launching its Milan office with a pair of partners from Latham & Watkins, White & Case has targeted its US rival again with two more lateral hires. Maria Cristina Storchi and Andrea Novarese, who have both been partners at Latham for more than 10 years, will join White & Case’s M&A and […]

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