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Baker McKenzie

Bakers debuts global compliance tool in bid to counter industry confusion

Baker McKenzie is rolling out a compliance benchmarking tool to help clients improve their response to sharper regulation worldwide, as new research shows negligence in the attitude of the world’s biggest companies. Launched one year ago as a UK-focused product, Connected Compliance was originally born out of a survey of more than 500 British multinational companies. […]

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 […]

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 & […]

The cream of the Continental crop: The Lawyer European Awards shortlist 2019

Lawyers from the top European firms will converge on Grosvenor House on Tuesday 19th March 2019, for The Lawyer European Awards – an unrivalled celebration of excellence across the Continent. The shortlist, published today, spans firms large and small, from European giants to specialist boutiques. Last year Danish firm Kromann Reumert was crowned European Law […]

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 […]

Norton Rose Fulbright forms alliance to expand Singapore offering

Norton Rose Fulbright has become the latest global firm to expand its Singapore law practice as it enters into a formal law alliance (FLA) with Singapore litigation boutique Ascendant Legal. The FLA, operating under the brand of Norton Rose Fulbright Ascendant, has recently received the approval from the Singapore Ministry of Law. It is set […]

Frankfurt

Pinsents swoops into Frankfurt with six-partner team

Pinsent Masons is to open its third office in Germany, hiring partners from a number of different firms for its latest international launch in Frankfurt. The office will be its third location in Germany, after Munich and Düsseldorf, and will focus on the technology, energy and real estate sectors. The founding team have been recruited from […]

Luxembourg

Clifford Chance beefs up in Luxembourg with DLA hire

Clifford Chance has brought in its latest new recruit to its Luxembourg office, hiring DLA Piper’s local tax head Geoffrey Scardoni to the team. The move highlights the growing importance of Luxembourg as a hub for financial services companies and asset managers, particularly as the UK prepares to leave the European Union this March. In response to […]

Germany

Freshfields picks WeWork as interim location for Berlin tech hub

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is in the final stages of launching officially its legal and technology venture in Berlin, with WeWork acting as an interim base for the project, The Lawyer understands. Lawyers and members of staff have started to use the co-working space, while the firm prepares for permanent rooms to be available in its existing Berlin office. […]

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