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Herbert Smith’s Dutch alliance firm Stibbe is relocating corporate and capital markets partner Derk Lemstra to London to head up the firm’s City arm. Lemstra, who is due to move to London in the summer, will replace the current resident partner of Stibbe’s London office Gerhardt Vels. Lemstra’s appointment coincides with Herbert Smith’s plans to […]

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