August was a turning point for the two largest US firms in the London. Within a fortnight of each other, Latham & Watkins and White & Case had hired two star magic circle performers to try to make their M&A ambitions a reality.
Allen & Overy’s bet to dominate in IP litigation is outlined in the cover feature of The Lawyer’s first-ever monthly edition, which coalesces reporting, insight and data around the core idea of ambition.
The NHS breach last week has – once again – highlighted the importance of cybersecurity in large organisations. Where are law firms at right now, and what more can they do to protect themselves? The Lawyer gathered a panel of experts to discuss the issues.
The German real estate market is booming. As part of the research for The Lawyer’s Global 200 Real Estate report, we asked the world’s largest property practices where they are currently seeing most activity from clients.
King & Wood Mallesons may have dominated the headlines in the international legal press for the past year. However, there are three Chinese firms that Western firms should be aware of, all of which have exhibited extraordinary ambition and rapid growth.
If the firm’s wager goes according to plan, it will become first in line for big-ticket litigation work on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as Asia. In short, the sun will never set on the A&O litigation empire.
According to The Lawyer’s China Top 30 research into the PRC legal market, there are three Chinese firms that Western firms should be aware of: Fangda & Partners, Han Kun and Zhong Lun, all of which have exhibited extraordinary ambition and rapid growth.
Zhong Lun was traditionally known for its real estate and construction practice, having forged strong links with long-standing clients such as property developer giants Soho China, Wanda Group, Longfor Properties and Vanke. Now Zhong Lun has expanded its sector focus and significantly built out its practice groups to 27 areas.
After three years of boom, 2016 was not the best year for offshore M&A. According to Thomson Reuters data, worldwide activity totalled $3.7trn (£3trn) for the year, 16 per cent down on 2015 levels. So should offshore corporate lawyers be worried?