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Wedlake Bell international network bolstered by Eastern European firms

Four new law firms have joined the legal network Trans European Law Firms Alliance (TELFA), building on its Eastern Europe expertise. Joining the network are Austrian firm Doralt Seist Csoklich, Bihary Balassa & Partners of Hungary, Romanian firm Mariana Anghel Law Firm as well as Hökerberg & Söderqvist in Sweden. Last year the appointment of […]

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Clifford Chance ‘s volatile New York operation has lost its heavy-hitting, five-partner bankruptcy and restructuring team to US firm Kaye Scholer. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (16 February), star rainmaker and head of insolvency and restructuring Margot Schonholtz is taking the entire New York restructuring team with her to Kaye Scholer’s New York office. Joining […]

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Blake Lapthorn Linnell has delivered a blow to Cambridge firm Taylor Vinters, securing its head of technology Simon Smith. One of the most high-profile technology and IP lawyers in East Anglia, Smith specialises in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and telecoms. Last year his work included advising BioWisdom on its IP strategies. Taylor Vinters has restructured the department following his departure, appointing Quentin […]

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Man Investment’s unusual tack of having huge legal coverage gives it the edge in the investment funds market. Joanne O’Connor reports Man Investments, the hedge fund subsidiary of Man Group, is the world’s leading alternative investments group, with $42bn (£22.25bn) in funds under management. Man Investments has been in operation for more than two decades […]

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