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French financial services giant AXA has lost its general counsel of 13 years to food company Groupe Danone. Christianne Butte has resigned her post to join Danone as general counsel. During her 13 years at the company Butte led a well-respected corporate team at the financial services group and will be replaced by her deputy […]

Barclays hires for African law team

Barclays has taken on three new lawyers in South Africa and Botswana as a result of a reorganisation of the bank’s legal system in the region, which takes effect on 1 May. The hires will give the bank its first African legal counsel in Botswana with the arrival of Ludo Tema, while in South Africa […]

Lovells chooses alliance strategy to crack SE Asia

Lovells is planning a series of strategic alliances in South East Asia, which it believes will open up the local market without the financial risk of opening offices in jurisdictions such as Thailand. The news follows Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s decision to close its Bangkok office and Denton Wilde Sapte’s announcement that it will pull out of Asia altogether. Lovells is […]

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UK lawyers might bang on about how hard it is to work with Italians and how much trouble it is to manage them, but Tulkinghorn thinks they’re great. Take Paolo Colucci, for example. The lovely Paolo was a founding partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Italy, but like many a magic circle-related Italian venture, it […]

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