Wilson Sonsini to rake in $20m from Google shares

Wilson Sonsini took an equity investment in the world’s leading search engine when it advised Google prior to its launch in 1999. This will now net Wilson Sonsini the biggest windfall a law firm has had from such an investment, often made in lieu of fees.

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Union of European practitioners in intellectual property

The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.

Lisbon Annual Report: Riding the wave

For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]

Portugal: Patent litigation law review

By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]

Can commonhold be reinvigorated?

By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]

In what circumstances can additional administrators be appointed?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others [2018] EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]

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Deloitte’s French legal arm finalises split from audit business

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in France has completed the separation of its audit practice and its tax and legal division, Deloitte & Touche Jouridque & Fiscal. The law firm, which comprises about 10 per cent of Deloitte’s business in France, has been rebranded as TAJ. The relaunched TAJ will have 370 lawyers and offices in Paris […]

Deloitte France ends accounting-law link

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in France has finalised the split between its audit practice and its tax and legal division Deloitte & Touche Juridique et Fiscal. The law firm, which comprises around 10 per cent of Deloitte’s business in France, has been rebranded as TAJ. The 30-partner firm has voted in Anne Vaucher as its president. […]

SJ Berwin sustains more losses to Olswang

Olswang has taken another SJ Berwin lawyer, this time recruiting a film finance expert. SJ Berwin associate James Kay is joining Olswang where he will become a partner. Kay, on moving from Olswang, will be reunited with former SJ Berwin film finance partner Jacqueline Hurt. Since its inception in 1981, a plethora of lawyers have […]

Latham suffers rare partner departure as Sidley Austin swoops

Latham & Watkins has been hit by a rare partner departure with the loss of a New York-based real estate finance lawyer to Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Sidley Austin’s 30-plus strong executive committee last week approved the hire of Brian Krisberg who has been with Latham since 1996 following a stint at Milbank Tweed […]

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