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Hunton & Williams Eying Transatlantic Tie-Up with UK’s Addleshaws

By James Booth |

Hunton & Williams is in merger talks with midmarket U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard, Legal Week has learned. If successful, a merger between the pair would create a firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and combined gross revenue of around $809 million.

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Five Firms Plant Themselves on Bayer’s Mega Monsanto Bid

Germany's Bayer AG taps Sullivan & Cromwell and Allen & Overy for its $62 billion takeover bid for Monsanto Co.

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Clifford Chance Appears in Court in Saudi Office License Case

By Anna Ward |

Saudi courts will decide whether the global firm will have to reapply for its license in Saudi Arabia, a process that could take up to two years.


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Letter from London: White & Case Aims High

The firm adopts a bold growth plan in London. What if it works?


Probes by Dechert, Sullivan & Cromwell Draw Scrutiny

The law firms who carried out investigations for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. and Standard Chartered Bank have recently found their roles questioned. It's a reminder that firms hired to do internal probes must walk a tightrope between pleasing clients and regulators.

The 2016 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report

The Second Hundred, firms 101-200 on our list of the nation’s highest-grossing firms, underperformed their larger counterparts in 2015.

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Legal Departments are Gaining Influence in the U.K.

In-house lawyers who want more clout should consider packing up and moving across the pond, judging by a recent survey of legal officers in the U.K.

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Expert Analysis: Accessing Records With Bank of Nova Scotia Summonses

Through Bank of Nova Scotia summonses, the IRS seeks to compel U.S. branches of foreign banks to produce records held by their overseas branches, even when production would otherwise be proscribed by foreign bank secrecy laws. This law enforcement tool has been used rarely over the past three decades, but in today's regulatory climate, practitioners representing taxpayers need to be aware of their availability.

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TAR in the UK: In First Contest Over Use, Court Allows Predictive Coding

The decision comes months after the English High Court’s first approval of predictive coding.

Lawmakers Seek to Make NJ International Hub for ADR

New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would make the state a center for international alternative dispute resolution.

Norton Rose Fulbright to Move 170 Jobs to Philippines

By James Booth |

The global firm is relocating about 5 percent of support staff to a new business services center in Manila. The affected jobs will move from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, and other areas.

Freshfields Leads Midea’s $4.5B European Robotics Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese home appliance maker is acquiring Germany’s Kuka in a bid to upgrade manufacturing and logistics systems.

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U.K.'s Lawyers on Demand Ramps Up Growth

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Lawyers on Demand co-founder Simon Harper digests the spectacular growth of the alternative legal services pioneer.

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U.K. Plans More Anti-Corruption Laws

The latest proposal would extend the “failure to prevent” offense to include money laundering and perhaps other economic crimes.

Girl working among other children outside a shop in an Angkor temple in the Seam Reap province. She is carving leather to produce beautiful works used for Shadow Puppetry or sold to tourists that visit the Angkor temples. Child labor in Cambodia is still very common.

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The U.K.'s Modern Slavery Act Fuels New Practice in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

Law firms don't have to relegate their anti-human trafficking efforts to pro bono any more. A new reporting requirement has paying clients turning to lawyers for help in improving labor conditions and supply chain transparency in Asia.

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Deal Watch: Mylan Taps Cravath Again for Dermatology Deal

Three months after Mylan NV once again turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle another multibillion-dollar deal, the firm is at it again for the acquisitive generic drug giant.

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Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High

Research into recent recruitment trends by international firms in London has found that they brought in over 20 percent more partners in 2015 than the year before, with total partner numbers climbing by 6 percent across the group year-on-year.

The Miami skyline in 2014 with Brickell on the left and Downtown to the right.

UK Real Estate Shoppers Focus on South Florida

Colombia leads all foreign nations in searching for Miami real estate online, interest from the U.K. strengthens to a record high, and Brazil drops to No. 5.

A Smooth Landing for Air Cargo Suit

After $1.2 billion in settlements and a decade of litigation that swept in antitrust lawyers from more than 50 firms (seriously, did anyone NOT work on this case?), the massive air cargo price fixing litigation is coming in for a landing.

DLA Piper's Washington, D.C. offices.

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DLA Piper Says U.K. Layoffs Won't Spread to U.S.

After a review of its business services functions, the global legal giant plans to cut up to 200 support jobs in the U.K., with the bulk of those roles being moved to a new operations center in Warsaw.

Coming soon to a location near you.

Growth Game: Dentons Launches Referral Network, Munich Office

Dentons, in its latest growth bid, announced this week the formation of a global referral network in an effort to establish itself as a brand able to connect clients with lawyers around the world. The firm is also poised to open an office in Munich.

A Schrems Aftershock? Debating Challenges to EU Standard Contractual Clauses

As EU officials consider shortcomings in the standard contractual clauses, many wonder if legal challenges or regulatory changes are on the horizon.

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U.K. Bar Makes Progress Toward Gender Diversity

The United Kingdom is poised to have more female solicitors than men by 2017, according to the latest Annual Statistics Report from the Law Society.

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King & Wood Mallesons Exits Continue in London

By Rose Walker |

Baker Botts and Keystone Law pick up one KWM partner apiece, as filings show eight partners leaving the Anglo-Asian firm's European partnership as of April 30.

Chadbourne's Warsaw Office Sets Off on Separate Path

Chadbourne & Parke's outpost in the Polish capital, which it opened in 2004, has been spun off into its own local firm.

The American Lawyer Announces Transatlantic Legal Awards Finalists for 2016

These awards recognize law firms for excellence in handling transatlantic matters across the key areas of corporate, finance and disputes, as well as highlighting in-house leaders and law firm innovation, commitment to pro bono and outstanding transatlantic strategy.

U.S. Trade Rep Calls Out China, India and…Switzerland (!?) Over IP Laws

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office has added an unexpected culprit to the list of nations that it says fall down on protecting IP: Switzerland, the land of chocolate and cuckoo clocks.

Telenor GC Resigns After Investigation of VimpelCom Bribery

The fallout from the VimpelCom bribery scandal continued on Friday. Telenor, which owns a stake in VimpelCom, acknowledged weaknesses and announced that its GC is resigning.

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Panel Finds NY, Not London, Is Proper Forum for Dispute

New York's First Department said that a forum selection clause in the earlier of four agreements between a Kazakh oligarch and his former financial advisor designating New York courts for the resolution of disputes controlled the matter, even though later agreements cancelled the earlier one.

Linklaters Confirms China Launch and Deloitte Review as Lockstep Debate Rumbles On

By Georgina Stanley and James Booth |

Firm brings in the Big Four auditor to review its business services function as new managing partner Gideon Moore sets out his aims.

Curtis Mallet Expands to Switzerland with New Geneva Office

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle will become one of the very small number of international firms with offices in Switzerland when it opens in Geneva next month.

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Top U.K. Firms Still Must Bridge a Big Gulf with The Am Law 100

By Georgina Stanley |

Despite one of their most challenging years since the early 1990s, the leading U.S. law firms continue to dwarf their U.K. counterparts in revenues and profits.

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How a 'Burned Out International Lawyer' Ditched Squire Patton Boggs

When Kristen Jarvis Johnson left her senior associate position to focus on her startup toy company, she invited the Internet along for the ride.

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U.K. Government to Push For Capped Legal Fees

By Rose Walker |

in the wake of controversy over the 2.8 million pounds that Freshfields billed for its work on the Eurostar sale last year, the U.K. government will seek capped fee agreements with its external law firms.

Brunsbüttel Nuclear Power Plant was among the German plants that were taken offline by Angela Merkel’s nuclear power phaseout in 2011.

Germany's Nuclear Reaction

The country's decision to phase out nuclear power has triggered a chain reaction of litigation and arbitration. What will be the fallout for cross-border dispute resolution in Europe?

Sullivan & Cromwell on Alibaba’s $1B Southeast Asian Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese ecommerce company is buying a controlling stake in Singapore-based online retailer Lazada in its largest overseas investment.

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The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows For Big Law

The American Lawyer's annual report on the 100 top-grossing law firms in the United States. Full financial results, in-depth analysis, firm profiles, and more.

Slaughters, Travers and Simpson Thacher Land Roles In Three-Way Tussle for Retailer

By James Booth |

The law firms are acting in battle for French electrical retailer Darty, which is being pursued by South Africa's Steinhoff and French company Fnac.

European Union May Object to $34.6B Halliburton-Baker Hughes Merger as Anticompetitive

Halliburton Co.'s proposal to purchase oil-services rival Baker Hughes Inc. may soon be hit with new opposition from European Union (EU) regulators who are expressing concerns about how the merger of the two Houston-based oil services giants could hurt competition throughout the EU.

Ashurst Appoints Legacy Blake Dawson Partner as Managing Partner

By Rose Walker |

Sydney-based banking and finance partner Paul Jenkins takes up the reins after 20 years at the firm.

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Antitrust Litigator Makes U-Turn from Hausfeld Back to BLP

A year after Edward Coulson joined leading U.S. plaintiffs firm Hausfeld in London, the antitrust litigator has returned Berwin Leighton Paisner, a British firm where he spent more than a decade.

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U.K. MPs Blast Freshfields and Solicitors Regulation Authority Over ScottishPower Scandal

By Anna Ward |

A Parliamentary report puts the Magic Circle firm and the lawyers' watchdog group under scrutiny as it probes a controversial warranty scheme.

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Google Readies Defense to EU Antitrust Charges

The company began laying out its argument on Wednesday that bundling apps does not limit competition in the vibrant digital ecosystem.

Russia Convinces a Dutch Court to Set Aside $50B Yukos Award

The victory is a crucial reprieve for Russia, but the country and its lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb aren’t in the clear yet.

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Litigation Funding Race Escalates as Burford Hits $1B

Size may matter in litigation finance, but which funder will get the better returns?

Eric Blinderman

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U.K. Litigation Funder Taps Proskauer Lawyer for U.S. Debut

Therium is hoping a trio of former Am Law 100 lawyers can stake its claim to the U.S. litigation finance market.

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Shell Cuts Its Global Legal Panel from 11 Law Firms to Six

By Frances Ivens |

Shell has chosen Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Norton Rose Fulbright and Reed Smith as its go-to legal advisers after a review of more than 200 firms.

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DLA Piper Shutters Whitehorse Office, Retreats Farther North

A year after combining with Canadian firm Davis, DLA Piper has closed its small office in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon. But the global legal giant isn’t completely bailing out on Canada's far North.

Unified Patent Court Means Big Changes for Europe—and the World

It took almost 40 years but Europe’s Unified Patent Court finally seems close to becoming a reality.

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Linklaters Promotes 24 to Partner Including Five in Hong Kong

By James Booth |

Partner promotion round is the largest since 2013 and all new Asian partners are in Hong Kong.

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German Merck Hits Back in US Merck's Trademark Suit

The German drugmaker Merck KGaA has denied claims by the Kenilworth-based Merck & Co. that it has infringed on the American company's trademark.

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Over There: The ECLA’s Sergio Marini Talks About Privilege and Cybersecurity in Europe

Corporate Counsel’s Editor-in-Chief Anthony Paonita recently interviewed Sergio Marini, president of the European Company Lawyers Association, about the role of in-house counsel in Europe, and such hot-button issues as privilege, privacy and cybersecurity.

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Another U.K. Firm to Allow Lawyers to Work from Home

By Anna Ward |

Fieldfisher announces that it will let all U.K. lawyers to work from home for up to one day per week, as Shearman & Sterlin and Mayer Brown make similar plans in their London offices.

EU Privacy Pushback Prompts Lawyers to Look for Plan B

With litigation in the forecast, lawyers say companies should consider other compliance mechanisms.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C. November 12, 2014.

Ex-Client Sues Dentons Over ITC Case

Former Dentons client RevoLaze claims the firm mishandled an ITC case that saw Dentons disqualified last year. At that time, an administrative judge found that the firm had a conflict of interest involving its Canadian arm.

Data Residency Compliance Leads Box to Plant Cloud Locations Overseas

In launching Box Zones in Europe and Asia, the cloud provider aims to assist its international customers with the challenges of complying with new and upcoming local regulations

Slaughter and May Advises on Tata European Steel Works Sale

By Rose Walker |

The Indian steel giant has struck a deal to sell its long product business to private equity firm Greybull Capital

'Mini-MBA' Program Is Training European Lawyers to Be GCs

About 15 European general counsel are planning a trip to Silicon Valley in September as part of a program billing itself as the first academic business school course for GCs in the world.

Who Will Represent the Firm Behind the 'Panama Papers'?

Mossack Fonseca says it hasn’t yet hired outside counsel. What kind of lawyers will it need?

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UK Regulator Probes Law Firms' Links to Panama Papers

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has asked several firms to clarify whether they are connected to the Panamanian law firm at the center of a huge leak of confidential financial data.

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Sidley London Partner Leaves Firm Amid Legal Woes

Structured finance and capital markets partner Matthew Cahill became the latest partner at the firm to run afoul of the law, withdrawing from the partnership in London after being accused of tax fraud in a film investment scheme.

Still a U.S. company, for now.

Lawyering Helped Ease Pain of Pfizer's $160B Breakup

The demise of a controversial tax inversion deal with Allergan may have frustrated Pfizer, but it doesn’t leave the U.S. drug giant that much poorer.

Sri Srinivasan.

D.C. Circuit Overturns Judge Who Called Prosecution Deal Too Lenient

A Washington trial judge "significantly overstepped" his authority when he rejected as too lenient a settlement between prosecutors and a Dutch company accused of sanctions violations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on Tuesday.

Circumnavigating the E-Discovery Globe

E-discovery experts can run into choppy waters when they try to adapt to local culture while still maintaining U.S. discovery standards.

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Judge Allows Terror Suits Against Banks to Proceed

A judge rejects dismissal motions filed by Credit Lyonnais and National Westminster Bank in cases brought by terrorism victims who say the banks maintained accounts for charities that the Treasury Department called "Specially Designated Global Terrorists."

Fountain at Paris' Place de la Concorde.

Goodwin Procter Launches in Paris with Six-Partner Group

Goodwin Procter is to open in Paris with the hire of a corporate team from King & Wood Mallesons, including its office managing partner, the firm announced Monday.

'Panama Papers' Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security

Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

Holman Fenwick Strikes Shanghai Alliance to Offer Chinese Law Advice

By James Booth |

The U.K. law firm is teaming up with Chinese firm Wintell & Co under the Shanghai free trade zone rules.

Au Pairs in the Crosshairs: Boies Schiller Suit May Upend the Program

So long as you don’t mind, say, a 22-year-old from Sweden living in your house, having an au pair seems like a great bargain--45 hours a week of child care for $4.35 an hour. But a class action in Denver federal court threatens to upend the program.

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Outside the Box: Firms Go Beyond the Law with New Ventures

Meet the U.S. and U.K. law firms that have tapped into their inner entrepreneur.

Former Holman Fenwick Willan Partner Banned from U.K. Practice After Charging Clients For Vacations

By James Booth and Frances Ivens |

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found that competition lawyer Konstantinos Adamantopoulos charged clients for his own holidays and other personal expenses.

RatnerPrestia Sues German Firm for Interference, Fraud

Intellectual property boutique RatnerPrestia has sued a German firm in Pennsylvania federal court for disrupting the business of its new Munich office by an allegedly false display of interest in a merger between the two firms.

Cravath Admits Breach as Law Firm Hacks Go Public

Law firms usually manage to keep the public in the dark when it comes to data breaches and hacking attacks. But not this week.

The Churn

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London Calling for Two Big Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

Boies Schiller and Cooley bulk up their nascent outposts in London; Hogan Lovells hires four in Australia and an ex-New York prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Slater and Gordon GC Steps Down After Two Months

By Frances Ivens |

Moana Weir has left the firm with immediate effect after being appointed to the role on Jan. 29.

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King & Wood Mallesons Overhauls Profit Distribution System

By Rose Walker |

The legacy SJ Berwin arm of the firm has been dogged by delays in distributing partner profits in recent months

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Law Firm Mergers Don't Benefit Clients, Report Finds

Amid a spate of unconsummated law firm courtships, a new report claims that the majority of mergers fail to deliver benefits to clients and risk damaging partnership value.

Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

From the manic M&A world to the schizophrenic capital markets, a look at some of 2015's most innovative and interesting deals around the globe.

Russia's New Lawyers Try a Different Gambit to Overturn $50B Yukos Award

Now represented by White & Case, the Russian government is pointing the finger at the oligarchs who claim it seized Yukos Oil Co. unfairly. A Dutch court will decide whether "you stole it first" is a valid defense.

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RBS Hires Barclays Lawyers as Its New GC

Royal Bank of Scotland announced on March 24 that it’s appointed Michael Shaw as its new general counsel. Shaw was most recently a deputy GC at Barclays from 2009 to 2015.

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Clarence Thomas Will Teach in France this Summer, Replacing Scalia

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will replace his late colleague Antonin Scalia for a summer teaching position in France in July—the first of possibly several substitutes for Scalia, who taught abroad frequently.

KWM to Slash 15 Percent of Legacy SJ Berwin Partnership

By Rose Walker |

Three years after a transformative merger with the U.K. firm, King & Wood Mallesons will trim approximately 24 partners in its Europe, U.K. and Middle East partnership.

Brussels Dispatch: Support Pours In

Yesterday it seemed ironic that I had just written a Global In-House column addressing how to deal with uncertainty in emerging markets. Who would have thought that I’d so soon be tested, right in my own comfortable Western European old-country backyard?

3 Big Changes in Transatlantic Data Regulation under the Privacy Shield

The publically released text reveals what areas of the new agreement will be most impactful, and perhaps most burdensome.

Ashurst Launches Research And Development Arm

By Rose Walker |

The R&D capability will form one part of the firm's new global innovation initiative, Ashurst Advance.

Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker Botts on $1.2B “Silk Road” Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The state-owned Chinese investment fund set up for the “One Belt, One Road” initiatives have invested 10 percent in a Russian liquefied natural gas project that’s been struggling with funding since the Ukraine crisis sanctions against Russia.

Police and rescue teams are pictured outside the metro station Maelbeek in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Bombs Exploded in Brussels as In-House Lawyers Arrived

There were some anxious CEOs around Europe Tuesday as a group of 108 in-house counsel and compliance officers were arriving in Brussels this morning just as deadly terrorist bombs went off at the airport and a subway station, killing at least 30 and injuring at least 200.

Police and rescue teams are pictured outside the metro station Maelbeek in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe.

Brussels Blasts Disrupt Big Law Business

Brussels, the seat of the European Union and a hub for U.S. and international firms, was in lockdown Tuesday after a series of explosions rocked the city’s airport and a central subway station. At least 34 have been killed in the terrorist attacks.

People walk away from the broken windows at Zaventem Airport in Brussels after an explosion on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. At least 26 people were reported dead.

Brussels Dispatch: an Airport Lockdown, an Empty Restaurant, a Jihadism Conference

We asked our staff to try to locate sources in Belgium who could give us a sense of the aftermath of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

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What Role, If Any, Did Encrypted Communications Play in Deadly Brussels Attacks?

After several recent attacks, federal officials and police officers have repeated requests that they be given access to encrypted communications.

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A 'Brexit' May Not Change UK Employment Law

There’s a lot of confusion over what happens to the U.K.’s employment laws if Great Britain leaves the European Union.

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What Killed Greenberg Traurig's U.K. Merger?

Behind the failed merger talks between Greenberg Traurig and London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Stephenson Harwood Formalizes Chinese Association

By Frances Ivens |

Through a pair of former lawyers, the U.K. firm is taking advantage of a free trade agreement between Hong Kong and mainland China to gain Chinese law capability.

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Greenberg Chairman Cites Culture Clash in Failure of Merger Talks

The talks are off between the 1,950-lawyer Greenberg Traurig and London's 550-lawyer Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Will the Privacy Shield Truly Redefine International Data Transfers?

Awaiting confirmation by the EU court, the Privacy Shield details leave some wondering whether it’s the right agreement for their business.

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Greenberg Traurig Ends Merger Talks with UK's Berwin Leighton Paisner

Both firms confirmed Wednesday that the major transatlantic merger was no longer in the cards.

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Berwin Leighton Paisner's Future—With or Without Greenberg Traurig

By Georgina Stanley |

The firm's managing partner sets out BLP's strategy—whether or not ongoing merger talks with Greenberg pan out: "We're not after scale for the sake of scale."

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Spain's Garrigues Broadens Latin American Reach

The Iberian legal giant has finalized a deal to integrate Chilean firm Avendaño Merino into its global network. Amid a shrinking market for high-end legal services in Spain, many of the country's top firms are looking to opportunities in Latin America.

Jared Genser, of Freedom Now, at a press conference for the UN and the Unfair Trial of President Nasheed of the Maldives, at Doughty Street Chambers in London, England.  October 5, 2015.

Human Rights Hero Jared Genser on Dictators, DLA Piper and the World’s Worst Prisons

No lawyer in the world has a client list like Jared Genser. A former partner at DLA Piper, the human rights lawyer spoke with The Litigation Daily about his work, including his recent partnership with Amal Clooney to free the ex-president of the Maldives, and how law firms can help.

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Expert Analysis: What the U.K. TAR Decision Means for Corporate Counsel

The jurisprudence of e-discovery hit another milestone on Feb. 16. That was when a British court joined courts in the United States and Ireland in approving the use of technology-assisted review (TAR) in litigation.

Global Legal Awards Deadline Is May 1

We're honoring the best lawyering the world over in cross-border deals, disputes, finance and citizenship.

State-Sponsored Patent Funds: Licensing or Litigating?

Such funds have long been a target of criticism, especially from the U.S. And international trade experts have sounded the alarm, saying SPFs signaled a new form of nationalism and protectionism.

Report: It’s Not Just the U.S. That’s Fighting Bribery

The extraction industries saw the brunt of bribery enforcement actions in 2015, but the manufacturing/service providing industry faces more U.S. investigations, according to a new report from TRACE International, a provider of anti-bribery compliance services.

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Top U.S. Firms in London Match U.K. Peers in Revenues, Profits

By Charlotte Edmond |

Increasingly, the London offices of U.S. law firms are catching up to native U.K. firms in size and financial results, a Legal Week study of LLP filings finds.

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Allen & Overy's New Leaders Target U.S. Expansion

By Vern Pitt |

The Magic Circle firm’s newly elected leadership team, Wim Dejonghe and Andrew Ballheimer, are expected to expand A&O's U.S. offering as well as review governance and partner appraisal systems.

Dechert Hires Skadden White Collar Crime Specialist, Plus More Lateral Moves

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom counsel Matthew Cowie moves to Dechert's white collar team in London; DLA Piper's U.K. competition head Kate Vernon joins Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; and other notable additions.

Irina Rostova, with Rostova Law Group, P.A.

Russian-Speaking Attorneys Cater to Surge from Russia, Ukraine

Instability in Ukraine and Russia is prompting more Russian-speaking entrepreneurs to immigrate to the U.S. to start or expand businesses.

Expert Analysis: Russia Implements Rules to Localize Online Personal Data

The Russian Federation's Data Localization Law, which went into effect in September 2015, which requires Russian citizens' personal data to be located in Russia. Russian authorities have issued a plan to audit both multinational and Russian companies over the course of 2016.

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King & Wood Mallesons Litigator To Leave For Arnold & Porter

By Frances Ivens |

As Hilton Mervis heads to Arnold & Porter's London office, his departure is the latest in a string of partner exits from King & Wood Mallesons in Europe.

World's First Publicly Listed Law Firm to Restructure After Mammoth Loss

Australia's Slater & Gordon, which went public in 2007, is planning to restructure its debt and U.K. operations after posting a net loss of almost a billion Australian dollars in the second half of 2015.

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Eversheds in Singapore Merger Talks

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. firm is seeking to combine its eight-lawyer office in the city-state with local 56-lawyer firm Harry Elias Partnership.

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Survey Finds Law Firm Partners Oppose British Exit From E.U.

By James Booth |

A poll by Legal Week finds that 40 percent of lawyers surveyed expect Britain to leave the E.U., but only 15 percent personally support such a move.

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Amid Defections, Kirkland Extends Notice Period for Departing Partners

In a move that appears aimed at deterring partner departures, Kirkland & Ellis is doubling the notice period that partners must give before they leave, from 60 to 120 days, according to former Kirkland partners.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, the early reports on 2015 financial results for DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, K&L Gates, Latham, White & Case and more international law firms.

Slater and Gordon To Make U.K. Cuts As It Reports $683M Loss

By James Booth |

The struggling personal injury firm—the first law firm ever to go public—writes down A$814.2M from its Quindell acquisition as it restructures.

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Kirkland's London Arm to Lose Seven Partners to Sidley and Freshfields

By Anna Ward |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer adds a second high yield partner from Kirkland in a year, as Sidley Austin picks up a six-partner City team in a private equity push.

Flags of the European Union, of which the European Community is a pillar. The European Community won the right to proceed with its racketeering suit against RJR Nabisco.

Details of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Released

The debate around privacy in big data is nowhere more pronounced than in the European Union, with laws like the General Data Protection Regulation transforming the way businesses interact with the EU public. On Feb. 29, The European Commission, the body tasked with proposing and enforcing laws around data privacy.

The Churn

Hogan Lovells on a Hiring Spree, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hogan Lovells goes global for new recruits; a rough week for K&L Gates; Crowell & Moring brings back a top prosecutor; Debevoise bags a federal judge; DLA Piper plucks a longtime ESPN lawyer; and other notable additions from around The Am Law 200.

Big Deals

Dublin-based Shire plc said on Jan. 11 that it had struck a cash-and-stock deal to acquire Bannockburn, Illinois-based Baxalta Inc. after a five-month pursuit. In August, Shire had announced a $30 billion all-stock takeover bid for Baxalta, which was turned down by the target.

Wolters Kluwer Offers Law Firm Billing 'Industry Snapshot' for Benchmarking

The company's data solution aims to bring transparency to legal billing to help clients cut costs and firms improve efficiencies.

New German Privacy Law Targets US Companies

U.S. companies need to be aware of a new German data protection measure that came into effect this week. The law, aimed directly at companies based outside Germany, allows German consumers and business associations to enforce the country’s data protection laws.

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Contract Lawyers Businesses AdventBalance And LOD Announce Merger

By Anna Zhang |

The 200-lawyer Australian entity will combine with the 400-lawyer Lawyers on Demand in London.

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Sysco Uses Freshfields on $3.1B Acquisition

Food service distributor Sysco Corp. of Houston announced a definitive agreement to buy Brakes Group of London, another food service distributor.

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HSBC’s Legal Bills Skyrocketed in 2015

British bank HSBC Holdings spent a whopping $1.65 billion during 2015 on legal bills, nearly $500 million higher than the previous year, according to its annual report.

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Hogan Lovells Introduces Unlimited Vacation in US But Europe Misses Out

By Rose Walker |

The Anglo-American firm follows a number of U.S. peers by removing an annual cap on vacation days—but the move will not apply to offices outside the U.S.

SEC Action Recommended in Alleged Cadbury Bribery

It was a not so sweet day for Mondelēz International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies. The company says federal investigators have recommended enforcement action against it for alleged bribes paid over operations in India that were bought from Cadbury.

Expert Analysis: Managing Business Before EU Privacy Shield Takes Effect

Until the Privacy Shield is firmly in place, no one can predict specifically what will happen in the wake of the CJEU's decision in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner. For now, data privacy savvy organizations have taken measures to get their data house in order.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. January 10, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Vimpelcom’s FCPA Settlement is One of the Largest Ever

The Dutch telecommunications giant VimpelCom agreed Thursday to pay $795 million to resolve U.S. and Dutch charges that it bribed government officials in Uzbekistan to win business.

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New Global Firm Makes a Debut, Shunning US

Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham made their merger official on Monday, creating one of the largest international firms without an office in the United States.

The Churn

Mayer Brown Launches German PE Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

King & Wood Mallesons’ private equity leader in Germany joins Mayer Brown; two more Edwards Wildman Palmer alums leave Locke Lord; Polsinelli keeps growing; Wachtell adds an e-discovery expert; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mayer Brown Leads Beijing Enterprises $1.6B German Buy

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance advises Stockholm-based EQT Partners on the sale of Germany’s EEW Energy from Waste as Chinese state-owned companies continue overseas buying spree.

Sir Nigel Knowles.

Nigel Knowles, Who Helped Create Global Giant, To End Tenure at DLA Piper

Knowles, who oversaw his firm's expansion around the world over the past two decades, will step down from his management post in April before retiring from the partnership.

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UK Court Approves Technology-Assisted Review in Case for First Time

Master Matthews of English High Court allowed the parties to proceed with predictive coding because of proportionality concerns, among other factors.

Shari Claire Lewis

Expert Analysis: The EU-U.S. Data Protection Dispute and Possible Resolution

In her Internet Issues/Social Media column, Shari Claire Lewis discusses the background of the data transfer dispute and the significant aspects of the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

The Churn

K&L Gates Adds Down Under After Moscow Closure, Plus More Lateral Moves

After closing its Moscow office, K&L Gates doubles down in Australia; Greenberg Traurig grabs a Goodwin Procter securities litigator; high-powered lawyers leave Vinson & Elkins and Morgan Lewis in Houston; and other key additions from around The Am Law 200.

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Firms Get Mostly High Marks as Social Mobility Project Enters Fifth Year

A groundbreaking initiative by a group of leading U.K., U.S. and international law firms is teaching disadvantaged students about the profession but failing to follow through, according to a new report.

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Deal Watch: Mylan Moves on to Meda With Cravath in Tow

A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.

Hedge Funds Win Judgment Against Deutsche

Two related hedge funds won a $22.1 million judgment against Deutsche Bank AG in a dispute tied to contract rights in credit default swap agreements.

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Points Mean Prizes as DLA Overhauls Its Compensation System

By James Booth |

Partners welcome reforms as part of co-CEO Simon Levine's drive for greater profitability outside the U.S.

Experts Weigh in on the Shifting EU U.S. Data Transfer Paradigm

From the newly minted Privacy Shield agreement to the EU’s upcoming GDPR law, experts dissect what the new data regulations mean for U.S. businesses.

Anxiety Remains for U.S. Businesses Despite New EU Data Agreement

The new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement and changing EU data laws do little to alleviate concerns.

Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.

Mauricio Macri points as he rides in an open top car towards the presidential palace after he was sworn in as Argentina's new president in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

The Global Lawyer: The First Shoe Drops in Argentina

The beginning of the end of Argentina’s international bondholder battle means important legal questions raised by the dispute will have to wait for answers.

Visitors look through books before Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the library of the Schneerson family of Hasidic rabbis in the Jewish Museum in Moscow, Thursday, June 13, 2013. The vast collection of Jewish books and documents is the focus of a dispute between Moscow and Washington.

Justice Dept. Fights Subpoenas for Bank Records About Russian Assets

The U.S. Department of Justice is fighting efforts by a Jewish group to subpoena banks for information about assets owned by the Russian Federation, which owes more than $43 million in sanctions for rebuffing a U.S. judge's order to return a collection of religious texts.

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Greenberg Traurig Confirms Tie-Up Talks With British Firm

Greenberg Traurig, a Miami-based Am Law 100 firm known for its spectacular growth, confirmed Wednesday that it is in preliminary discussions about a potential union with U.K. firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Lawyers Anticipate More Teeth in New EU-U.S. Data Transfer Pact

The so-called Privacy Shield could expose U.S. companies to more aggressive enforcement and stiffer fines.

DLA Piper's Washington, D.C. offices.

DLA Piper Shakes Up Non-U.S. Compensation

The firm's international LLP is introducing a new points-based system, bringing in a larger bonus pool and creating a separate lockstep for new partners.

Companies Should Cheer the New US-EU Data Privacy Deal

While details of the eleventh hour agreement are still emerging, if it holds up in court it will likely offer clarity about how to handle customer data—the lifeblood of modern companies.

DLA Expands with Finland Merger, Sweden Integration

DLA Piper is beefing up its presence in the Nordic region by merging with Finnish firm Peltonen LMR and integrating its Swedish arm, DLA Nordic, the firm announced Monday.

The Lawyer Who Said, 'This Ain’t For Me'

Of 16 high-powered New York real estate lawyers videotaped in an undercover sting by Global Witness, just one outright refused to help a purported foreign official funnel illicit funds into the U.S.

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The Most Prized Lateral of 2015 Wasn't a Partner

It was instead a four-person project management team. When the U.K.'s Herbert Smith Freehills hired those professional staffers amid lots of fanfare, it was a lesson to all firms about lateral hiring. Are you listening?

U.S. Supreme Court building

Expert Analysis: US Supreme Court to Consider RICO's International Reach

The boundaries of traditional nation-states are often blurred by growing globalization in business. For that reason, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to return this term to a hot-button issue—the extraterritorial application of U.S. law.

By the Numbers: Are the Biggest Firms the Most Profitable?

The short answer: no. Data on Global 100 firms from our researchers and analysts at ALM Legal Intelligence shows that firms with fewer offices and fewer foreign offices tend to have higher profit margins and profits per partner than bigger, more global firms.

Tyco Fire & Security headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100, Irish Firms Team for Johnson Controls-Tyco Inversion

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb are advising on a $20 billion corporate tax inversion deal between Johnson Controls and Tyco International; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest round of billion-dollar deals.

German Shakeup Continues As Latham Boosts Buyouts With Linklaters Hire

The shakeup of the German legal market shows no signs of abating in 2016, as Latham & Watkins seeks to rebuild its private equity offering in the country by hiring Linklaters practice head Rainer Traugott in Munich.

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse at 40 Foley Square

Civil Case Stayed to Consider Baker & Hostetler's Role

Two days before trial, the Second Circuit stayed a civil case to address whether Baker & Hostetler and partner John Moscow should be disqualified as counsel to real estate companies accused of laundering the proceeds of a Russian tax fraud scheme.

A Firm To Watch: King & Wood Mallesons

Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.

Brown Rudnick's Irish Practice Head Departs

Several months after Brown Rudnick was dragged into a political corruption scandal in Ireland, the former head of the firm's Irish practice has left the firm to reconstitute his own shop in Dublin.

Nicholas M. De Feis and Philip C. Patterson

Expert Analysis: Using Anti-Corruption Laws to Address Overseas Security Threats

Although the DOJ's ability to act in foreign countries is limited at best, the recent prosecution of an official with Russia's state-owned nuclear corporation using federal money laundering statutes illustrates how the DOJ can try to chip away at the edges of serious crimes without having to depend on unreliable foreign enforcement efforts.

One-Third of Irish Data Protection Officials Admit Breach in Past Year

The Irish Computer Society survey found 71 percent said the breaches were caused inadvertently by staff members.

Merck sign, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

U.S. Merck Battles German Merck Over Use of Name

Merck & Co. has filed a trademark infringement suit in federal court in Newark against a German drugmaker with a similar name and a common heritage.

Lawyer Amal Clooney embraces the deposed President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed as he arrives at Heathrow airport in London, January 21, 2016.

Amal Clooney for the Win (But Would You Expect Anything Less?)

After a highly visible lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. and around the world, Amal Clooney helped secure the release—at least for now—of the ex-president of the Maldives, who arrived in London on Thursday. And she's already got a new client to save.

Left to right: Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl; Jason Rezaian; Washington Post editor Marty Baron; and Wilmer senior counsel Robert Kimmitt at the U.S. Army's regional medical center in Landstuhl, Germany, on Rezaian's first full day of freedom since July 22, 2014.

Lawyers for U.S., Iranian Captives Celebrate Prisoner Swap

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, which represented reporter Jason Rezaian before his release from an Iranian prison, was just one of the American firms praising the latest diplomatic breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations.

It’s OK to Read Employee’s Emails, European Court Rules

The European Court of Human Rights gave employers in Europe the green light to monitor employee’s personal communications at work.

Joseph J. LoBue and Helene Gogadze

Expert Analysis: Rare Investor-State Arbitration Finding on Bankruptcy Decision

'Denial-of-justice' findings are rare in international arbitration, but in Dan Cake S.A. v. Hungary, the ICSID tribunal held that a Hungarian national court decision 'shock[ed] a sense of juridical propriety.'

Nortel Fee Bonanza Continues as Creditors Square Off in NY

As creditors fight over Nortel Networks’ $7.3 billion carcass, bankruptcy lawyers are feasting on the fees.

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ALM Buys UK's Legal Week From Incisive Media

The parent company of The American Lawyer said the acquisition, the fourth in recent years, better positions the company in key international markets.

From the EU to China, 2016 Ushers in New Data Headaches for Companies

Foreign governments, including China, Turkey and the European Union, are giving corporate America fits over how companies handle information and data, and the trend is only going to worsen this year.

Judge Griesa

Judge Reverses Ruling Disqualifying Baker & Hostetler From Case

Reversing his own ruling of last month, Southern District Judge Thomas Griesa has reinstated Baker & Hostetler and partner John Moscow to represent real estate companies accused of laundering proceeds of a Russian fraud scheme.

Shire logos sit on the boxes of Elvanse tablets and Mezavant XL tablets, produced by Shire Plc, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Six Firms Advise on First Pharmaceutical Mega-Deal of 2016

Cravath, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Ropes & Gray, Slaughter and May and Skadden have grabbed roles on the proposed $32 billion merger between rare disease drug makers Shire plc and Baxalta Inc.

European Commission in Brussels

2016 Could Bring Big Changes to IP Protection in Europe

Fladgate IP partner Eddie Powell sees regulatory and legistlative developments ahead that could make the unified patent a reality and ease streaming throughout Europe, among other things.

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Dentons’ Growth Surge Continues With Mass U.K. Hire

Another year, another international move for Dentons. The global legal giant brought on a 45-lawyer banking and finance team from regional British firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin. The new additions had been expected for several months.

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Legal Services Provider Axiom Appoints Sara Morgan as GM of its London Office

Morgan will lead the firm’s UK growth while helping clients develop responses to the evolving legal landscape.

Circuit Faults 'Affront' to Russian Sovereignty in Stoli Trademark Case

Trademark rights assigned by the Russian government to Stolichnaya vodka must be respected by courts in the United States, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Global E-Discovery Market Exceeds $10B in 2015, Continues to Grow

By 2019, Europe will be almost 23 percent of the market and Asia will be more than 7 percent.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa

Judge Rethinks Removing Baker Hostetler From Case

Southern District Judge Thomas Griesa withdrew his opinion disqualifying Baker & Hostetler and partner John Moscow from defending real estate companies accused of laundering the proceeds of a Russian fraud scheme.

Hunton & Williams attorney Adam Rosser took a three-week trip to an island in Greece this November to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees disembark from the boats they used to leave Turkey.

Hunton & Williams Lawyer Turns Greek Vacation Into Humanitarian Mission

Adam Rosser, counsel at Hunton & Williams, had thought the European migrant crisis might reveal itself while he and his father vacationed in Greece in September. But the sight grabbed him more deeply than he had expected. The crisis has become his personal cause.

Aerial view of the debris after a dam burst at the small town of Bento Rodrigues in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb Caught Up in Brazil’s Bad Times

A former co-head of Allen & Overy's global corporate group has been charged in a corruption probe at Brazilian oil colossus Petrobras, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has been hired by Brazilian mining giant Vale in the aftermath of a tragic dam collapse.

Flags of the European Union, of which the European Community is a pillar. The European Community won the right to proceed with its racketeering suit against RJR Nabisco.

What the EU’s Data Privacy Ruling Really Means: Part Two

Legal tech experts weigh in on what the GDPR decision really means going forward.

Tech Sector Fights Back as U.S. Approves CISA, UK, China Consider Proposals

New intelligence gathering initiatives have led to a chorus of concern from the tech sector and privacy advocates.

Michael Hausfeld

High-Stakes Competition in Europe's New Antitrust Boom

By Susan Hansen |

As private antitrust actions take off in Europe, U.S. and U.K. firms are gearing up on the plaintiffs side.

Greenberg Traurig's Lejb Fogelman (left) and Jaroslaw Grzesiak

Getting It Right in Poland

By Chris Johnson |

Law firms have to be resourceful to thrive in one of Europe's toughest markets. Here's how they do it.

Big Deals

By Rebecca Geiger |

In the largest recent M&A deals across Europe, which law firms got the work?

A Lawyer's Star Power

By Jenna Greene |

Amal Clooney makes news for both her wardrobe and her human rights cases. It's a potent combo.

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Continental Breakfast: Life After the Law Firm

By Chris Johnson |

American Lawyer's Chris Johnson regularly takes attorneys to breakfast at their favorite morning venues to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. At Simpson's in The Strand, former Allen & Overy senior partner Guy Beringer talks about the venture he founded to put more lawyers on nonprofit boards.

Facing Off With Facebook

By Chris DiMarco |

A class action against the social media giant catalyzes a major shift in EU data policy.

No New Suits

By Julie Triedman |

Litigation funder Juridica announces it is cutting back its investments in fresh cases.

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Two Knocks for Freshfields

By Scott Flaherty |

The Magic Circle firm faces criticism from U.K. regulators over two high-profile deals.

Who's In, Who's Out in Germany

By Chris Johnson |

Foreign law firms keep piling into Europe's hottest legal market. Others are rethinking their strategy there.

Austrian activist Max Schrems talks to journalists in the courthouse after officially filing a suit against Facebook in Vienna, Austria on April 9, 2015. Schrems originated a large class action against Facebook about online privacy. His group will represent 25,000 users of the social network at a first hearing in Vienna on Thursday, April 9.

The Global Lawyer: The Anti-Social Network

Europe doesn't like Facebook, and it's about to get worse.

U.S District Court Judge Thomas Thrash

Judge Allows Racketeering Claims Against Glock to Proceed

A federal judge in Atlanta has handed an initial victory to the ex-wife of international gun mogul Gaston Glock in a racketeering case.

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Magic Circle Firms, Litigation Leaders Spread Bonus Cheer

Associate bonus announcements continue to roll in, with Freshfields and Clifford Chance announcing that their U.S. associates won't trail American peers. As in past years, Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Susman Godfrey marched to their own rhythms.

FIFA To Make Play for Reform, But Can It Score?

FIFA, the global governing body for soccer, seems to be stuck in a downward spiral of compliance and ethics disasters. Most everyone agrees that FIFA needs to change its ways—and soon.

New Rules Allow Foreign Lawyers to Practice in NY

State court officials have approved new rules authorizing lawyers outside the state to practice in New York on a temporary basis and to allow foreign lawyers to register as in-house counsel. The rules take effect Dec. 30.

Shepherd & Wedderburn's Stephen Gibb in Edinburgh.

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Are Independent Scottish Firms a Dying Breed?

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Shepherd and Wedderburn chair Stephen Gibb on why his firm—unlike some of its Scottish competitors—rejects the idea of a merger with a larger English firm.

European Commission in Brussels

Op-Ed: International Investment Court's Time Has Come

The European Commission has proposed a system to promote fairness. Obama should get on board.

Mayer Brown Picks Off More Magic Circle Talent in Germany

The firm hired a three-lawyer team in Frankfurt led by Clifford Chance partner André Schwanna.

A Siberian oil field

Lawsuit Over Russian Gas, Oil Interests Allowed to Proceed

A New York state court judge said the statute of frauds did not preclude claims against two Russian billionaires because the oral contract granted each of the parties the right to buy out any other party at any time, and therefore was capable of performance within one year.

Flags of the European Union, of which the European Community is a pillar. The European Community won the right to proceed with its racketeering suit against RJR Nabisco.

EU’s Proposed Cybersecurity Law Could Affect US Companies, Too

In recent years, lawmakers in countries around the globe have been working to catch up with the problem of exponentially increasing cyberattacks. One region where legislators have been working hard is the European Union, which announced its first-ever set of cybersecurity rules this week.

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DLA Continues European Finance Push With London Partner Hires

LA Piper has continued to build its European finance practice with the hire of two senior partners in London, the firm announced Wednesday.

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Clifford Chance Settles with Funder of Failed Excalibur Case

In the latest twist in a bizarre saga of litigation funding gone awry, Clifford Chance has agreed to pay a confidential amount to settle a negligence suit threatened by a litigation funder that bankrolled a disastrous case handled by the U.K. law firm.

Orrick Team Prevails in Epic French Legal Battle

In France, it’s known as “l’affaire Tapie”—a juicy, long-running fight involving some of the country’s top politicians and businessmen. Last week, a Paris-based team from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe scored a megawin in litigation against French business mogul, actor and singer Bernard Tapie.

The Churn

Magic Circle Firms Make Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer add from Shearman & Sterling and Skadden, K&L Gates grabs three Down Under and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hong Kong
Olswang Launches Hong Kong Association

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm has struck a non-exclusive cooperation agreement with 31-lawyer boutique Haldanes in the Chinese territory.

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Survey: Quality, Not Price, Counts When In-House Lawyers Pick Firms

A British survey of 900 in-house counsel rated the quality of legal advice as well as the quality of its delivery as the most important factors in judging outside counsel, both scoring high with 96 percent of respondents.

VOIR DIRE: Talkin' Tolkien in Turkey

The Turkish government doesn't think a meme involving its president and a "Lord of the Rings" character is so precious.

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Spotlight on Strategy: White & Case's New Five-Year Plan

After taking a conservative approach in the wake of the recession, White & Case is ready for a growth spurt.

Railjet high-speed train at train station Salzburg, Austria.

Justices' Austrian Train Ruling Further Restricts Foreign Claims in U.S. Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday that an American woman injured in an Austrian train accident cannot sue the railroad in U.S. courts merely because she purchased her ticket online in the United States.

Expert Analysis: Understanding the EU Safe Harbor Decision—and Possible Next Steps

In October the EU's Court of Justice invalidated the Safe Harbor program, which was designed to allow U.S. companies to comply with data protections for citizens of EU member states. What happens now?

U.K. Serious Fraud Office Enters First Deferred Prosecution Pact, With ICBC Standard Bank

ICBC Standard Bank on Monday agreed to pay $36.9 million in a global settlement with the U.S. and U.K. governments over a bribe paid to secure business with the Tanzanian government.

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U.K. Mergers Forge Two New Quarter-Billion Pound Law Firms

Personal injury giant Irwin Mitchell and private client firm Thomas Eggar have already exchanged contracts on a merger, while regional U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard is in advanced talks with leading Scottish practice Maclay Murray & Spens.

Young plaintiffs suing the Obama administration celebrate outside a Eugene, Oregon courthouse after filing their case on Aug. 12, 2015.

The Global Lawyer: Using the Courts to Fight Climate Change

The Paris climate talks won't be enough. Can courts grab control of the thermostat?

Upping the Ante

Dentons has sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals across Asia also raise questions about its aggressive growth strategy.

Expert Analysis: When Foreign Companies File Under Chapter 11 or 15

Some companies choose to avoid the insolvency schemes available in their home jurisdictions, attempting instead to reorganize in the U.S.

Another Cross-Border Merger for Dentons—This One in Luxembourg

The global legal giant inked its fifth major tie-up of 2015 by agreeing to absorb 34-lawyer Luxembourg firm OPF Partners into its Swiss verein on Jan. 1, 2016.

Litigation Funder Juridica Pulls Back After Bad Bets

As litigation finance continues to gain ground, funding pioneer Juridica Investments said it will halt investments in new cases and cut costs in the wake of courtroom setbacks.

E-Discovery Growing More Prevalent in Many Regions

A Kroll Ontrack report also highlights predictive coding and its popularity in the UK, US and Europe.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for Emerging Markets Awards 2015

Both regional and international firms alike took home trophies for their work on the most innovative and creative deals and disputes in Southeast Asia and India. Here's the full list of winners.

White & Case Retrenches in Germany With Munich Closure

The shakeup of the German legal market continues, with White & Case set to close its Munich office in early 2016.

Hogan Lovells Associate Killed in Paris Terror Attacks

Valentin Ribet, a white-collar litigation associate in the firm's Paris office, was the first victim to be identified in the terrorist attacks that killed at least 129 people in the city on Nov. 13. He died at the Bataclan concert hall.

Two More Countries Get Buy American Exemptions From Feds

New Zealand and Montenegro join the list of countries from which federal contractors are permitted to buy.

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DLA Piper Launches Venture with U.K. Contract Lawyer Firm

DLA Piper has scrapped plans to create its own contract attorney unit in the United Kingdom, and instead has entered into a formal venture with the U.K. firm Lawyers on Demand.

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Jeremy Barton Leaves Boston Consulting to Head KPMG U.K. Legal

At KPMG, Barton replaces Vanessa Sharp, who retired in May.

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Foley & Lardner, Eversheds Won't Pursue Combination

A little more than a week after news of tie-up talks between Foley & Lardner and London-based Eversheds made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, the two firms have called off discussions about a merger.

Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club

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Growing U.S. Firm Fires London Partner After Soccer Rant

Goldberg Segalla, a 240-lawyer U.S. firm that has made some high-profile lateral additions this year, chose to terminate the founding partner of its London office after he was caught disparaging Liverpool soccer fans as “scouse scum.”

Freshfields Faces Regulatory Sting on Two Fronts

The Magic Circle firm’s work in forming an Indonesia coal group and advising on a sale of a stake in high-speed railway service Eurostar have come under scrutiny from a pair of British regulatory bodies.

With Frankfurt Launch, Goodwin Procter Enters Crowded German Market

Goodwin Procter on Thursday became the latest major law firm to bet on Germany, which remains a top destination for both established and aspiring global firms.

United Kingdom
British Parliament Introduces Bill Broadening Surveillance Capabilities

The Investigatory Powers Bill would require Internet service providers to store the Internet activity of everyone in Britain for one year.

Herbert Smith Freehills Is Latest to Grow in Germany with Düsseldorf Launch

The city in Germany's industrial heartland is proving increasingly attractive to the world’s top law firms.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing, Jan. 27, 2015.

Dentons Expands Across Pacific Rim Amid Busy Merger Market

Global juggernaut Dentons is planning a new cross-border amalgamation with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and Singapore’s Rodyk & Davidson, a 200-lawyer firm. Meanwhile, Dinsmore & Shohl and Ike Sorkin's New York shop are doing deals of their own.

Foreign Law Firms Grab a Share of Canada's Legal Market

International mergers are transforming the Canadian legal scene. Will Canadian law firms have to change their game?

Reed Smith Steals Ince's Top Singapore Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Former Ince & Co. Singapore managing partner Richard Lovell and alliance firm cohead Mohan Subbaraman are jumping ship in the midst of other defections in London and reports the maritime specialist is looking for a merger partner.

Volkswagen Emissions Litigation Turning Unwieldy

Chaos is building in courts across the country as about 400 Volkswagen emissions class actions have raced forward—with two federal judges ordering immediate settlement talks—despite a pending decision on whether to move the cases to multidistrict litigation.

Michael Hausfeld

Backed by Burford’s Millions, Hausfeld Stakes a Claim in Germany

Hausfeld LLP and litigation funder Burford Capital are teaming up in a first-of-its-kind $30 million joint venture to bring cartel claims in Germany, both parties announced Wednesday.

White & Case Set to Lose Warsaw Group to International Rivals

After earlier retreats for White & Case in Hungary and Romania, sources say the firm is now poised to lose virtually its entire Polish litigation practice to Baker & McKenzie and Greenberg Traurig.

EU Privacy Update: 5 Stories That Will Impact U.S. Organizations with European Ties

The year 2015 was an active year in the evolution of EU privacy law, and could set the stage for further issues down the line.

Special Report: Privacy and the EU

As the European Union considers sweeping changes to the Data Protection Directive governing the way electronic information is exchanged across its borders, a number of decisions made this year are already altering that process. Here's a look at some of the most impactful EU/privacy stories.

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Quinn Emanuel and Hagens Berman Sue VW on Behalf of S. Koreans

Two prominent law firms filed a federal class action in Los Angeles on Friday against Volkswagen A.G. on behalf of South Korean consumers, making it the first case of its kind against an automaker in the United States.

5 Strategies for Handling Foreign Data Post-Safe Harbor

A Recommind webcast soldiered through the new world of handling potentially private data in the EU.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Emerging Markets Awards 2015

By Tom Brennan |

We've broadened the scope for our second annual awards recognizing the top matters and lawyers in Southeast Asia and India, bringing the total number of categories to 25 from 17.

Facebook EU Privacy Suit May Move Forward Following Safe Harbor Ruling

Contingent on a EUCJ decision that invalidated the Safe Harbor agreement, Max Schrems’ class action lawsuit again Facebook may get its day in court.

A Credit Agricole bank branch in Nice, France, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.

When a $787M Penalty Is a Good Outcome

Even for a bank, $787 million is a big penalty. But in many ways, the deal that lawyers from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom secured for Crédit Agricole SA for sanctions violations was a good one. How does it stack up compared to what Sullivan & Cromwell negotiated for BNP Paribas last year?

Expert Analysis: The ECJ Safe Harbor Ruling Should Spur Careful Planning

The ECJ decision, which cannot be appealed, has already injected additional uncertainty and disruption into E.U./U.S. business relationships on both sides of the Atlantic.

Italian Site for In-House Lawyers Names Its Best of the Year, an Italian website aimed at in-house lawyers, has named its general counsel of the year. Along with that award, the site gave awards to both GCs and legal departments in various industries.

DLA Piper, Garrigues Take Aim at Emerging Markets

DLA Piper announced a new base in Morocco, to be followed in early 2016 by an outpost in Johannesburg. Spain's Garrigues, meanwhile, is bolstering its presence in Latin America through a tie-up with a Colombian firm.

<b>GERMAN ENGINEERING:</b> Suits over the drop in VW stock have a better chance abroad.

Suing VW? Maybe Overseas

U.S. shareholders limited in loss recovery at home.

Lothar Determann, Baker & McKenzie

What the EU Data Safe Harbor Ruling Means for Lawyers

The end of the EU Safe Harbor agreement means headaches for companies—and more work for their lawyers.

The European Court of Justice

Legal Harbor for US-EU Data Transfer No Longer Safe

n a setback for many U.S. companies, the EU’s highest court struck down a 15-year-old agreement allowing the personal data of customers and employees to flow freely from Europe back to the United States.

The Compliance Strategist: Volkswagen's Compliance 1.0 Train Wreck

The German auto giant has been reeling from a scandal of monumental proportions after admitting that it had been using a "defeat software" to help its diesel cars pass emissions testing in the U.S. and Europe. So what went wrong here?

Littler Mendelson Expands Beyond Americas With German Merger

Littler Mendelson has established its first presence outside the Americas following a merger with German labor and employment law boutique Vangard, the firm announced.

Dentons’ Latest Global Push Sees Firm Set Up Shop in Italy

Dentons is opening an office in Milan after hiring a 21-lawyer team led by three partners from DLA Piper, including its former local managing partner, Federico Sutti.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s headquarters in Jerusalem.

Another Big Deal for Teva, and a Mystery Role for Kirkland Revealed

Closing the loop on the twisted tale of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to advise longtime client Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on its latest big M&A deal.

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Allen & Overy Shuttering Year-Old Toronto Base

Maybe it was the cold. A year after London-based legal giant Allen & Overy opened a representative office in Toronto, the Magic Circle firm confirmed Tuesday the closure of its outpost up north.

The Churn

Sullivan & Worcester Bolts On Boston Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

Boston-based Greene & Hafer partners up with Sullivan & Worcester; Greenberg Traurig grows in Texas; Paul Weiss welcomes a “Rising Star”; Skadden snags a new Paris tax head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Litigators of the Week: Jonathan Cohn and Mark Hopson of Sidley Austin

Litigation’s always a gamble, and there was no exception for Sidley Austin as it defended Bayer AG in a dispute with the Federal Trade Commission over Bayer's promotion of its Phillips Colon Health probiotic supplement.

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VW Hit with Onslaught of Class Actions Across 31 States

Volkswagen’s legal problems jumped into overdrive this week. More than 175 class actions in 31 states have been filed over an emissions scandal that erupted last month.

Justice Department Gets Personal With Siemens Execs in Bribe Scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice finally nailed a former corporate executive of Siemens AG Wednesday, and is setting its sights on another one. Andres Truppel, Siemen's ex-chief financial officer, pled guilty to implementing a $100 million bribery scheme in Argentina.

The World's Best Known Law Firms

Vereins improve their position in the latest iteration of a client-awareness survey.

American Law Firms Raise Their Bets on Germany

US firms have set their sights on Germany, raiding their international rivals and shaking up that country’s lateral market.

International Firms Grapple with Currency Swings

Volatile currency rates can have a big impact on global law firm revenue and partner compensation. Who’s been hit hardest—and how are firms coping?

Global Legal Awards, Grand Prize Winner (Corporate): Breaking the Mold

It took creative thinking and some drastic measures to unite the world’s two leading cement companies.

Global Legal Awards, Grand Prize Winner (Disputes): The Right to Be Forgotten

How a 27-year-old lawyer from Spain took on Google in a fight for online privacy.

The Challenges of E-Discovery and International Privacy Laws

While we work and live in a "borderless" economy, when it comes to e-discovery and litigation matters, borders are ever apparent amid the myriad of international data privacy laws in play where ever data flows between regions.

How Firms Are Faring in Five Emerging Global Markets

Firm leaders and observers have various takes on Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia.

Guess Who’s Asking for a Criminal Probe of Volkswagen? The Automaker Itself

Volkswagen AG and its U.S. general counsel, David Geanacopoulos, are not opposing a criminal investigation into its emission scandal. In fact, the German-based automaker is filing its own criminal complaint with German prosecutors.

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Continental Breakfast: Guy Beringer, BCKR

The former senior partner of Allen & Overy discusses retirement—and how U.K. law firms have lost touch with corporate boardrooms.

DLA Piper Doubles Hamburg Size With 20-Lawyer Raid

The global legal giant has brought on a team of lawyers from British firm Bird & Bird in the German city, the latest in a series of local mass lateral hires by Am Law 100 firms.

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EU Advocate Declares EU/US Data Transfer Rules 'Invalid'

In filing his opinion to the European Court of Justice, Yves Bot said the Safe Harbor agreement should not stop member states from intervening if privacy protection is not up to snuff.

In Emissions Scandal, Kirkland Keeping Mum on Its Role for Volkswagen

The scope and timing of Kirkland's involvement is still unclear in a case that could rival the BP oil-spill litigation in scope—not to mention billable hours.

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Global Legal Awards: Global Disputes of the Year

This annual award from The American Lawyer honors the winning team in a range of high-impact, high-profile transnational cases—from Yukos's $50 billion arbitration win against Russia to the groundbreaking Swiss tax settlements.

French Data Authority Dismisses Google’s ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Appeal

The regulatory body will require Google to apply data de-listing policies to global domains, not just those in the EU.

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K&L Gates Grabs London Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

After a few months of partner losses, K&L Gates has been on a hiring spree in September, but some firm lawyers continue to find new homes; Morgan Lewis lands a former NLRB member; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

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Fleet of Lawyers Help Ink $4.6 Billion Atmel Acquisition

Jones Day represented the San Jose chipmaker, while Davis Polk advised London-based Dialog.

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Expert Analysis: UK Holds Companies Responsible for Slavery in Supply Chain

By Maureen Gorsen and Doug Bryden |

Under the United Kingdom's new Modern Slavery Act, Asian businesses that make or supply goods or services sold in the U.K. can expect greater scrutiny of their labor practices.

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NJ Lawyer Claims He Was Defamed in Book About Nazis

A Paterson lawyer claims in a suit in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and one of its authors defamed him in the 2014 book, "The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men."

Deal Watch: Magic Circle, Hogan Lovells on Tap for Big Beer Tie-Up Talks

At least two London-based legal giants and one leading Am Law 100 firm have taken the lead for Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller as they prepare to toast a potential combination.

House Panel Approves Legislation that Allows Privacy Suits From EU Citizens

Passage of the Judicial Redress Act clears the way for implementation of the Umbrella Agreement.

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U.K. Midmarket Consolidation Continues With Pair of Mergers

Leading global insurance firm Clyde & Co, the U.K.’s 11th-largest firm by revenue, is picking up Scotland's Simpson & Marwick, while Trowers & Hamlins will expand its national coverage by combining with Stones Solicitors, a small firm in southwest England.

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Lynch Boasts of Stronger Cybercrime Measures, Calls for Corporate Support

In a speech before the European Cybercrime Centre, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch outlined several ways her attorneys will increase their cooperation with the center and with other countries to combat cybercriminals.

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Gibson Dunn, Seeking Corporate Growth, Continues London Lateral Spree

The Am Law 100 firm has followed up on its addition of several high-profile London hires last year by snagging a pair of capital markets partners from global legal giant Herbert Smith Freehills.

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The Careerist: Barrister Accuses Brown Rudnick Partner of Misogyny

Is complimenting a woman on LinkedIn about her photo sexist?

Visitors look through books before Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the library of the Schneerson family of Hasidic rabbis in the Jewish Museum in Moscow, Thursday, June 13, 2013. The vast collection of Jewish books and documents is the focus of a dispute between Moscow and Washington.

Russia Hit With $43M Sanction For Refusal to Return Jewish Books

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington entered a $43.7 million judgment against the Russian Federation on Thursday as a sanction for rebuffing an order to return thousands of Jewish religious texts seized in the early 20th century.

Legislation Bars the Gate for EU/US Law Enforcement Data Protection Agreement

The Umbrella Agreement would allow EU citizens to file suit against U.S. authorities when information is abused, but its passage is contingent on the gridlocked U.S. Congress.

Microsoft Lawyer Asks Circuit to Avert 'Global Chaos'

A lawyer for Microsoft tried to persuade a federal appeals court Wednesday that there could be "global chaos" if U.S. government investigators are allowed to seize customer email information stored on company servers in foreign countries.

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Appeal of Lawyer Who Raped Russian Boy Denied

A federal appeals court has denied a request for acquittal from Kenneth Schneider, a Philadelphia lawyer who in 2011 was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a boy he met in Moscow.

Rights lawyer Amal Clooney speaks at the Maafushi Prison while meeting with jailed former Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed in Maafushi on September 8, 2015. Rights lawyer Amal Clooney spent hours in a high security prison island in the Maldives September 8 consulting former president Mohamed Nasheed as part of efforts to secure his release.

Amal Clooney: Beautiful? Yes. Famous? Yes. But Is She a Good Lawyer?

Amal Clooney may be the most famous practicing lawyer in the world, and is certainly the most photographed. But is she a good lawyer? In some ways, it’s the wrong question to ask.

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Skadden, Linklaters on $5.3B Mitsui Sumitomo-Amlin Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Tokyo-based company is buying the London-based reinsurer as the Japanese insurance industry continues an overseas shopping spree.

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Alston & Bird Opens China Office, Expands in Europe

Alston & Bird is expanding abroad, opening an office in Beijing and adding three lawyers who handle privacy and data security to its Brussels outpost.

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From Russia, With More Data Regs

The lawyers of King & Spalding have set out the three things in-house counsel need to know about the data localization law in Russia.

Brendan McDonagh, chief executive officer of Ireland's National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), poses for a photograph at the company's headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, in October 2011.

Report: DOJ Probing Irish ‘Bad Bank’ Deal Involving Brown Rudnick

The Boston-based Am Law 100 firm, already caught up in an Irish investigation into its role advising private-equity giant Cerberus Capital Management on its purchase of a troubled Northern Ireland property portfolio last year, must now deal with another inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sidley, Weil on Bohai's $2.6B Avolon Buy

By Tom Brennan |

Chinese leasing company Bohai is acquiring the Irish aircraft lessor as China looks set to overtake the U.S. as the world's largest domestic aviation market.

Google Grapples With EU Right to Be Forgotten

Google has its legal hands full overseas these days. Besides its antitrust battle with the E.U., the Internet giant has just received Europe’s first "right to be forgotten" enforcement action.

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Mind the Gap: GCs, Firms Wide Apart in Perception

A U.K. survey shows law firms and their clients don't necessarily see the same business universe.

Deal Watch: Am Law Trio Fuels Up on $14.8B Oil Services Buy

Dealmakers saw the upside of sunken oil prices yet again this week, while Europe's insurance and gaming sectors are seeing some big tie-ups.

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E-Discovery vs. E-Disclosure in the US and the UK

Judge Andrew Peck and Former Master Steven Whitaker discuss global e-discovery differences at Exterro's user conference.

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Outside Counsel: Germany's Failures in Bringing Nazi Murderers to Justice

Lee A. Spielmann writes: In the last few years, German prosecutors have begun a concerted effort to bring criminal prosecutions against remaining death camp guards. This recent commitment, however, highlights that for many years Germany was exceedingly lax in its efforts to prosecute and punish Nazi criminals.

Overseas Courts Crack Down on Sex Harassment

Europe is decidedly employee-friendly, but cultural barriers hobble enforcement elsewhere.

Microsoft "Ireland" Case Raises Fears as Appeal Nears

A bad result for the company could lead to other countries demanding data from U.S.-based cloud providers.

Cybersecurity Data Sharing Is Now Available to Law Firms

Law firms now have access to a platform that allows them to share data on cybersecurity threats anonymously. Several chief information officers and data security directors said they expected wide participation, although they expressed some reservations.

Heightened Risk of Cyberattacks Puts Pressure on Law Firms to Bolster Defenses

Considering 80 of the 100 biggest law firms have been hacked since 2011, it stands to reason yours could be next.

Growing German Market Spurs Latest Latham Lateral Raid

In the the latest example of U.S. firms with merit-based compensation systems poaching from their lockstep Magic Circle rivals, Latham & Watkins has hired another partner in Germany from Clifford Chance.

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Herbert Smith Freehills Trainee Lawyer Murdered in London

Elizabeth Nnyanzi, a 31-year-old contract paralegal and aspiring attorney with global legal giant Herbert Smith Freehills, was found dead on Aug. 14 evening at her home in London. A 23-year-old mechanic has been charged with her killing.

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Antitrust Firms in Forex Case Fix Their Gaze on Europe

With $2 billion in foreign exchange-related antitrust settlements already under their belts in the U.S., Hausfeld and Scott + Scott are setting their sights—and expanding their footprints—across the Atlantic.

Google Reaches Out to Program Partners on EU Cookies

The company recently sent letters to users of its AdSense, DoubleClick for Publishers and DoubleClick Ad Exchange programs, reminding them of their duty to comply with the EU's cookie law.

Dealmaker of the Week: Davis Polk's Mills Guided PartnerRe Through Competing Bids

An unexpected hostile bid from Italian investment fund Exor upended PartnerRe's planned merger with AXIS Capital. PartnerRe counsel Phillip Mills of Davis Polk & Wardwell had to be ready for anything.

Deutsche Bank GC to Retire at Year's End

His company beset by regulatory problems and soaring legal expenses, Richard Walker, the general counsel of Deutsche Bank AG, plans to retire at the end of 2015.

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Continental Breakfast: Gateley Takes Stock After Landmark Law Firm IPO

The American Lawyer's chief European correspondent meets regularly with senior legal figures at their favorite breakfast spots to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. This week he dined with two leaders of Gateley Plc, the U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm.

EU Nears Finalization of Network and Information Security Directive

The directive would impose disclosure requirements for companies following a breach.

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Charles Goldstein, Who Recovered Art Looted by Nazis, Dies

Charles Goldstein, who worked for decades as a prominent real estate attorney before discovering his passion for recovering art that the Nazis had looted from German Holocaust victims, has died. He was 78.

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Mylan, Kirkland Ready to End M&A Conflicts Fight

After dodging a $40 billion hostile takeover bid by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and forcing Teva to dump its former transactional lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis, it looks like Mylan NV is finally satisfied.

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Weil Advises China's HNA Group on $2.8B Swiss Cargo Company Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

The parent of Hainan Airlines is buying the world's largest ground and cargo handling company, Swissport International Ltd.

Intercontinental Conundrum: Navigating Litigation Holds

Companies facing incidents that might attract international attention must assess whether U.S. litigation is reasonably anticipated, thus triggering the need for a litigation hold.

S&C Stepped In for Teva's Mylan Bid, Sealed the Deal with Allergan

The managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s M&A group, Joseph Frumkin, replaced Kirkland & Ellis on Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ hostile bid for Mylan—and then picked up work on the Israeli drug maker’s $40.5 billion buy of Allergan’s generics business.

Google Appeals French Order to Apply ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Worldwide

“We believe that no one country should have the authority to control what content someone in a second country can access,” says Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel.

Deal Watch: Teva’s Generics Buy Headlines Banner M&A Week

A bevy of transactions in the pharmaceutical industry and industrial sector in Europe helped make the past week a big one for M&A, with more than a dozen billion-dollar deals being announced.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s headquarters in Jerusalem.

Two Suits Entwine Teva-Allergan-Mylan Pharma M&A Nexus

Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical announced its $40.5 billion buy of Allergan’s generics business this week, a move that saw the acquirer drop its hostile bid for Mylan NV, which it had pursued since April. While that cooled off a heated takeover battle, Mylan remains embroiled in a pair of suits, including a putative shareholder class action and another case against Teva’s ex-corporate lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.

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Baker Bags Two Amid Belfast Opening, Plus More Lateral Moves

Baker & McKenzie opens a back-office outpost in Northern Ireland while making a high-profile addition in London; a bevy of moves at Buchanan Ingersoll; Stroock raids Squire Patton Boggs; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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European Suit Against Film Studios Part of Aggressive Effort

The European Commission’s decision to file antitrust claims against six major U.S. film studios on Thursday is an aggressive approach at dismantling how Hollywood does business. Even so, it comes as little surprise to antitrust experts given the regulatory agency’s push to unify consumer access to digital products in the European Union.

EU Finds that Fake Goods Are Expensive

Counterfeits cost the region billions in lost retail and tax revenue.

Skadden Advising Nikkei on FT Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

Japan's largest media company is offering $1.3 billion for FT Group, the Pearson-owned publisher of the iconic salmon-toned Financial Times.

McDermott Partners With Spanish Firm for Foray Into Cuba

McDermott Will & Emery has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to target opportunities stemming from the renewal of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, forging an alliance with Spanish firm Olleros Abogados to advise clients on Cuba-related matters from Madrid.

Swiss Miss: Winston & Strawn to Close Geneva Office

The firm has decided to consolidate its European arbitration practice and relocate its two Geneva partners by Sept. 30, 2015.

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Circuit Opens Door to NY Discovery for Netherlands Suit

A former NYU professor suing for defamation in the Netherlands has been given a chance at discovery in New York in her quest to prove that Citigroup's chief economist had her wrongly arrested for stalking him.

As Brown Rudnick Twists, Irish Eyes Shine on Mayer Brown

The story of Brown Rudnick’s role in an Irish bailout deal gone bad took a new turn this week, while Mayer Brown landed a role in the U.S. bankruptcy of a disgraced Irish property baron whose wife was allegedly ripped off by a New York lawyer.

As Brown Rudnick Twists, Irish Eyes Shine on Mayer Brown

The story of Brown Rudnick’s role in an Irish bailout deal gone bad took a new turn this week, while Mayer Brown landed a role in the U.S. bankruptcy of a disgraced Irish property baron whose wife was allegedly ripped off by a New York lawyer.

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Appealing an International Arbitration Award

It is generally accepted that an international arbitration award is final and binding. And while some exceptions exist, they are limited in application.

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Personal Injury Firm Joins Swedish Model, Ex-Cravath Lawyer in Libel Fray

The defamation suits keep piling up against Benjamin Wey, the New York-based financier and stock promoter who bills himself as an "investigative journalist" on his online magazine The Blot.

Litigator of the Week: William Dawson of Gibson Dunn

Dawson successfully defended drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis against a novel False Claims Act case alleging that his client defrauded the government by improperly getting a drug patent on a blood thinner.

Coordinated Effort from 20 Countries Targets Darkode Hacking Forum

Twelve Darkode members have been charged with computer fraud conspiracy following an FBI infiltration of the forum.

Greenberg Snags 50-Lawyer Olswang Team For Germany Launch

Greenberg Traurig is to launch in Germany later this year, picking up the Berlin office of U.K.-based Olswang, the U.S. firm announced Tuesday.

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O’Melveny Welcomes New European Corporate Head From White & Case

Andrew Weiler, a corporate partner at White & Case in London, has joined O'Melveny & Myers to lead the firm's European M&A and corporate finance.

Deal Watch: Skadden Snags Big Beauty Deal as Conflict Claims Resurface Against Retired Partner

It was another big deal week for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which took the lead on a $12.5 billion buy for beauty products behemoth Coty, as an insider trading case involving a 6-year-old transaction by the firm forced a partner to take early retirement.

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New Gowlings WLG Leader Says No US Union on Horizon

Ottawa-based Gowling Lafleur Henderson and British firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. have announced plans to merge into a 1,400-lawyer firm called Gowlings WLG. But the combined Anglo-Canadian giant is uninterested in a tie-up with a U.S. partner.

From the Experts: Under New EU Privacy Regulations, Who Will Own Your Data Now?

With broader European Union data protection regulations on the horizon, companies must balance personal privacy with the ability to leverage data to grow business.

Cerberus, Amid Irish Imbroglio, Taps Schulte Roth for Grocery IPO

Cerberus Capital Management has called upon longtime outside counsel Schulte Roth & Zabel to advise on an initial public offering for grocery giant Albertsons, as Brown Rudnick, another adviser to the buyout giant, feels the heat over an alleged political payout tied to an Irish bailout deal.

Gross Revenues Mostly Flat at Clifford Chance, Freshfields

Magic Circle firms Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have unveiled their financial performance for 2014-2015, as France’s Fidal bypasses Spain’s Garrigues as the largest continental European law firm by gross revenue.

The Lawyers Who Saved Iceland's Economy

By Julie Triedman |

As Iceland nears a final milestone in its economic recovery from the 2008 financial meltdown, the island nation has a team of foreign law firms and domestic lawyers to thank for resolving its bank insolvency crisis.

Deal Watch: Skadden Celebrates Holiday Weekend Atop M&A League Tables

M&A league tables for the first half of 2015 compiled by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom leading the pack among legal advisers, while several other Am Law 100 firms prepare to fete the Fourth of July with some insurance-related transactional work.

McDonald's Challenges Supermac's in Global TM Food Fight

The Irish fast food chain is attempting to expand into Europe, and McDonald's is taking action to oppose the move.

Chart: The American Advance in Europe

By Zoe Ferguson |

Data from the NLJ 350 shows how U.S.-based law firms have expanded in nearly every country across the pond over the past decade.

Austrian Court Rules Facebook Privacy Suit Inadmissible

Court rules that the case did not meet the requirements for civil litigation and therefore is outside its jurisdiction.

Big Deals

By Rebecca Geiger |

In the largest recent M&A deals across Europe, which law firms got the work?

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Creative Uses for the U.K.'s ABS Mechanism

By Brian Baxter |

Alternative Business Structure (ABS) status allowed one U.K. firm, Gateley, to go public this spring—and has also helped several foreign firms enter the British legal market.

Dentons' Eye Still Wandering as McKenna Long Ties the Knot

With Dentons' merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge becoming official on Wednesday, we asked the firm's leaders about the impending combination with China's Dacheng—and what other global tie-ups may be in store.

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Highest Stakes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The 10 biggest disputes from our 2015 survey, ranked by the amount in controversy.

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Deciding the World's Biggest Disputes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Our survey finds more billion-dollar cases than ever—and they’re being heard by the same tiny club of arbitrators.

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Herbert Smith Freehills Grows Profits, Shrinks Debt Amid Flat Revenues

Herbert Smith Freehills achieved strong profit growth in the last financial year despite largely flat revenues, the firm announced Wednesday.

Net Neutrality Debate Heats Up in Europe

EU proposals could give the U.S. a permanent edge in online service, a law school professor warns.

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Musical Chairs at Kirkland & Ellis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Kirkland snags a top London tax partner but loses three others; Shearman & Sterling opens in Saudi Arabia; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Privacy Software Company Sues Google for Removal from Android Market

In an EU suit, Disconnect charges that their product was removed because it is better at detecting the use of Internet trackers than the competition.

Kazakhstan Wins Access to Documents of Law Firm Clyde & Co

In a battle over foreign oil and gas assets, the Republic of Kazakhstan has won a ruling that the New York office of U.K.-based law firm Clyde & Co must turn over information about the value of an oil and gas plant seized by the republic.

Frankfurt Banking Lawyers Benefit from New Regulatory Regime

By Tania Karas |

As the European Central Bank takes over as regulator for the eurozone's biggest lenders, clients have plenty of questions.

Turkey's Digital Blackouts

By Tania Karas |

Lawyers grapple with government-imposed online restrictions that have snared even Internet giants such as Google and Facebook.

Competition Heats Up in Brussels

By Tania Karas |

A new Competition Commissioner and a surge in M&A are keeping antitrust lawyers busy in the European Union's capital.

European Ruling Could Impact Liability for User Comments

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled the news site Delfi, based out of Estonia, may be liable for anonymous and defamatory comments posted by its readers.

From the Experts: A Global Perspective on Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

After the Germanwings airplane crash, what can employers do to reduce the impact of mental health issues in a global workforce?

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How UK Law Depts. Save Money: Get New Outside Counsel

A new U.K. study of in-house counsel attitudes shows that nearly two-thirds of the 530 respondents switched outside counsel last year to save money.

Deputy GC Makes Barclays' Latest In-House Departure

Robert Hoyt, general counsel of Barclays Banking Group, is continuing to clean the bank's in-house house. Deputy general counsel Michael Shaw is reportedly leaving "to pursue other interests."

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Snags Work for Teva, Tokio Marine

The firm is advising Tokio Marine in its $7.5 billion insurance company buy and has unexpectedly picked up work on Teva’s $40 billion bid for Mylan.

NY Judge Grants Baker & McKenzie Judgments Obtained in Swiss Court

A Nassau County Supreme Court judge agreed to convert Swiss judgments that Baker & McKenzie obtained against two former clients to judgments in his court, but he denied the firm's motion for summary judgment in lieu of a complaint for a third individual.

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Linklaters, Freshfields on Li Ka-shing's Latest Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Qatar Investment Authority has invested $1.2 billion in the billionaire's Hong Kong power company.

Deutsche Bank Shake-Up Reassigns Legal Affairs Chief

Beset by legal and regulatory problems, Germany's Deutsche Bank AG is replacing two co-chief executives and reassigning its head of legal affairs. But general counsel Richard Walker seems to be hanging on.

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In UK First, Law Firm Raises $45 Million Through IPO

A month after Gateley announced that it would become the first law firm in the U.K. to tap into public markets, the 350-lawyer shop raised more than $45 million in an initial public offering on London’s Alternative Investment Market.

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Transatlantic GC Summit Highlights Regulatory Divide

"I've never met a lawyer that would prefer to make a judgment than follow a rule," said one attendee, reflecting on U.K. and U.S. approaches to regulation.

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ALM Announces 2015 Transatlantic Legal Award Winners

At a London event, lawyers and firms are honored for excellence in transatlantic matters involving corporate, finance and litigation work, innovation, commitment to pro bono and outstanding transatlantic strategy, while 10 rising stars under 40 are named.

Deacons Leads $1.8B Chinese Semiconductor Buy in Europe

By Anna Zhang |

State-owned China Jianyin Investment will acquire Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors' radio-frequency power business.

MoFo Helps ‘Homeland’ Find a Home in Germany

Less than two years after opening in Berlin, Morrison & Foerster is advising Rupert Murdoch’s Twentieth Century Fox on the production of a fifth season of hit cable drama “Homeland,” as it prepares to become the first major U.S. television show to film in Germany.

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First Chinese-Owned Law Firm in UK Launches in London

By Anna Zhang |

Owned by Hong Kong lawyer Steve Ng and Shenzhen lawyer Winston Gao, YangTze Law Firm will operate under U.K. regulations that allow for foreign control of domestic firms.


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The End of Lockstep? Not So Fast.

News that Linklaters is to finally modify its lockstep has raised fresh questions over the long-term future of the compensation system. But with some tinkering, lockstep may prove more durable than many think.

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Hogan Lovells Hires on Three Continents, Plus More Lateral Moves

Three partners head to Hogan Loveless; Fried Frank raids Kirkland & Ellis in London; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; a Florida firm goes on a hiring spree; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deutsche Post GC/CCO Takes Nardello Chairman Post

Geoffrey Cruikshanks is heading to global investigations firm Nardello & Co. to be its chairman.

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UK Hospital Charged With 'Corporate Manslaughter'

In an unusual case, prosecutors in England have filed criminal manslaughter charges against a public hospital corporation following the death of a schoolteacher during childbirth.

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Eversheds, Pinsent Masons Edge Out Magic Circle in U.K. Brand Survey

By Zoe Ferguson |

In Acritas' U.K. Law Firm Brand Index 2015, general counsel gave some U.K. midtier firms higher favorability ratings than their most elite competitors.

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Boxer Is Entitled to Purse From Fight in Chechnya, Judge Says

In addition to ordering a German promotional company to pay the remainder of a purse it owed heavyweight Fres Oquendo for a 12-round "surreal" slugfest, the judge blocked the company from promoting any match for his opponent Ruslan Chagaev for 18 months, or until the company schedules a rematch.

Growth Pressures in EMEIA Lead to Risky Business

Companies doing business in emerging markets can reap big benefits, but they also face fraud and corruption challenges. It's especially tough in the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa regions.