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.
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.
Germany's Bayer AG taps Sullivan & Cromwell and Allen & Overy for its $62 billion takeover bid for Monsanto Co.
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.
The firm adopts a bold growth plan in London. What if it works?
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 Second Hundred, firms 101-200 on our list of the nation’s highest-grossing firms, underperformed their larger counterparts in 2015.
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.
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.
The decision comes months after the English High Court’s first approval of predictive coding.
New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would make the state a center for international alternative dispute resolution.
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.
The Chinese home appliance maker is acquiring Germany’s Kuka in a bid to upgrade manufacturing and logistics systems.
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.
The latest proposal would extend the “failure to prevent” offense to include money laundering and perhaps other economic crimes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As EU officials consider shortcomings in the standard contractual clauses, many wonder if legal challenges or regulatory changes are on the horizon.
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.
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 & Parke's outpost in the Polish capital, which it opened in 2004, has been spun off into its own local firm.
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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.
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.
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.
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-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.
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.
When Kristen Jarvis Johnson left her senior associate position to focus on her startup toy company, she invited the Internet along for the ride.
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.
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?
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 law firms are acting in battle for French electrical retailer Darty, which is being pursued by South Africa's Steinhoff and French company Fnac.
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.
Sydney-based banking and finance partner Paul Jenkins takes up the reins after 20 years at the firm.
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.
A Parliamentary report puts the Magic Circle firm and the lawyers' watchdog group under scrutiny as it probes a controversial warranty scheme.
The company began laying out its argument on Wednesday that bundling apps does not limit competition in the vibrant digital ecosystem.
The victory is a crucial reprieve for Russia, but the country and its lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb aren’t in the clear yet.
Size may matter in litigation finance, but which funder will get the better returns?
Therium is hoping a trio of former Am Law 100 lawyers can stake its claim to the U.S. litigation finance market.
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.
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.
It took almost 40 years but Europe’s Unified Patent Court finally seems close to becoming a reality.
Partner promotion round is the largest since 2013 and all new Asian partners are in Hong Kong.
The German drugmaker Merck KGaA has denied claims by the Kenilworth-based Merck & Co. that it has infringed on the American company's trademark.
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.
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.
With litigation in the forecast, lawyers say companies should consider other compliance mechanisms.
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.
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
The Indian steel giant has struck a deal to sell its long product business to private equity firm Greybull Capital
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.
Mossack Fonseca says it hasn’t yet hired outside counsel. What kind of lawyers will it need?
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.
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.
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.
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.
E-discovery experts can run into choppy waters when they try to adapt to local culture while still maintaining U.S. discovery standards.
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."
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.
Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.
The U.K. law firm is teaming up with Chinese firm Wintell & Co under the Shanghai free trade zone rules.
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.
Meet the U.S. and U.K. law firms that have tapped into their inner entrepreneur.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found that competition lawyer Konstantinos Adamantopoulos charged clients for his own holidays and other personal expenses.
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.
Law firms usually manage to keep the public in the dark when it comes to data breaches and hacking attacks. But not this week.
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.
Moana Weir has left the firm with immediate effect after being appointed to the role on Jan. 29.
The legacy SJ Berwin arm of the firm has been dogged by delays in distributing partner profits in recent months
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The publically released text reveals what areas of the new agreement will be most impactful, and perhaps most burdensome.
The R&D capability will form one part of the firm's new global innovation initiative, Ashurst Advance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After several recent attacks, federal officials and police officers have repeated requests that they be given access to encrypted communications.
There’s a lot of confusion over what happens to the U.K.’s employment laws if Great Britain leaves the European Union.
Behind the failed merger talks between Greenberg Traurig and London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner.
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.
The talks are off between the 1,950-lawyer Greenberg Traurig and London's 550-lawyer Berwin Leighton Paisner.
Awaiting confirmation by the EU court, the Privacy Shield details leave some wondering whether it’s the right agreement for their business.
Both firms confirmed Wednesday that the major transatlantic merger was no longer in the cards.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instability in Ukraine and Russia is prompting more Russian-speaking entrepreneurs to immigrate to the U.S. to start or expand businesses.
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.
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.
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.
The U.K. firm is seeking to combine its eight-lawyer office in the city-state with local 56-lawyer firm Harry Elias Partnership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The company's data solution aims to bring transparency to legal billing to help clients cut costs and firms improve efficiencies.
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.
The 200-lawyer Australian entity will combine with the 400-lawyer Lawyers on Demand in London.
Food service distributor Sysco Corp. of Houston announced a definitive agreement to buy Brakes Group of London, another food service distributor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Master Matthews of English High Court allowed the parties to proceed with predictive coding because of proportionality concerns, among other factors.
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.
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.
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.
A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.
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.
Partners welcome reforms as part of co-CEO Simon Levine's drive for greater profitability outside the U.S.
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.
The new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement and changing EU data laws do little to alleviate concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The so-called Privacy Shield could expose U.S. companies to more aggressive enforcement and stiffer fines.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.
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.
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.
The Irish Computer Society survey found 71 percent said the breaches were caused inadvertently by staff members.
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.
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.
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.
The European Court of Human Rights gave employers in Europe the green light to monitor employee’s personal communications at work.
'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.'
As creditors fight over Nortel Networks’ $7.3 billion carcass, bankruptcy lawyers are feasting on the fees.
The parent company of The American Lawyer said the acquisition, the fourth in recent years, better positions the company in key international markets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morgan will lead the firm’s UK growth while helping clients develop responses to the evolving legal landscape.
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.
By 2019, Europe will be almost 23 percent of the market and Asia will be more than 7 percent.
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.
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.
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.
Legal tech experts weigh in on what the GDPR decision really means going forward.
New intelligence gathering initiatives have led to a chorus of concern from the tech sector and privacy advocates.
As private antitrust actions take off in Europe, U.S. and U.K. firms are gearing up on the plaintiffs side.
Law firms have to be resourceful to thrive in one of Europe's toughest markets. Here's how they do it.
In the largest recent M&A deals across Europe, which law firms got the work?
Amal Clooney makes news for both her wardrobe and her human rights cases. It's a potent combo.
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.
A class action against the social media giant catalyzes a major shift in EU data policy.
Litigation funder Juridica announces it is cutting back its investments in fresh cases.
The Magic Circle firm faces criticism from U.K. regulators over two high-profile deals.
Foreign law firms keep piling into Europe's hottest legal market. Others are rethinking their strategy there.
Europe doesn't like Facebook, and it's about to get worse.
A federal judge in Atlanta has handed an initial victory to the ex-wife of international gun mogul Gaston Glock in a racketeering case.
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, 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.
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.
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.
The European Commission has proposed a system to promote fairness. Obama should get on board.
The firm hired a three-lawyer team in Frankfurt led by Clifford Chance partner André Schwanna.
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.
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.
LA Piper has continued to build its European finance practice with the hire of two senior partners in London, the firm announced Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
The London-based firm has struck a non-exclusive cooperation agreement with 31-lawyer boutique Haldanes in the Chinese territory.
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.
The Turkish government doesn't think a meme involving its president and a "Lord of the Rings" character is so precious.
After taking a conservative approach in the wake of the recession, White & Case is ready for a growth spurt.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Paris climate talks won't be enough. Can courts grab control of the thermostat?
Dentons has sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals across Asia also raise questions about its aggressive growth strategy.
Some companies choose to avoid the insolvency schemes available in their home jurisdictions, attempting instead to reorganize in the U.S.
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.
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.
A Kroll Ontrack report also highlights predictive coding and its popularity in the UK, US and Europe.
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.
The shakeup of the German legal market continues, with White & Case set to close its Munich office in early 2016.
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.
New Zealand and Montenegro join the list of countries from which federal contractors are permitted to buy.
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.
At KPMG, Barton replaces Vanessa Sharp, who retired in May.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The Investigatory Powers Bill would require Internet service providers to store the Internet activity of everyone in Britain for one year.
The city in Germany's industrial heartland is proving increasingly attractive to the world’s top law firms.
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.
International mergers are transforming the Canadian legal scene. Will Canadian law firms have to change their game?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Recommind webcast soldiered through the new world of handling potentially private data in the EU.
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.
Contingent on a EUCJ decision that invalidated the Safe Harbor agreement, Max Schrems’ class action lawsuit again Facebook may get its day in court.
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?
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.
Inhousecommunity.it, 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 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.
U.S. shareholders limited in loss recovery at home.
The end of the EU Safe Harbor agreement means headaches for companies—and more work for their lawyers.
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 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 has established its first presence outside the Americas following a merger with German labor and employment law boutique Vangard, the firm announced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vereins improve their position in the latest iteration of a client-awareness survey.
US firms have set their sights on Germany, raiding their international rivals and shaking up that country’s lateral market.
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?
It took creative thinking and some drastic measures to unite the world’s two leading cement companies.
How a 27-year-old lawyer from Spain took on Google in a fight for online privacy.
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.
Firm leaders and observers have various takes on Africa, China, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia.
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.
The former senior partner of Allen & Overy discusses retirement—and how U.K. law firms have lost touch with corporate boardrooms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The regulatory body will require Google to apply data de-listing policies to global domains, not just those in the EU.
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.
Jones Day represented the San Jose chipmaker, while Davis Polk advised London-based Dialog.
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.
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."
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.
Passage of the Judicial Redress Act clears the way for implementation of the Umbrella Agreement.
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.
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.
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.
Is complimenting a woman on LinkedIn about her photo sexist?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tokyo-based company is buying the London-based reinsurer as the Japanese insurance industry continues an overseas shopping spree.
Alston & Bird is expanding abroad, opening an office in Beijing and adding three lawyers who handle privacy and data security to its Brussels outpost.
The lawyers of King & Spalding have set out the three things in-house counsel need to know about the data localization law in Russia.
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.
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 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.
A U.K. survey shows law firms and their clients don't necessarily see the same business universe.
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.
Judge Andrew Peck and Former Master Steven Whitaker discuss global e-discovery differences at Exterro's user conference.
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.
Europe is decidedly employee-friendly, but cultural barriers hobble enforcement elsewhere.
A bad result for the company could lead to other countries demanding data from U.S.-based cloud providers.
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.
Considering 80 of the 100 biggest law firms have been hacked since 2011, it stands to reason yours could be next.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The directive would impose disclosure requirements for companies following a breach.
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.
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.
The parent of Hainan Airlines is buying the world's largest ground and cargo handling company, Swissport International Ltd.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Counterfeits cost the region billions in lost retail and tax revenue.
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 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.
The firm has decided to consolidate its European arbitration practice and relocate its two Geneva partners by Sept. 30, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
It is generally accepted that an international arbitration award is final and binding. And while some exceptions exist, they are limited in application.
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.
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.
Twelve Darkode members have been charged with computer fraud conspiracy following an FBI infiltration of the forum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Irish fast food chain is attempting to expand into Europe, and McDonald's is taking action to oppose the move.
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.
Court rules that the case did not meet the requirements for civil litigation and therefore is outside its jurisdiction.
In the largest recent M&A deals across Europe, which law firms got the work?
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.
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.
The 10 biggest disputes from our 2015 survey, ranked by the amount in controversy.
Our survey finds more billion-dollar cases than ever—and they’re being heard by the same tiny club of arbitrators.
Herbert Smith Freehills achieved strong profit growth in the last financial year despite largely flat revenues, the firm announced Wednesday.
EU proposals could give the U.S. a permanent edge in online service, a law school professor warns.
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.
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.
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.
As the European Central Bank takes over as regulator for the eurozone's biggest lenders, clients have plenty of questions.
Lawyers grapple with government-imposed online restrictions that have snared even Internet giants such as Google and Facebook.
A new Competition Commissioner and a surge in M&A are keeping antitrust lawyers busy in the European Union's capital.
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.
After the Germanwings airplane crash, what can employers do to reduce the impact of mental health issues in a global workforce?
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.
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."
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.
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.
Qatar Investment Authority has invested $1.2 billion in the billionaire's Hong Kong power company.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
State-owned China Jianyin Investment will acquire Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors' radio-frequency power business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Geoffrey Cruikshanks is heading to global investigations firm Nardello & Co. to be its chairman.
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.
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.
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.
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.