Europe Top News

Google Grapples With EU Right to Be Forgotten

By Sue Reisinger |

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.

United Kingdom
Mind the Gap: GCs, Firms Wide Apart in Perception

By Sue Reisinger |

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

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

By Erin E. Harrison |

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

Lee Spielmann

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

By Lee A. Spielmann |

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.

France, Germany, United Kingdom
Overseas Courts Crack Down on Sex Harassment

By Erika Collins and David Reid |

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

Ireland
Microsoft "Ireland" Case Raises Fears as Appeal Nears

By Rebekah Mintzer |

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

China, United Kingdom
Cybersecurity Data Sharing Is Now Available to Law Firms

By Christine Simmons |

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.

China, United Kingdom
Heightened Risk of Cyberattacks Puts Pressure on Law Firms to Bolster Defenses

By Erin E. Harrison |

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

Germany
Growing German Market Spurs Latest Latham Lateral Raid

By Julie Triedman |

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.

United Kingdom
Herbert Smith Freehills Trainee Lawyer Murdered in London

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Michael Hausfeld

United Kingdom
Antitrust Firms in Forex Case Fix Their Gaze on Europe

By Scott Flaherty |

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

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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.

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

Germany
Deutsche Bank GC to Retire at Year's End

By Sue Reisinger |

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.

United Kingdom
Continental Breakfast: Gateley Takes Stock After Landmark Law Firm IPO

By Chris Johnson |

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

By Chris DiMarco |

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

Charles Goldstein

Germany
Charles Goldstein, Who Recovered Art Looted by Nazis, Dies

By Andrew Denney |

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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Netherlands, Israel
Mylan, Kirkland Ready to End M&A Conflicts Fight

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 17, 2014: Hainan Airlines Airbus A330 arrives to the Tegel International Airport.

China, Switzerland
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

By Caroline Mitchell and David DiMeglio |

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.

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

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

By Zach Warren |

“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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

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

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

The Churn

United Kingdom, Canada
Baker Bags Two Amid Belfast Opening, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Walt Disney Corp. office and studio complex in Burbank, Calif.

European Suit Against Film Studios Part of Aggressive Effort

By Amanda Bronstad |

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

By Sue Reisinger |

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

Japan, United Kingdom
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.

Spain, Cuba
McDermott Partners With Spanish Firm for Foray Into Cuba

By Nell Gluckman |

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.

Switzerland
Swiss Miss: Winston & Strawn to Close Geneva Office

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Heleen Mees and Willem Buiter

Netherlands
Circuit Opens Door to NY Discovery for Netherlands Suit

By Mark Hamblett |

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.

Ireland
As Brown Rudnick Twists, Irish Eyes Shine on Mayer Brown

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Ireland
As Brown Rudnick Twists, Irish Eyes Shine on Mayer Brown

By Brian Baxter |

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.

United Kingdom
Appealing an International Arbitration Award

By Ann Ryan Robertson, Derrick Carson and David E. Harrell Jr. |

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

Benedict Morelli of Morelli Alters Ratner.

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

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

France
Litigator of the Week: William Dawson of Gibson Dunn

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

Pakistan, Australia, Sweden, United Kingdom
Coordinated Effort from 20 Countries Targets Darkode Hacking Forum

By Zach Warren |

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

Germany
Greenberg Snags 50-Lawyer Olswang Team For Germany Launch

By Chris Johnson |

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.

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

United Kingdom, Canada
New Gowlings WLG Leader Says No US Union on Horizon

By Brian Baxter |

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?

By Frances McLeod |

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

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

France, Spain, United Kingdom
Gross Revenues Mostly Flat at Clifford Chance, Freshfields

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Iceland
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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

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

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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.

Austria
Austrian Court Rules Facebook Privacy Suit Inadmissible

By Chris DiMarco |

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?

United Kingdom
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.

China, Australia, Germany
Dentons' Eye Still Wandering as McKenna Long Ties the Knot

By Julie Triedman |

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.

United Kingdom
Herbert Smith Freehills Grows Profits, Shrinks Debt Amid Flat Revenues

By Chris Johnson |

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

By Ed Silverstein |

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

The Churn

Musical Chairs at Kirkland & Ellis, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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

By Chris DiMarco |

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, United Kingdom
Kazakhstan Wins Access to Documents of Law Firm Clyde & Co

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

Germany
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
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.

Estonia
European Ruling Could Impact Liability for User Comments

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

By Sarah Pierce Wimberly |

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

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

By Sue Reisinger |

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

By Sue Reisinger |

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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.

Switzerland
NY Judge Grants Baker & McKenzie Judgments Obtained in Swiss Court

By Andrew Keshner |

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.

Li Ka-shing   Source: Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

Hong Kong, Qatar
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.

Germany
Deutsche Bank Shake-Up Reassigns Legal Affairs Chief

By Sue Reisinger |

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.

Birmingham, England.

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

By Brian Baxter |

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.

United Kingdom
Transatlantic GC Summit Highlights Regulatory Divide

By Chris Johnson |

"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.

London skyline

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.

China, Netherlands
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.

Germany
MoFo Helps ‘Homeland’ Find a Home in Germany

By Zoe Ferguson |

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.

From left to right: Winston Gao, partner at Junyan Law Firm; Malcolm Dickinson, managing partner at Michelmores; Steve Ng, partner at Ng & Shum

China, United Kingdom
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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United Kingdom
The End of Lockstep? Not So Fast.

By Chris Johnson |

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.

The Churn

Hogan Lovells Hires on Three Continents, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Germany
Deutsche Post GC/CCO Takes Nardello Chairman Post

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

United Kingdom
UK Hospital Charged With 'Corporate Manslaughter'

By Sue Reisinger |

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.

United Kingdom
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.

 poster promoting the Chagaev/Oquendo match

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

By Andrew Keshner |

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

By Rebekah Mintzer |

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.

Ireland
Dealmakers of the Week: Eileen Nugent and C. Michael Chitwood of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

By Jennifer Henderson |

Less than a year after advising Endo Pharmaceutricals on the corporation inversion deal that saw the company reincorporate in Ireland, the two Skadden transactional lawyers advised Endo on its $8.05 billion buy of generic drug maker Par Pharmaceuticals from private equity firm TPG Capital.

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Germany
Reed Smith to Open in Frankfurt

By Gina Passarella |

Reed Smith is set to open an office in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 1 with the addition of seven lawyers from four different firms: Mayer Brown, Orrick, Jones Day and Willkie Farr.

Switzerland
Amid DOJ Bank Charges, UBS Gets Good and Bad News

By Sue Reisinger |

At the center of U.S. Department of Justice moves against five banks, Zurich-based UBS A.G. received both a pat on the head and a kick in the pants.

United Kingdom, Brazil
Paul Hastings’ São Paulo Hire Sticks With Allen & Overy

By Nell Gluckman |

About two months after Paul Hastings announced that it would open a São Paulo office with three laterals from Allen & Overy, one of those A&O partners has decided to stay put.

India, United Kingdom
US vs. UK: Which Firms Have the Best India Practices?

By Tom Brennan |

A new ranking from London-based RSG Consulting shows that U.S. firms continue to take market share in India, challenging the dominant position once held by their U.K. peers.

From the Experts: The Odyssey of Effective Cross-Border Data Preservation

By Jeane A. Thomas and Brad Harris |

For global organizations that must engage in cross-border discovery, the danger of deciding between two evils is all too real.

The Churn

Germany, United Kingdom
Ernst & Young's Legal Arm Expands in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

EY Legal launches a financial regulatory practice in London with 12 lawyers from two Am Law 100 firms, DLA Piper loses its head of German corporate and M&A to Dentons; and more.

Poland
Greenberg Traurig Adds Two Real Estate Teams in Warsaw

By Nell Gluckman |

The additions come from Allen & Overy and Norton Rose Fulbright and bring Greenberg Traurig's attorney count in Warsaw to 80, with 30 lawyers working in the region's real estate industry.

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte

EU and Google: Study in Divergence for Antitrust Enforcement

By Shepard Goldfein and James Keyte |

In their Antitrust Trade and Practice column, Shepard Goldfein and James Keyte discuss the FTC's and European Commission's investigations into Google's search practices and the differences in U.S. and EU approaches to antitrust enforcement.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht

Bulgaria
High Court Cuts $66.5M Award in Gas Deal Case

By Angela Neville |

In a contract breach and business interference tort case over an abandoned Bulgarian gas field venture, the principal issue is whether evidence supporting lost-market value was speculative and based on lost future profits, according to the Texas Supreme Court.

The American Lawyer Announces Transatlantic Legal Awards Finalists for 2015

By Brian Baxter |

The American Lawyer has announced the finalists of its 2015 Transatlantic Legal Awards. These awards recognize law firms for excellence in handling transatlantic matters across the key areas of corporate, finance and disputes, as well as highlighting law firm innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy and in-house leaders.

United Kingdom
DLA Piper Debuts Noble Street Advisory Arm

By Jennifer Henderson |

The global legal giant has announced the creation of a London-based M&A and corporate finance consulting business to focus on entertainment, media, technology and sports ventures.

London skyline

United Kingdom
Gateley First Major U.K. Law Firm to Tap Public Markets

By Brian Baxter |

Following in the footsteps of Australia’s Slater & Gordon, regional midmarket British firm Gateley is planning a potential listing on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market. The future float would value Birmingham, England-based Gateley at roughly $210 million.

Switzerland
Trends and Developments in DOJ Investigation of Foreign Banks

By Mark S. Cohen, Jeffrey I. Lang and Melanie A. Grossman |

Mark S. Cohen, Jeffrey I. Lang and Melanie A. Grossman of Cohen & Gresser survey three areas the scale of the DOJ's investigation, law enforcement techniques that the DOJ has employed in regard to banks and offshore accounts, and the potential next phases of the investigation.

The Churn

Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, Dubai, United States
On the Move

By Brian Baxter |

Lateral hires in the United Kingdom, Spain, Dubai and Japan, as well as around the United States.

A New EU Regulator for Digital Companies?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The European Union may be getting ready to take on digital monopolies and monitor use of consumer data.