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Special Report: The Road Ahead for Big Law

Eight significant developments in the past year, and what the future might hold.

Dutch Banks ABN AMRO and NIBC Kick Off Panel Reviews

ABN calls the move "a normal periodic review," while NIBC says it aims "to use a more select group of law firms to improve efficiency, speed and quality for both ourselves and our clients.”

One Team, One Firm, One Fine Mess

By Georgina Stanley |

Why King & Wood Mallesons is bad news for verein advocates.

What Is Eversheds Up To?

By Nicholas Bruch |

A look at the rationale behind the proposed tie-up between U.K.-based Eversheds and Atlanta-based Sutherland.

A Big Day For Big Law Mergers

News of no fewer than three transatlantic mergers broke on Tuesday. Eversheds and Holman Fenwick Willan both ended their long-running search for a U.S. combination, while Dentons emerged as a possible savior for the struggling European arm of King & Wood Mallesons.

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Why A&O Won’t Be The Only U.K. Firm To Post Record H1 Results

Among all the excitement of transatlantic law firm mergers and the ongoing saga at King & Wood Mallesons, news that Allen & Overy’s revenue increased by an impressive 13 percent in the first six months of the fiscal year got somewhat lost in the mix.

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Akin Gump Snags Baker & McKenzie International Trade Pro in Europe

Jasper Helder, the chair of Baker & McKenzie's Europe, Middle East and Americas international trade practice group, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's London office.

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Houston's Legge Farrow Inks Merger With Leading UK Firm

Houston's Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown has agreed to merge with London-based Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the U.K.'s 30 largest law firms by revenue.

Leaked Emails Show Russian Lawyers Manipulated Yukos Court Rulings

Lawyers for Russia’s state-controlled oil giant Rosneft manipulated court rulings in order to help it seize hundreds of millions of dollars in assets belonging to the now-defunct private oil major Yukos, the Financial Times reports.

Dentons in Talks to Take on KWM's European Arm

By Alex Berry |

Dentons has emerged as a potential merger partner for the beleaguered European arm of King & Wood Mallesons.

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Sutherland and Eversheds Are in Talks to Combine

Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is in talks to combine with Eversheds, one of the U.K.'s largest firms, the two firms announced Tuesday.

Uber Taps Cuatrecasas for Landmark EU Regulatory Case

Uber Technologies Inc. has chosen Cani Fernández, an attorney with experience in antitrust, mergers and acquisitions and European Union affairs at Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira, to argue on its behalf in a European Court of Justice hearing that could determine how Uber should be regulated within the European Union.

Addleshaw Goddard Partners Approve HBJ Gateley Scottish Merger

By James Booth |

The combination, which will go live on June 1 next year, will boost Addleshaws’ revenue by more than 20 million pounds and bring the firm new offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

U.K. Central Bank Chief Plans Secret Brexit Deal, Transition Could Take Seven Years

The head of the U.K.’s central bank is working on a secret deal that would see British businesses retain access to the European single market for at least two years after the country leaves the EU, according to The Sunday Times.

What's Next for King & Wood Mallesons' Embattled European Arm?

By Anna Ward |

Accountants, partnership experts and restructuring lawyers weigh in on KWM Europe's options.

Skadden Leads Ctrip's $1.7B Skyscanner Buy

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese online travel agency is buying the U.K. competitor to boost global offering.

US Court Upholds $505,000 Dutch Judgment Against Greenhouse

A Pennsylvania federal judge declined to uproot a judgment against an in-state greenhouse stemming from a Dutch bulb grower's lawsuit filed in the Netherlands.

Partners Size Up King & Wood Mallesons' Predicament

News that KWM's embattled European arm had failed to secure enough support to recapitalize the business has left former partners and others close to the firm reeling. Just 21 of the EUME partnership’s 130 partners agreed to sign up to the bailout

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KWM Europe Feels Like A Slow-Motion Car Crash

Watching events unfold at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm over the past few months has felt like watching a car crash in slow motion.

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UK Battle Continues Over Gig Economy Workers' Rights

By Chris Johnson |

The legal battle over workers' rights in the so-called "gig economy" continues to intensify, with the first of four disputes relating to the employment status of bicycle couriers due to begin Tuesday.

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NY Has Jurisdiction Over Saudi Businessman's Suit Against Swiss Bank, Court Says

New York's highest court ruled Nov. 22 that the state's long-arm statute gives its courts jurisdiction to hear a Saudi businessman's claim that a Swiss bank with accounts in the state should be held liable for a bribery, kickback and money laundering scheme involving some of his former employees.

Ashurst to Overhaul Partner Profit Distribution System in Move to Single Annual Payout

By Rose Walker |

Partners would receive a single profit payment each year, instead of the current quarterly system. A vote is scheduled for next month.

Partnership Expert: KWM Clawback 'Practically Impossible'

A leading expert in partnership law has dismissed the possibility of partners at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm having to repay two years’ worth of profits if they refuse the offer of a financial bailout from the firm’s Chinese partnership.

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Appeals Court Rejects Russian Arms Trafficker's Bid for New Trial

A federal appeals court swiftly rejected a bid for a new trial by convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout.

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KWM Europe Partners Could See Profit 'Clawbacks' Over Rescue Deal

By Rose Walker |

European partners at King & Wood Mallesons could have two years of profits clawed back if they choose to reject a rescue deal offered by the firm’s Asian arm.

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Baker & McKenzie's Chair on Heading a Global Firm in a Protectionist Era

Baker & McKenzie's Paul Rawlinson is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.

UK Court Ruling Increases Liability Exposure of Litigation Funders

On Friday the English Court of Appeal issued a landmark ruling affecting litigation funders who financed an unsuccessful $1.6 billion case against two U.S. oil companies. The court ruled that the funders, under the U.K.’s “loser pays” rule, could be forced to pay more than $24.7 million in legal costs for defendants in the case.

Simmons Invites Lawyers to Pitch for Time Off from Fee Earning to Develop Innovative Ideas

By Anna Ward |

The initiative aims to develop ideas to modernize the firm’s business.

Regulation Snapshot: US, UK and Russian Approaches to Blockchain

Though leadership shake ups in the U.K. and U.S. have generated uncertainty about blockchain regulation, many global powers are still showing interest in the technology.

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Destination Arbitration? British Virgin Islands Opens New Arbitration Center

A new arbitration center in the British Virgin Islands has formally opened for business. And some high-profile figures in the arbitration world are getting behind the effort.

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Expert Analysis: Russia's Rising Interest in Blockchain Technologies, Amid Legal Issues

Current regulations and legal obstacles may pose challenges for Russian promoters and developers of cryptocurrencies and other blockchain applications.

Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer Eye Post-Merger Expansion in London and Germany

By James Booth |

With 1,000 lawyers and combined revenues of around $1 billion, the newly mergered firm will have the “firepower to further invest” in its international offices, according to Kaye Scholer managing partner Michael Solow.

U.K.'s Fieldfisher Merges With Chinese Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm combines with 12-partner boutique JS Partners under a Swiss verein structure.

Private Equity-Backed Law Firm Acquires Two Businesses

MJ Hudson, founded in 2010 by private equity lawyer Matthew Hudson with financing from several external investors, has bought investment advisory firm Allenbridge and outsourced fund management provider Tower Gate Capital for undisclosed fees.

There's Something Different About the Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Merger

Unusually, this latest law firm combination lacks much of an international angle. But post-merger, the combined firm will have one of the largest London offices of any U.S. firm.

Rio Tinto's Legal Chief Leaves Amid Scandal

Debra Valentine, head of mining giant Rio Tinto's legal and regulatory affairs, has suddenly left the company amid an investigation into $10.5 million paid to a consultant in West Africa. Valentine had previously announced plans to retire next May.

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Is Offered Asian Rescue Package—with Some Strings Attached

By James Booth |

At a meeting in London last week, King & Wood Mallesons' European and Middle Eastern partners were told that the firm's Asian offices are willing to offer financial assistance to the troubled European partnership, conditional on a lock-in and a capital raising of 14 million pounds sterling.

King & Wood Mallesons Global Chief to Step Down

By Georgina Stanley |

The hunt for a successor to Stuart Fuller, who will return to practice in Sydney, begins as European partners prepare for a key meeting on firm's finances.

London Law Firm Leaders Assess the Impact of Trump's Election

By Legal Week |

Lawyers express shock, uncertainty: "This dwarfs Brexit."

Dentons Targets Netherlands Merger and Germany Growth

By Anna Ward |

Dentons has re-elected corporate partner Tomasz Dabrowski as its Europe chief executive, as the firm gears up for yet more expansion throughout the continent.

Another Ex-Partner Sued As Firms Get More Aggressive With Leavers

By Chris Johnson |

Addleshaw Goddard has brought arbitration proceedings against its former head of real estate Mark Haywood.

Kirkland, White & Case Partners Join Dechert in London

By Alex Berry |

Kirkland & Ellis finance partner John Markland and White & Case private equity partner Ross Allardice are joining the U.S. firm’s City base.

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British Firms Still Trying to Conquer New York

The Magic Circle is making progress in New York. But the most lucrative deal work still eludes them.

King & Wood Mallesons, Amid Partner Exodus, Seeks White Knight for SJ Berwin

King & Wood Mallesons has held talks with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius about a global tie-up, a source briefed on the matter told London-based Legal Week.

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King & Wood Mallesons Europe Leaders Seeking Financial Help from Chinese Arm

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons' new European management team is holding discussions with the firm’s Chinese leadership to work out a way forward for its European arm, which is under pressure following a series of high profile partner exits.

Facebook Tells U.K. Insurer Not to Read Users' Post Data to Set Prices

Facebook denied insurance company Admiral’s plan to scan potential customers’ posts on the social network to gather information used in setting their individual prices.

Linklaters Partners Vote in Favor of Lockstep Reform

The new measures are intended to increase the flexibility of the firm's lockstep, without going as far as introducing "super points" to reward star performers.

Brexit Will Require Vote by Parliament, U.K. Court Rules

A historic legal challenge over whether U.K. prime minister Theresa May has the power to start the country’s withdrawal from the European Union has succeeded, with a British court ruling that the process must now be subject to a parliamentary vote.

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Move Over Silicon Valley: New U.K. Angel Fund Takes Aim at Big Law Technology

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

These Big Law vet angel funders at Hamilton Ramsey may be a new fixture in the legal tech investment market.

UK's Uber Drivers Get Workers' Rights in Landmark Employment Tribunal

By Chris Johnson |

U.K. drivers for mobile cab-hailing app company Uber have won the right to be classed as workers rather than self-employed after succeeding in a landmark legal challenge.

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Grupo Elektra's Intra Mexicana Represented by Jones Day in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Mexico City-based electronic money transfer company Intra Mexicana, which operates under the brand name Dinero Express, increased its asset-backed loan program to $421 million, which includes an offering of $184.2 million in public bonds on the Mexican exchange.

Will British Law Firms Ever Be Able To Compete With U.S. Rivals For Partner Hires?

By Chris Johnson |

U.S. firms have been systematically poaching partners from U.K. rivals for decades. But their dominance of the London recruitment market now appears almost absolute.

Will a U.S. Law Firm Join the CMS Merger?

The ink has barely dried on the three-way merger agreement between U.K. law firms CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang but rumors are already circulating that an American firm may be joining the party.

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Brexit Legal Challenge Fails as UK Court Declares Lawsuit 'Not Viable'

By Chris Johnson |

A historic legal challenge designed to block Britain’s exit from the European Union has failed after a U.K. court rejected it as “not viable.”

Digital Rights Group Launches Legal Challenge of U.S.-European Data Agreement

A digital rights advocacy and lobbying group has launched a legal challenge against new regulation governing the transfer of personal data between the United States and the European Union.

Freshfields Sees Another IPO Pulled As Capital Markets Slump Continues

By Chris Johnson |

Less than two weeks after acting on the cancelled initial public offering of the U.K.’s largest private gym chain, capital markets lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have once again seen their work go to waste with software company Misys pulling its $5.5 billion IPO.

King & Wood Mallesons Puts Brakes on Recapitalization as Four High-Profile Partners Quit

By Georgina Stanley |

The firm confirmed the resignation of U.K. investments funds head Michael Halford, private equity partner Jonathan Pittal and corporate partner Andrew Wingfield. Former managing partner Rob Day has also indicated his intention to resign from the beleaguered firm, which has seen a spate of exits over the last 18 months

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Rights of Nonparty, Nonwitnesses Factored in Law Firm's Disqualification

The Second Circuit said that Baker & Hostetler partner John Moscow's nine-month representation in 2008 of investment advisory firm Hermitage, a putative victim of a $230 million fraud on the Russian Treasury, disqualified the firm from defending the Prevezon real estate companies, accused of laundering the fraud's proceeds, on a civil forfeiture action.

Dentons Sued over Advice on Gold Trading Scheme

By Rose Walker |

Dentons Europe LLP is the target of a negligence suit filed by more than 200 plaintiffs seeking to recoup investments they made in a gold-trading scheme whose owners were advised by legacy Salans.

Partners At Publicly Listed U.K. Law Firm Pocket $8 Million From Share Sale

By Chris Johnson |

Gateley partners have cashed in after collectively selling more than 5 percent of the firm’s total issued capital, with five members of Gateley’s strategic board pocketing more than $366,000 each.

London Calling: FRONTEO's European Expansion, With Eye on Regulated EU Market

The e-discovery managed services firm noted that it will take a "wait-and-see" attitude to opening an additional center outside of the U.K., given the country's impending Brexit.

Foley Hoag Launches U.N. Practice Group

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Already a regional power in public international law, Foley Hoag has launched a United Nations practice group, thought to be the first of its kind at an Am Law 200 firm.

Addleshaw Goddard Restarts Salary Reviews and Profit Distributions After Post-Brexit Delay

By James Booth |

Addleshaw Goddard is set to restart its salary reviews and partner profit distributions after delaying both in August as a result of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.

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Crime-Reporting 'Chatbot' the Newest Way Law Students Leveraging AI

As chatbots pick up steam in legal, University of Cambridge's LawBot can communicate legal information in everyday language.

Hogan Lovells and Mishcon Take Lead Roles as KWM Sues Goodwin and Former Corporate Cohead Lever

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons is suing former co-head of corporate Richard Lever and his new firm Goodwin Procter, following a series of partner moves to the US firm.

Why Are Global Firms Less Profitable?

By Nicholas Bruch |

Global 100 data, which provides financial and headcount information on the world’s largest law firms, shows clear tradeoffs to global networks. International firms are less efficient revenue generators than their domestic peers. They are also significantly less profitable.

King & Wood Mallesons Sets Deadline for Paying Out 2014-15 Profit Distributions

By Rose Walker |

The firm's European arm has laid out plans to pay all outstanding profit distributions owed to partners for the 2014-15 financial year by May 2017.

Expert Analysis: Will the DOJ Find Deutsche Bank 'Too Big to Jail'?

Recent media reports regarding a potential multibillion-dollar settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Deutsche Bank have breathed new life into the debate regarding whether major financial institutions can be 'too big to jail.'

Is Amal Clooney Out as Lawyer to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange?

Of all her clients, Amal Clooney has represented one nearly as famous as she is: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But apparently no more. When asked by The Lit Daily about Assange’s lawyers and Clooney’s current role, the WikiLeaks press office responded by identifying nine members of his legal team. Notably absent: Clooney.

Book Review: Biography at Nuremberg

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

In "East West Street," Philippe Sands weaves the stories of three lawyers who passed through Lviv into a grand history of international criminal law culminating at Nuremberg, then folds it into a family mystery-cum-memoir of the Holocaust.

Brexit Lawyer Dismisses Government Vote Promise as 'Sop to Judges'

In a lawsuit challenging the U.K. prime minister's right to initiate the country's withdrawal from the European Union, a goverment lawyer said Tuesday it was “very likely” that Parliament would be able to vote on the Brexit process. But a lawyer representing the plaintiffs says that's not enough.

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Qualcomm Expands Patent Battle Against Meizu to US, Germany and France

Qualcomm Inc. has expanded its patent infringement actions against Chinese smartphone maker Meizu Technology Co. by filing actions in the United States, Germany and France. The San Diego, California-based company was left with "no choice" but to initiate these legal proceedings, according to Qualcomm's general counsel.

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Littler Doubles Down on Europe With 170-Lawyer French Merger

Almost exactly a year after establishing its first presence outside the Americas with a German merger, Littler Mendelson has expanded its European footprint by combining with 170-lawyer French firm Fromont Briens.

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SurveyMonkey GC Moves to Sophos

Eleanor Lacey will be leaving SurveyMonkey next month to assume the role of senior vice president and general counsel for global security company Sophos.

Deal Watch: All About Energy and a Sanction-Free Sale

Energy company acquisitions dominated the billion-dollar transactional tables last week and a big deal announced over the weekend—one specifically structured to avoid Western sanctions—has yielded roles for a half-dozen firms from the U.K. and India.

U.K. Risks Post-Brexit Split As Scotland Considers New Independence Referendum

By Chris Johnson |

Continental Breakfast: your daily update on what’s happening in Europe.

CMS UK leaders to Retain Roles in Post-Merger Management Team as CMS partners avoid lock-in

By Rose Walker |

CMS has confirmed that the current leaders of CMS Cameron McKenna will retain their titles when the merger with Nabarro and Olswang goes live next year. Meanwhile, partners within CMS said that unlike their counterparts at Nabarro and Olswang, they will not be locked into the firm as a result of the union.

Lloyds Cuts Core Legal Panel from 10 to Eight Firms

By Alex Berry and Rose Walker |

Lloyds Banking Group has finalized its U.K. legal panel review, with DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright losing their places on the roster.


Magic Circle Lawyering Comes to Naught as UK IPO Pulled Due to Post-Brexit Volatility

Lawyering by Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer came to naught as the U.K.'s largest private gym chain canceled its planned IPO due to concerns over market volatility.

Class Action Filed Against World’s First Publicly Listed Law Firm Over Share Price Crash

By Chris Johnson |

A group of Slater and Gordon shareholders have launched a class action against the Australian personal injury law firm following a catastrophic U.K. acquisition that led to its share price crashing 95 percent in less than a year.

Where Are the Women and Minorities in Global Dispute Resolution?

Serving on international ADR panels is nice work if you can get it. But those selected as arbitrators are almost always men, predominantly white and disproportionately from wealthy nations.

The Churn

Ashurst Partners Do About-Face, Plus More Lateral Moves

Paul Hastings and Gibson Dunn see two purported recruits remain at a London-based legal giant; a bevy of moves at Chadbourne & Parke, Jones Day and Quinn Emanuel; Munger Tolles makes two high-profile hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

'Yukos v. Russia' Update: U.S. Court Stays $50 Billion Enforcement

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

On Sept. 30, a Washington, D.C., federal court stayed U.S. confirmation proceedings pending the claimants’ appeals in the Dutch courts, which in the first instance vacated the $50 billion awards rendered by international arbitrators against Russia for seizing OAO Yukos Oil Co. from its controlling shareholders.

Partners at UK's CMS, Nabarro and Olswang Vote to Approve Three-Way Merger

By Legal Week staff |

The deal will create a firm with more than 4,500 lawyers in 36 countries, with global revenues of more than 1.2 billion pounds.

King & Wood Mallesons Looks to an Aussie Transplant for Europe Turnaround

By Rose Walker |

'Australians take no prisoners': Partners react to the new leadership choice.

Two U.S. Law Firms Look to a Big New Year in Israel

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A new antitrust law is likely to provide plenty of work for the only two Am Law 200 firms with offices in Tel Aviv.

‘Denial’ Reveals Layers of Libel Law’s Complexity: Movie Review

Tom Wilkinson earned an Oscar nomination portraying a corporate litigator in the midst of a nervous breakdown in “Michael Clayton,” the 2007 George Clooney film about fixers, liars and other ugly fictional players in the legal profession.

Post-Brexit Deal Count Plunges to Lowest Levels Since 2013

By Rose Walker |

Global and European M&A deal volumes fell to their lowest levels for three years during the third quarter of 2016, following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union this past June.

Olswang Asks Partners to Sign CMS-Nabarro Merger Lock-In Agreement

By James Booth |

Partners have been given until Monday to decide whether to commit to the proposed merger with CMS and Nabarro, Legal Week has learned.

Linklaters Partners to Vote on Lockstep Changes at November Conference

By Anna Ward |

The vote will end months of discussion within the firm about changes to the compensation system.

Ashurst to Keep Perry as Second Partner Opts Out of Move to U.S. Rival

By Rose Walker |

Regulatory partner James Perry is to stay at Ashurst despite previously handing in his notice to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

King & Wood Mallesons Ends Six Month Leadership Search With A Controversial Choice

By Chris Johnson |

King & Wood Mallesons has elected global corporate, M&A and securities co-head Tim Bednall to be its new European managing partner.

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Expert Analysis: Personal Jurisdiction Under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

When foreign states engage in commercial transactions in the United States, they are subject to the limitations on their sovereign immunity set out in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. How have courts dealt with the most frequently invoked commercial activity exceptions?

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European GCs Take Bay Area Tour With 'Mini-MBA' Program

When a group of European general counsel wanted to learn more about technology and the law, they went to the most obvious place: Silicon Valley.

Cadwalader Loses Two Lawyers, But Forges French Alliance

Gregory Markel and Shane Stroud left Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft on Monday for Seyfarth Shaw and Hughes Hubbard & Reed, as their former firm inked an alliance with French restructuring firm Bremond & Associés.

U.S Firms Abroad: An Interactive Road Map

By Meghan Tribe |

American law firms continue to spread all over the world, but some markets are more appealing than others. A look at the hot spots (and the not-so-hot spots).

What's New in Yukos v. Russia? The Truth

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Sometimes litigation slips into self-parody. We may have just reached that point in the Yukos case, with Russia’s “reply to opposition to motion re motion for leave to file a sur-reply in opposition to petitioners’ motion to stay.”

France Offers U.K. Potential Brexit U-Turn, Attempts To Steal Finance Business In Meantime

By Chris Johnson |

Mixed messages from France over whether the country wants Britain to be part of the European Union.

Big British Firms Discussing Three-Way Combination

By Rose Walker and Anna Ward |

CMS, Olswang and Nabarro are weighing up a three-way deal that could create a firm with revenues of more than $1 billion.

Simmons and Linklaters Among 20 Firms Backing Inquiry into UK's Post-Brexit Patent Court Membership

Simmons & Simmons, Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills are among 20 law firms supporting an investigation into the legality of the U.K. retaining membership in the Unified Patent Court (UPC) after the U.K. leaves the European Union.

Justice William Blair, judge in charge of the Commercial Court, discusses the introduction of the new Financial List in the High Court of England and Wales at the offices of Brown Rudnick on Sept. 22.

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British Judge Discusses New London Business Court During NY Visit

As business disputes grow in size and complexity, would a specialized court with judges who are experts in the matters, and who could speed up rulings and appeals, be a good idea in the United States? That was among the topics at a discussion given last week by The Hon. Mr. Justice Blair at the Times Square offices of Brown Rudnick.

Justice William Blair, judge in charge of the Commercial Court, discusses the introduction of the new Financial List in the High Court of England and Wales at the offices of Brown Rudnick on Sept. 22.

British Judge Discusses New London Business Court During NY Visit

As business disputes grow in size and complexity, would a specialized court with judges who are experts in the matters, and who could speed up rulings and appeals, be a good idea in the United States? That was among the topics at a discussion given last week by The Hon. Mr. Justice Blair at the Times Square offices of Brown Rudnick.

British, European Firms Struggle In Global 100 Rankings

By Chris Johnson |

The American Lawyer’s latest Global 100 survey, which was published this week, doesn’t make pretty reading for firms based on the eastern side of the Atlantic.

VW to Foreign Plaintiffs: Quit Fishing and Do Your Own Discovery

When foreign plaintiffs requested copies of all the documents—20 million pages—that Volkswagen has produced as part of multi-district litigation in San Francisco federal court, my initial reaction was 'Sure, hand ‘em over.' Except it's not that simple.

The Price of Money: Currency Markets and Global Law Firms

By Nicholas Bruch |

If a law firm bills in any currency other than dollars—which nearly every Global 100 law firm does—those billings are exposed to risks created by currency fluctuation. What does that mean for the firm's bottom line?

Global Legal Award Winners Announced. And the Winners Are...

The American Lawyer honors the most important and creative cross-border work of the year in citizenship/pro bono, disputes, finance and mergers and acquisitions.

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Quinn Hires Macfarlanes Financial Services Chief in London

In a rare exit for the U.K. firm, Macfarlanes financial services head David Berman in London is leaving for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

The Forecast for Big Law in 6 Key Markets

International firm leaders are adjusting expectations and taking a more nuanced approach to global expansion.

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Brexit Aftermath: What's in Store for Big Law

The U.K.'s proposed departure from the EU is already shaking up the British legal market.

Interactive Chart: U.S. Firms Abroad

American law firms have established themselves all over the globe, but some markets are more vibrant than others, our data shows.

The Hungry Lawyer Abroad

Sports and culture have become typical devices for lawyers to endear themselves to clients. But what about the globe-trotting lawyer whose social interactions with clients center mainly around food? Sometimes, unfamiliar food.

Survey Reveals the World's Best Legal Brands

Baker & McKenzie is number one again, and the Magic Circle is rising in the Acritas Global Brand Index.


What Do EU Tax Crackdowns Mean for Irish Law Firms?

Ireland's favorable tax environment has long been a boon for its biggest law firms. That might be changing.

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The Global 100: Rankings and Analysis of the World’s Biggest Firms

Top-grossing law firms saw slow and steady growth over the past year, with revenues and profits increasing. But challenges abound.

Russian Legal Market Shows Signs of Life as Two US Firms Tout Hires

After being somewhat of a Big Law wasteland in recent years, Moscow has regained some lost luster, as Baker Botts and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan both announced senior hires in the city this week.

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UK's First Publicly Listed Law Firm Makes Another Acquisition

The U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm has continued its post-IPO expansion, acquiring property consultancy Hamer Associates for $2.68 million.

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Deutsche Bank Taps Two Big Firms to Resolve $14B DOJ Claim

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Latham & Watkins are said to be advising the German financial services giant as it copes with a reported $14 billion demand by U.S. regulators to pay for its role in the 2008 financial crisis.

Javier Rubinstein, Vice Chairman and Global General Counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers International.

Ex-PwC GC and International Arbitration Expert Offers Tips for Companies

The growth of international arbitration has lured the former global general counsel of PwC, Javier Rubinstein, back into private practice.

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Ashurst Partner Departures Continue, With Exits in London, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi

By Rose Walker and Anna Zhang |

Ashurst has seen the departure of four more partners, including London banking heavyweight Nigel Ward and former Hong Kong managing partner Lina Lee.

Allen & Overy Plots More New York Expansion after Five-Partner Team Hire

By Rose Walker |

A&O is now out to prove that the hire of the team, some of whom it broke lockstep for, will be a turning point for the firm in the US and its global finance practice as it gives them more firepower to tackle foreign finance deals under New York law.

Rise Of The Machines Continues As Another Top Firm Signs AI Deal

By Chris Johnson |

Slaughter and May has been working with new tech company Luminance to help it develop artificial intelligence software designed to speed up the due diligence process.

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Big Firms Round Up Roles on Bayer's Monsanto Megadeal

About a half-dozen firms—including a new antitrust team at Paul Weiss—are advising on Bayer AG's proposed $66 billion acquisition of agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. The deal, if approved by regulators, would be the largest all-cash transaction in history.

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Securities Litigation Goes Global

In his Corporate Securities column, John C. Coffee Jr. of Columbia Law School discusses the spread of "entrepreneurial litigation" to Europe, where major securities class actions have recently settled, and he writes that the most striking fact about those actions is the key organizational role in structuring them played by traditional American plaintiff law firms.

Dechert Offers Free Brexit Advice to AIG Policyholders

By Lizzy McLellan |

As part of a partnership announced Tuesday between Dechert and American International Group Inc., the firm will provide a free initial consultation to all AIG CorporateGuard clients regarding the impact of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.

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Vancouver Latest Locale for Norton Rose Fulbright's Expansion Plans

Norton Rose Fulbright, continuing its five-year expansion across Canada, will combine with Vancouver-based Bull, Housser & Tupper, both firms announced Monday.

U.K. Government Spends Quarter Million On Brexit Lawyers In Two Months. So What.

By Chris Johnson |

Continental Breakfast: Your Daily Update on What’s Happening in Europe.

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Dechert Offers Free Brexit Advice to AIG Policyholders

Dechert is planning to offer free legal advice to an entire segment of AIG policyholders on the impact of Brexit.

DOJ Gets First Guilty Plea in VW Emissions Probe

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced its first guilty plea in its probe of Volkswagen's scheme to cheat U.S. emissions tests.

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Cisco Cleared on FCPA Claims, but Tax Probe Looms

There was good and not so good legal news this week for Cisco Systems Inc.

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Deal Watch: Freshfields Fuels Up With Racing, Software Sales

The London-based legal giant is advising Hewlett-Packard on the sale of its software business and CVC Capital Partners on the sale of Formula One racing.

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Shearman & Sterling Brussels Partners Eye Move to Quinn Emanuel

The moves, if they take place, would leave just two partners in Shearman's Brussels office.

Biggest Ever U.K. Damages Claim Filed In Landmark Class Action

By Chris Johnson |

Continental Breakfast: Your Daily Update on What's Happening in Europe.

'A Poisoned Chalice': Candidates Emerge for U.K. Leadership Roles at King & Wood Mallesons

By Rose Walker |

As KWM's European partnership prepares to vote in replacements for William Boss and Stephen Kon, Legal Week takes a look at some of their likely successors.

U.K. Law Firm Profits Fall…And Next Year Is Unlikely To Be Any Better

By Chris Johnson |

Continental Breakfast: Your daily update on what’s happening in Europe.

UK Top 50 Firms Achieve Sixth Year of Revenue Growth as Partner Profits Stall

By Georgina Stanley |

Total revenue for the 50 highest-grossing British firms rose 4.5 percent. Translating that increase into bottom-line gains proved more difficult.

Bruce Sewell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Apple, Inc., testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing titled

Apple's GC Calls EU Tax Position 'Legal Mumbo Jumbo'

Apple Inc. general counsel Bruce Sewell has joined the company's chief executive in speaking out against the European Commission's demand that Apple pay a staggering bill for back taxes of $14.5 billion.

Mayer Brown Launches Risk Assessment Tool to Quell Uncertainty Around Brexit Vote

The global firm announced this week the launch of a risk assessment tool and information hub for clients to identify potential regulatory concerns arising from the Brexit vote.

King & Wood Mallesons Senior Partner Kon Steps Down As Firm Kicks Off Dual Management Election

By Rose Walker |

Stephen Kon will remain at the firm as a partner; his replacement will be in position by late October

After Review, British Firm Slashes its New York Partnership

London-based Mischon de Reya, which opened a New York office in 2010, is poised to halve the size of its partnership in the Big Apple. The decision comes after a review of the firm’s business.

Dentons' European Partners Asked to Cough Up More Capital

Partners in continental Europe affiliated with Dentons are being asked to pay up to $7.8 million in extra capital to the global legal giant.

Apple Hires Top U.K. Law Firm To Deal With 'Political Crap'

By Chris Johnson |

When you're the head of a company with a market cap that's bigger than the GDP of Sweden, perhaps you don't need to worry about being diplomatic.

Haynes and Boone Closes Merger, Opens London Office

Dallas-based Haynes and Boone merged today with Curtis Davis Garrard of London, giving the firm a London office and 20 lawyers.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

AstraZeneca to Pay $5.5M to Settle FCPA Claims

AstraZeneca agreed Tuesday to pay $5.5 million in penalties and interest to settle claims that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through improper payments to health care providers in China and Russia.

Publicly Traded British Law Firm Sees Gross Revenue Growth

Gateley, a British firm that last year raised $45 million in a landmark initial public offering, saw its gross revenue rise 11 percent in 2015-16, according to financial figures released by the firm.

Stade Velodrome in Marseille, home of soccer club Olympique Marseille.

After Dodgers Deal, McCourt Taps S&C for French Football Buy

Four years after helping Frank McCourt Jr. sell Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers for a record-setting sum, Sullivan & Cromwell has been hired by the real estate developer to advise on his roughly $45 million buy of historic French soccer team Olympique de Marseille.

ACEDS Launches Chapter in UK to Promote Cross-Border E-discovery Collaboration

The launch of ACEDS's first international chapter comes as the organization eyes expansion across Canada and the APAC region.

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Defying the Odds, a British Firm Thrives in the U.S.

British firm Clyde & Co has had surprising success in the U.S. legal market.

Google Faces New Challenge In Europe As EU Plans Levy On Search Engines

By Chris Johnson |

New rules would force online services such as Google News and Yahoo News to negotiate deals with news organizations for showing their articles.

Dealmaker: Macfarlanes' Jessica Adam on Major Mergers, Female Role Models and Client Drinking

London corporate partner Jessica Adam is this week’s Dealmaker, having acted for the chairman of London energy reporting agency Argus on the sale of a majority stake to US investor General Atlantic earlier this year.

Labour Party Leadership Contender Threatens To Block Brexit

By Chris Johnson |

Continental Breakfast: Your Daily Dispatch from Europe

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Political Uncertainty Stalls Hunton & Williams' UK Tie-Up Talks

Merger talks between Hunton & Williams and British firm Addleshaw Goddard have slowed following the U.K.'s June vote to leave the European Union.

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Political Uncertainty Scuttles Hunton & Williams' UK Tie-Up Talks

Merger talks between Hunton & Williams and British firm Addleshaw Goddard have stalled following the U.K.'s June vote to leave the European Union.

Slaughter and May Disputes Head Sees Continued Growth Post-Brexit

By Anna Ward |

"People will continue to litigate in London," says practice leader Deborah Finkler.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Baker & McKenzie Posts Big Gains in Revenue, Profits

Despite uncertainty in key international markets, the firm saw an 8 percent revenue rise in 2015-16, as profits per equity partner surged 13 percent.

More London-based Partners Forced To Wait For Profits As Another Firm Delays Distributions

By Chris Johnson |

Continental Breakfast: Your Daily Dispatch from Europe

To Protest SEC, Whistleblower Rejects $8M (!) Bounty

Talk about a gutsy move. Eric Ben-Artzi, a former risk officer at Deutsche Bank, has rejected a $8.25 million whistleblower award from the SEC's treatment of the bank and its "revolving door" with Wall Street.

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Ashurst Delays Quarterly Profit Payouts After Disappointing Results

By Rose Walker |

Partners have still taken monthly drawings, but the U.K. firm has held back the quarterly profits payment which was due in August.

Partners Raise Concerns Over Potential U.K. Fines for Tax Avoidance Advice

By James Booth |

Under a proposal from HM Revenue & Customs, advisers whose tax avoidance schemes are defeated in court may have to pay fines of up to 100 percent of the tax avoided.

Years After Hacking, News of the World Lawyer Cleared of Misconduct

Tom Crone, the head of legal affairs for the now-defunct News of the World tabloid during its phone-hacking scandal, has been cleared of professional misconduct in England.

British Firm to Join Police Effort to Tackle Cybercrime

By Alex Berry and Rose Walker |

Mishcon de Reya has a lead role on a new police initiative in London to recover assets stolen by online fraudsters.

White & Case’s UK LLP Posts 39 Percent Jump in Revenue

By Anna Ward |

Accounts filed at Companies House this week show that operating profit for the firm's U.K. and Africa LLP rose nearly 50 percent in 2015.

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More Than 80 Percent of Partners in U.K. Expect to See Law Firm Job Cuts Because of Brexit

By Frances Ivens |

The vast majority of partners in the U.K. expect to see law firm layoffs in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union, while over half say their firms will cut back on recruitment, according to new research by sibling publication Legal Week.

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"There Are Warning Signs Out There": A Q&A With Giles Murphy

By Georgina Stanley |

In this video, Giles Murphy, head of professional practices at Smith & Williamson, talks with Legal Week about the insight that can be gained on the financial performance of the U.K.’s largest law firms, based on a closer analysis of the information in their LLP accounts.

King & Wood Mallesons Halts Profit Distributions After Recapitalization Vote

King & Wood Mallesons has held off on paying out profit distributions to its partners once again, following a recent vote to recapitalize the firm, which has its operations predominantly in Asia and Europe.

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How the U.K.'s Biggest Law Firm LLPs Measure Up

By Georgina Stanley |

Our sibling publication Legal Week digs into the financials of the 47 LLPs within the U.K. Top 50: Revenue, profit, borrowing and staff costs.

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King & Wood Mallesons Scores on Sale of Soccer Club to Chinese Investor

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

For the second time this summer, a British football club has been sold to Chinese investors. King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is advising on the most recent deal: the sale of West Bromwich Albion Football Club to the Chinese investment group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development.

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UK Probes Airbus Bribe Allegations

The United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office announced Monday that it has opened a criminal investigation into possible fraud, bribery and corruption in the company's civil aviation business, which is based in France.

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Quinn Emanuel Raids Covington to Launch New London Practice

The U.S. litigation firm has hired Robert Amaee from Covington & Burling to launch a new practice next month.

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Clifford Chance Hires in New York, U.K. Interest Rates Drop, and More

By Chris Johnson |

In today's Continental Breakfast, the Bank of England tries to stave off a post-Brexit recession, and the Magic Circle continues its belated assault on the U.S. market.

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King & Wood Mallesons to Rebuild Paris With White & Case Hire

King & Wood Mallesons is taking steps to rebuild its Paris corporate practice, having hired senior associate Guilain Hippolyte from White & Case, The Am Law Daily has learned.

LGT bank headquarters near Vaduz Castle, the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

Court: IRS Can't Enforce Summons in Global Scandal

Ruling in a wide-ranging investigation into a 2008 global tax scandal involving a financial institution owned by the royal family of Liechtenstein, the Second Circuit said Steven Greenfield's Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination would be violated by enforcement of an IRS summons.

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External Investment in U.K. Law Firms Fuels Massive Revenue Growth

By Chris Johnson |

U.S. attorneys have spent years arguing over whether law firms should be permitted to have nonlawyer owners. But in the U.K., some law firms are welcoming outside investment.

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Who Benefits From Brexit? The Legal Industry, Of Course

By Chris Johnson |

Law firms are likely to benefit from the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Unon, according to the main lobby group for the U.K.'s financial services industry.

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Ashurst Modifies Partner Pay System After Senior Exits

By Chris Johnson |

Partners have voted to extend the firm's lockstep and introduce a bonus pool in an attempt to better attract and retain top talent.

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DLA Piper's Former Turkish Arm YKK Raided by Police

In the aftermath of a failed coup in Turkey, four lawyers at Yuksel Karkın Kucuk were taken into custody, then released.

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Former DLA Piper Turkish Partner Firm Raided by Police in Aftermath of Coup

DLA Piper's former Turkish arm, Yuksel Karkın Kucuk (YKK), was raided by the police, and lawyers were taken into custody in the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey, according to local press reports.

VW Aims to Throw Out Suit by U.S. Investors

The auto maker argues that the case does not belong in an American court.

3 Ways the New EU E-Signature Regulation Will Affect Legal

While the regulation streamlines e-signature processes, lawyers will still have to navigate technical challenges and national laws.

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Mitratech Acquires UK-Based GRC Solutions Provider Hitec Laboratories

The acquisition is Mitratech’s fifth in 12 months and second in the governance, risk and compliance space.

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Slaughters Finance Partner Joins Latham in London

By Anna Ward |

Rare partner exit for Slaughters as Sanjev Warna-kula-suriya becomes latest recruit in Latham hiring spree.

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Five Ways Brexit May Impact Your Intellectual Property Rights

Rights holders should still consider the possible impacts that the U.K.'s departure will have on their patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights.

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Letter From London: Capital Demise Is Pure Brexit Speculation

Brexit may be good news for such European cities as Frankfurt and Paris. But don't write off London.

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A Mixed Brexit Bag on the Buffet for Today's Continental Breakfast

By Chris Johnson |

British housing prices are still up, but so is the stock market.

Forget VW. The Monster Truck Case Is Worth $180 Billion

A 3 billion euro fine against Europe's truck cartel doubles the old record. But civil damages are what really terrify the truck industry.

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Euro Garages Appoints Orange Mobile Lawyer as GC

Imraan Patel leaves Orange Group to become GC for the fast growing Euro Garages.

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Rating Agency Report Says Post-Brexit EU is Unsustainable

By Chris Johnson |

Let's take a another look at the new and wonderful ways in which Brexit is making our lives better.

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Report Shows GCs Gaining Boardroom Influence

General counsel have become significantly more involved at top levels of their organizations during the past five years, a new study says.

In Wake of FCPA Deal, VimpelCom Hires New Compliance Chief

Months after Dutch telecom giant VimpelCom agreed to settle bribery charges with regulators both at home and abroad, the company hired a new chief compliance officer, J. Daniel Chapman.

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Burford Capital Again Announces Big Litigation Earnings

Four months after reporting record annual earnings, U.K.-based litigation funder Burford Capital LLC once again announced that it has topped last year's first-half earnings and new investments by wide margins in early 2016. Simpson Thacher is one firm benefiting from Burford's largesse.

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Number of Women Named Partner in U.K. Declines in 2016

By Ben Wheway |

The number of women promoted to partner at the U.K.'s top 10 law firms fell by more than 25 percent this year, as law firms continue to struggle with the challenges of nurturing a strong pipeline of female legal talent.

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Top U.K. Law Firms Criticized By Government Over Corporate Collapse

By Chris Johnson |

A parliamentary report claims that Linklaters and Olswang only carried out “cursory” checks into BHS buyer Dominic Chappell. The company entered administration less than a year after the deal.

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Olswang in Merger Discussions with CMS

By Chris Johnson |

That London-based Olswang is in merger talks with another law firm is not surprising. Pan-European giant CMS doesn’t seem an immediately obvious partner, however.

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Expert Analysis: Intellectual Property Rights in the U.K. After Brexit

Brexit's effects will vary. Expect delays for the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court. Other IP protection mechanisms may be less affected.

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EY Law launches in Belfast With Axiom Director Hire

By James Booth |

Aaron Stewart previously led a team of 27 lawyers in Houston, Belfast and India, supporting British Telecom on commercial transactions.

Baker & McKenzie Builds Berlin Office With Taylor Wessing Team Hire

By Rose Walker |

Corporate partners Thomas Dormer and Tim Heitling and two senior associates will start on August 1.

VW Buyers in Europe Enlist US Firms to Clear Hurdles to Recovery

By Amanda Bronstad |

Lawyers hoping to sue Volkswagen in Europe face a host of challenges.

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First Brexit Lawsuit, Potentially More, on Today's Continental Breakfast

By Chris Johnson |

The first of several potential Brexit-related disputes enters court today. The claim, brought on behalf of London-based hairdresser Deir Dos Santos, seeks a judicial review of how Article 50—the procedure by which a member state leaves the EU—can be triggered.

Expert Analysis: Stanford FCPA Database Upstages Big Law Efforts

A new database from Stanford Law School offers unique insight on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements.

Facebook Turns to Baker & McKenzie to Fight IRS Probe

By Ross Todd |

The global law firm is representing Facebook Inc. in its dispute with the IRS over the value of assets the company transferred to its Irish holding company.

US Navy Battle Ship at San Diego Bay.

U.S. Navy Faces $596M Infringement Suit Over Virtual Reality Software

German computer software company Bitmanagement Software is suing for the U.S. government for $596 million, accusing the U.S. Navy of installing hundreds of thousands of unlicensed copies of Bitmanagement's virtual reality software.

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Global Law Firms in Turkey Cope with Coup Aftermath

Just five years ago, Turkey's economy was booming, enticing a handful of international law firms to open offices in the country. But with a failed military coup July 15, the future of those firms remains unclear.

People gather at a makeshift memorial of flowers and candles on the 'Promenade des Anglais' in Nice, France.

Terror Fears Made Real for Risk Management GC in Nice Attack

Eric Dratell, general counsel and head of legal and corporate affairs of Risk Management Solutions, was having dinner with his wife at the end of a vacation in Nice, France when the attacker struck.

District Court Greenlights Suit Against German Manufacturer

A Delaware federal judge has allowed a contractual suit against a German airplane-parts manufacturer to proceed, finding the court maintained personal jurisdiction over the company under Delaware's long-arm statute.

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Pa. Firms Keep Eyes on Germany in Wake of Brexit Vote

In the wake of last month's Brexit vote, and in preparation for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, some large Pennsylvania firms are looking to expand operations in Germany.

Attack in France Raises Security Concerns for Justices

By Tony Mauro |

Justice Clarence Thomas departed from Nice, France just hours before the truck attack that killed more than 80 people gathered for a Bastille Day celebration.

American Lawyer Announces its Fourth Annual Global Legal Award Winners

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

All winners will be honored at the Global Legal Awards dinner on Sept. 26, 2016, at Gotham Hall in New York City, where we will also reveal the four grand prizes.

Eversheds To Launch Consulting Business in Ireland in Post-Brexit Move

By James Booth |

Eversheds will launch its consulting business in Dublin to take advantage of Ireland’s continued EU membership.

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For This Morning's Continental Breakfast, A Generous Helping of Post-Brexit Shocks

By Chris Johnson |

The Brexit referendum result seems to have heralded a new era in which literally anything is possible.

Microsoft Prevails on Appeal in Dodging Warrant for Foreign Emails

By Mark Hamblett |

Microsoft and other U.S.-based internet service providers won a major victory when the Second Circuit found that the company is not required to comply with a U.S. warrant for customer emails stored on a server in Ireland.

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Bank Scores in Suit Over Sale of Liverpool Football Club

A New York judge has ruled that the Royal Bank of Scotland didn't breach its agreement with investors when it forced the club's sale to a Boston Red Sox owner.

European Digital Rights Advocates Warn about Trade Agreements

The European Union is not doing enough to safeguard personal data and privacy rights in trade agreements, a new study warns.

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Ex-Sidley Partner to Stand Trial for Tax Fraud Next Year

By Rose Walker |

Matthew Cahill, a former structured finance and capital markets partner at Sidley Austin in London, will stand trial in September 2017 for tax fraud charges filed against him earlier this year.

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King & Wood Mallesons Litigator To Defect to Covington & Burling

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons litigation partner Greg Lascelles will follow his former practice head to U.S. firm Covington & Burling’s London office.

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A Light Continental Breakfast as U.K. Law Firms Struggle For Growth In Flat Market

By Chris Johnson |

Half of the United Kingdom’s 50 largest law firms by revenue have now announced their results for the last fiscal year. It’s been another tough 12 months, with topline growth particularly hard to come by.

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Mummy Dearest: The Careerist Observes the Mommy War in the U.K.

By Vivia Chen |

Andrea Leadsom said that having children made her more fit to be Britain's prime minister than childless Theresa May. To call Leadsom’s remarks retro and smug would be kind, the Careerist writes.

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Finally, A Spot of Post-Brexit Decisiveness for this Morning's Continental Breakfast

By Chris Johnson |

Theresa May’s speedy appointment as PM makes for a refreshing change from the infighting, navel gazing and general lack of productive activity that has characterized British politics since the Brexit referendum result on June 24.

Clyde & Co Opens Its First Office in Germany As Dentons Opens in Rome

By James Booth |

Clydes launches an insurance-focused office in Dusseldorf with a team from Noerr.

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Defense Asks for New Trial, Judge in Libor Case

Tainted testimony compelled in London tarnished the trial of the first two people convicted in the United States of manipulating a benchmark interest rate, lawyers for the defendants told a federal appeals court.

Clifford Chance, HSF, Simmons and DLA Piper Join Rush to Register Lawyers in Ireland

By Anna Ward |

More firms opt to fund lawyers to join the Irish roll in a bid to save EU audience rights.

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Clifford Chance, Freshfields Take Top U.K. Financial Spots

As most large U.K. firms unveiled financial figures for their 2015-16 fiscal years, Clifford Chance topped the list in gross revenue while Freshfields reigned supreme in profits per equity partner.

Privacy Shield Approved by EU Member States, Set to Land This Week

The agreement's approval comes after final negotiations concluded on the eve of the Brexit vote.

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Continental Breakfast: Brexit Casualties Mount as Pound Slumps and Funds Freeze

By Chris Johnson |

Continental Breakfast returns after a week away. It’s been a ridiculously eventful seven days. Now that Britain has actually voted to leave the European Union, it seems that those who orchestrated the unprecedented situation now want nothing to do with it.

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Quinn Emanuel, Litigation Funder Team Up for Landmark $25B MasterCard Fight

The case, which promises to be the largest yet under the U.K.'s retooled competition law, marks the largest non-U.S. investment by Chicago-based litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital LLC.

IRS Investigating Facebook Over Ireland Asset Transfer

By Ross Todd |

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking for a court order forcing Facebook Inc. to provide information to the IRS related to its transfer of many of its global assets to its Irish holding company.

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The Most Expensive Bankruptcy Ever?

After $2 billion in bankruptcy fees, Nortel approaches a dubious record.

Facebook Wins Appeals Court Legal Victory in Europe Over Privacy Concerns

The court ruled the Belgian Privacy Commission cannot stop Facebook from tracking non-Facebook users that visit its pages.

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Cadwalader Adds King & Wood Mallesons' European Finance Head

King & Wood Mallesons has continued to lose partners in London, with former European finance chief Jeremy Cross the latest to emerge at another firm.

Expert Analysis: 'RJR Nabisco' and the Future of Extraterritoriality

The Supreme Court's ruling further limits the ability to seek redress for wrongs occurring abroad.

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Orrick Hires Silicon Valley Vet with International Credential

After managing the patent system for the United Nations, James Pooley goes back to Big Law to help clients with trade secret cases.

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BLP Spinoff Lawyers on Demand Leads U.K. Firms into Temp Business

By Chris Johnson |

The alternative legal services industry is providing both competition and opportunity for British law firms.

A Growing Field of Competitors

By Chris Johnson |

When Berwin Leighton Paiser launched Lawyers on Demand in 2007, it was the only British firm to offer a flexible staffing service. That's no longer true.

Big Deals

By Rebecca Geiger |

The law firms with roles in the largest recent M&A deals across Europe.

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Europe Says No to Treaty Arbitration

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

While industry slept, the European Union blew up its investor-state arbitration system. Will a new court replace it?

Europeans Debate How to Handle Intra-EU Investor Disputes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The EU insists that member states must discard the nearly 200 investment treaties between EU nations. But what comes next?

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Haynes and Boone to Bolt on UK Boutique Post-Brexit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Haynes and Boone announced Thursday that it plans to merge with Curtis Davis Garrard, a 20-lawyer London firm with clients in the shipbuilding and offshore oil and gas industries that handles both transactional work and litigation.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Latham Duo for New Frankfurt Office

On the heels of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union, two corporate partners are leaving Latham & Watkins, including the latter’s Frankfurt office leader, to open a new outpost for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

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DLA Piper Adds 21 Lawyers in Sweden With Stockholm Merger

Five months after bolting on Finnish firm Peltonen LMR, global legal giant DLA Piper has expanded again in Scandinavia, as it prepares to absorb Swedish shop Grönberg.

Turkish Human Rights Suit Against Muslim Cleric Tossed

By P.J. D’Annunzio |

A federal judge has thrown out a human rights lawsuit against Fethullah Gülen, an exiled Turkish cleric and head of a of multibillion-dollar network of businesses and nongovernmental organizations.

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Continental Breakfast: Brexit Mood Darkens, But Markets Recover

By Chris Johnson |

The British pound remains depressed, causing potential headaches for U.S. firms that pay London partners in dollars.

Expert Analysis: Is Global Enforcement Parity the New Norm?

The specter of competition among international regulators makes it essential for these entities to develop and pursue a coordinated strategy for all such matters.


Irish Eyes Smiling at Legal Opportunities From UK’s Brexit Vote

Irish law firms could be poised to pick up additional work after last week’s U.K. vote to exit the European Union. That will leave Ireland as the only remaining English-speaking country with a common law tradition in the Eurozone.

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For Sullivan & Cromwell and VW, a $14.7B Settlement Counts as a Win

When the jury foreman says “Not guilty,” that’s a defense win. When the judge dismisses a case on summary judgment, that’s a defense win. When your client agrees to a $14.7 billion settlement? For Sullivan & Cromwell and Volkswagen AG, yes, that’s a defense win too.

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France's Gide Loyrette Nouel To Close Its Hong Kong Office

By Anna Zhang |

France’s Gide Loyrette Nouel will close its office in Hong Kong and launch a "best friends" relationship with local firm Howse Williams Bowers.

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Survey: Where U.S. Law Firms Have Placed Their Bets in Europe

American firms have more lawyers in the United Kingdom than anywhere else in Europe, according to the NLJ 500 lawyer head count survey. Will that be true post-Brexit?

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Brexit's Effect On GDPR, Privacy Shield Limited, But Many Eye Data Transfer Uncertainties

Given the late stages of Privacy Shield negotiations, and the long process of a Brexit, experts see little change to data privacy and transfer laws until Britain leaves.

All Over the Map: U.S. Law Firms In Europe

U.S. firms on the NLJ 500, the National Law Journal's head count survey, have a total of 14,300 lawyers working in Europe.

Brexit Won't Affect Current Patent Cases, But It Might Kill European Patent Court Plans

By Scott Graham |

The United Kingdom’s Brexit vote won’t disrupt current patent practice in Europe, practitioners say, but it will surely cause further delays—and possibly even kill—plans for a unified European patent court.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at the combination signing ceremony in Beijing.

Dentons Gobbles Its Way Across the Globe

Its growth strategy raises eyebrows, but no one denies the firm's bold and risky vision.

Pro Bono Rankings: National and International Firms

Dechert, Arnold & Porter and Paul Hastings lead the pack in non-U.S. pro bono.

Haynes and Boone Tie-Up Breaks Trans-Atlantic Merger Drought

New data on law firm mergers this year shows fewer international deals and a slowdown in major combinations.

Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

While Brexit may end up casting a shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.

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Seven Ways Brexit Will Impact Big Law

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union on Friday sent global markets tumbling. But what does a Brexit mean to global law firms?

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Tech Companies Face Mixed Impact from Brexit Vote

While the ultimate impact of the UK's exit from the European Union remains unclear, attorneys are beginning to wade through the regulatory challenges that come in Brexit's wake

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Brexit Vote Clouds Big-Firm Lawyers' M&A Crystal Balls

As top transactional lawyers sought to calm nervous clients Friday after Britain's vote to leave the EU, several said that they were bracing for the possibility of a two-year drought in their most highly leveraged, profitable business: advising on cross-border M&A deals.

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Will U.S. Firms Pull Back in London After Brexit?

The U.K.’s historic vote to leave the European Union came among one of the busiest lateral hiring sprees by U.S. law firms in London, but that growth may be put to the test as clients themselves ponder exiting the market.

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Partners Warn of Serious Implications for Clients as Britain votes to Leave the E.U.

By Frances Ivens and Rose Walker |

Clifford Chance senior partner Malcom Sweeting and others weigh in as Brexit sends shock waves to global stock and foreign exchange markets.

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Cairo Partner Leaves Crowell & Moring, as Merger Talks Also End

Crowell & Moring has reshuffled its operations in Cairo, where economic turmoil and political unrest has unsettled the Egyptian outposts of other large firms in recent years.

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Clifford Chance, Linklaters Launch 24-Hour Brexit Ops Rooms

The two Magic Circle firms have set up operations rooms in preparation for potential fallout from the U.K.’s referendum Thursday on membership of the European Union.

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Stephenson Harwood Reports Another Record Year in Revenue Growth

By Vern Pitt |

Second consecutive record-breaking year for the U.K. firm as revenue and PEP increase by 9 and 1.5 percent, respectively

The Global Lawyer: To Dodge $50 Billion Bill, Russia Comes Clean on Sale of the Century

Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his friends once paid the Russian state roughly half a billion dollars for Yukos Oil Co., which was publicly valued at $6 billion in 1997. Russia then took back those assets. The controlling shareholders have fought Russia in arbitration ever since.

Covington, Slaughter and May on Tencent's $8.6B Gaming Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The Shenzhen-based technology company is leading a consortium to buy an 84.3 percent stake in game developer Supercell from Japan’s SoftBank and the game maker’s employees. The deal, Tencent’s largest-ever acquisition, values Supercell at $10.2 billion.

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Dechert to Launch Brexit Client Hotline in London

By Anna Ward |

The firm's E.U. trade co-head Miriam Gonzalez gives her view from inside a U.S. firm on how firms should prepare for Brexit.

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EY Hires Norton Rose Fulbright Partner As Big Four Continue Push Into Law

The Big Four accounting firms are continuing to invest heavily in their legal services arms, expanding their presence in the Americas even as their footprint grows in the United Kingdom.

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Allen & Overy to Match Cravath's U.S. Associate Pay

By Rose Walker |

The Magic Circle firm joins the ongoing U.S. associate pay war, announcing pay rise for first-year U.S. associates to $180,000

Ashurst Shutters Stockholm Office

By Rose Walker |

The Anglo-Australian firm has closed its only Swedish offering, with the entire 25-lawyer team transferring to local firm Hamilton.

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Racketeering Law Applies Outside the U.S., With Limits, Justices Rule

The nation's chief law against racketeering applies to some activities outside of the United States, but private plaintiffs must claim a domestic injury, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in a closely watched business case involving a major American cigarette and food producer.

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Global In-House: What Do People In Your Legal Function Do?

What do people in your in-house legal function currently do? How do they spend their days? Having the answers will be a key input in guiding how your legal function may want to change.

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

Dentons, Referral Industry Square Off Ahead of New Network Launch

A month after Dentons suggested law firms and their clients should abandon “pay-to-play” networks for international legal referrals and announced its own new network, the referral industry is fighting back.

In this May 20, 2016 file photo, British politician and leader of the UKIP party Nigel Farage holds up a placard as he launches his party's campaign for Britain to leave the EU, outside the EU representative office in London.

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Expert Analysis: Brexit's Implications for International Employers

If there is a Brexit, it is impossible to know precisely where that would leave U.K. employment law. Much would turn on the type of withdrawal.

As Brexit Fears Mount, Big Firm Lawyers Register in Ireland

By Anna Ward |

Some U.K.-qualified lawyers are applying to the Law Society of Ireland amid fears they may find it more difficult to practice EU law if Britain leaves the European Union.

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NJ Court OKs Russia as Forum for Real Estate Dispute

A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a clause in a contract that mandates that any dispute by resolved by Russians courts is enforceable, even though there is little likelihood that one of the parties will return to Russia to resolve the dispute.

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Law Firms Brace for Brexit as EU Referendum Vote Looms

By Chris Johnson |

Even the mere possibility of a U.K. withdrawal from the EU has already taken a toll on law firms and the financial markets.

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Womble Carlyle, U.K.'s Bond Dickinson Forge Strategic Alliance

By James Booth |

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, announced on Wednesday the formation of an exclusive international alliance with Bond Dickinson, one of the 50 largest firms in the U.K.

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Expert Analysis: K Street in Europe

In this article, the twelfth in Allen & Overy's weekly columns on political law issues designed to help in-house legal and compliance personnel manage risks, we turn to lobbying regulation in the European Union.

European IPO Flurry Welcomed by Region's Beleaguered Capital Markets Lawyers

By Chris Johnson |

Capital markets lawyers at Davis Polk & Wardwell, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell, among others, have benefited from a spate of European listings.

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Baker & McKenzie's Next Chair Paul Rawlinson Fits the Bill

Baker & McKenzie's decision to elect London managing partner Paul Rawlinson as its next global chair provides telling insight into the mindset and priorities of the firm's partnership.

Shell's Legal Offshoring a Sign of Things to Come

The announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it plans to open an offshore legal operations center illustrates a growing trend, according to industry experts.

Have Global Compliance Problems? You're Not Alone

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The 2016 Global Business Ethics Survey, released Thursday by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative , revealed that more workers in Brazil, India and Russia reported seeing misconduct and experiencing pressure to compromise standards than their counterparts in 10 other countries.

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UK Employees' Lack of Awareness a Perilous Weak Spot in Cybersecurity Efforts: Survey

A majority of UK employees are confident in their ability to securely manage their sensitive data, but the reality may be far different.

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Dentons, KPMG Linked to Offshore Tax Scheme Up North

A tax partner at Dentons in Vancouver formerly affiliated with predecessor firm Frasner Milner Casgrain has been caught up in an offshore tax scandal involving global accounting giant KPMG and the Isle of Man.

Attorneys Debate European Draft Guidelines on Net Neutrality

Some say the guidelines give a 'solid foundation,' but leave loopholes that still need to be shored up.

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Baker & McKenzie Elects a New Leader

By Rose Walker |

Paul Rawlinson has been selected by the partnership, making him the firm's first British global chair.

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Expert Analysis: American Constitutional Regime From a German Perspective

As a representative democracy with a federal constitution and a well-developed judiciary, Germany has a general constitutional regime quite similar to that of the United States. A closer comparison, however, highlights features of the American regime that, for better or worse, distinguish it.


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Dechert Reshuffles London Leadership in Growth Bid

In an example of the laser-like focus U.S. law firms are placing on London in recent months, Dechert has revamped the leadership structure of its London office with an eye toward making it on par with the firm's largest locations in New York and Philadelphia.

European Data Protection Supervisor Suggests Path After Parliament Dismisses Privacy Shield Draft

Experts in the U.S. see many of the recommendations, which focus on mass surveillance, data rights and enforcement, as too far-reaching.

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Coca-Cola European Partners Hires New GC

Coca-Cola European Partners, the world’s largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products based on net sales, announced on May 31 that London-based lawyer Clare Wardle is taking over as general counsel and company secretary.

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More Turnover at Deutsche Bank as Legal Strategy Head Exits

Continuing the legal turnover at besieged Deutsche Bank in Germany, Emma Slatter is leaving as head of legal strategy after only six months in her new position, according to news reports.

Paul Hastings, White & Case on $752M Chinese Offer for German Chipmaker

By Anna Zhang |

Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund is buying Germany's Aixtron as Chinese investors continue shopping spree in Europe’s technology sector.

Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance on $650M Sino-Italian Sports Media Buy

By Anna Ward |

A Chinese consortium led by Shanghai-based Everbright Securities has bought a controlling stake in Italy’s sports media rights business MP & Silva.

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Clyde & Co Merging With Miami's Thornton Davis

The 1,800-lawyer U.K. firm plans to open its sixth U.S. office, merging with insurance defense firm Thornton Davis & Fein.

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Expert Analysis: What Brexit Means for U.S. Companies

With all the focus on the U.S. Presidential election, it can be easy to overlook another election on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean that could prove to be just as consequential.


Quinn Emanuel Continues European Push With Zurich Launch

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is expanding its European presence with the launch of a new office in Switzerland under partner Thomas Werlen. Zurich-based FIFA, soccer's global governing body, is a major client of the firm.

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

By James Booth |

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

Alphabet Board Sued Over EU Antitrust Charges

A shareholder derivative suit alleges that leaders of Alphabet and its subsidiary Google left the company exposed.

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Five Firms Plant Themselves on Bayer’s Mega Monsanto Bid

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

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Clifford Chance Appears in Court in Saudi Office License Case

By Anna Ward |

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


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Letter from London: White & Case Aims High

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


Probes by Dechert, Sullivan & Cromwell Draw Scrutiny

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

The 2016 Am Law 200: Our Exclusive Report

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

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Legal Departments are Gaining Influence in the U.K.

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

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Expert Analysis: Accessing Records With Bank of Nova Scotia Summonses

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

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

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

Lawmakers Seek to Make NJ International Hub for ADR

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

Norton Rose Fulbright to Move 170 Jobs to Philippines

By James Booth |

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

Freshfields Leads Midea’s $4.5B European Robotics Buy

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

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

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U.K. Plans More Anti-Corruption Laws

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

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Deal Watch: Mylan Taps Cravath Again for Dermatology Deal

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

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Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High

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

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

UK Real Estate Shoppers Focus on South Florida

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

A Smooth Landing for Air Cargo Suit

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

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

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

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

Coming soon to a location near you.

Growth Game: Dentons Launches Referral Network, Munich Office

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

A Schrems Aftershock? Debating Challenges to EU Standard Contractual Clauses

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

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U.K. Bar Makes Progress Toward Gender Diversity

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

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King & Wood Mallesons Exits Continue in London

By Rose Walker |

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

Chadbourne's Warsaw Office Sets Off on Separate Path

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

The American Lawyer Announces Transatlantic Legal Awards Finalists for 2016

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

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

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

Telenor GC Resigns After Investigation of VimpelCom Bribery

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

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

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

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

By Georgina Stanley and James Booth |

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

Curtis Mallet Expands to Switzerland with New Geneva Office

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

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

By Georgina Stanley |

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

Kirsten Jarvis Johnson with her son.

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

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

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U.K. Government to Push For Capped Legal Fees

By Rose Walker |

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

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

Germany's Nuclear Reaction

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows For Big Law

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

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

By James Booth |

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

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

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

Ashurst Appoints Legacy Blake Dawson Partner as Managing Partner

By Rose Walker |

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

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Antitrust Litigator Makes U-Turn from Hausfeld Back to BLP

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

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

By Anna Ward |

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

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Google Readies Defense to EU Antitrust Charges

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

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

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

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Litigation Funding Race Escalates as Burford Hits $1B

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

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

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

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

By Frances Ivens |

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

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DLA Piper Shutters Whitehorse Office, Retreats Farther North

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

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

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

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Linklaters Promotes 24 to Partner Including Five in Hong Kong

By James Booth |

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

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German Merck Hits Back in US Merck's Trademark Suit

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

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

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

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

By Anna Ward |

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

EU Privacy Pushback Prompts Lawyers to Look for Plan B

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

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

Ex-Client Sues Dentons Over ITC Case

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

Data Residency Compliance Leads Box to Plant Cloud Locations Overseas

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

Slaughter and May Advises on Tata European Steel Works Sale

By Rose Walker |

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

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

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

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

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

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UK Regulator Probes Law Firms' Links to Panama Papers

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

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Sidley London Partner Leaves Firm Amid Legal Woes

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

Still a U.S. company, for now.

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

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

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

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

Circumnavigating the E-Discovery Globe

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

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Judge Allows Terror Suits Against Banks to Proceed

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

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Goodwin Procter Launches in Paris with Six-Partner Group

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

'Panama Papers' Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security

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

Holman Fenwick Strikes Shanghai Alliance to Offer Chinese Law Advice

By James Booth |

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

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

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

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

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

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

By James Booth and Frances Ivens |

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

RatnerPrestia Sues German Firm for Interference, Fraud

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

Cravath Admits Breach as Law Firm Hacks Go Public

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

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London Calling for Two Big Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Slater and Gordon GC Steps Down After Two Months

By Frances Ivens |

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

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King & Wood Mallesons Overhauls Profit Distribution System

By Rose Walker |

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

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Law Firm Mergers Don't Benefit Clients, Report Finds

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

Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

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

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

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

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RBS Hires Barclays Lawyers as Its New GC

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

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Clarence Thomas Will Teach in France this Summer, Replacing Scalia

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

KWM to Slash 15 Percent of Legacy SJ Berwin Partnership

By Rose Walker |

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

Brussels Dispatch: Support Pours In

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

3 Big Changes in Transatlantic Data Regulation under the Privacy Shield

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

Ashurst Launches Research And Development Arm

By Rose Walker |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

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Bombs Exploded in Brussels as In-House Lawyers Arrived

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

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

Brussels Blasts Disrupt Big Law Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A 'Brexit' May Not Change UK Employment Law

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

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

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

Stephenson Harwood Formalizes Chinese Association

By Frances Ivens |

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

Greenberg Traurig

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Greenberg Chairman Cites Culture Clash in Failure of Merger Talks

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

Will the Privacy Shield Truly Redefine International Data Transfers?

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

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

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

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

By Georgina Stanley |

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

Santiago, Chile.

Spain's Garrigues Broadens Latin American Reach

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global Legal Awards Deadline Is May 1

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

State-Sponsored Patent Funds: Licensing or Litigating?

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

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

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

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

By Charlotte Edmond |

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

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

By Vern Pitt |

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

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

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

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

Russian-Speaking Attorneys Cater to Surge from Russia, Ukraine

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

Expert Analysis: Russia Implements Rules to Localize Online Personal Data

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

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King & Wood Mallesons Litigator To Leave For Arnold & Porter

By Frances Ivens |

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

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

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

Singapore city skyline

Eversheds in Singapore Merger Talks

By Anna Zhang |

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

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

By James Booth |

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

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Amid Defections, Kirkland Extends Notice Period for Departing Partners

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

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

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

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

By James Booth |

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

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

By Anna Ward |

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

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

Details of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Released

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

The Churn

Hogan Lovells on a Hiring Spree, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Big Deals

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

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

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

New German Privacy Law Targets US Companies

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

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Contract Lawyers Businesses AdventBalance And LOD Announce Merger

By Anna Zhang |

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

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Sysco Uses Freshfields on $3.1B Acquisition

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

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HSBC’s Legal Bills Skyrocketed in 2015

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

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Hogan Lovells Introduces Unlimited Vacation in US But Europe Misses Out

By Rose Walker |

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

SEC Action Recommended in Alleged Cadbury Bribery

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

Expert Analysis: Managing Business Before EU Privacy Shield Takes Effect

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

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

Vimpelcom’s FCPA Settlement is One of the Largest Ever

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

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New Global Firm Makes a Debut, Shunning US

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

The Churn

Mayer Brown Launches German PE Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Mayer Brown Leads Beijing Enterprises $1.6B German Buy

By Anna Zhang |

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

Sir Nigel Knowles.

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

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

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

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

Shari Claire Lewis

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

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

The Churn

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

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

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

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

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

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

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

Hedge Funds Win Judgment Against Deutsche

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

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Points Mean Prizes as DLA Overhauls Its Compensation System

By James Booth |

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

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

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

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

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

Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

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

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

The Global Lawyer: The First Shoe Drops in Argentina

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

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

Justice Dept. Fights Subpoenas for Bank Records About Russian Assets

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

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Greenberg Traurig Confirms Tie-Up Talks With British Firm

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

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

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

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

DLA Piper Shakes Up Non-U.S. Compensation

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

Companies Should Cheer the New US-EU Data Privacy Deal

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

DLA Expands with Finland Merger, Sweden Integration

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

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

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

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The Most Prized Lateral of 2015 Wasn't a Partner

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

U.S. Supreme Court building

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

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

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

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

Tyco Fire & Security headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.

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

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

German Shakeup Continues As Latham Boosts Buyouts With Linklaters Hire

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

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse at 40 Foley Square

Civil Case Stayed to Consider Baker & Hostetler's Role

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

A Firm To Watch: King & Wood Mallesons

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

Brown Rudnick's Irish Practice Head Departs

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

Nicholas M. De Feis and Philip C. Patterson

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

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

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

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

Merck sign, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph J. LoBue and Helene Gogadze

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

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

Nortel Fee Bonanza Continues as Creditors Square Off in NY

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

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ALM Buys UK's Legal Week From Incisive Media

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

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

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

Judge Griesa

Judge Reverses Ruling Disqualifying Baker & Hostetler From Case

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

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

Six Firms Advise on First Pharmaceutical Mega-Deal of 2016

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

European Commission in Brussels

2016 Could Bring Big Changes to IP Protection in Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa

Judge Rethinks Removing Baker Hostetler From Case

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

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

Hunton & Williams Lawyer Turns Greek Vacation Into Humanitarian Mission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Hausfeld

High-Stakes Competition in Europe's New Antitrust Boom

By Susan Hansen |

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

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

Getting It Right in Poland

By Chris Johnson |

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

Big Deals

By Rebecca Geiger |

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

A Lawyer's Star Power

By Jenna Greene |

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

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Continental Breakfast: Life After the Law Firm

By Chris Johnson |

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

Facing Off With Facebook

By Chris DiMarco |

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

No New Suits

By Julie Triedman |

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

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Two Knocks for Freshfields

By Scott Flaherty |

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

Who's In, Who's Out in Germany

By Chris Johnson |

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

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

The Global Lawyer: The Anti-Social Network

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

U.S District Court Judge Thomas Thrash

Judge Allows Racketeering Claims Against Glock to Proceed

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

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Magic Circle Firms, Litigation Leaders Spread Bonus Cheer

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

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

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

New Rules Allow Foreign Lawyers to Practice in NY

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

Shepherd & Wedderburn's Stephen Gibb in Edinburgh.

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Are Independent Scottish Firms a Dying Breed?

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

European Commission in Brussels

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

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

Mayer Brown Picks Off More Magic Circle Talent in Germany

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

A Siberian oil field

Lawsuit Over Russian Gas, Oil Interests Allowed to Proceed

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

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

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

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

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DLA Continues European Finance Push With London Partner Hires

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

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Clifford Chance Settles with Funder of Failed Excalibur Case

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