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The Churn

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

A New EU Regulator for Digital Companies?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

France
Recognitions

Epstein Becker Green member Pierre Georges Bonnefil has been appointed a chevalier in the French Légion d'Honneur, and other announcements.

Singapore
Head of Clyde's Singapore Partner Firm Leaving for Nabarro

By Anna Zhang |

Steven Lim will lead the construction-focused firm's city-state office; Clyde & Co says its Singaporean joint law venture is still intact.

Lewis Silkin Hong Kong partner Antonia Grant

Hong Kong
U.K. Firm Lewis Silkin Launches in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The 160-lawyer employment specialist is relocating London partner Antonia Grant to open its first office outside of the United Kingdom.

The Churn

China, Hong Kong, India, Japan
McKenna Long Tax Chief Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The head of McKenna Long & Aldridge's national tax group leaves ahead of a merger with global legal giant Dentons; Arnold & Porter and Cozen O'Connor both make bulk hires from smaller firms; a Jones Day bankruptcy baron returns; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Germany
Orrick to Halve German Network With Two Office Closures

By Chris Johnson |

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe will shutter Frankfurt and Berlin bases later this year to focus practice on Düsseldorf and Munich, The American Lawyer has learned.

China, Italy
China's Han Kun Strikes Italian Alliance

By Anna Zhang |

The firm has teamed up with Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners as Chinese investments into Italy increase.

Germany
As German Enforcement Gets Tougher, Demand for Compliance Advice Grows

By Tania Karas |

A crackdown on corruption, antitrust violations, and other corporate offenses have set alarm bells ringing in German boardrooms. Which law firms are best positioned to respond?

Germany, United Kingdom
Paul Weiss, Slaughter and May Counsel Deutsche Bank on $2.5 Billion Settlement

By Nell Gluckman |

A Deutsche Bank subsidiary in London settled with U.S. and U.K. authorities for more than $2.5 billion over manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as well as wire fraud and antitrust charges. Paul Weiss partners Theodore Wells, Andrew Finch and Roberto Finzi represented the bank, along with Slaughter and May partners Deborah Finkler and Ewan Brown.

China, Singapore, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada
Deal Watch: Big Firm Pharma Deal Flow Continues With Teva’s Mylan Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Big Pharma leads the list of billion-dollar deals this week with a $40 billion, unsolicited bid made by Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for fellow generic-drug maker Mylan N.V.

The Opposition

Ireland
AbbVie's $1.64B Breakup Fee in Inversion Deal a Business Risk

By Gina Passarella |

AbbVie's decision to pay a $1.64 billion merger breakup fee to Dublin-based Shire PLC rather than face the sudden tax disadvantages of a corporate inversion was a normal risk assumed by a company's board, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled in denying stockholders access to AbbVie's records on the deal.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Northern District of California

Ukraine, Canada
Judge Blasts Prosecutors in Foreign Bribe Case

By Ross Todd |

Calling it the most "misguided prosecution" he'd seen in 50 years, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer dismissed charges against three non-U.S. citizens accused of bribing an executive at a Montreal-based organization.

Hong Kong, France, Germany
Diagnosing Sick Leave Laws Around the World

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

When you're "sick" in France, you might not be "sick" in Germany.

Cleary Gottlieb, Allen & Overy Get Google’s Antitrust Call

By Nell Gluckman |

The two firms are divvying up the task of advising Google on antitrust claims leveled at the technology giant by the European Union.

The Petronas Towers and KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia, United Kingdom
Trowers & Hamlins Wins First License to Practice in Malaysia

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has announced it is now a so-called Qualified Foreign Law Firm, allowing it to advise clients on international law from the Southeast Asian country.

Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh

Djibouti, United Kingdom
Court Denies Gibson Dunn Partner's Initial Appeal in Djibouti Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

Peter Gray sought permission to appeal a British high court's finding last month that the Dubai-based partner deliberately misled the court in presenting inaccurately dated evidence that implicated Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh in a 2009 grenade attack. Justice Julian Flaux on Tuesday rejected Gray's request, which will now go to the Court of Appeal.

From the Experts: The Legal Department's Role in Mitigating Data Privacy Risk

By Kristoph Gustovich and Joe Schwarze |

For companies that do business in both the U.S. and E.U., legal departments need to help devise an approach that will comply with the very different rules they impose.

Hungary
Dentons Makes a Grand Budapest Bolt-On With White & Case Raid

By Brian Baxter |

Fresh after mergers in the U.S. and China, the global legal giant is adding a 30-strong team from White & Case in the Hungarian capital.

No Reprieve for RJ Reynolds in Global Money Laundering Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Jones Day's Greg Katsas failed to persuade the full Second Circuit that it should reconsider a panel's decision forcing RJR to face racketeering claims by a coalition of EU countries.

United Kingdom
Cahill Makes London Litigation Debut Using ABS Structure

By Brian Baxter |

Cahill Gordon & Reindel officially launched an English law litigation practice in London after hiring Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Kelly. The announcement comes with a twist: U.K. regulators approved Cahill’s application to become the first major U.S. firm in London to be licensed under an alternative business structure.

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.

Circuit Declines En Banc Review of RJR Nabisco Ruling

By Mark Hamblett |

Last year a Second Circuit panel allowed the European Community to pursue racketeering claims against RJR Nabisco for an alleged global money laundering conspiracy. This week, some of the appellate court's judges took issue with that opinion—but not enough for the court to change course.

Greece, Slovakia
Cleary Scores for Greece in Bondholder Dispute

By Scott Flaherty |

Greece's lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton defeated a treaty arbitration brought by a Slovak bank seeking to avoid a steep haircut on $533 million in Greek bonds.

Microsoft: Unmasking Emails Risks 'Outrage' Overseas

By Sue Reisinger |

The tech giant says that seizing customer email on foreign servers is contrary to international law.

Technological and Cultural Challenges of Cross-Border E-Discovery

By Christopher DiMarco |

A Q&A with Deloitte's Andy Ruckman: Reliance on local counsel is a critical consideration, but evolving technology can streamline international discovery.

Netherlands, United Kingdom
Dealmaker of the Week: Roland Turnill of Slaughter and May

By Jennifer Henderson |

Turnill, a corporate and commercial partner in Slaughter and May's London office, advised Royal Dutch Shell in its $70 billion acquisition of BG Group.

Belgium
Facebook Responds to Belgian Report on Alleged EU Privacy Law Lapses

By Chris DiMarco |

The company claims that information in the report was incomplete and that some of the issues were the result of bugs that have been addressed.

China, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada
Deal Watch: Magic Circle, Am Law Firms Advise on $70 Billion Royal Dutch Shell Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Oil and gas tops off the week's list of billion-dollar deals, with Royal Dutch Shell plc's $70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc.

US Companies Need to Prepare for EU Data Privacy Changes

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The European Commission has updated its proposed rules to address data privacy, which are likely to have big implications for U.S. companies.

Russia
The Global Lawyer: Yukos' Billion-Dollar Crumbs

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

After last year's $50 billion arbitration win for the former masters of Yukos Oil Company, we know a defunct oil company can strike a gusher. But can its shareholders get their hands on the loot?

Sigram Schindler

Germany
Foley Client: My Bad on The Brief!

By Tony Mauro |

German business executive Sigram Schindler promises he will never write a U.S. Supreme Court brief again.

Djibouti

Djibouti, United Kingdom
Judge Fines Gibson Dunn Following Partner's Misconduct

By Jennifer Henderson |

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, along with the Republic of Djibouti, has been ordered by a British high court judge to pay Abdourahman Boreh the equivalent of $1.3 million in fees after partner Peter Gray was found to have knowingly provided false information regarding the Djibouti businessman's alleged involvement in a 2009 grenade attack.

France, Italy, United Kingdom
Religion, Holidays and Days Off in the Global Workplace

By Robbin Hutton and Kathryn W. Pascover |

How are does an employer have to go to accommodate religious practices? That varies according to country.

Austria
Irell Partner Reflects on Sale of Klimt’s Gold Painting

By Nell Gluckman |

Irell & Manella partner Steven Thomas negotiated the sale of Gustav Klimt’s famous gold painting "Adele Bloch-Bauer I," which drew headlines for fetching the highest price for any artwork in 2006. The painting, along with four others, was stolen by the Nazis and recovered by the Bloch-Bauer heirs after an eight-year legal battle with the Austrian government, and is now the subject of "Woman in Gold," a film starring Helen Mirren that will be released Wednesday.

From the Experts: Companies Should Rethink Their European Patent Strategy

By Jake M. Holdreith, Alyssa N. Lawson and Li Zhu |

The new consolidated system raises the stakes of litigation. A continent-wide injunction can jeopardize a company’s entire European market.

China, Hong Kong, Singapore
Withers Grows in Asian Divorce Capital Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. private client boutique has made an unrivaled push into the region to capitalize on a fast-growing population of high-net-worth individuals in China, Singapore and other top jurisdictions.

United Kingdom
Dealmaker: Sean Wheeler of Latham & Watkins

Wheeler took the lead on London-based oil terminal operator VTTI's $422 million IPO, making it the first master limited partnership with most of its assets fixed outside North America to go public in the United States.

Germany
Dealmakers: David Shine of Fried Frank, Matthew Hurd of Sullivan & Cromwell

Shine represented Merck & Co. in its $14.2 billion sale of consumer brands to Germany's Bayer AG, which in turn tapped Hurd for counsel on the giant carve-out.

Australia, United Kingdom
Slater & Gordon Offers $947M for U.K. Claims Processor

By Anna Zhang |

Arnold Bloch Leibler is Australian counsel to Slater, while London-based Macfarlanes is advising on English law.

South Korea, Russia
Yulchon Opens Moscow Office

By Tom Brennan |

The Korean firm has relocated Russia practice leader Hwajoon Lee to spearhead the new outpost.

London skyline

United Kingdom
Jenner & Block to Launch in London

By Chris Johnson |

The Chicago-based firm has announced that it will open a disputes-focused office in London later this spring to meet the increasing international needs of its clients.

Barclays Taps New GC for Europe and the Middle East

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The U.K. bank has promoted Simon Croxford to general counsel for investment banking for the Europe and Middle East region.

FARNBOROUGH, UK - JULY 15: Closeup of a Pirelli tyre attached to a Caterham Formula 1 race car on static display at the Farnborough Airshow, UK on July 15, 2012

China, Italy
Clifford Chance Leads ChemChina’s $7.7B Italian Tire Buy

By Anna Zhang |

China's Jun He Law Offices, Italy's Pedersoli e Associati, Linklaters and Latham & Watkins are among the others working on what will be the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese state-owned enterprise since the $15 billion CNOOC-Nexen deal in 2012.

Djibouti

Djibouti, United Kingdom
Gibson Dunn Partner Suspended for Mishandling Djibouti Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

A British high court judge has reversed an order freezing the assets of Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh after finding that a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner knowingly presented faulty evidence implicating Boreh in a 2009 grenade attack.

Germany
Foley Partner Escapes Supreme Court Sanctions Over a German Client's Brief

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed its disciplinary action against Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley over his submission of a jargon-filled petition mainly written by his client, a German business executive and nonlawyer. The court issued this warning to lawyers: Write petitions in plain language.

United Kingdom
Bank of England Taps Experienced UK Regulator as GC

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The 300-year-old central bank has appointed Sonya Branch as its new general counsel.

Finland, Sweden
Deal Watch: One Skadden Client Ousts Another in Duel for Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Skadden client Valeant Pharmaceuticals prevail over fellow firm client Endo International in its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals, while Finnish utility company Fortum sells off its Swedish energy business for $6.9 billion in Europe's highest-dollar infrastructure deal in several years.

Germany
NJ Can't Prosecute Chaperones in Overseas Sex Case

By Michael Booth |

New Jersey authorities cannot prosecute two high school chaperones accused of having sex with three high school students on a school trip to Germany, the state Supreme Court ruled March 18.

United Kingdom
Third Circuit Weighs Whether to Send Aluminum Pricing Dispute to London Arbitration

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A British businessman, alleged to have conspired with Pittsburgh-based Alcoa to inflate the cost of raw materials, has invoked a contract's arbitration clause to try to move the case out of federal court.

Kazakhstan, Spain
Computer Hack in Kazakhstan Exposes Client Emails with Curtis Mallet

Emails between Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and its client, the Republic of Kazakhstan, were posted online in January after that government’s computers were hacked. Kazakhstan’s counsel at Curtis says in a complaint filed Thursday against the alleged hackers that some of the emails contained privileged and confidential attorney-client communications.

Jones Day Launches Same-Sex Marriage Website

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has launched a website that provides information on how same-sex relationships are legally recognized in nearly 300 jurisdictions worldwide.

The Churn

China, Hong Kong, Australia, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Dubai, Canada
Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart due to conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada
Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of transactions in the United States and around the world sees Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Freshfields and Davis Polk take the lead for companies in the analytics, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors.

Jayanthi Sadanandan

United Kingdom
Latham & Watkins Appoints New London Managing Partner

By Chris Johnson |

Latham & Watkins has appointed finance partner Jay Sadanandan as the new head of its London office, replacing corporate partner Nick Cline, who finished a five-year term as office managing partner in February.

LEGO Friends.

China, Denmark
Lego Sues to Block Imports in Patent Fight Over Toy Dolls

By Jenna Greene |

The International Trade Commission on Wednesday gave a green light to toymaker Lego A/S to bring a patent and copyright infringement case against three competitors that are seeking to appeal more to girls. Lego says its rivals copied its "Friends" line.

Singapore, United Kingdom
Kennedys Launches Singapore Joint Law Venture

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based firm will join forces with shipping boutique Legal Solutions to add a local law practice to its city-state office.

Spain
Spanish In-House Counsel Try to Keep It In-House

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

A report from the Iberian Lawyer In-house Club shows that the lawyers are trying to do as much of their legal work in-house as possible.

United Kingdom, Brazil
Paul Hastings' Hiring Spree Continues With Magic Circle Raid

By Brian Baxter |

The Los Angeles-based firm, which saw partner profits rise 8.5 percent in 2014, has picked up three partners from Allen & Overy and a new office in Brazil in the wake of other recent hires of note from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Shearman & Sterling.

Australia, United Kingdom
Pinsent Masons to Launch Australian Offices

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm will extend its construction practice to Sydney and Melbourne to capture work in the country's surging infrastructure sector.

Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada
Deal Watch: AbbVie's $21B Pharma Buy, NXP in $12B Tech Acquisition, Plus More

By Jennifer Henderson |

Big Pharma tops our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more, with AbbVie Inc. agreeing to purchase cancer-drug maker Pharmacyclics Inc. for $21 billion. NXP Semiconductors, based in the Netherlands, will acquire Austin's Freescale for $11.8 billion.

United Kingdom
Man Extradited From UK to Face US Terror Charge

Vietnamese man extradited from the United Kingdom is facing charges that he provided material support to al Qaida in Yemen after telling his wife he was going to Ireland, authorities said.

China, Hong Kong, South Korea
From the Experts: A Global Perspective on Antitrust Regulation

By Thomas A. McGrath and Fay Zhou |

Antitrust/competition regulators are becoming more active and are in increasingly closer contact with each other. It's almost cartel-like.

The Churn

Germany
Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

China, Hong Kong, Sweden
Sweden's Magnusson Enters Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The Stockholm-based firm opened its first Asian office by forming an association with local firm Odebjer Fohlin.

Japan, Italy, Spain, Canada, Cayman Islands
Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Advise Valeant on $10.1 Billion Buy of Salix

By Jennifer Henderson |

Our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s purchase of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $10.1 billion; Asahi Kasei Corp.’s buy of Polypore International Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion; and a merger between silicon producers Grupo FerroAtlántica and Globe Specialty Metals Inc. for a combined value of $3.1 billion.

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite

The Toughest Job in Big Law?

By Douglas McCollam |

Long-haul flights. Time zone shifts. Calls and emails around the clock. When did the job of managing partner become so grueling?

Malaysia, United Kingdom
Trowers & Hamlins Makes Move to Enter Malaysia

By Tom Brennan |

London-based Trowers is the first to take advantage of changes in the country’s law that had prohibited foreign firms from operating there. But other firms with a much bigger Southeast Asian presence aren’t rushing in behind them.

Medieval relics that make up part of the Guelph Treasure.

Germany
Germany Sued Over Relics Reportedly Gifted to Hitler

By Zoe Tillman |

Descendants of Jewish art dealers who lived in pre-World War II Germany are suing the German government, claiming they are the rightful owners of the Guelph Treasure, a valuable collection of medieval relics that ended up in the hands of the Nazis.

4 Ways to Fight Corruption in Government Procurement

By Alexandra Wrage |

Public procurement contracts often have been a breeding ground for corruption. What can companies do in these situations?

Charles Mulaney and Michael Hatchard

United Kingdom
Dealmakers of the Week: Charles Mulaney Jr. and Michael Hatchard of Skadden

By Jennifer Henderson |

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Mulaney and Hatchard led the way for Broomfield, Colorado-based Ball Corp. in its $6.8 billion acquisition of the United Kingdom's Rexam PLC.

Lawyers for Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley on Thursday responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s threat to sanction him for a petition he filed in a patent case.

Germany
Foley Partner Defends 'Unorthodox' Brief in Supreme Court Disciplinary Action

By Tony Mauro |

Lawyers for Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley on Thursday pushed back against the U.S. Supreme Court’s threat to sanction him for a jargon-filled petition he filed in a patent case last year, telling the justices that although it was "unorthodox" in style, the petition "clearly and faithfully reflects" the views of his client, a German tech company executive.

United Kingdom
Novae Hires Seasoned Insurance Industry GC

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

London-based insurance company Novae Group is tapping Alexandra Moon as its new group general counsel.

United Kingdom, Ecuador
Litigators of the Week: Steven Kobre of Kobre & Kim and Herbert Stern of Stern & Kilcullen

By David Bario |

The pair helped Chevron chalk up another win in its epic fight with Ecuadorean environmental plaintiffs, forcing online poker magnate Russell DeLeon to renounce his $23 million investment in the Ecuador case.

Australia
Slater & Gordon Expands Amid New Push for Publicly Traded Firms

By Brian Baxter |

Australia’s Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, is headed to Wales after acquiring a pair of personal injury shops in the U.K. The move comes as a co-founder of a prominent U.S. litigation finance firm calls for the adoption of alternative business structures by U.S. law firms.

Russia
Fired Allen & Overy Lawyer Must Get Psych Exam in Harassment Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Allen & Overy scored an unusual appellate win this week in its fight with a onetime lawyer at the firm who was fired after authoring an erotic novel, persuading a court in New York that the woman must submit to a psychological examination.

Italy
Enzo Ferrari and the Road to a Compliance Brand

By Ryan McConnell and Aida Ahmadi |

Within a company, the compliance department's brand can remind employees about compliance requirements and reporting channels, and increase awareness of the company's program.

Amir Chakhmagh Mosque and Square in Yazd, Iran

Iran
From the Experts: Thawing Relations With Iran Could Spark US 'Gold Rush'

By Paul F. Enzinna |

The prospect of a thaw in relations has led to talk of a "gold rush" for companies, if and when the Iranian market opens.

Ecuador
Litigator Funder Who Helped Underwrite Ecuador Case Settles with Chevron

By Scott Flaherty |

On Monday, online gaming magnate James Russell DeLeon renounced his financial support for a controversial environmental suit in Ecuador against oil giant Chevron.

United Kingdom
Chadbourne Staffer Banned from Law Firms After Being Caught Stealing

By Nell Gluckman |

The accounts manager in London who stole $15,360 from Chadbourne & Parke has been banned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority from working at any law firm.

Is EU 'Right To Be Forgotten' Helping Criminals?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Google's compliance with the European Union rule is facing mixed reviews.

Orrin Hatch

Ireland
Another Try for the LEADS Act's Overseas Data Rules

By Andrew Ramonas |

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, renewed his bid to clarify how the U.S. government can access electronic data stored abroad.

Chief Judge Gregory Sleet, District of Delaware

Romania
In Reversal, Judge Won't Block ZTE Sales Ban in Romania

By Scott Graham |

Just days after staying an injunction against ZTE Corp. in Romania, U.S. District Judge Gregory Sleet said he'd intervened in error.

Hogan Lovells Introduces Community Service Mandate to All Employees

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has put in place a new policy that requires each of its more than 5,000 employees in about 25 countries to devote 25 hours per year to community service. The policy is unique because it does not just apply to lawyers, and it will encompass the international offices.

France, United Kingdom, Canada
From the Experts Multiforum Patent Challenges Around the World

By Christopher Stothers, Jennifer Sklenar, Marc Cohn and Philippe Oudinot |

If a patent is revoked in a parallel proceeding in the U.S., U.K., Canada or France, what is the impact on a prior determination of infringement?

International Trademarks Can End Up Abandoned in the US

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Non-U.S. trademark registrants must have the intention of using the mark here.

<b>OUTPOURING IN PARIS:</b> Crowds filled streets in Paris and other French cities following the terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo; the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” was prominently displayed.

France
Staking Their Claims to 'Je Suis Charlie'

By Etienne Drouard and Seth Gold |

The French trademark office rejected a registration bid, but other jurisdictions are more permissive.

The European Court of Justice

Germany
European Court Weighs Standard for Essential Patents

By Daniel Hoppe-Jänisch |

Suggestion for balancing property rights versus competition approximates the U.S. system.

Guinea, France
A Bribe Is a Bribe: FCPA's Influence on International Arbitration

By Philip Urofsky, Henry Weisburg and Zach Torres-Fowler |

Philip Urofsky, Henry Weisburg and Zach Torres-Fowler of Shearman & Sterling write: 'BSG Resources' highlights an issue that practitioners should understand when advising their clients on the potential repercussions of FCPA liability.

China
In Asia, One Firm Goes Big as Another Goes Home

By Steven J. Harper |

Fried Frank and Dentons have implemented dramatically different China strategies. Maybe they're both correct.

Chief Judge Gregory Sleet, District of Delaware

China, Romania
China's ZTE Wins TRO Blocking Romanian Sales Ban

By Scott Graham |

ZTE's legal team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman turned to the U.S. District Court for Delaware to stop an injunction entered last week by a court in Romania.

Russia
Litigators of the Week: Van Beckwith and Michael Calhoon of Baker Botts

By David Bario |

Beckwith and Calhoon knew they faced a big challenge defending Russia's Gazprom against a $1.4 billion trade secrets case on Texas turf. So when they saw a chance to derail the case midway through trial, they pounced.

Australia, United Kingdom
Withers to Enter Formal Law Alliance in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

The London-based private client boutique is partnering with 70-lawyer KhattarWong.

Van Beckwith of Baker Botts

Russia
Baker Botts Derails $1.37B Suit Against Gazprom in Trial Stunner

By David Bario |

Smack in the middle of a $1.37 billion trade secrets trial against Russia's OAO Gazprom, plaintiff Moncrief Oil International abruptly agreed to drop the case after Gazprom's lawyers at Baker Botts uncovered evidence that a key exhibit in the trial had been faked.

John Attanasio

China, France
Former Law Dean in Prostitution Arrest, Plus the Name Game in China and France

By Vivia Chen |

Another leading academic faces a sex scandal; Norton Rose's Chinese doppleganger; why you're unlikely to meet a Frenchwoman named Nutella.

Germany
Latham Bags Four to Bolster IP, Private Equity Groups

By Brian Baxter |

A month after seeing its longtime leader retire, Latham & Watkins lured four key partners to its ranks in Germany and Washington, D.C., with raids on Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance and noted IP litigation shop Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

Thailand, United Kingdom
Linklaters, DLA Piper on Thai Tycoon's British Soccer Buy

By Tom Brennan |

Dejphon Chansiri is acquiring Sheffield Wednesday Football Club for a reported $45 million.

United Kingdom
How a Global Telecom Cut Legal Spending by 66 Percent

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Telefónica S.A. decreased external legal costs in the U.K. by 66 percent since 2012, amounting to close to 3 million pounds in savings.

France, Germany
Reductions in Force: It's Different in Europe

By Rebekah Mintzer |

When employees are based outside the U.S., it's probably going to be a whole lot more complicated to let them go.

Russia
U.S. Claims Three Were Part of Russian Spy Ring

By Mark Hamblett |

Federal authorities said they busted a Russian spy ring Monday, arresting a man who allegedly used his cover as a Russian bank employee in New York to try to obtain economic and political intelligence about the United States.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing

China
Dentons, Dacheng Seal the Deal for a Union

By Julie Triedman |

Five days after The American Lawyer broke news of the impending combination between Dentons and Asia's largest firm, the union is now official. Chinese regulators gave the expected green light to the landmark deal between China-based Dacheng Law Offices and Dentons early on Monday Beijing time, clearing the way for the signing ceremony.