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Iceland
The Lawyers Who Saved Iceland's Economy

By Julie Triedman |

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

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

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

Chart: The American Advance in Europe

By Zoe Ferguson |

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

Austria
Austrian Court Rules Facebook Privacy Suit Inadmissible

By Chris DiMarco |

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

Big Deals

By Rebecca Geiger |

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

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

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

By Julie Triedman |

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

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Highest Stakes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

2015 Arbitration Scorecard: Deciding the World's Biggest Disputes

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

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

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

By Chris Johnson |

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

Net Neutrality Debate Heats Up in Europe

By Ed Silverstein |

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

The Churn

Musical Chairs at Kirkland & Ellis, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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

Privacy Software Company Sues Google for Removal from Android Market

By Chris DiMarco |

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

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

By Scott Flaherty |

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

Germany
Frankfurt Banking Lawyers Benefit from New Regulatory Regime

By Tania Karas |

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

Turkey
Turkey's Digital Blackouts

By Tania Karas |

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

Competition Heats Up in Brussels

By Tania Karas |

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

Estonia
European Ruling Could Impact Liability for User Comments

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

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

By Sarah Pierce Wimberly |

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

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

By Sue Reisinger |

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

Deputy GC Makes Barclays' Latest In-House Departure

By Sue Reisinger |

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

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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

By Andrew Keshner |

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

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

By Anna Zhang |

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

Germany
Deutsche Bank Shake-Up Reassigns Legal Affairs Chief

By Sue Reisinger |

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

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

United Kingdom
Transatlantic GC Summit Highlights Regulatory Divide

By Chris Johnson |

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

London skyline

ALM Announces 2015 Transatlantic Legal Award Winners

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

China, Netherlands
Deacons Leads $1.8B Chinese Semiconductor Buy in Europe

By Anna Zhang |

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

Germany
MoFo Helps ‘Homeland’ Find a Home in Germany

By Zoe Ferguson |

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

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

China, United Kingdom
First Chinese-Owned Law Firm in UK Launches in London

By Anna Zhang |

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

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United Kingdom
The End of Lockstep? Not So Fast.

By Chris Johnson |

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

The Churn

Hogan Lovells Hires on Three Continents, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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

Germany
Deutsche Post GC/CCO Takes Nardello Chairman Post

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

United Kingdom
UK Hospital Charged With 'Corporate Manslaughter'

By Sue Reisinger |

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

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

By Zoe Ferguson |

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

 poster promoting the Chagaev/Oquendo match

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

By Andrew Keshner |

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

Growth Pressures in EMEIA Lead to Risky Business

By Rebekah Mintzer |

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

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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Germany
Reed Smith to Open in Frankfurt

By Gina Passarella |

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

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

By Sue Reisinger |

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

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

By Nell Gluckman |

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

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

By Tom Brennan |

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

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

By Jeane A. Thomas and Brad Harris |

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

The Churn

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

Poland
Greenberg Traurig Adds Two Real Estate Teams in Warsaw

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte

EU and Google: Study in Divergence for Antitrust Enforcement

By Shepard Goldfein and James Keyte |

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

Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht

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

By Angela Neville |

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

The American Lawyer Announces Transatlantic Legal Awards Finalists for 2015

By Brian Baxter |

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

United Kingdom
DLA Piper Debuts Noble Street Advisory Arm

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

London skyline

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

Switzerland
Trends and Developments in DOJ Investigation of Foreign Banks

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

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

The Churn

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

By Brian Baxter |

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

A New EU Regulator for Digital Companies?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

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

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.