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Richard Youle

Europe
Skadden Welcomes London M&A Partners From White & Case

By Rose Walker |

Skadden made rare hires to its London office with the addition of private equity heavyweights from White & Case.

Hong Kong

Asian Lawyer
Kirkland Nabs Skadden Corporate Partner in China

By Anna Zhang |

Daniel Dusek will join the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm's Hong Kong office from Beijing.

Beijing, China.

Asian Lawyer
Shearman & Sterling Adds Beijing Partner, Reshuffles Asia Management

By Anna Zhang |

Former Akin Gump partner Li Chen arrives as several longtime office and regional managing partners move to new roles.

Europe
Reed Smith Snags Chadbourne's Moscow Managing Partner

By Rose Walker |

Andrei Baev, the head of Chadbourne & Parke's Moscow office, has left the firm ahead of its proposed combination with Norton Rose Fulbright to join Reed Smith.

Michael Joyce

Asian Lawyer
Akin Gump Recruits Energy Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added an energy and projects partner in Singapore.

Europe
Gibson Dunn Grabs Third Latham Partner in Frankfurt

By Rose Walker |

Finn Zeidler, a dispute resolution and white-collar defense expert at Latham & Watkins in Frankfurt, has left the firm to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new office in the German financial services center.

London, UK

Europe
Quinn Emanuel Adds Clifford Chance Tax Leader in London

By Alex Berry |

Liesl Fichardt, head of the tax investigations and disputes practice at Clifford Chance in London, is leaving the Magic Circle firm to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in the city.

Sanford Wadler.

Asian Lawyer
The GC Who Blew the Whistle

By Ross Todd |

How a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation turned the chief legal officer of Bio-Rad Laboratories into the company's chief legal adversary.

Todd Toral

Asian Lawyer
Jenner & Block Bags DLA Piper's Cross-Border Litigation Chair

By Rebecca Cohen |

Todd Toral, chair of cross-border litigation for the Americas at DLA Piper, is joining Jenner & Block as a complex commercial litigation partner in Los Angeles.

Europe
Barclays Demands Payment of Capital Loans From Former King & Wood Mallesons Partners

By Rose Walker |

In February, a month after the legacy SJ Berwin business went into administration, the bank asked the ex-partners for a payment plan. Now it wants the loans repaid by the end of April.

Pascale Dubois.

Asian Lawyer
World Bank Taps Pascale DuBois as Next Integrity Vice President

By Sue Reisinger |

The World Bank Group is set to name Pascale DuBois to its top anticorruption post as its next Integrity Vice President.

Asian Lawyer
DLA Piper Hires Hogan Lovells China IP Partner

By Anna Zhang |

William “Skip” Fisher will be China head of patent at his new firm and remains in Shanghai.

Asian Lawyer
Will Law Schools’ LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump’s ‘America First’ Stance?

By Karen Sloan |

Law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States.

Beijing China

Asian Lawyer
White & Case Hires Partner From Skadden in Beijing After China Head's Departure

By Anna Zhang |

Andre Zhu, who regularly advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving private equity investors, was most recently counsel with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the Chinese capital.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Europe
Paul Weiss Poised to Make Rare London Lateral Partner Hire

By Rose Walker |

Alvaro Gomez de Membrillera Galiana, a corporate partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London, has agreed to join Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Shanghai.

Asian Lawyer
Asia's Digital Growth Set to Squeeze Region's Corporate Counsel

By Rhys Dipshan |

Asian companies are bracing for an expected wave of rising litigation, regulatory action and cost pressures, a Baker McKenzie survey found.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Fulbright Reshuffles Its Asia Management 

By Anna Ward |

Hong Kong partner Psyche Tai and Singapore partner Yu-En Ong have been appointed heads of their respective offices.

The Volkswagen manufactory in Wolfsburg, Germany

Europe
VW Appoints Kurt Michels Chief Compliance Officer

By C. Ryan Barber |

Volkswagen Group has named Kurt Michels as the German automaker's new chief compliance officer, a hire that comes as the company seeks to move past its multibillion-dollar emissions scandal.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Asian Lawyer
Are Lawyers With Foreign Law Degrees at a Disadvantage in the U.S. Market?

By Julie Brush |

U.S. trained lawyers still dominate the legal landscape and competition is fierce. But the environment is now a bit kinder for diverse profiles.

Europe
'There Are Enough Ambitious Men Around': Female Practice Heads on Making It to the Top

By Anna Ward |

Despite efforts to boost diversity, men still outnumber women more than five to one when it comes to running global practices at the UK’s top law firms. Here, Legal Week speaks to some of those who have made it about how they achieved success, the reality of their roles and their advice to the next generation.

Emerging Markets
Freshfields Partner Takes Permanent Role as Rio Tinto Legal Chief

By Alex Berry |

After leading the company's legal team on a temporary basis during a two-month secondment, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer City corporate partner Philip Richards has been permanently appointed group executive for legal.

Paris, France

Europe
Reed Smith Hires 8 Lawyers from Winston & Strawn in Paris

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

Reed Smith has continued its European expansion with the hire of an eight-lawyer tax team, including three partners, from Winston & Strawn in Paris.

Rio Tinto's Simadou mine in Guinea

Emerging Markets
Freshfields Partner Seconded to Rio Tinto as Interim Legal Chief

By Alex Berry |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer City corporate partner Philip Richards has been seconded to lead Rio Tinto’s legal team after the departure of previous head Debra Valentine. The company terminated Valentine's contract in November.

Europe
Business Strategy, Tech Become Bigger Focus for Some GCs in Europe

By Rebekah Mintzer |

The General Counsel Barometer 2017, a survey from legal services company Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions, shows general counsel at companies based in Europe are looking to align with business strategy and to increase legal department technological capabilities.

Leigh Sprague

Europe
Advice From a Former Big Law Lawyer Who Just Got Out of Jail

By Nell Gluckman |

After serving time for stealing $10 million from a Russian oligarch, can Leigh Sprague use his story to keep other lawyers from going astray?

Shanghai.

Asian Lawyer
Morgan Lewis Expands Shanghai Office With Employment Law Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has recruited a China-based employment partner.

Davis Polk & Wardwell received International Law Firm of the Year.

Asian Lawyer
The Asian Lawyer Announces Winners for 2017 Asia Legal Awards

By Asian Lawyer Staff |

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee are among the top winners of the fourth annual celebration for the regions leading firms and individuals.

Paris, France.

Europe
Orrick Hires Four-Lawyer Clifford Chance Paris Team

By Anna Ward |

The head of Clifford Chance's French competition practice, Patrick Hubert, leads three colleagues to Orrick to develop a European antitrust practice there.

Asian Lawyer
Ashurst Loses Asia Projects Partner to DLA Piper

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong partner Matthias Schemuth moves over as the Anglo-American firm expands project finance offering in the region.

Europe
Jenner & Block Boosts London Office With White & Case Management Committee Member

By Chris Johnson |

Jenner & Block is bolstering its fledgling London office with the hire of Jason Yardley, a senior White & Case disputes partner and a member of the firm's global management committee.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Asian Lawyer
Baker McKenzie Recruits International Arbitration Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former Hogan Lovells partner Paul Teo moves over from Singapore.

Takata airbag components.

Asian Lawyer
Takata's US General Counsel Departs Amid Company's Scandal

By Stephanie Forshee |

Takata Corp.'s top lawyer in the United States, Eric Laptook, has left his post, weeks after the Tokyo-based automotive safety equipment maker agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Asian Lawyer
M&A Hiring Heats Up in Asia

By Anna Zhang |

More than a third of 2016 partner hires in Asia by Global 100 firms were mergers and acquisitions lawyers.

Asian Lawyer
Akin Gump Former Asia Head Leaves Firm for Startup

By Anna Zhang |

Gregory Puff, who joined the firm in 2012 to launch the Hong Kong office, now runs a food ordering mobile app operator.

Asian Lawyer
Dechert Recruits Hong Kong Funds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Michael Wong joins the Philadelphia-based firm from K&L Gates.

Asian Lawyer
Shanghai Firm Llinks Adds Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

David Pan was most recently general counsel for U.S. chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corp.’s China business.

Europe
U.K. Lawyers’ Anti-Brexit Group Re-Forms To Assist Government On EU Split

By Chris Johnson |

Lawyers In For Britain—not to be confused with the pro-Brexit Lawyers For Britain—was initially established by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partner John Davies in early 2015.

Shanghai Skyline.

Asian Lawyer
Kirkland & Ellis Expands Shanghai Office With M&A Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Clifford Chance counsel Paula Liu is now a partner at the Chicago-based firm.

Hong Kong

Asian Lawyer
Mayer Brown JSM Adds Hong Kong Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former WilmerHale Beijing office co-head Robert Woll joins to advise on fund formation.

Sullivan & Cromwell has relocated London-based Europe projects head Jamieson Logie to Hong Kong.

Asian Lawyer
Sullivan & Cromwell Adds Asia Projects Practice in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Sullivan & Cromwell has relocated Jamieson Logie, the former head of projects for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, from London to Hong Kong to head up the practice for Asia.

Asian Lawyer
Last Singapore Resident Partner Leaves O'Melveny

By Anna Zhang |

Nathan Bush has joined DLA Piper as Asia head of antitrust and Asia head of investigations after leaving O'Melveny & Myers, where he spent the past 16 years.

Europe
Dentons Hires Skadden’s Europe Competition Co-head in Brussels

By Anna Ward |

Dentons has hired Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s co-head of European competition James Venit in Brussels.

Europe
UK Law Society Chief Resigns Over Lack of Reform Progress

By Chris Johnson |

In a letter to the Law Society’s governing council, Catherine Dixon said that she “cannot in good faith continue to be CEO of an organization which is not prepared to change.”

Tokyo skyline

Asian Lawyer
TMI Poaches Nishimura Corporate Heavyweight

By Anna Zhang |

Masakazu Iwakura joins as the firm tries to build up corporate M&A capability.

Dentons Signage in Atlanta.

Asian Lawyer
Dentons Rodyk Loses Real Estate Team, Gains Tax Veteran

By Anna Zhang |

A five-partner team departs for rival Rajah & Tann while Baker McKenzie Singapore cofounding partner Edmund Leow joins the firm as tax head.

Sydney, Australia

Asian Lawyer
Former Herbert Smith Freehills Lawyer Charged With Assault in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Carl Harrap, currently a principal at the global law firm’s relationship IP firm, allegedly groped a female jogger in Sydney before being arrested by police.

Cadwalader offices in Washington, D.C. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Asian Lawyer
2 More Ex-Cadwalader China Partners Find New Homes

By Anna Zhang |

Former Asia managing partner Rocky Lee has joined King & Wood Mallesons while former Hong Kong partner Stephen Chan arrives at Dechert.

Scott MacGriff with Deputy Minister of the Interior Yarmand (seated next to Mr. MacGriff) chairing a conference on Police Policy for Aghans and international colleagues

Emerging Markets
After 36 Months in Afghanistan, Ex-Partner Returns to Big Law

By Scott Flaherty |

Dickinson Wright recently welcomed back government contracts partner Scott MacGriff i from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he spent the past eight years as a lawyer in its national courts section, including three years as a Justice Department attaché in Afghanistan.

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

Asian Lawyer
SEC Accuses California Lawyer in Scheme to Defraud Chinese Investors

By C. Ryan Barber |

Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from investors in China who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.

Emerging Markets
Top Canadian Lawyer and Family Killed in Christmas Eve Fire

By Brian Baxter |

Geoffrey Taber, a technology partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto, died with his immediate family in a Dec. 24 fire at a remote cottage in Ontario.

Attorney-General for England and Wales Jeremy Wright.

Europe
Britian's Attorney General Talks About Brexit and the Rule of Law

By Lisa Shuchman |

In early December, U.K. AG Jeremy Wright was in New York, telling top global law firms and their clients not to be overly concerned about Brexit. Despite turmoil and uncertainty created by Brexit, Britain is open for business, he said.

David Rivkin

Asian Lawyer
A Bar Association That Stands Up for the Rule of Law

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Rather than being a self-serving lobby or guild, the International Bar Association has become a progressive voice for the profession. Few today think the "A" in ABA stands for admirable. But the "I" in IBA could plausibly stand for inspiring.

David Friedman, left, and Donald Trump in 2010

Europe
Longtime Trump Lawyer Gets Nod for Israel Ambassador Post

By Scott Flaherty |

The president-elect tapped David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer, Israel hawk and founding partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

Stephen Kon, King & Wood Malleson

Europe
As Suitors Circle, Ex-KWM Senior Partner Resigns

By Rose Walker |

Stephen Kon, a former senior partner for King & Wood Mallesons' Europe and Middle East arm, has resigned from the firm. The antitrust lawyer, who joined legacy firm SJ Berwin in 1982, helped oversee its combination with KWM in 2013. In September, Kon left his leadership role at the combined firm in anticipation of his retirement.

Europe
Quinn Emanuel Bulks Up Antitrust Practice in Brussels

By Nell Gluckman |

Trevor Soames, who previously practiced at Howrey and Shearman & Sterling, joined the litigation powerhouse Tuesday. The antitrust lawyer had started his own boutique in November.

Mark Hastings

Europe
Quinn Emanuel Adds London Fraud Litigator

By James Booth |

Mark Hastings, head of civil fraud at British firm Addleshaw Goddard, is leaving the firm to become a partner in the disputes practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in London.

Mark Soundy

Europe
Goodwin Procter Grabs Shearman & Sterling UK Duo

By Rose Walker |

Former Shearman & Sterling private equity partner partner Mark Soundy and tax partner Sarah Priestley have resurfaced at Goodwin Procter. Soundy is joining the Boston-based firm next week, with Priestley poised to join him at Goodwin Procter in January.

Asian Lawyer
K&L Gates Expands Shanghai Office With Linklaters Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Shanghai partner Simon Poh arrives at K&L Gates along with M&A lawyer Amigo Xie.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld offices in Washington, D.C. November 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Europe
Akin Gump Snags Baker & McKenzie International Trade Pro in Europe

By Nell Gluckman |

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.

Paul Rawlinson

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

By Roy Strom |

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

Emerging Markets
Rio Tinto Fires Legal Chief Amid Investigation into Payments to Consultant

By Alex Berry |

Rio Tinto has terminated the contract of legal chief Debra Valentine after concluding that she “failed to maintain the standards expected” of her under the company’s code of conduct.

Asian Lawyer
Asia Legal Awards 2017 launch with new practice area and in-house categories

By Asian Lawyer |

Nomination deadline is December 9, 2016.

Emerging Markets
Rio Tinto's Legal Chief Leaves Amid Scandal

By Sue Reisinger |

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.

Asian Lawyer
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.

Emerging Markets
Trump Spoke Out Against Prosecuting Companies for Bribery

By Sue Reisinger |

In May 2012 comments to CNBC, Trump said that the U.S. shouldn't be prosecuting companies for paying bribes in foreign countries. Will the Trump administration ease up on FCPA enforcement?

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

By Legal Week |

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

Li Ka-shing   Source: Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.

Asian Lawyer
Clifford Chance Hires Partner From Hong Kong Firm in Bid to Boost Offering to Local Clients

By Anna Zhang |

Clifford Chance is hiring a new corporate partner in Hong Kong in a bid to enhance its offering to local clients.

Sydney, Australia.

Asian Lawyer
PwC Recruits Former Clifford Chance Partner Duo for Australian Arm

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

PwC has hired former Clifford Chance partners Mark Pistilli and Danny Simmons for its fast-growing Australian legal arm.

Koala on a tree with bush green background

Asian Lawyer
Hogan Lovells Poaches Clayton Utz Corporate Partner in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Hogan Lovells has expanded its Australian offering by hiring longtime Clayton Utz partner Matthew Johnson.

Asian Lawyer
K&L Grabs International Arbitration Partners From Cozen O'Connor

By Lizzy McLellan |

Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon joined K&L Gates in New York, the firm announced Monday. Gusy had chaired the international arbitration group at Cozen O’Connor.

Cadwalader.

Asian Lawyer
Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner to Rejoin Jones Day

By Anna Zhang |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Hong Kong partner Jeffrey Maddox will rejoin Jones Day following Cadwalader's decision to shutter its Asian offices, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Latin America
Brazil-based Partner Simone Musa to Chair Baker & McKenzie's Global Tax Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Baker & McKenzie has elected its Latin America tax practice regional chairwoman Simone Musa to head the firm's global tax practice. She's the first woman to be appointed to their global tax practice chairmanship.

Latin America
Starwood's Former Director of Compliance Joins Squire Patton Boggs

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jose Martin Davila, director of compliance for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in the Americas and French Polynesia, has joined Squire Patton Boggs as of counsel in the firm's government investigations and white collar practice in Miami.

Eduardo Leite of Baker & McKenzie

Latin America
Baker & McKenzie's Leite Stepping Down as Firm Chairman

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Eduardo Leite, who has served as chairman of Baker & McKenzie's executive committee for the past six years, will step down from that post at the end of October to focus on the firm's growth in Latin America and New York.

Hong Kong.

Asian Lawyer
Goodwin Procter Loses Another Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard has hired a Hong Kong partner from Goodwin Procter.

Europe
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.

Latin America
Jones Day Adds Partner to Financial Institutions Litigation and Regulation Practice in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Sergio Alvarez-Mena, the former head legal counsel for the 11 U.S.-based private bank offices of Credit Suisse Securities, has joined the financial institutions litigation and regulation practice at Jones Day's Miami offices.

Eleanor Lacey.

Europe
SurveyMonkey GC Moves to Sophos

By Stephanie Forshee |

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

Emerging Markets
Canadian Lawyer, Ex-Alberta Premier Killed in Plane Crash

By Brian Baxter |
Friven Yeoh, Sidley Austin

Asian Lawyer
Former O'Melveny Hong Kong Head Joins Sidley

By Anna Zhang |

Leaving as part of a three-strong disputes team, Friven Yeoh is the second office managing partner to depart O'Melveny in Asia this year.

The Churn

Europe
Ashurst Partners Do About-Face, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Europe
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.

Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

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

By David Ruiz |

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.

iStockphoto/TommL

Asian Lawyer
Watson Farley Hires Aviation Finance Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

U.K. firm Watson Farley & Williams has hired an aviation finance partner in Singapore.

business men in London

Europe
Quinn Hires Macfarlanes Financial Services Chief in London

By Anna Ward |

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

Hong Kong

Asian Lawyer
KWM Adds Equity Capital Markets Partner in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

KWM has added an equity capital markets partner to its Hong Kong office in a bid to enhance the "one-stop-shop" service for clients seeking to list on the city's stock exchange

Asian Lawyer
The Hungry Lawyer Abroad

By Vivia Chen |

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.

Jo Sherman, founder and CEO of EDT Software

Women of Legal Tech: Jo Sherman, From Down Under to Global

By Monica Bay |

From commercial aviation to navigating e-discovery and case management.

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

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

By Sue Reisinger |

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

Carlos Vejar, Mexico's former general counsel for international trade, now with Holland & Knight’s Mexico City office as senior counsel.

Latin America
Mexico's General Counsel For International Trade Joins Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The former general counsel for international trade in Mexico's Ministry of Economy has joined Holland & Knight's Mexico City office as senior counsel.

Former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper.

Emerging Markets
Dentons Inks Affiliation With Ex-Canada PM Stephen Harper

By Julie Triedman |

The former Prime Minister of Canada, who lost his Conservative Party majority to Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party last year, has a new gig with Dentons.

European Commission in Brussels

Europe
Shearman & Sterling Brussels Partners Eye Move to Quinn Emanuel

By Rose Walker, Anna Ward and Julie Triedman |

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

Asian Lawyer
Howse Williams Bowers Takes Insolvency Partner From Ashurst in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The U.K. firm saw a second finance partner departure from the office within a month as former O'Melveny partner Bertie Mehigan left for the local boutique.

Marlene Gordon of Bacardi.

Latin America
Self-Determination and Drive Take Gordon to Top Legal Post at Bacardi

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Growing up in rural Jamaica, Bacardi North America Vice President and General Counsel Marlene Gordon found inspiration in her overachieving mother.

Latin America
Mayer Brown Expands Mexico City Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Mayer Brown hires Ariel Ramos for the firm's Mexico City office, along with two associates.

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

By Ed Silverstein |

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

Asian Lawyer
Gilbert + Tobin Adds Deals Partner in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

The Australian firm has hired a former Macquarie Capital investment banker as a partner in Perth.

Europe
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.

Eduardo Leite

Asian Lawyer
After Banner Year, Outgoing Baker & McKenzie Chair Reflects on Tenure

By Julie Triedman |

In his six years at the helm, Eduardo Leite has presided over the firm’s fastest growth in its 67-year history

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

By Rebekah Mintzer |

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.

Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio De Janeiro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Emerging Markets
DLA Piper's Brazil Affiliate Hires 11-Lawyer Team

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Campos Mello has hired the lawyers from Mayer Brown's affiliate and a solo practice.

Asian Lawyer
India's Khaitan & Co Hires Capital Markets Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Gautham Srinivas joins the firm from Krishnamurthy & Co.

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

By Sue Reisinger |

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.

leungchopan/iStockphoto

Asian Lawyer
Mayer Brown Hires Ashurst Finance Partner in Hong Kong

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Mayer Brown has hired Ashurst finance partner Doo-Soon Choi in Hong Kong.

Alan A. Lips,  partner, Gerson Preston Klein Lips Eisenberg Gelber.

Latin America
Argentina's Tax Amnesty: A Q&A With Gerson Preston's Alan Lips

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

An impending December tax amnesty deadline for Argentine residents to declare previously undisclosed assets has some legal and tax professionals scrambling to prepare balance sheets.

Hogan Lovells associate Caetano Altafin ran with the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro.

Latin America
After Crossing Atlantic, Hogan Lovells Associate Carries Olympic Torch

By Jennifer Henderson |

Caetano "Cae" Altafin, an associate at Hogan Lovells in Rio de Janeiro, didn't spend the day of the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in his office. Thanks to a transatlantic journey a year ago, he was busy running outside the stadium.

Bill Carvalho, in-house counsel of Yahoo!

Latin America
Latin America Spurs South Florida In-House Counsel Network

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

South Florida in-house counsel do more cross-border work with Latin America than most of their U.S. counterparts. And that's not always easy. But with the help of a growing in-house counsel network, they are sharing information, offering one another their international expertise and collaborating in ways that help their companies and their individual careers.

Pakistani lawyers chant slogans to condemn Monday's suicide bombing that took place in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed and wounded scores of people, mostly lawyers., in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.

Asian Lawyer
Lawyers in Pakistan Stage Nationwide Strike to Protest Deadly Bomb Attack

By Anna Zhang |

Lawyers across Pakistan protested on Tuesday against the violent attacks that occurred in the southwestern city of Quetta yesterday that killed more than 70 people—mostly lawyers.

Bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan.

Asian Lawyer
Lawyers Announce Strike in Pakistan After Terrorists Kill 67

By Nell Gluckman |

The attack on a hospital on Monday is only the latest to target lawyers in Pakistan.

Zhou Shifeng

Asian Lawyer
Chinese Lawyer Sentenced to Seven Years for Subversion

By Anna Zhang |

A Chinese court on Thursday sentenced laywer Zhou Shifeng, former managing partner of Beijing-based Fengrui Law Firm, to seven years in prison for political subversion.

King & Wood Mallesons

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

By Chris Johnson |

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.

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C. April 1, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Emerging Markets
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.

Shanghai

Asian Lawyer
Dentons Hires Five Partner in Shanghai

By Frances Ivens |

The lawyers are coming from four local firms in the city.

Europe
Euro Garages Appoints Orange Mobile Lawyer as GC

By Alex Berry |

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

Aymee Valdivia, with Holland & Knight.

Latin America
Cuba-Trained Attorneys in US Help Navigate Deals as Relations Thaw

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cuban lawyers who have pursued additional U.S. law degrees say their legal experience in Cuba offers value to U.S. clients.

Europe
Report Shows GCs Gaining Boardroom Influence

By Anna Ward, Legal Week |

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

Europe
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.

Europe
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.

Europe
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.

Asian Lawyer
India's Two Amarchands Hire Partners

By Anna Zhang |

G.V. Anand Bhushan and Sidhartha Barua join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, respectively.

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

Europe
Terror Fears Made Real for Risk Management GC in Nice Attack

By Nell Gluckman |

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.

Francisco Cerezo.

Latin America
Hispanic Attorneys in Miami Rise to Prominence in International Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Hispanic Miami attorneys have risen to prominence in international work and are handling high-end international transactions once handled almost exclusively in New York.

Europe
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.

Latin America
Berger Singerman Forms Immigration Practice With Venezuelan Bar Head

By Gina Passarella |

Berger Singerman is making its first formal foray into business immigration work with the hire of the incoming president of the Venezuelan National American Bar Association.

Hong Kong.

Asian Lawyer
Allen & Overy Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Davis Polk counsel Alex Tao joins the Magic Circle firm’s capital markets practice following the recent exits of partners Vivian Yiu and David Kuo.

Europe
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.

Europe
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.

Europe
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.

Europe
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.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Asian Lawyer
Ashurst Recruits Tokyo Partner From Clifford Chance

By Anna Zhang |

The Anglo-Australian firm is making the first external partner hire nearly a year after the three-partner exodus to King & Spalding.

07/07/16- Miami- E. Adriana Kostencki, with Moreno Kostecki Law Firm.

Latin America
As Venezuela's Legal System Suffers, Its Attorneys Look to Move to U.S.

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

As practicing law in Venezuela becomes increasingly difficult, some Venezuelan attorneys have had enough.

Asian Lawyer
Allen & Overy China IP Head to Leave for Alibaba Affiliate

By Frances Ivens |

Allen & Overy’s China IP head Benjamin Bai is leaving the firm to join China’s Ant Financial as vice-president and chief IP counsel.

Jeremy Cross

Asian Lawyer
Cadwalader Adds King & Wood Mallesons' European Finance Head

By James Booth, Legal Week |

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

James Pooley

Europe
Orrick Hires Silicon Valley Vet with International Credential

By Scott Graham |

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

Asian Lawyer
Japan Still Sees Fewer Female Law Firm Partners

By Anna Zhang |

The number of female lawyers in Japan has been growing steadily for the past 25 years, accounting for just above 18 percent of the country’s lawyer population. The challenge now is how they can advance their careers more.

Asian Lawyer
China’s Proposed Data Localization Cybersecurity Law Catches Eye of U.S. Tech Companies

By Ed Silverstein |

The law could require ‘operators of key information infrastructure’ to maintain personal information collected and produced within China.

Europe
Gibson Dunn Grabs Latham Duo for New Frankfurt Office

By Rose Walker |

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.

Asian Lawyer
Big Law Cautious About Raising Salary of Asia-Based Associates-With Updates

By Anna Zhang and Frances Ivens |

While Global firms race to match Cravath’s new associate salary scale in New York and the rest of the U.S., they are more cautious when it comes to increasing salaries in Asia.

The Toronto skyline.

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

By Chris Johnson |

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.

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

By E. Leigh Dance |

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.

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.

Europe
Expert Analysis: Brexit's Implications for International Employers

By Suzanne Horne and Hannah Harris |

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.

Bastiaan Slabbers/iStockphoto

Asian Lawyer
For Disney's Lawyers, a Florida Nightmare and a Chinese Debut

By Julie Triedman |

Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.

Asian Lawyer
Am Law 100 Firms Match Pay Raise for Asia Associates-Further Updated

By Frances Ivens and Anna Zhang |

Milbank, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher, Paul Weiss, Weil and Davis Polk have confirmed associates pay increase will include those based in Asia.

Asian Lawyer
Skadden Hires Tokyo Partner From MoFo

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate lawyer Kenji Taneda advises on initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

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

By Chris Johnson |

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.

Asian Lawyer
Shell's Legal Offshoring a Sign of Things to Come

By Sue Reisinger |

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

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

By Ricci Dipshan |

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

Europe
Attorneys Debate European Draft Guidelines on Net Neutrality

By Ed Silverstein |

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

Asian Lawyer
Second Paul Hastings Hong Kong IPO Partner Leaves

By Anna Zhang |

Edwin Kwok’s departure to O'Melveny & Meyers comes only a week after that of former office head Sammy Li to Hogan Lovells.

Christopher Dunn

Europe
Expert Analysis: American Constitutional Regime From a German Perspective

By Christopher Dunn |

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.

Asian Lawyer
Kirkland Asks Hong Kong Partner to Pay Back Bonus Before Leaving

By Frances Ivens |

Frank Sun had to write a $120,000 personal check to the Chicago-based firm before moving to Latham & Watkins.

Asian Lawyer
O'Melveny Loses Shanghai Managing Partner to DLA Piper

By Anna Zhang |

Li Qiang’s departure leaves only one resident partner in the U.S. firm’s Shanghai office. Walker Wallace takes over as office head.

Clare Wardle

Europe
Coca-Cola European Partners Hires New GC

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

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.

Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Germany

Europe
More Turnover at Deutsche Bank as Legal Strategy Head Exits

By Sue Reisinger |

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.

Asian Lawyer
Norton Rose Fulbright Recruits Derivatives Partner in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Colin Rice was most recently a senior in-house lawyer at Credit Suisse’s office in the city-state.

Asian Lawyer
Hogan Lovells Bolsters Asia Capital Markets Practice

By Frances Ivens |

Hong Kong listing lawyer Sammy Li and U.S. securities specialist Stephen Peepels will join from Paul Hastings and DLA Piper, respectively.