Moves:

UK & Ireland

Ashurst, Sidley Relocate Top Partners to London to Target Fast Growing Industries

It occurs as businesses allocate more and more resources to the quickly expanding fields of private finance and technology.

Paul Weiss Lands Linklaters Partner as Head of European Public M&A in London

With high-profile hires in London, the company is expanding its corporate practice and this time it went after talent at a UK firm.

Milbank Leaders Praise Non-Equity Partnership Tier Amid London Growth

In an interview with Law.com International, London co-managing partner Andrej Wolf is reported as saying that the firm’s famously high NQ pay is “indirectly demanded” by clients.

Kirkland & Ellis Senior London Tax Partner Exits

The resignation comes after a turbulent time at Kirkland during which two lateral hires were added to the tax group late last year in addition to exits.

Gowling WLG names asset management head next UK chair

Emma Pioli, the head of asset management and a real estate partner at the Anglo-Canadian legal firm Gowling WLG, will take over as chair of the UK LLP.

UK disputes firm launches international arbitration practice

London disputes-focused firm Rosenblatt has launched an international arbitration practice with the hire of co-heads Sara Paradisi from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Leonardo Carpentieri from LMS Legal.

 

EMEA

Nikki Smythe second HSF partner to leave for Clifford Chance in recent months.

In recent months, the company has actively pursued employment in Germany, bringing on corporate laterals from Clifford Chance among others.

HFW Brings Aboard 11-Strong Ince Greece Shipping Team

Since the beginning of the 2023 financial year the firm has hired 30 partners.

Cohen & Gresser Adds Venture Capital Team in Paris

The litigation-focused business is able to recover and grow following many losses in the French capital, thanks to the recruitment of a three-lawyer, partner-led team from a French boutique.

Fieldfisher launches Amsterdam practice

Marc Krestin, a new partner at Fieldfisher and a former co-head of arbitration at environmental law firm Pogust Goodhead, has established an international arbitration practice based in Amsterdam.

 

APAC

Fund Management Leader Joins Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney

Liz Hastilow has arrived to Norton Rose from First Sentire Investors.

KWM Adds Former Shearman Partner to Singapore, Promotes Two to Partnership in Asia

Gary Hamp was previously a partner at Shearman & Sterling, Latham & Watkins and Hogan Lovells.

White & Case Japan Team Walks to Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg has made a clear effort to expand its real estate and corporate practices. Meanwhile, White & Case faced a few departures in Tokyo last year.

Finance Partner Leaves HSF to Join Clifford Chance in Sydney

Nikki Smythe is the second HSF partner to depart for Clifford Chance in recent months.

NRF Hires Regulatory and Disputes Partner in Melbourne

Kimberley MacKay is now the second partner hire for Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia in the last week.

Bird & Bird Hires Partner From Defunct Hong Kong Office of Winston & Strawn

Winston Singapore Movements: More Partners Leave Big Law for Own Venture; TSMP, HSF Make New Appointments& Strawn announced last year that it would cease operations in Hong Kong in February.

Singapore Movements: More Partners Leave Big Law for Own Venture; TSMP, HSF Make New Appointments

Justin Choo has departed from Bird & Bird in order to establish his own shop in Singapore, meanwhile HSF and TSMP are making high level appointments in the city-state.

Two More Technology Partners Leave Norton Rose Fulbright for A&O

Four technology partners have left for the magic circle firm in recent months.

NRF Hires Regulatory and Disputes Partner in Melbourne

Kimberley MacKay is the second Australian partner hire for Norton Rose Fulbright this week.

 

The Americas

Attorneys ‘On the Move’: Paul Weiss Adds Capital Markets Partner, Employment Practice Partner Joins Covington

This article is filled with this news as well as other announcements of recent hirings and promotions of New York attorneys.

Kirkland Lures Antitrust Partners From Cravath, King & Spalding

This is the third Cravath partner exit this month, it seems that the firm’s top competitors are continuing to recruit from the firm.

Associate Finally Joins Abraham Watkins, 5 Years After His Move Was Blocked by a Client

Efraim Gonzalez Jr. was prohibited from moving to Houston plaintiff’s firm Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner in 2018 because USA Gymnastics, a client of his former firm, refused to waive a conflict of interest.

FisherBroyles Picks Up IP Lawyers in LA, Litigator in Chicago

Recently, FisherBroyles grew by adding a litigator in Chicago and a partner in Los Angeles dedicated to intellectual property law.

Alston & Bird Expands West Coast IP Practice, Adding Partner From Haynes and Boone

Theresa Conduah is now the fourth IP partner in the 100-lawyer Los Angeles office of Alston & Bird.

Southeast Law Firm Creates 2 New C-Suite Roles as Firm Charts Growth

Am Law 200 firm Moore & Van Allen has split its highest-ranking administrative job, hiring a former Proskauer Rose staffer for one of the two new C-suite roles.

Willkie Energy Deals Partner Returns to McGuireWoods in Houston

Jay Hughes, who was a co-chair of the power and renewable energy practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher since he joined in 2020, has returned to McGuireWoods as a partner in Houston, where he once led the office.

Greenberg Traurig Picks Up Former Ballard Spahr Fintech Co-Lead, Expanding its Financial Regulatory Team

Regarding her jump to the Miami born firm, incoming Greenberg Traurig shareholder Lisa Lanham said. “A lot of fintech’s are either starting themselves in Florida or moving from San Francisco to go to Florida, so it was definitely an intentional move,”.

Connecticut Movers: Partners Elected at 4 CT Firms

Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, Katz & McGrath, Louden, Brown Rudnick and Whitman Breed all announce elevations.

Paul Hastings Investment Management Partner Rejoins Akin in New York

Ira Kustin, who returned to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld on Thursday as an investment management partner in New York, is the fourth Big Law partner in that practice to make the move to Akin in the last few months.

Clifford Chance Grows LatAm Team with Hire of Corporate M&A Counsel in Houston

This article also contains news from Munsch Hardt, Spencer Fane, and McDermott Will & Emery.

Midsize Moves: Balch & Bingham Hires Williams Mullen Partner, Neal Gerber Adds Robbins DiMonte Partner

Neal Gerber Eisenberg announced the addition of Jonathan Ksiazek as a partner in the labour and employment practice area; Balch & Bingham announced the appointment of Liz Williamson as a partner in the environmental and natural resources practice in the Washington, D.C. office.

Barnes & Thornburg Adds 4-Lawyer Finance Team From Morris Manning

John T.L. Koenig, managing partner of the Atlanta office stated that “their skill sets will no doubt be in demand as the business community in the Atlanta area continues to grow and thrive”.

Arnold & Porter Lures 7-Lawyer Team From BCLP Across Offices

Chair Richard Alexander stated that It’s been a firm priority for Arnold & Porter to expand its core regulatory, litigation and transactional offerings across offices.

 

In-House

Tesla Rival Taps Mercedes-Benz GC for Top Lawyer Job

Matt Everitt the new legal chief has been reported as saying “Lucid’s products set an incredibly high bar for automotive companies, and I’m energized to join at a time when the company is poised to expand further”.

Senior American Airlines Attorney Lands Back at Kimberly-Clark, This Time as GC

Grant McGee became the consumer products giant’s legal chief when an experienced lawyer at Kimberly-Clark was promoted.

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Taps Former Pfizer Attorney as CLO

The only firm with a Parkinson’s hallucination treatment licensed by the Food and Drug Administration is under new legal leadership, thanks to Jennifer Rhodes.

20-Year Military Lawyer Takes Legal Reins of Storied R&D Agency DARPA

In a LinkedIn announcement, Candi Alfred stated, “It really is an amazing organization.”

Former White House Counsel Rejoins Gibson Dunn

Stuart Delery left the firm to join the Biden administration in early 2021.

Neiman Marcus Promotes Deputy GC to Legal Chief

Tom Mattei is taking the legal reigns of the luxury department store chain, this is his second legal chief role.

 

Promotions & Appointments:

Debevoise Lands New National Security Practice Co-Head as Firm Eyes M&A Uptick

Richard Sofield is arriving from Vinson & Elkins and he was previously a senior DOJ attorney. He is now looking to help Debevoise in CFIUS matters, as national security issues bubble up in deal work.

People in the News—Jan. 30, 2024—Marshall Dennehey

Mohamed N. Bakry a shareholder in Marshall Dennehey’s Philadelphia office, has been appointed as president of the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia.

Eckert Seamans Brings On First COO in 10 Years

Arriving from DLA Piper is Eddie Raychaudhuri, who served as a practice group director during his time there.

On the Move: Ogletree Elevates Washko to Managing Shareholder, Two Firms Add Lateral Partners

Troutman Pepper and Nelson Mullins have added lateral partners, also Liz Washko is succeeding Matt Keen as managing shareholder at Ogletree.

With New CEO Starting This Week, Husch Announces New Chair-Elect as Well

Joe Glynias, St. Louis-based labour and employment partner will step in to Catherine Hanaway’s position from the beginning of April.

Jones Day Appoints New Partner-in-Charge of Mexico City Office

While Manuel Romano will continue to work with clients in the firm’s financial markets business, tax partner Rodrigo Gómez Ballina assumes legal leadership.

Pinsent Masons appoints Robert Dever to lead tax practice in Dublin

Pinsent Masons has hired tax partner Robert Dever to lead and develop its tax law practice in Dublin and bolster its European transactional services group.

Former Bumble Legal Chief Takes CLO Posts at 2 NYC Public Companies

As the Dolan family looks to expand MSG Entertainment and a subsidiary that just constructed a $2.3 billion arena in Las Vegas, Laura Franco is emerging as a major executive.

The Current (and Future) State of AI in Legal Finance

In this piece, Burford Capital’s David Perla explores the application and future prospects of artificial intelligence in legal financing, which is the activity of offering capital and support for lawsuits and arbitration awards. He specifically looks at how AI is used to source investments, decide which investments to make, and forecast results after investments are made.

Double partner appointment at RDJ

Louise Boughton and Sarah Slevin have been named as partners by RDJ in all corporate, commercial, and dispute resolution disciplines.

McCann FitzGerald appoints Iain Ferguson as head of investment management group

Iain Ferguson, a partner at McCann FitzGerald, has been named head of the firm’s investment management group (IMG).

 

Mergers & Alliances:

Fennemore Acquires San Diego Firm, Solidifying West Coast Presence

The day the business closes another merger with a Seattle-based firm, it will also welcome the 21 attorneys who once made up Sullivan Hill.

Fisher Phillips Acquires Legal Tech Startup, Investing Further Into Tools for HR

Jonathan Crook, Fisher Phillips partner and founder of the startup stated that. “It fits with this idea of giving companies and HR teams sort of an on-demand resource that they have with us”.

Montreal Moves: KPMG Acquires 10-Lawyer Firm in Montreal, DLA Piper Hires Real Estate Litigation Partner

The Big Four’s legal presence in the French-speaking province of Canada is enhanced by Sweibel Novek Rabbat’s competence in tax, estates, and trust services.

 

Office Openings & Closing:

The firm continues to be bullish on restructuring, almost two years after its raid of Stroock.

Paul Hastings Continues Building its Restructuring Practice with new hires for Kirkland.

PA-Based Chartwell Law Opens Offices in Austin, Dallas

Despite being interested in the Texas market for some time, Chartwell law opened in Austin and Dallas, because they hired four litigation and coverage lawyers from Disiere, Martin, Jefferson & Wisdom.

Selendy Gay’s David Elsberg, Quinn Emanuel Partners To Launch New Litigation Boutique

Elsberg Baker & Maruri will open in February with a roster of “aggressive, first-chair” trial lawyers, according to senior partner David Elsberg.

Ashurst Expands Alternative Services Division with Poland Office Launch

Ashurst Advance is collaborating with Elevate, a worldwide ALSP with headquarters in Los Angeles, to create a new office in Krakow.

Skadden’s Elizabeth Robertson Launches Business Crime Boutique

The high-profile white-collar partner, who left Skadden in December, talks with Law.com International about her new venture.

 

Financials:

‘An Era of Heightened Risk’: Class Action Onslaught Shows No Signs of Abating

According to a report by the law firm Duane Morris, Mega-settlements and high class-certification rates likely will “incentivize the plaintiffs’ class action bar to be equally if not more aggressive with their case filings and settlement positions in 2024”.

Milbank’s Revenue Jumps 18% as Profits Soar 19% and Nonequity Tier Grows

The firm’s 18.6% increase in PEP to $5.114 million occurred simultaneously as Milbank saw a 51% expansion in its nonequity tier.

Big Law Rates Continue Rising, But Trail 2023 Increases So Far

According to bankruptcy records, the average Am Law 50 firm increased its rates by 8% to 10% in 2024.

Aggressive Rate Hikes, Strong 4th Quarter Collections Drive 2023 Revenue Growth for Phila. Firms

The six Philadelphia-based firms surveyed by Wells Fargo together increased revenues by 4.7%, the is less than the nationwide average of 6.0%.

Energy Sector Work Led to Higher-Than-Average Revenue Jump for Homegrown Texas Law Firms Last Year

Based on certain financial indicators, a group of domestic Texas firms outperformed the industry average in 2023, according to a Wells Fargo Legal Specialty Group year-end study.

White & Case latest to raise pay for London lawyers

The newest American law firm to increase junior attorneys’ compensation in London is White & Case.

 

Technology & Innovation:

We Asked Every Am Law 100 Law Firm How They’re Using Gen AI. Here’s What We Learned

Using the much-discussed technology, at least 41 of the highest-earning law firms in the United States are investigating potential in both the legal and corporate domains.

Lawyers Call 5th Circuit AI Proposal Vague, Potential Threat to Work-Product Privilege

The appellate court would mandate that lawyers who employed artificial intelligence (AI) in the preparation of a document attest to the fact that all citations, legal analysis, and other language have “been reviewed for accuracy and approved by a human.”

1 in 4 Organizations Are Banning Gen AI for Now, Fearing Risks

Cisco Chief Legal Officer Dev Stahlkopf has been reported as saying that “the risks of AI are real, but they are manageable when thoughtful governance practices are in place as enablers, not obstacles, to responsible innovation,”.

The Financial and Cultural Costs in Providing Legal Tech Solutions to Clients

Experts from Paul Hastings, Husch Blackwell, Redgrave, and other firms spoke on the cultural costs of legal IT teams that also cultivate client relationships, as well as whether businesses should build or acquire.

‘Late Adopters’ or ‘Cautious Optimism’: Law Firm Partners Share Divergent Approaches to Gen AI

A Legalweek panel highlighted the lack of agreement surrounding how prominent law firms should be approaching the emerging technology.

Generating Buzz: Judicial Scrutiny of AI Use and Its Impact on the Future of Litigation

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize the legal sector by automating and improving research, expediting the document review process, and even creating papers. But there are drawbacks to this revolutionary capacity as well.

 

Diversity & Inclusion:

2023: A Landmark Year in LGBTQ+ Rights—Legal Triumphs and Political Challenges

Looking toward 2024, there is a sense of renewed optimism, carrying forward the lessons and victories of the past year, ready to build a more inclusive and equitable society.

Alston’s Finance Group Sees Success, in Both Revenue and Diversity

Karen Gelernt and her successors in the Alston group are among the few female leaders of a structured finance practice in Big Law.

West Point Defends Race-Conscious Admissions Policy to Supreme Court

U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar wrote “A lack of diversity in leadership can jeopardize the Army’s ability to win wars,”.

17 of the Top 20 Law Schools Have More Women Enrolled

The Enjuris report states that “The decline in male enrolment and the increasing number of students who choose not to disclose their gender present new dimensions in the evolving narrative of gender diversity in legal education”.

 

Market Commentary:

What’s in a Name? Law Firms Rebrand HR to ‘People Operations’

The transition from HR language to “talent development” has mostly taken place at large law firms, where positions like chief people officer and chief talent officer are common and are slowly infiltrating the midsize firm market. Experts claim that the fierce competition for skilled individuals in the legal field is linked to this development.

CLO Workloads Swell, as Duties Expand Beyond Legal

Veta T. Richardson, CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel said that “Squeezing general counsel resources while expanding their remit is unlikely to be sustainable for the long term”.

After Moderate Revenue Gains, Law Firms Plan for Growth in Both Deals and Litigation

Wells Fargo’s Owen Burman said, “The mindset is toward growth as opposed to cutting, and that’s a change over the last 18 months,”.

In-House Lawyers Say AI Well-Suited for Some Tasks, Dangerous for Others

One participant in a newly released survey of general counsels stated that “I am … more likely to trust the use of [AI] by someone who is more seasoned because they have the experience to know whether it is a legitimate response”.

China’s Property Crisis Marks Sidley’s Time in the Sun, But Will It Shake Up the Playing Field?

Apart from the property crisis in China, there hasn’t been much notable drama occurring in Asia regarding restructuring. However, how will competing companies fare now that Sidley Austin has monopolized the China real estate market?

Moves:

 

UK & Ireland

White & Case London Trade Partner Exits to Launch Solo Practice

Iain MacVay, a veteran partner, formerly oversaw several trade practices across London.

Brown Rudnick adds UK white collar chief from Jenner & Block

Paul Feldberg, a former prosecutor for the SFO, is the most recent in a line of senior lateral hires for Brown Rudnick’s London office.

Joe Beashel to head Matheson’s London office

Joe Beashel is a partner at Matheson and has been named head of the Irish legal firm’s London branch.

Five new partners at Matheson

Ruadhán Kenny, John Coary, Raphael Clancy, Susan Carroll Chrysostomou, and Connor Cassidy have all been promoted to partner at Matheson.

M&A Heavyweight Patrick Sarch Returns to White & Case

After three years at Hogan Lovells, Patrick Sarch is returning to White & Case, where he also assisted in leading the firm’s global financial institutions group.

 

EMEA

Ashurst Continues Run of European Corporate Hires, Adding Baker McKenzie Partner in Luxembourg

The firm anticipates that by bringing on Jean-Phillippe Smeets, they would be able to better serve the growing clientele in Luxembourg, an increasingly important European hub.

Orrick Vows to Rebuild Paris Arbitration After Series of Exits

According to the firm’s website, departures have left it with two Paris arbitration partners; however, sources close to the matter indicate that one of them is currently on vacation and it is unknown when they will return.

Second Executive Committee Member Exits Allen & Overy

The head of the company’s London-based structured finance and derivatives division left at the same time that CVC selected a fellow executive committee member to lead its Netherlands team.

Hogan Lovells Lures Prominent Partner and Disputes Team From White & Case in Paris

Arriving from White & Case are Jean-Pierre Picca who is an assistant to Nicolas Sarkozy’s French presidency as well as partner Jean-Lou Salha and three other people. Their concentration will be on compliance and investigations.

Pérez-Llorca beefs up leadership structure by appointing two executive partners

The firm has named Iván Delgado as its first international executive partner and Julio Lujambio as its first executive partner. The company intends to close the 2023 fiscal year having quadrupled sales over the previous ten years.

Iberian Firms Start Year With Series of Appointments

Firms in Portugal and Spain, including Pérez-Llorca and Andersen, have announced several moves will be taking place in January.

 

APAC

Two Partners Return to Australia’s Gilbert + Tobin from White & Case

Christopher Flynn and Nirangjan Nagarajah have returned to the Australian corporate law firm.

Singapore’s Big Four Allen & Gledhill Debuts in Shanghai

The Chinese Ministry of Justice approved the opening of offices by five foreign law firms, including Allen & Gledhill, in mainland China.

HKIAC Appoints A&O Partner as New Secretary General

Joanne Lau, an Allen & Overy partner, has been named the new secretary-general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. She will start work on the 26th of February.

HK: Howse Williams hires regulatory lawyer from Dechert

Jason Chan, a regulatory and compliance attorney, was a senior associate at Dechert before joining the Hong Kong legal firm Howse Williams as a partner.

Australia’s Allens Adds to IP Practice with Partner Hire

Natasha Burns, a Melbourne based lawyer, joins from her own firm.

Mayer Brown Adds Banking Partner in Singapore

After being partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, Janelene Chen is leaving for her new role.

 

The Americas

Baker McKenzie Lands Latham Dealmaker to Head California PE Practice

“We are going to build a full-sized PE practice in California with Eric Schwartzman’s arrival,” stated Leif King, who oversees Baker McKenzie’s transactional group in California.

Davis Polk Lures Another Cravath Partner, Adding M&A Litigator

Davis Polk has employed at least four Cravath partners in the past few years, including Rory Leraris.

Bracewell, King & Spalding Grow Energy Teams With In-House Adds

A Bechtel Energy energy and construction lawyer was brought on as a partner by King & Spalding in Houston, while Bracewell hired a Houston-based attorney with knowledge of energy transition tax credits.

Willkie Farr Taps Bay Area Gibson Dunn Partner to Help Lead White-Collar Practice

After more than 12 years with Gibson Dunn, Michael Li-Ming Wong is leaving the company.

Holland & Knight Picks Up Public Finance Duo From Greenspoon Marder

Incoming Holland & Knight counsel Denise Ganz stated, “It’s great to be part of a larger public finance department so that we can share ideas, kick around issues, and give each other input on things that apply to our practice area.”

Freshfields Hits Cravath Again for Latest New York Partner Addition

Freshfields, which has been looking to the esteemed New York firm for senior corporate recruits in recent years, has spotted Cravath as being top target.

McDermott Lands Julia Boyd for PE Group, Anticipating Strong Year for Transactions

Boyd, who is one of the founders of the Senior Women in Private Equity network, is planning to move the majority of her clientele from Reed Smith to McDermott.

Amid ‘Brutal Competition’ and Demand in Patent Practices, Orrick Grows IP Group

This past week, D.C. partners were also acquired by Miles & Stockbridge, McCarter & English, Crowell & Moring, and Arnold & Porter in their major practices.

Foley & Lardner Expands in New York With Partner Hires From Paul Hastings, Nelson Mullins

The goal of Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner is to grow its offices on the East Coast.

Ballard Spahr Data Privacy Co-Chair Jumps to Equivalent Role at Blank Rome

Along with partner Sharon Klein, Philadelphia native Philip Yannella will resume the position of leadership at Blank Rome’s privacy, security, and data protection practice.

Former Power Company Exec Returns to Gowling WLG

Paul Harricks, who oversaw the energy group at Hydro One, is rejoining the company where he served as CLO.

On the Move and After Hours: Riker Danzig; CSG Law; Norris McLaughlin; Einhorn Barbarito; Littler Mendelson; Resnick Law Group

Littler Mendelson elevates a new shareholder; CSG Law selects a new chair for their corporate & securities group; and other developments.

Morgan Lewis Adds Former Ballard Spahr Practice Leader

Aliza Karetnick had been at Ballard since 2019, when she arrived from Duane Morris.

Midsize Moves: Munsch Hardt Adds Hamilton Squibb Name Partner, Nutter Hires Perkins Coie Partner

Clifton Squibb became a shareholder in Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr’s energy practice, while Susan von Herrmann became a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish, expanding the firm’s private client section.

Energy Litigation Partners Leave Alston & Bird in Fort Worth to Launch Boutique

Rob Vartabedian and Conrad Hester are leaving Alston & Bird, Rob is reported as saying “we thought we would enjoy the flexibility of a smaller firm, and we thought our clients would enjoy it also,”.

 

In-House

Microprocessor Giant AMD Hires Super-Connected Tech Lawyer as GC

At least nine tech companies, including AMD, have seen the significant contribution of recently engaged General Counsel Ava Hahn. She was also a general counsel for Kleiner Perkins, a venture capital firm, before.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Hires First GC to Help Navigate Growth, Advance Mission

Over 50 years ago, Emanuel Bronner would hand out free samples of soap to attendees of his lectures espousing unity across religious and ethnic divides. As of today, the same soap is available in mass-market retailers such as Target and Walgreens and in around 40 countries.

Chip-Maker Micron Scoops Up Legal Leader From Rival That’s Restructuring

Micron, which plans to invest $150 billion in manufacturing and research and development over the next ten years, is luring Michael Ray away from Western Digital.

Pair of Biopharma Companies Tap Compliance Veterans to Lead Legal

Tris Pharma focuses on addiction and ADHD meanwhile BPGbio finds potential drugs using an AI platform.

Public Interest Law Center Hires Hausfeld Global Managing Partner as Executive Director

From next month, Brent Landau, the Global managing partner at Hausfeld, will lead the Public Interest Law Center as its executive director.

Defense Contractor Mercury Systems Swaps Out Legal Chief

Stuart Kupinsky has been appointed chief legal officer by CEO Bill Ballhaus. Kupinsky led Blackboard’s legal department when Ballhaus served as CEO.

 

Promotions & Appointments:

Stradley Ronon Taps Litigation Leader as New Managing Partner

Michael O’Mara, a former chair of the litigation department, took over the position earlier this month, replacing Jeffrey Lutsky, who is still the firm’s co-chair.

Smith Gambrell, Arnall’s Promotions Reflect Emphasis on Transactional, IP Practices

Compared to prior years, fewer attorneys were promoted to partners by both firms this year.

Nation’s Largest Milling Company Hires Regulatory Expert as Legal Chief

After nine years of working her way up at Ball Corp., Kate Kimball is taking on her first general counsel position.

Amex-Backed Startup Using Tech to Take Estate Planning to the Masses Hires First CLO

Doug Luftman, who has served as the legal head of five Silicon Valley startups, has been appointed chief legal officer of Trust & Will.

Gold-Mining Giant Newmont Hires CLO With Deep Global Experience

Most recently, Peter Wexler was the legal chief at Schneider Electric, a company based in Paris, where he was in charge of over 300 employees in 32 nations.

Debevoise Lands New National Security Practice Head, As Firm Eyes M&A Uptick

Rick Sofield, a former senior DOJ attorney arriving from V&E, looks to help Debevoise in CFIUS matters, as national security issues bubble up in deal work.

 

Mergers & Alliances:

Dilworth Acquires Suburban Phila. Trusts & Estates Boutique

Dilworth is taking over the Jenkintown, Feasterville, and Doylestown leases held by Yorkway Law Group, in addition to hiring one partner, two associates, and four employees.

Seyfarth Launches Restructuring Practice, Snagging Lateral Group from BCLP

The move lands as soon as Am Law 100 firms saw billable hours in bankruptcy increase by almost 7% last year.

Big Four Japanese Firm Mori Hamada Steps Up Southeast Asian Game with Philippines Alliance

Due to the growth in trade between the two regions, Japanese legal firms have made a significant push into Southeast Asia.

 

Office Openings & Closing:

Saltz Mongeluzzi Duo Launch New Catastrophic Injury Firm

“The days of having a physical server and hard files, and requiring everyone to show up every day are, one, gone and, two, not what we’re interested in,” Baer stated.

Simmons & Simmons announces Saudi Arabia debut

As Saudi Arabia grows in importance for clients, Simmons & Simmons has revealed plans to open in Riyadh, making it the latest legal firm to expand in this particular geographical area.

Kennedys opens tenth US office in Fort Lauderdale

Kennedys, an insurance specialist with headquarters in the UK, has expanded its presence in the US with the opening of its tenth office in Fort Lauderdale.

Big Law’s Rush Into Florida Has Slowed, but Miami Leasing Activity Remains Hot

While leasing activity nationwide slowed down in 2023—a year marked by remote work, construction slowdowns, and tighter budgets—law firms in Miami continued to snap up office space.

Will Allen & Overy, Freshfields, Clifford Chance and Linklaters Find America’s Streets Paved With Gold?

International law firms have been launching offices in the U.S. and paying top dollar for talent in the world’s largest and most lucrative legal market. But growth potential exists elsewhere, and firms shouldn’t give the rest of the world short shrift, writes The Global Lawyer.

 

Financials:

Big Law Has ‘False Sense of Security’ as Clients Depart for Midsized Firms

A new report from Thomson Reuters and Georgetown Law has argued that since the financial crisis of 2007-2008, “market power shifted decisively from law firms to the clients, rapidly moving from a sellers’ to a buyers’ market for legal services,”.

Big Law Lobbyists See Boost in Earnings in Q4, Pushing Some Firms to Their Highest Annual Revenue on Record

From 2022, lobbying revenue increased year over year according to reports from Brownstein, Akin, and Holland & Knight.

Dallas, Houston See Notable, Above-Average Billing Rate Increases

In Dallas, the going pay for partners climbed by around 14% from $674 to $770 per hour in 2022. Associates in Houston experienced a roughly 10% increase in mean going rates, which went from approximately $477 to $525 per hour.

Pressure on UK Law Firms as US Competitors Raise NQ Pay Again

As US firms match the Cravath scale, domestic UK firms will fear falling too far behind.

Cozen O’Connor Announces First-Year Salary Increases in Phila., New York and Washington

Philadelphia first-year associates will make $195,000, while those in New York and Washington, D.C. would earn $205,000 more.

Milbank’s Revenue Jumps 18%, as Profits Soar 19% and Nonequity Tier Grows

The firm’s 18.6% jump in PEP to $5.114 million occurred as Milbank saw a 51% expansion in its nonequity tier.

How Midsize Firms Can Compete In Wake Of High Payouts For Associates

Pro Mid Market columnists at recruiting agency The Foster group suggest that in reaction to recent increases in associate base salary, midsize firms who are unable to match will emphasize to their colleagues that they have an accessible and meaningful career path.

 

Technology & Innovation:

Geopolitical Risks Force Us to Fastrack AI in Financial Crime Compliance

The increasing tempo of change combined with the unpredictability of updates from major regulators has created a heightened sense of pressure on legal and compliance professionals to keep pace.

Is AI-Generated Information Likely to Start Showing Up in Legal Reviews?

Lawyers and experts in electronic discovery must make sure they are ready and devise efficient plans for locating, confirming, and incorporating artificial intelligence (AI)-generated material into the legal review and electronic discovery procedures, even in the lack of official regulations.

Deloitte Launches Gen AI-Powered NavigAite Solution on RelativityOne and Relativity Server

The new solution has been proposed to help organizations accelerate document review, employee conduct investigations, PII identification and compliance activities.

Florida Bar Provides Attorneys with Roadmap for Integrating AI into Their Legal Practice

Scott Westheimer, president of the Florida Bar has been reported as saying that “Ethics opinions like this are crucial because they are going to help us with the latest technologies,”.

Compliance-as-a-Service (CaaS): Legal Tech Investment in the Non-Profit Industry

Unexpectedly, funding for legal technology is starting to go toward not-for-profit organizations (NPOs), such as public charities and private foundations.

Keeping Track of Developments in Cases That Pit Creative Content Against AI Programs

2023 saw the emergence of court rulings and procedural orders in litigation concerning the collision of generative AI systems with artistic output, and these developments culminated in 2024. Due to the unauthorized copyright works that AI companies incorporate into their AI programs, the majority of complaints allege copyright infringement and related allegations.

 

Diversity & Inclusion:

‘Diversity Facilitates Excellence’: AIG’s ACG Dawson Horn on Why He Co-Founded New Organization BUiLT

Blacks United in Legal Technology (BUiLT), which Horn co-founded with a number of legal and legal IT professionals, seeks to address a number of inequalities that still exist in the legal industry.

Gibson Dunn Partner Named First Black Dean of Drake Law

“A Drake Law education is unique due to its focus on theory and practical learning,” Roscoe Jones Jr. said in a statement. He proceeding this by saying, “I am humbled to lead a community committed to an unwavering collegiality and a singular mission to prepare students to promote justice, service and ethics.”

Doubling Down on DEI

“One activist who has made an entire career of attacking policies … essentially admitted that he does not care about whether the legal profession has a place for everyone. Well, we do,” says Hanson Bridgett’s Kristina D. Lawson and Jennifer M. Martinez.

Despite ‘Anti-Woke’ Political Pushback in the US, Big Companies See ESG Risk on the Horizon

In Baker McKenzie’s annual survey of 600 senior legal and risk professionals from companies with more than $500 million in revenue based in the U.K., the U.S., Singapore and Brazil, 73% cited ESG disputes as a risk to their organization which makes it by far the most commonly cited risk to a business.

Partner Comp Systems and Competitive Advantage: Lessons From the Kirkland, Cravath, and Paul Weiss Lateral-Hiring Wars

Comp systems are particularly sneaky since they are very difficult to modify.

 

Market Commentary:

Growing Geopolitical Threats Expand Role of GC

David Bamlango, general counsel of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank has been reported as saying, “you cannot not be aware. Otherwise, you will not be relevant in the boardroom or relevant for the senior executives who come to you for advice”.

3 Use Cases for AI in Litigation Finance

Co-chief operating officer of Burford Capital David Perla describes how he believes AI can help the litigation finance company make more and better investments.

Profit Obsession Evokes Cold Sweat From Today’s Lawyers

The most prominent feature of law firm culture that has been found to engender lawyers’ animosity toward their firms is “profit-mindedness”.

Deal Watch: Big Week in Multiple Verticals in M&A

PE, energy, and technology deals drive the week, with several large deals for Skadden and Paul Weiss in the previous few days. In addition, four additional IPOs occurred.

Implement Good Habits To Reduce Malpractice Risks

Even small steps can help break old habits that create big risks of malpractice claims, according to Dentons’ Alanna Clair and Shari Klevens.

Is a Boutique the Right Fit? A Legal Recruiter Weighs In

Legal recruiter Karen Vladeck stated that. “Boutique firms are not the right fit for everyone, but they have many features that can significantly benefit attorneys,”.

Moves:

UK & Ireland

Akin Loses M&A Partner While Hiring in Restructuring, as London Laterals See Busy Start to the Year

Following a recent departure, the firm has welcomed a new hire, reflecting the dynamism of London’s job market in the New Year.

Freshfields Hits Akin for London-Based Private Funds Partner

Expect to see more private funds lawyers at the firm soon. This hire is the start of a 10-person expansion across London and New York.

Osborne Clarke Drops Signature from Law Firm Climate Charter

While no longer a full-fledged participant, the firm retains an advisory role with the charter through their “dialogue partner” status.

Gibson Dunn Rehires Freshfields London Restructuring Partner

It was a short-lived tenure at Freshfields, just 18 months.

Quinn Emanuel hires restructuring partner from Paul Hastings

Veteran Paul Hastings restructuring partner David Ereira has joined Quinn Emanuel in London.

 

EMEA

Orrick’s International Arbitration Co-Leader Exits Firm to Launch Own Practice

‘As a partner of an international firm, you are constantly confronted with issues of conflicts of interest,’ said Michael Bühler.

CVC Ditches GC Role as it Taps A&O for Next Legal Head

The new legal chief of the private equity giant occupies a senior partner role at A&O Amsterdam.

DLA Piper Takes Disputes Partner and Counsel From Simmons in Paris

With prior experience at both Legance and Linklaters, the new partner brings a wealth of expertise in cross-border M&A and private equity to the Italian firm, further bolstering their capabilities in these key areas.

Squire Builds Out Italian M&A and Energy Practice With Partner Hire From K&L Gates

Italian firms have been strengthening their M&A, private equity, energy and infrastructure teams, anticipating an increase in transactional and reconstruction work.

Linklaters Snags Veteran HSF Partner to Co-Head Paris Corporate/M&A Practice

After an 18-year tenure at HSF, Hubert Segain joins Linklaters, having become partner at the firm in 2008, serving their global governing council, and leading their Paris corporate practice.

White & Case Launches Jo’Burg Commercial Litigation Practice with Baker McKenzie Hire

Making significant strides in Africa, the firm boasts a thriving practice of 83 lawyers, propelling them from 21st to 16th in the 2023 regional rankings.

Ashurst Expands Munich Presence With 2 Partner Hires

Following partner departures last year, the firm welcomes the new hires.

 

APAC

Dentons Adds Second Australian Partner this Month

Dentons welcomes Edmund Burke to their Brisbane office as he exits Holding Redlich.

Han Kun, Lewis Silkin Take Partners from Mayer Brown, Gall in Hong Kong

Lewis Silkin welcomes new joiner Kenix Yuen as Bonnie Yung welcomes Bonnie Yung.

K&L Gates Hires Projects Partner as Brisbane Prepares to Host Olympics

Previously, Justin O’Callaghan served McInnes Wilson Lawyers as principal in Australia.

K&L Gates Hires Away MoFo’s Funds Partner in Singapore, Adds Another in Sydney

Prior to joining the firm, Jason Nelms served at Morrison Foerster whereas Claudine Salameh served at Norton Rose Fulbright.

HKIAC Appoints New Secretary General, New Corporate Hires for Hong Kong, Indian Firms

New corporate partners have been appointed by both Eric Chow & Co and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

 

The Americas

Davis Polk Brings Back Former White House Lawyer, Morgan Stanley Compliance Head

Raul Yanes returns to Davis Polk to lead the firm’s investigations and white-collar defence practice, becoming the most recent lawyer transitioning between a bank and Big Law.

Ex-White House Counsel Lawyer Joins Latham; Mayer Brown Hires Ex-Counsel to McCarthy

The Capitol’s doors keep spinning this week as lawyers shuffle between Big Law and the federal government.

Greenberg Traurig Hires Former U.S. Attorney in LA, Marking Tenth Exit From His Former Firm This Week

On the heels of a team exit including Pat Cipollone, ex-White House counsel, Thomas O’Brien’s Ellis George departure was announced.

On the Move: Moore & Van Allen Adds Atlanta Entertainment Lawyer to Financial Practice

Brett E. Moskowitz is highly experienced “in a niche, highly competitive industry” and has a client base featuring banks who had been involved in syndicating financings across the entertainment industry.

Amid Management Shuffle, Norton Rose Adds Litigation Leaders in Chicago

Following departures within Norton Rose’s management, Joshua Lee and Edward Casmere join as the firm’s new litigation leads, bringing high expectations with them for the pace of disputes and lawsuits this year.

Attorneys ‘On the Move’: Morrison Foerster Adds Finance Partner; Securities Litigator Joins Moses Singer

Tammy Davies exists Paul Hastings to join MoFo as partner in their finance group.

Midsize Moves: BakerHostetler Loses Marketing Manager and Health Care Lawyer To McNees, Nossman

Christopher Strah joins McNees Wallace & Nurick as their director of marketing. Meanwhile, Mark Kadzielski joins Nossaman’s health care group.

Latin America-Focused Lawyer Rejoins Greenberg Traurig in Washington, DC

Irwin Altschuler’s return bolsters the practice’s capabilities in the region, following a Mexico City January hire.

Baker McKenzie Adds Leading Energy Litigation Team in Texas

Renowned litigators David Baay, Jack Massey, Kelsey Machado, Ian Shelton, and Matthew (Matt) Rawlinson have joined the Houston office of international law firm Baker McKenzie.

 

In-House

Chicago Bears General Counsel Out After 2 Decades With Team

“I never took one day for granted,” wrote Cliff Stein on LinkedIn. “I worked with 4 general managers, 6 head coaches, 2 Presidents, got to experience 1 Super Bowl, 2 NFC championships and 4 NFC North championships.”

New Year Brings Flurry of UK In-House Moves

Neil Laventure’s departure from Haleon/GSK and Belgian bike start-up Cowboy’s first GC are among the In-House moves.

Ex-GC of McAfee Takes Legal Reins at Another Big Security Player

Nell O’Donnel joins Barracuda Networks to advance its growth, having served as legal chief to some of data protection’s biggest players.

 

Promotions & Appointments:

Potter Anderson Elects Five New Partners

Five individuals elected to partnership, announces Potter Anderson & Corron as Rebecca E. Salko, Aaron R. Sims, Nicholas D. Mozal, Stephen McNeill, and Laura G. Readinger are set to join the Delaware law firm, effective Jan 1.

Hoagland Longo Names Esteemed Litigator as New Managing Partner

“We are thrilled to have Chad step into the role of managing partner,” stated former managing parter, Gary J. Hoagland, in latest press release. “His legal acumen, leadership skills, forward-thinking approach, and steadfast commitment to client service uniquely position him to propel our firm into a promising future.”

After ‘Banner Year’ in Growth, ArentFox Schiff Names New Leader

10% RPL increase and a 2023 12%+ increase in PEP, projects Brian Waldman, ArentFox’s new managing partner.

Pinsent Masons appoints Melanie Grimmitt as head of new Client and Markets Group

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed energy partner Melanie Grimmitt as head of the firm’s new Clients and Markets Group as it seeks to accelerate its multinational sector-led approach in the wake of rapid global expansion.

 

Mergers & Alliances:

Utah’s Maschoff Brennan Goes Bicoastal in Merger With Another IP Boutique

“We are certainly not resting on our laurels,” stated a leader in an interview, “We’re interested in … expanding our geographic base into markets that seem to make sense”. Newly formed Maschoff Brennan Gilmore Israelsen & Mauriel currently have offices in Utah, California and New York.

Phila. Litigation Boutiques Dailey LLP and Levan Legal Announce Merger

Under the Dailey LLP name, the combined firm boasts 14 attorneys, four of whom are from Levan.

Hill Dickinson Links Up with Former Ince Group for Cyprus Launch

The launch welcomes two ex-Ince partners as well as three associates.

 

Office Openings & Closing:

McCarter & English Adds Miami Real Estate Transaction Team from Now-Shuttered Boutique

Alvarez & Diaz-Silveira’s remaining lawyers considered joining McCarter alongside Alberto Delgado and Manuel Fernandez. Instead, the firm closed at the end of last year with Pedro Alvarez’s retiring and two other employees relocating to Polsinelli.

Davis Polk, Latham Engaged to Advise on Anta Spin-off and $1B IPO of Amer

If successful, Amer’s listing is set to be one of the most important IPOs in over two years, featuring a Chinese majority shareholder on Nasdaq.

Pinsent Masons Gains Licence to Operate in Abu Dhabi

The growth in Saudi Arabia and UAE’s importance to international firms is further highlighted by the latest move.

Debevoise Picks Daily Mail’s Former HQ As Next London Home

According to an inside source, the firm’s new 70,000 ft² HQ will be a 40% increase from their current premises.

Luxembourg-Based Arendt Opens Frankfurt Office

Mirroring Arendt’s existing network, the operation will function as a channel of communication for clients abroad and the Luxembourgh HQ, but local law will not be practiced.

Weil, Pillsbury Eye London Office Moves Amid US Firm Upsizing Trend

A contrast in opinions toward hybrid working have seen several U.K-led firms downsizing while their U.S.-founded counterparts take up larger spaces.

Phelps Dunbar Adds Memphis, Nashville Offices in Combination With Farris Bobango

The most recent tie-up between firms is marked by Am Law 200 Phelps Dunbar’s joining with 28-lawyer Faris Bobango as mergers are quickly becoming the 2024 trend.

 

Financials:

Paul Weiss, Kirkland Lead as General Atlantic Takeover Creates $96B Investor

It is anticipated that this acquisition of Actis, a company dedicated to sustainability, will establish an investing platform with around $96 billion in assets managed.

Should US Law Firms Offer 20% Less Pay for 20% Less Work?

Recently, Slaughter and May formalized a reduced-hours trial; nevertheless, in the past, American companies have usually saved these adjustments for employees with exceptional situations.

No Origination Credits in Partner Pay? Covington Sees Advantages

Covington Partners contend that the pay model is important to the company’s team-based approach to client work and has assisted in luring laterals, despite the potential dangers associated with not tracking origination credits.

 

Technology & Innovation:

Legal Tech’s Predictions for the Regulation of AI and Technology in 2024

Legal industry experts have made their predictions for the regulation and implementation of artificial intelligence and other technologies in 2024.

Battling Bias In Workplace Predictive A.I.: Challenges for Employers and the Bar

The use of AI in employment has taken the world by storm. AI reflects the world from which it learns and those who create it. However, employers cannot rely on AI tools alone for employee recruitment and management. Proactively mitigating algorithmic bias is not only warranted but, in some forward-thinking jurisdictions, mandatory.

The Case for the Use of E-Discovery Software in All Matters

Lawyers handling every kind of situation, regardless of size or budget, can now more easily use technology thanks to a number of effective platforms that simplify the process.

LinkSquares Announces First Gen AI Capabilities for Redlining, Project Management

AI-Assisted Redlining and AI-Suggested Subtasks are the two new features that will be made available in Q1. The rest of the year will see the release of “many” more generative AI-powered features.

LTN Startup Spotlight: Briefly Founder on Why Legal Information Tech Needs a Rebrand

Startup Briefly is attempting to evolve the way lawyers communicate legal jargon with other teams in their organization by generating legal content in the form of TikTok-like videos.

Can Artificial Intelligence Patents Survive ‘Alice’?

This is the first of a two-part series of articles. This article discusses how It is difficult for anybody trying to patent AI inventions under the existing Alice system. However, as shown by the caselaw, patent drafters and inventors can take precautions to lessen the likelihood that claims made in AI patents will be rejected for being abstract concepts.

Legal Tech’s Predictions for KM, Data Governance & AI Usage in 2024

Experts in the legal sector forecast the state of data governance, knowledge management, and artificial intelligence (AI) in 2024.

AI Adoption Likely to Spark Surge in Corporate Litigation of All Stripes in 2024

Businesses may be accused of antitrust violations if they use AI to assist in pricing decisions, or they may be accused of discriminatory practices if they use AI to screen applicants for available positions.

Legal Tech’s Predictions for Emerging Technologies, Tech Costs & Market Consolidation in 2024

The legal sector projects its expectations for 2024 in a number of areas, including the economy, market consolidation, developing technologies, and technological prices.

SEC Chief Gensler Warns of ‘AI Washing’ and Potential Conflicts of Interest

Gary Gensler has been reported to have said, “If you’re putting the robo adviser’s interest ahead of the broker dealer’s interest ahead of the investor, therein lies a conflict”.

Brazil’s Overwhelmed Judiciary, Desperate for Help, Turns to Artificial Intelligence

Several initiatives have been implemented in Brazilian courts by creative thinkers striving to improve justice in one of the world’s most congested judicial systems.

Stretching the Metaphor—Are Gen AI Copyright Lawsuits Using ‘Winning’ Language?

In copyright disputes against generative AI developers, terms like “memorization,” “generalization,” and even the unusually visceral “regurgitation” have surfaced. When these matters get to court, the use of this type of terminology will be important.

Legal Tech’s Predictions for Legal Education, Lawyer Training & Evolving Legal Roles in 2024

This article is delving into the topics of legal education, lawyer training, and the evolution of legal positions, it also highlights on the predictions that have been provided about the legal sector regarding things to be anticipated in 2024.

 

Diversity & Inclusion:

Top White House Lawyer Rejoins Covington, as Demand for DEI Advice Grows

Covington’s government litigation practice co-chair Stacey Grigsby will be an “integral resource” for clients dealing with workplace culture and diversity and equity problems, according to the firm.

Law School Admissions Officers Report Concerns About Diversity

Although the Kaplan study revealed that nearly all law schools agree that diversity matters to both administrators and students, an admissions officer who took part in the survey expressed concern that the court’s ruling will have a “chilling effect on applications.”

 

Market Commentary:

The UK’s Biggest Law Firms Need More Horsepower if They Are to Compete

Though Clifford Chance and Linklaters haven’t been as active as A&O and Freshfields in the US market lately, the Global Lawyer wonders if their most recent adjustments will be sufficient to put them in the running.

The ‘Returnity’ Crisis: Is the Legal Profession Failing Women Lawyers Returning From Maternity Leave?

Research indicates that working mothers’ morale sharply declines after three months, despite numerous industry efforts to mitigate these effects.

EY Law Plots Sweeping Cuts, 24 UK Roles at Risk

The shocking announcement above contradicts the Big Four firms’ declared goal of more than tripling their size in the UK and Ireland by 2025 and highlights the challenges the auditing behemoths have faced in breaking into the legal sector.

As the Thai Competitive Landscape Shifts, Firms Are Testing Out New Waters

Thai domestic and regional law firms have expanded their global capabilities as a result of an increasing number of Thai enterprises purchasing abroad properties.

Dealmakers Plan to Keep Investing in Private Equity Practices Amid Higher Expectations for 2024

Leading legal firms’ private equity lawyers have made claims that innovative dealmaking could help the efforts to satisfy unmet demands and lead to an increase in transactions.

The Law Firm Disrupted: Working Harder or Working Smarter?

Putting better business” ahead of “more business,” is one thing, but however the real problem seems to be figuring out what “better business” actually entails.

The Time to Do a Transatlantic Merger is Now

According to the Global Lawyer, legal firms that want to compete with Kirkland, Latham, Skadden, and Simpson Thacher may want to think about merging with US companies as global GDP growth slows.

Moves:

UK & Ireland

Quinn Emanuel London Revenue Leaps 47% as Profits Swell

The firm’s triumph this year was ‘boosted by a material one-off success fee’, claims Richard East, Senior Partner at Quinn Emanuel’s London office.

Duo Score Roles on First London IPO of 2024

This potential IPO is set to be the primary market float in months as London grapples with a decline in its appeal as a destination for companies seeking to go public.

Two former senior government lawyers join Kingsley Napley

Senior government lawyers Natalie Cohen and Lord Carter join Kingsley Napley, strengthening the firm’s public law litigation presence.

Browne Jacobson hires William Darmody to lead corporate team

William Darmody joins Browne Jacobson as partner and head of their Irish corporate team at the UK&I firm.

Taylor Wessing hires Ryan Ferry as disputes and investigations partner

Taylor Wessing’s Dublin office welcomes senior litigator Ryan Ferry as partner.

Millar McCall Wylie appoints Chris Phillips as director

Chris Phillips joins Millar McCall Wylie as director of the Northern Irish firm.

 

EMEA

Veteran Paul Hastings PE Partner Jumps to French Firm August Debouzy

Paul Hasting’s move could signal a potential increase activity for Paris’ growingly competitive PE market.

Freshfields Finance Head Rejoins A&O in Middle East

Simultaneously, Clifford Chance’s head of disputes for the Middle East is acquired by CMS.

Perez-Llorca Adds Four More Partners in Lisbon

Perez-Llorca is ahead of schedule, having originally planned to launch their Lisbon office in Q1 2024, the Spanish law firm claims to already have 11 partners on the ground.

White & Case Bolsters Disputes Practice in Paris With 2-Lawyer Hire From Quinn Emanuel

This practice head and partner acquisition is set to strengthen the firm’s commercial disputes, cross-border litigation, and criminal investigations offering in Paris.

Kennedys Enters Polish Market Through Tie-Up With Warsaw Firm

Kennedys lands in Warsaw, making them the latest international law firm to expand their European presence to Poland.

CVC Capital Partners’ General Counsel Leaves Firm

Lauren Livingston leaves the European PE heavyweight following a 17-year tenure at the firm.

Bowmans Lures Team of 6 From Johannesburg Competitor

Bowmans team’s client portfolio includes liquidators, corporate entities, financial institutions and business rescue practitioners.

 

APAC

South Korea’s Shin & Kim Hires Senior Advisers to Launch New Offering on AI

Two Shin & Kim new hires join the group of three experienced advisers leading their latest offering.

K&L Gates Takes Two from Herbert Smith Freehills Singapore

With these latest appointments in Singapore, the firm welcomes its first aviation finance partners in the city-state. Meanwhile, Herbert Smith Freehills restructures their aviation offering, saying goodbye to their dedicated Singapore-based partners.

Clayton Utz Partner Leaves to Join Australian Insurer IAG

Karen Ingram, a disputes and litigation lawyer, joins IAG as interim general counsel.

Kirkland Corporate Veteran Duo Set to Leave Hong Kong Practice

Having joined Kirkland along with six partners in 2011, forming one of the most significant moves in Hong Kong’s legal market, David Zhang and Nicholas Norris are due to exit the practice.

Akin Hong Kong Partner Leaves to Become Independent Arbitrator

Shortly after the closure of Akin’s Beijing office, Ing Loong Yang departs the firm.

 

The Americas

Shearman’s Co-Managing Partner Leads Team Move to Linklaters in New York

Allen & Overy leaders set to take charge of the firm as George Casey’s team of six depart ahead of merger.

Longtime Vinson & Elkins Partner Moves to Condemnation Boutique in Houston

Charles McFarland is reunited with Vinson & Elkins partner and ex-colleague Billy Coe Dyer, at the condemnation boutique established by the former in 2015.

Dechert Loses 2 Litigation Partners Who Held Leadership Roles

David Kelley, ex-SDNY U.S. attorney and former co-head of Dechert’s white-collar practice joins O’Melveny & Myers, while chair of their tech committee, Benjamin Barnet was welcomed by Seeger Weiss.

Blank Rome Adds 5 Attorneys from Dissolving NYC White Collar Boutique

Established by two ex-SDNY assistant U.S attorneys 17 years ago, Spears & Imes terminated operations in Q4 of 2023.

Duane Morris Appoints Ex-US Attorney McSwain White-Collar Co-Chair

Duane Morris welcomes William McSwain, ex-federal prosecutor into a new role as the co-chair of their white-collar practice as they set their sights on national growth for the upcoming year.

Locke Lord Adds M&A Partner in LA With High-Profile Entertainment Clients

Locke Lord welcome Corporate and M&A partner Katy Spillers from L.A firm Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger as she hopes to benefit her clients with the firm’s wider resources and national coverage.

SDNY Prosecutor Moves to Sher Tremonte’s White-Collar Practice

Previously, Alison Moe was deputy chief of the U.S Attorney Office’s criminal division.

Greenspoon Marder Expands Litigation Arm in Miami With Former Saul Ewing Litigator

With previous tenures at Cozen O’Connor and Greenberg Traurig, Jeffrey Gilbert approaches almost forty years of experience in the sector.

On the Move: Former Gordon Rees Office Leader Moves to Barnes & Thornburg

Previously, Leslie served Gordon Rees’ as managing partner of its offices in Birmingham, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi as well as co-managing partner of their Atlanta office.

Eyeing Rate Flexibility, Longtime Sidley Litigator Decamps to Midsize Manhattan Firm

Isaac Greaney, a well-known Securities litigator, has left Sidley to expand the types of work available to him as a result of more flexible rates.

Dinsmore Enters Texas by Luring 8-Lawyer Litigation Team From Lewis Brisbois

Following the rapid expansion of the Am Law 200 firm, in Florida, Dinsmore & Shohl has stated that it is applying a similar “blueprint” for Texas. This news is in accordance with the statement of their Chair, Josh Lorentz.

Dickinson Wright Scoops Up 10-Lawyer Toronto Team from Minden Gross

The U.S.-based firm’s Canadian office is anticipating the arrival of a full team of lawyers and support staff from Minden Gross.

 

In-House

Legal Chief at Silicon Valley Pioneer Exiting After Quarter Century with Company

According to Western Digital, Michael Ray is stepping aside “to pursue another opportunity,” this news follows the revelation that Western Digital is preparing to split itself into two.

ALM’s Grezlak Joins Furia Rubel as Legal Marketing Firm Expands Services

Grezlak joined Furia Rubel last week after an extensive career working at ALM, parent company of The Legal, for 30 years. Most recently he was editor-in-chief of legal themes, regional brands and Law.com, overseeing ALM’s U.S.-based legal newsroom.

Sony Pictures General Counsel to Exit After Three Decades with Media Giant

During her time at Sony, Leah Weil assisted the media giant in acquiring IP rights to Spiderman for a mere $7 million, obtaining MGM for $2.9 billion and recovering from a crippling 2014 cyberattack as well as much more.

GC of Liquor Juggernaut Passing Legal Reins to Deputy

After a 16-year run as legal chief of Brown-Forman, which owns the Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve brands, Matt Hammel is retiring.

HP Enterprise Veteran to Captain Legal Team at Cargo Shipper Cargill

Rishi Varma, who has been part of the team at HP Enterprise since it was borne of the computing giant in 2015, will take the legal reins over at Cargill.

 

Promotions & Appointments:

People in the News—Jan. 9, 2024—Hangley Aronchick

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller is delighted to have elected Colleen Norcross as a shareholder.

King & Spalding Re-elects Robert Hays to Seventh Term as Chairman

Since Robert Hays took up the mantle of chairman of the firm in 2006, they have more than tripled its revenues and profitability and multiplied the number of offices they operates worldwide by four times.

Axinn Names DC-Based Antitrust Partner as Next Leader

The 100-lawyer firm, which is well known for its antitrust and litigation expertise, has represented numerous firms such Google, Tyson Foods, Ball Corp., Thermo Fisher Scientific and VMware. They have named Jeny Maier as their next managing partner.

People in the News—Jan. 10, 2024—Capehart Scatchard, Ogletree Deakins, Munley

Capehart Scatchard has announced that, Brian P. Berkoff; Daniel W. Klementowski; Vivian Marmaras; and Nicholas D. Stephens, who are from the firm’s workers’ compensation department, have been admitted as shareholders:

Hrelic, Marafito and Zeid Promoted to Members at Pullman & Comley

Dana Hrelic, Michael Marafito and Zachary Zeid have ascended to the position of members from the professional liability, property tax and employment law practices.

Hopeful on 2024 Market, Klehr Harrison Appoints New Real Estate Leaders

Klehr Harrison managing partner Brad Krouse stated that “These are three leaders with separate skillsets that really complement each other,” he also said that “They’re leaders in their respective practice areas, which ultimately gives us a much broader reach at the leadership level.”

Buchanan Taps Real Estate and Bankruptcy Chair as Next CEO

Pittsburgh-based shareholder James Newell will take over from Philadelphia-based Joe Dougherty in May.

M&A Lawyer Takes Second Turn as Global Chair for Norton Rose Fulbright

Walied Soliman has previously served as global chair in 2019 and has been chair of the firm’s Canadian arm since 2017.

 

Mergers & Alliances:

Texas-Based Ferguson Braswell Launches in Orange County Via Merger

Kyle Ferguson, CEO of Ferguson Braswell has stated the firm’s goals, which are to establish a full-service office in Costa Mesa, where there is a “strong middle-market industry” and “a lot of wealth and opportunity.”

Paladin Rings in 2024 With Pro Bono Manager Acquisition, New Partnership

This Pro Bono Manager has highlighted Paladin’s first-ever acquisition and will provide the company with the opportunity to expand its network and access more pro bono data and insights.

Barclay Damon Combines With DC-Based Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

Barclay Damon has been keen on the idea of expanding its footprint in the D.C. market for a considerable amount of time in an effort to advance the firm’s regulatory experience at the federal level.

Kilpatrick Merges With Chicago Law Firm, Significantly Expanding Corporate Practice

Henry Walker, CEO of Kilpatrick said that HMB’s expertise in mergers and acquisitions and private equity “enhances the depth and breadth of Kilpatrick’s corporate department,” Henry is ranked No. 90 in the Am Law 100.

 

Office Openings & Closing:

More Law Firms in New York Opt for Larger Spaces

Paul Weiss and King & Spalding are among the latest firms to secure new, larger spaces in New York.

Pace of Law Firm Office Leasing Picked Up in Late 2023, With More Firms Shedding Space

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner decreased its space by 73% by shedding two full floors, after acquiring a new office lease in D.C.

Cozen O’Connor Launches DEI Strategies and Solutions Practice

Group leader Simeon Brier has been reported as saying, “One of the fundamental things that we receive are clients who have solely relied on a law firm or solely relied on a consultant,” Simon Brier is based in South Florida and followed up his previous statement saying, “It’s hard to operate with the left arm not knowing what the right arm is doing.”

Marc Mukasey’s Law Firm Announces Rebrand as Mukasey Young

This change is occurring after co-founder Robert Frenchman departed and Torrey Young has been elevated to a name partner.

 

Financials:

As Billing Rates Soar, Law Firm Clients Move to Spread Work Around

According to a new industry report, “Many law firms have seen their ability to collect on those increasing rates falter, and clients have become more aggressive about trying to tier work to lower-cost firms”.

Top Big Law Partners Are Earning More Than $2,400 Per Hour, as Rates Continue to Climb

According to recent bankruptcy court filings, Dechert has been reported as increasing rates for top partners by 20%, while McDermott is charging top partners out at $2,590 hourly.

Law Firms Embracing ‘Hoteling’ to Save On Office Lease Costs

Workplace strategies in many law firms have been shifting; flexibility, balance, space efficiency, and attorneys/staff that work remotely more than pre-pandemic are gaining relative normality.

Paul Weiss Hides Partner Pay Inside ‘Black Box,’ as Firm Shells Out for Top Laterals

A non-transparent pay system has been adopted as firm leaders seek to decrease internal tensions as the spread of compensation develops.

Associates See a Pay Boost at Largest Law Firms, but Few May Match in Atlanta

Both Alston & Bird and King & Spalding are increasing associate pay to the top market scale, however other Atlanta-based law firms have not been confirmed to be doing the same.

Quinn Emanuel London partner profit averages £5.3m in stellar year

Quinn Emanuel’s average London partner profit has increased to £5.3m in 2023. This increase is congruent with the standout year the US litigation law firm have had.

 

Technology & Innovation:

Are Tomorrow’s Lawyers Prepared for Legal’s Tech Future? 4 Recent Trends Shaping Legal Education?

Advanced legal technology means little if attorneys don’t know how to use it. Whilst some key law schools are impacting change in efforts to mitigate that issue, others are falling behind in this particular area.

Automation and Algorithms: How Pierson Ferdinand Aims to Build a New Type of Law Firm

Pierson Ferdinand, a new law firm which has been launched by the managing partners from FisherBroyles recently, has sought to build legacy systems that can stay flexible enough to accommodate future needs, and automate as much non-billable work as efficiently possible.

The EU AI Act Will Transform Practices for AI Governance In the U.S.

The EU AI Act sets in writing one of the world’s first comprehensive attempts to provide governance to unlock innovation in AI. But this beckons a question that has been in the forefront of the mind of many US firms and practices, what exactly does this development mean for their businesses?

A Tale of Two Nations: How China and the United States Confront Generative AI Challenges

Legislative bodies across the world have exercised their authority to harness GenAI’s transformative power and mitigate potential risks. This divergence is exceedingly clear when we compare the GenAI laws enacted in the People’s Republic of China with the growing efforts of President Biden and Congress to react to these new challenges.

Generative AI May Be in the Spotlight, but Search Terms Still Dominate in E-Discovery

Generative AI tools are becoming more and more popular, subsequently they should be researched, studied, and ultimately embraced if proven for their ability to assist lawyers with legal tasks, however, they first must be properly and accurately trained, tested, and verified.

 

Diversity & Inclusion:

More Judges, Less Diversity: 92% of Kemp’s 2023 Judicial Appointments Are White

Minorities have been stated to account for 8% of state court or higher judicial appointments made by Gov. Brian Kemp in 2023. This figure is a sharp drop from 30% in 2022.

Women in Academic Leadership Still Face Systemic Barriers

“The legal academy was not built for anyone other than white males,” this was a statement made by Nicola Boothe, dean of the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, during the AALS session. She followed that statement up by saying that “there are always going to be opportunities for us to feel that we do not belong in this space.”

Many Companies Doubling Down on DEI Despite Backlash

A new study by Littler Mendelson found that companies are determined to press on with their DEI initiatives, however it also found that companies are avoiding “legally thorny” practices, for example providing incentives to executives to advance diversity.

St. John’s Law Names First Black Dean To Succeed Longtime Dean Michael Simons

The incumbent dean Jelani Jefferson Exum said in a statement, “I’m honored to serve as the next dean of St. John’s Law”.

Women Make Up the Majority of Associates for First Time

Based on figures which have been broken down in accordance to geographical location, Miami holds one of the highest percentages of female associates, their numbers constitute 55% of the associate population, Phoenix comes in at a close second, with 54% women associates, while St. Louis trailed behind in last place.

Combating the Tide of Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws and Regulations

The chair of the LGBTQ+ Law Section, Samuel W. Buchbauer, stated that “Providing a state-wide community for LGBTQ+ identified legal professionals and allies through CLE programming, live events and advocacy work strengthens our Section’s purpose to promote equality in the law for LGBTQ+ people”.

Taking Steps to Combat Antisemitism and Anti-Asian Hate

The co-chairs of the Task Force on Combating Antisemitism and Anti-Asian Hate, Brian S. Cohen and Vince Chang have been reported as saying that their “task force has focused on statutory changes to address the hate crimes crisis and the problem of Internet hate speech, responses to the underreporting of hate crimes and an educational initiative to combat racial harassment and discrimination in schools”.

 

Market Commentary:

How Effective are Legal Networks in the African Market?

Local firms are joining independent networks in order to remain competitive in the face of international competition, however many experts disagree on the usefulness of these legal networks.

Well-Being and Engagement: Why a Firm Needs to Prioritize Both

This article discusses the balancing of two key areas of importance namely that Law firm leaders must keep in mind the concept of engagement to create a healthy, high-achieving work environment. It discusses how “wellness and engagement are not interchangeable terms”.

In-House Lawyers May Get Chance to Dust Off Their Dealmaking Prowess in 2024

In a new report that has been published, Morrison & Foerster have been reported as saying that “Savvy companies … are expected to look for ways to effect strategies for growth, including by expanding product lines, and to enhance performance, including by divestitures, in the face of technological and other disruptions,”.

Sullivan & Cromwell Led 2023 M&A Activity in Latin America

The firm is New York-based but also ranked high in the Caribbean despite last year being a slow year globally for cross-border transactions.

Clifford Chance Mulls Lockstep Change to Better Reward Top Performers

The anticipated change is projected to help it to retain its strongest performers in an increasingly monied hiring market, many might suggest that this is an important move for them as recently, star talent has been exiting the firm.

DLA Piper leads global M&A for 14th consecutive year

According to Mergermarket’s league tables, DLA Piper is the highest-ranked legal advisor in the world for M&A deal volume they have received this accolade for the 14th consecutive year. Despite a down market for global M&A in 2023, DLA Piper continued to gain market share and completed more deals than any other firm.

Moves:

UK & Ireland

Paul Weiss Hires Clifford Chance Partner Duo Amid Breakneck London Expansion

The firm has set in motion one of the fastest and highest-profile expansions in the City in recent years hiring a top PE duo, Chris Sullivan an M&A partner and Taner Hassan a Leveraged Finance Partner.

Linklaters London Capital Markets Partner Walks to Reed Smith

Linklaters lifer Mark Drury has left for Reed Smith he joins the financial industry group as a Capital Markets Partner. The move comes just days after the firm parted ways with a partner duo bound for Paul Weiss and Skadden.

Simpson Thacher Hits Travers Again for Latest London Partner Hire

Katie McMenamin a Travers lifer has joined as a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s fund finance practice. The firm is rebuilding in London following the shock exit of two long-standing partners to Kirkland & Ellis two months ago.

White & Case secures Macfarlanes partner to head London white collar team

Neill Blundell joins from Macfarlanes’ where he led the corporate crime and investigations practice.

Paul Weiss unveils latest top-level London lateral: Linklaters’ ex-antitrust head

Paul Weiss has hired Nicole Kar in London; Kar was Linklaters global head of antitrust.

EMEA

Garrigues Loses Partner to Deloitte Legal, Promotes 16 and First Female Senior Partner

Luis Collado Moreno had been at the firm for almost two decades.

King & Spalding Swipes Duo from Ashurst to Abu Dhabi

King & Spalding has hired Ashurst’s former Head of Corporate, Middle East, Simon Fraser and Senior Associate Matt Hartsuyker who is joining as a partner.

Signature signs up former Dechert arbitration partner in Paris

Philip Dunham has joined Signature Litigation as an International Arbitration Partner from Dechert, he was a member of the 13-strong arbitration team which quit Dechert last month.

APAC

HSF’s China Joint Operation Firm Disputes Head Joins Singapore Big 4 Firm

Rajah & Tann Singapore has hired Hew Kian Heong as an International Arbitration Partner in China as they celebrate 20 years of their Shanghai office.

Stephenson Harwood Further Expands Greater China Practice with Partner Hires from Zhong Lun and Ping An

Dorothy Siron, a long-time partner at Beijing-based Zhong Lun Law Firm, and Danny Kan, an in-house counsel from Chinese financial services group Ping An, are joining the U.K.-headquartered firm as partners in Hong Kong.

Malaysian Boutique Becomes First Local Firm to Add KC to Bench

Malaysia’s LCWP becomes country’s first firm to boast KC in ranks. Arbitration expert Ng Jern-Fei has joined Malaysian boutique Lim Chee Wee Partnership (LCWP), making the latter the country’s first law firm in Malaysia to have a King’s Counsel.

Australia’s Corrs Takes Capital Markets Partner from KWM

Jo Dodd will join the firm’s Sydney office in February. Jo is a leading Debt Capital Markets lawyer and will be joining the firm as a Partner.

Kennedys adds 12-strong insurance team in Sydney from Clyde & Co

Kennedys have bolstered their insurance offering with the hire of a team of 12 from Clyde and Co in Sydney, the move follows Lucinda Lyons ex-Clyde’s Managing Partner who moved to Kennedys in early December. The team is comprised of special counsel Con Kakakios, two senior associates, four associates, a trainee and four support staff.

The Americas

Shearman’s Co-Managing Partner Leads Team Move to Linklaters in New York

The six-person team is departing ahead of the firm’s merger with Allen & Overy, which will see A&O leaders take charge of the combined firm.

Greenberg Traurig Scoops Up Transactional Trio From Seward & Kissel

Banking, finance, and restructuring lawyer Kalyan Das has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP along with Sharon Calay and Andrew Silverstein. They join from Seward & Kissel, where Das spent over three decades and was head of the global bank and institutional finance & restructuring practice.

Epstein Becker Adds M&A Specialist to Health Care Practice in Nashville

Wes Scott joins as a Member of the Firm from Nelson Millins where he led their M&A practice. The firm’s comparatively large national healthcare practice gives him “a catalogue of resources I have never had before,” Wes Scott said.

Davis Polk, Quinn Emanuel Add Top In-House Talent to White Collar, Corporate Governance Practices

William Hochul, husband of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, heads to Davis Polk’s White-Collar Defence & Investigations practice as a Counsel, while Quinn Emanuel hired Indigo GC Paul Dacier as Boston Partner.

Willkie adds private equity partner in Houston from Shearman & Sterling

Energy specialist Sarah McLean joins ahead of Shearman’s merger with Allen & Overy as a Partner in the Corporate and Financial Services department and Private Equity practice in Houston, Texas.

Paul Weiss M&A Co-Chair Heads to White & Case

Taurie Zeitzer has joined White & Case’s Private Equity group in New York from Paul Weiss where she was co-head of the M&A group.

In-House

Walgreens Legal Chief Departs After CEO Change

Danielle Gray is moving on one year after she helped the drugstore giant resolve opioid litigation by agreeing to pay $5.8 billion over 15 years. She will be succeeded by Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer Matthew D’Ambrosio.

Lynsey Murning Gregory is joining K3 Capital

After serving ten years with HSBC, litigation lawyer Lynsey Murning Gregory is joining K3 Capital Group & Quantuma as their General Counsel of all the entities.

Startup Veteran Joins Fintech Star Chime as Compliance Chief

Shara Chang joins Chime from proptech firm Divvy Homes, where she served as chief legal officer for more than a year, overseeing legal, compliance and HR functions. Prior to that, she was general counsel and chief compliance officer at Peach Finance, associate general counsel for privacy and product at Meta, and first product counsel at fintech Affirm.

Olympus Replaces GC Who Rebuilt Legal Function After Historic Scandal

Veteran Cigna lawyer Neil Boyden Tanner is taking the legal reins of the optics and medical company from Donna Miller. “Filling Donna’s shoes is an honour I don’t take lightly,” he said.

Longtime GC of Biotech That Discovered Leading Hep-C Cure Announces Retirement

Nathaniel Gardiner will retire at the end of March 2024, after 28 years with Entata Pharmaceuticals.

Legal Chief Who Helped Bumble Champion Reproductive Rights Exiting for New Post

During Laura Franco’s three years as chief legal and compliance officer, the Texas-based company often was in the headlines speaking out against new restrictions on abortion.

Neiman Marcus CLO to Head Legal for Newly Formed Research Behemoth

After holding key roles in banking, the home-improvement industry and retailing, Hannah Kim is taking the legal reins of Circana, an $8 billion consumer research firm formed through the merger of Information Resources Inc. and NPD Group.

Former ASOS Legal Head Moves to Thailand for Next GC Role

Anna Suchopar left her role at the clothing retailer early last year and will now head the legal team at online travel agency Agoda.

Promotions & Appointments:

Barley Snyder Elects First Female Managing Partner

Jennifer Craighead Carey took over from Jeffrey Lobach, who’d served a decade in the role, on Jan. 1.

Duane Morris Appoints West Coast Litigator as Co-Leader of Largest Practice

A Duane Morris litigator in California is now overseeing the firm’s trial practice lawyers after the Philadelphia-founded firm appointed bicoastal leadership in its largest department. Stephen Sutro, who has served as managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office for almost a decade, succeeds Philadelphia-based Wayne Mack, who led the more than 400-lawyer trial practice group since 2018 alongside Philadelphia-based Sharon Caffrey. Caffrey will remain as co-chair while Mack takes a chair emeritus position, leaders at the firm said. The changes were effective Jan. 1.

Holland & Knight Promotes 46 to Partner, Boosting Corporate, Litigation Practices

Holland & Knight announced its latest round of partner promotions, reflecting a slight decrease in partner promotions compared to last year and a sharper focus on northeast markets.

Troutman Pepper Appoints Six New Office Managing Partners

Pennsylvania-based construction attorneys Joseph Imperiale and Robert Gallagher are now leading the firm’s Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offices, respectively, while white-collar attorney Charles Peeler will head up Atlanta. Adrienne Thompson will head up Portland, Tate Tischner Rochester and Christopher Jones Washington D.C. These appointments coincide with Amie Colby officially stepping into the role as firmwide managing partner and Tom Cole assuming the role of chair.

Half of Newly-Elected US Partners at Eversheds Sutherland in Atlanta Office

Eversheds elected eight U.S. lawyers to partner for 2024, following just one election last year.

Jones Day’s New Partner-In-Charge of Australia to Lead from Los Angeles

Trial lawyer Christopher Lovrien has been named Partner-In-Charge of the firms Australia region he will lead from the firms LA office.

Sidley, Quinn, Cadwalader Announce Latest Global Partner Promotions

Cadwalader, Quinn and Sidley have announced which partners have made the cut.

Linklaters’ China Joint Operation Firm Elects New Managing Partner

Richard Gu replaces Eric Liu who recently defected to Beijing-based Haiwen & Partners.

Baker Botts Reshuffles Non-US Leadership, Appoints London Head

The appointments include new heads in Dubai and Riyadh.

Al Tamimi Appoints New Managing Partner

Jody Waugh replaces Samer Qudah, who served in the position for four years. Jody Waugh has been with the firm for over 16 years and prior to his appointment was Head of Banking and Finance.

BonelliErede Names New Management Board and Promotes 7 to Partnership

The moves are part of a previously announced leadership transition to shepherd the Global 200 firm through the implementation of a new multi-year strategic plan starting in January.

Latham & Watkins’ Mark Austin Awarded CBE in New Year Honours List

A small number of legal professionals, including the GC of Standard Chartered bank, a Doughty Street chambers barrister and a senior lawyer at the SFO, were also recognised in the 2024 list.

Mergers & Alliances:

Personal Injury Firm McLaughlin & Lauricella Set to Join Feldman Shepherd

Almost two years after firm co-founder Slade McLaughlin’s death by suicide, managing partner Paul Lauricella is moving his firm’s practice over to the Philadelphia personal injury mainstay.

Law Firm Mergers Began With a Boutique Bash. Will the Party Continue in 2024?

A&O’s tie-up with Shearman could be a harbinger of more U.K.-headquartered firms expanding into the U.S.

Office Openings & Closing:

China’s Han Kun Breaks into U.S Market with New York Office Launch

Earlier this year, the firm made its international debut via a launch in Singapore.

Japan’s TMI Associates Launches New Indonesian Office With Local Alliance

TMI Associates, one of Japan’s largest law firms, opened an office in Paris earlier this year.

Akin Winds Down Beijing Office

Akin will continue to practice in Hong Kong and Singapore, its two other offices in Asia.

Paul Weiss Signs 765K-SF Lease in Midtown Manhattan

This is the largest office lease in the US for the year, according to the owners.

Looking Back at the Law Firms That Didn’t Survive 2023

From Stroock to Schnader, firms that failed struggled with common issues of recruitment, retention and financial obligations.

China’s Han Kun Breaks into U.S Market with New York Office Launch

Earlier this year, the firm made its international debut via a launch in Singapore.

Japan’s TMI Associates Launches New Indonesian Office With Local Alliance

TMI Associates, one of Japan’s largest law firms, opened an office in Paris earlier this year.

Peruvian Tax Law Boutique Opens Office in Spain

Zuzunaga & Assereto Abogados has launched an outpost in Barcelona—its first outside Peru.

Former FisherBroyles practice leaders take 130 lawyers for new spin-off firm

Pierson Ferdinand among largest law firm debuts in US history. Two former practice leaders at FisherBroyles have left to set up a new firm, taking more than 130 lawyers with them in a move they say marks one of the largest law firm debuts in US history.

Quinn Emanuel Plots Wilmington Office Opening, Hiring Local Counsel to Lead

Michael Barlow’s history of working with Quinn Emanuel’s litigators as Delaware counsel includes representing clients Mirae Asset Global Investments and Snow Phipps Group in the first two COVID-19 “busted deal” cases to go to trial.

Financials:

Georgia GC Compensation Remains Strong Following COVID-19 Decrease

“As in 2021, I think 2022 was also a great year financially for a lot of companies,” said Bob Graff, an Atlanta-based in-house recruiter and a partner with Major, Lindsey & Africa. “The stock market did pretty well last year. It’s not surprising that people met or exceeded their bonus targets and met or exceeded their equity targets.”

A&O and Shearman Offer Partners Financial Incentive to Stay with Combined Firm

The merger of the two firms is due to formally take effect in May 2024, with 99% of partners at both firms approving the plans in October.

Clifford Chance Top Earner Pockets Less as Staff Numbers, Costs Swell

The firm’s total number of partners and staff costs rose, as it continued to grapple with its pension liability, the latest LLP accounts show.

Eversheds Top Earner Pay Surpasses £3 Million, LLPs Show

The US arm of the firm has also made eight promotions across its American offices.

Technology & Innovation:

CMS’ Spanish Arm Becomes Latest Victim of LockBit Cyber Attack

The same attackers were behind a data breach at Allen & Overy last month, with experts at the time suggesting the firm may have to pay out several million to avoid confidential information being published.

Hackers Increasingly Infiltrate Software While It’s Still in Development—Before Guard Is Up

“Not only is this terrifying because it can happen to any organization that’s building software, but it’s actually also incredibly difficult to detect,” said Dan Draper, founder of CipherStash.

Morgan Lewis to Shape Thomson Reuters AI Products Through New Partnership

“We’re going to be working with [Thomson Reuters] on a whole suite of AI-powered tools,” said chief knowledge and management and practice services officer Colleen Nihill. “Because of Morgan Lewis’ depth and breadth across multiple geographies, I think they saw us as being well suited to all different use cases.”

As AI Hype Train Rolls On, Regulators on High Alert for ‘AI Washing’

“One thing we know about hot marketing terms is that some advertisers won’t be able to stop themselves from overusing and abusing them,” FTC attorney Michael Atleson wrote in a blog post.

Embracing Innovation: 7 Major Law Firm Tech Developments in 2023

From a host of law firm-created generative AI chatbots to new innovative client offerings and the launch of another law firm legal tech subsidiary, this year showed that law firms are confidently embracing their place in the legal technology market.

Allen & Overy Partners with Harvey, Microsoft to Create ContractMatrix Tool

Over 1,000 of the firm’s lawyers are already using the tool internally, and five clients have already agreed terms for a January launch, the firm said.

Diversity & Inclusion:

Why Jews Belong Under The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Umbrella

“Including Jews under the DEI umbrella would accomplish three things. First is education. Providing more knowledge could bring more understanding. Second is bridging differences. Fostering communication will help build relationships and facilitate productive dialogue. Third is community. Jews need a safe space to connect and explore the range of experiences we are facing.”

Market Commentary:

Turnover in Big Law Leadership Manifests as ‘Great Growth Race’ Kicks Into High Gear

At least 30 large law firms have announced some kind of leadership transition within the last year or so. “It’s been an exciting but challenging and exhausting few years,” noted one Am Law 100 leader.

Going Beyond Fear: The Next Phase in Addressing Attorney Mental Health

In 2012, I tried to take my own life and then learned that I had been for, well, a long time, been dealing with undiagnosed and untreated bipolar disorder. Along the road to my attempt, I did some unethical things, and consequently had some time away from the law.

Corporate Transparency Act: Effect on Middle Market Mergers and Acquisitions

Given the CTA’s sweeping scope and the extensive information required for compliance, the new legislation will undoubtedly have significant impacts on middle market M&As moving forward.

Are You ESG-Prepared? Statistically Speaking, Probably Not!

“This growing focus on ESG is likely linked to the pandemic and climate crisis, so that investors and policymakers have realized the importance of at least tracking ESG-related data and metrics as they struggle to adapt to a rapidly changing world,” Pacesetter Research analyst Ruth Sierra said.

Canadian Deal Lawyers Confident They’ll Be Busier in 2024

While 2023 had fewer transactions than the past few years, they were more complex and required more lawyer hours to complete.

The Best Advice We Heard From GCs in 2023

With top in-house lawyers increasingly being part of the C-suite, they bring more to the table than just their legal expertise. Efficient knowledge sharing is essential in that process.

8 Stories That Changed the Legal Industry in 2023

From A&O Shearman to Israel-Gaza—here are our picks for the biggest stories of the year.

Law Firms Seek Flexibility in Revised Partner Comp Systems, Balancing Seniority With Productivity

Though firms have different approaches, the momentum in partner compensation is heading toward merit-based rewards to compete for rainmakers and grow profitability.

In 2023, Group Lateral Moves Proved Economy-Proof as Firms Advanced Strategic Growth

“The big group moves are driven by the stars that are part of those groups,” said Macrae recruiter Justine Donahue. “The high rainmakers can command a group to move with them based on their clients and their brand name.”

New Year, New GCs: These Companies Have Fresh Top Lawyers

Big names such as Walmart and Smithsonian, generative artificial intelligence innovators and more will ring in the new year with new legal department leadership.

Who Were the Winners in 2023?

Find out who topped the rankings and scooped all the accolades in 2023—hardly the most straightforward year on record.

Sachdev to Shawyer: The UK’s Most Influential Hires of 2023

The year was awash with team hires, star exits and English law debuts, as certain big-name moves even prompted the industry to question one particular firm’s very survival.

Senior Partners—Retention, Not Cyber Crime, Is Your Biggest Issue in 2024

Cyber threats are real and dangerous—but good old fashioned retention is number one, and goes to the very heart of your firm’s success and survival, writes The Global Lawyer.

‘Without It, Some May Have Left’: Slaughters Associate Illuminates Firm’s Reduced Hours Policy

The scheme, which goes firmwide this week, offers associates “a real chance to reset their career”, said Michael Craig, a disputes and investigations associate

The year 2023 was a dynamic and competitive one for the big law market, as firms sought to expand their capabilities, attract top talent and increase their profitability. Here are some of the key trends and developments that shaped the legal landscape in 2023.

 

Lateral hires: The demand for experienced lawyers remained high, especially in practice areas such as corporate, litigation, intellectual property, antitrust and regulatory. Many firms made strategic lateral hires to strengthen their existing teams, enter new markets or diversify their services. Some of the notable lateral moves in 2023 were:

– Chris Thel and team of 6 others joined K&L Gates as partners in the corporate and private equity practice, after leaving Dentons. Thel and team are all leading Corporate lawyers who are recognised as leaders in the private equity, tax, M&A/transactions, and benefits and exclusive compensation areas.

– Michael Urschel and a team 9, 2 partners and 7 associates left King & Spalding to join Milbank in the Structured Finance Practice. Urschel’s group is renowned for focuses on whole business and digital securitisations.

– Neel Sachdev was unarguably one of the biggest London lateral moves this year, hailed as one of London’s last rainmakers he left Kirkland to Paul Weiss this was one of the biggest power grabs with Neel and team resigning on an August Sunday, this saga of moves between the two firms has had us gripped since August and the dust is still yet to settle, the current count is 35 lawyers following Neel with the latest two moving last week.

 

Financials: The big law market continued to grow in 2023, as firms reported higher revenues, profits and profits per partner (PPP). According to the American Lawyer’s annual ranking of the top 100 U.S. law firms by revenue, the total revenue of the Am Law 100 increased by 7.5% to $115 billion, while the average PPP rose by 8.2% to $2.7 million.

 

PwC UK summarised that the legal sector as a whole has had a very strong year with firms achieving an average of 8-10% fee income growth and firms remaining largely optimistic about future growth. However, the last year has continued to be turbulent with ongoing macroeconomic volatility, increasing cost pressures, and high inflation. Next year, pricing will remain a key focus area as cost pressures could lead to a fall in profits.

 

Mergers: The big law market witnessed several mergers and combinations in 2023, as firms sought to enhance their global presence, broaden their practice areas, and leverage their synergies. Some of the major mergers and combinations in 2023 were:

– Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling was the biggest merger of 2023, the deal is worth $3.4 billion and created one of the largest legal practices in the world with approximately 3950 lawyers and 800 partners across 48 offices. This huge transatlantic deal is expected to close in May 2024.

– Holland & Knight were the first big 2023 merger when in January it was announced that they would be merging with Nashville based Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. The deal created a firm of nearly 2000 lawyers operating under the Holland & Knight name, as a firm that has consistently grown through mergers it will be very interesting to see where Holland & Knight grows next.

– Fieldfisher announced December of this year that they would be ending their seven-year arrangement with Italy’s SASPI, due to ‘’strategic objectives no longer being closely aligned”, does this mean that we should expect to see a new merger or alliance from Fieldfisher next year in the region?

Moves:

UK & Ireland

Quinn Emanuel Bolsters London Base with MoFo Partner Hire

Although this firm rarely hires partners in London, they have added a new arbitration partner, Gemma Anderson.

Paul Weiss and Skadden Swoop on Linklaters Partner Duo

Linklaters have made many notable hires in recent months, but the loss of Nicole Kae and Noel Hughes is unlikely to go unnoticed.

Ireland’s Matheson Strengthens London Ranks with Former Kirkland Partner

After a 15-year stint with Kirkland & Ellis, Rory Mullarkey joins the firm’s London base.

McDermott Bolsters London Partnership with King & Spalding Hire

This hire comes not long after another partner joined from Kirkland & Ellis.

Skadden makes second finance hire this month

Noel Hughes has been added to bolster Skadden’s finance and M&A offering. This is the second move after Sebastian FitzGerald joined their leveraged finance team.

Paul Weiss Snags Linklaters’ Global Antitrust Head in London

This article discusses how Nicole Kar has been hired to head Linklaters’ global antitrust team. This has been described as a major and unprecedented move.

Reed Smith secures capital markets partner in London from Linklaters

To bolster their capital markets offering in London, Reed Smith has hired Mark Drury from Linklaters.

EMEA

Pérez-Llorca Builds Up Lisbon Operation With 17 Hires

The Lisbon office has received a bolster with a team of ten lawyers, six partners and one counsel.

Baker McKenzie Looks to Hengeler for Latest Germany Partner Hire

This move will be the third time Baker McKenzie have poached a partner from Hengeler Mueller in the last three years.

Is Poland the Next Growth Market for Multinational Law Firms?

Recent developments across a multitude of areas have helped drive the legal scene in Poland. This information comes directly from practicing legal partners in Warsaw.

Clyde & Co raids Dentons for Poland debut with 20-strong team

Out of this team of over 20 lawyers looking to open Clyde & Co’s Warsaw office, two of them are former Dentons lawyers and one is a current Dentons lawyer.

APAC

China’s DeHeng Law Offices Add Paul Hastings Partner in Hong Kong

This follows the trend that many Chinese Law firms have adopted of making concerted efforts to add partners from international law firms.

Pillsbury Replenishes Hong Kong Office with Newly Promoted Partner

Michelle Ng, a counsel who specialised in disputes has relocated from New York to Hong Kong.

Asia Moves: China’s Han Kun Lands King & Wood Mallesons Partner; Allen & Overy and Hill Dickinson Add Partners in Singapore

This article is a compilation of some of the most recent lateral moves across Asia.

Former Davis Polk Partner Becomes Hong Kong Exchange’s First Woman Chief Executive

Bonnie Chan has been with the firm since 2010 and helped launch their Hong Kong office, now she is stepping up to the position of Chief Executive.

Baker McKenzie US Securities Partner Leaves Australian Practice

According to the sources within the firm, Cécile Baume is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

The Americas

Seyfarth Gets 5 White-Collar Lawyers, Including Practice Co-Chair, From Dissolving Stroock

James McGrath, the national chair of the firm’s litigation department has stated that they are “excited that this group of litigators has chosen to continue their careers at Seyfarth, where they can take advantage of our platform”.

Baker Botts Boosts Energy Transition Team with Shearman ‘Superstar’ in NY

Energy and Infrastructure partner Mona Dajani has moved to Baker Botts’ New York office from Shearman & Sterling to serve as their global co-chair of energy infrastructure and hydrogen.

Midsize Moves: Arnall Hires New Partner; Archer Appoints Partner Pair in Philadelphia

Elizabeth B. Davis has been hired as a partner in Arnall Golden Gregory’s environmental and health care groups. Also, Hodgson Russ has announced that they have acquired a team of 10 Ward Greenburg attorneys from Rochester, New York who will start on the 1st of January.

McDermott Welcomes Back Litigation Partner Following Stint with Miami-Dade County

Audrey Pumariega has been welcomed back with open arms after spending some time working on personal injury cases for the county.

Attorneys ‘On the Move’: Goodwin Adds M&A Partner; Phillips Lytle Names New Chief Information Security Officer

The number of attorneys that are being hired and promoted this week show us that change is occuring in New York.

King & Spalding Adds McKool Smith IP Litigator in Austin

Alfonso Chan has joined King & Spalding as partner after being a principal with McKool Smith.

Dentons’ Global CEO to Stand Down Next Year

Elliot Portnoy’s has made a solid impact on the firm which in turn has caused it to grow rapidly into one the world’s largest legal practices.

On the Move and After Hours: Fox Rothschild; Javerbaum Wurgaft; Cole Schotz; Epstein Ostrove; Barnes & Thornburg

Many moves are covered in this piece including the return of Epstein Ostrove to Fox Rothschild.

People in the News—Dec. 14, 2023—McNees

Charis Mincavage a well-known energy lawyer has been announced as McNees Wallace & Nurick’s newest member starting from January 1st, 2024.

In-House

For Newly Hired Pinterest GC, Path to Post ‘Has Been Anything But a Straight Shot’

Newly hired General Counsel Michele Lee has spoken about the trials and obstacles that she faced in her journey saying, “I’ve faced countless rejections and times when I’ve been told I wasn’t ready, I was too ambitious, not smart enough, too nice, or not nice enough”.

New Noom CEO Hires GC of Pennsylvania-based Meet Group

Incumbent Norman Petty has been praised by CEO Geoff Cook for his uncanny “ability to balance legal risk with the strategic needs of the business.”

On Heels of SurveyMonkey’s Sale, CLO Joins Star Data-Analytics Startup

Grafana Labs’ legal department will now be under the leadership of Lora Blum.

Promotions & Appointments:

PLW People in the News—Dec. 12, 2023—King Spry, Ogletree Deakins

Senior Counsel Brian J. Taylor has been named chair of the King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul law firm’s investigations and compliance services team. He will assume this position in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Marshall Dennehey Announces New Casualty Practice Director

Howard Dwoskin will be replaced by Matthew Schorr as Casualty Practice Director, the largest department in the firm.

Increased Promotions for Jones Day and Norton Rose Fulbright

In the case of Norton Rose Fulbright, most of these promotions hailed from London, whereas in the case of Jones Day the promotions were primarily a mix of New York and Cleveland based ones.

5 New Georgia Judges: Kemp Makes Appointments to Superior Court Benches

Five lawyers have been appointed in the Atlanta, Cherokee, Coweta, Dougherty and Macon judicial circuits.

Jones Day names 51 new partners

Global firm Jones Day has announced that there will be 51 lawyers who will be promoted to the partnership. This action will take effect on the 1st of January 2024.

Sidley promotes 29 to partner in latest US-dominated round

Although this number is a step down from last years cohort of 42 lawyers, these promotions should strengthen the firm’s commercial litigation, global finance and corporate practices.

Arthur Cox appoints Ciaran Flynn to head governance team

Former KPMG director Ciaran Flynn has been appointed as Arthur Cox’s new head of governance, risk and compliance.

Sarah Reynolds takes reins of Kane Tuohy LLP

Sarah Reynolds has succeeded Cómhnall Tuohy as the managing partner of Kane Tuohy LLP, she will assume this role at the beginning of 2024.

Mergers & Alliances:

Eying Phila. for Growth, 3 Am Law Firms Pick Their Own Paths to Make a Mark in Established Market

Barnes & Thornburg, Goodwin Procter and Clark Hill have all been making moves through the form of mergers to make their mark in already established markets.

Auto Lender Ally’s Legal Chief Trades Up for CLO Post at NC-Based Truist

Truist was created following the merger of BB&T and SunTrust. Scott Stengel will be taking on the position of legal chief.

Miami Boutique Haber Law Absorbs Smaller Firm, Expanding into Niche Condo Practice

Haber Law managing partner David Haber said there are a couple of options for growth, “You can organically grow, which is very painful,” or “you can join forces with someone else that already has that infrastructure.”

Office Openings & Closing:

Haynes and Boone’s New Austin Office Boasts Location on Lady Bird Lake, High-Tech Amenities

Opting to stay downtown in Austin, Haynes and Boone have relocated to a state-of-the-art new tech office.

Financials:

How Some Big Law Firms Can Afford Associate Salary Raises

Following the recent trends of associate salary raises this article delves into how these global firms are offering such as salary scale and analyses the trends in PEP amongst them.

Logistics Industry Bankruptcy Cases: Yellow Corporation, Western Global Airlines

This article focuses on recent logistics industry bankruptcy cases of Western Global Airlines and Yellow Corporation.

Technology & Innovation:

The Fire Behind the Smoke: Understanding the Realities of Using AI to Improve ROI

Although it is undeniable that AI can improve efficiency, some are arguing that unfocused investments can expose inaccurate and misleading information.

Legal Professionals, AI and the Future of M&A Dealmaking

A dive into the potential challenges and benefits that the use of new forms of AI could have on M&A dealmaking.

EU’s New AI Act Will Create Wave of Work for Law Firms

New AI legislation that is being agreed on will generate extensive work for Big Law in the years to come.

Navigating the Tech Landscape in 2024: What Law Firms Should Expect

Adopting a mindset of agility and proactivity are key ways law firms can position themselves for success in today’s technology driven society.

Baker McKenzie AI Expert on Why the EU’s AI Act May Have Limited Impact

Lothar Determann discusses whether EU disciplinary compliance to AI is possible.

Legal’s Tech Maturity Isn’t (Yet) Meeting the Moment

Although it is undeniable that legal teams have become more tech savvy recently, many argue that tech maturity has not yet leapfrogged to meet the moment.

Diversity & Inclusion:

As Antisemitism Increases on social media, Some Look to Bar Groups to Wade In

Eric Wietz of The Weitz Law Firm stated that “We believe we need to stand up when people in our own community, in the legal community, engage in antisemitic hate speech”.

Incoming Phila. Bar Chancellor Aims to Ramp Up Organization’s DEI Efforts

Jennifer Coatsworth stated that she is “incredibly proud” of their association, but they have “more to accomplish”.

Allen & Overy, Sullivan & Cromwell Among Firms To Make It On Standard Chartered Diversity Task Force

A new task force has been launched by the bank’s head of legal in the hopes that they will improve diversity in the industry.

Quinn Emanuel makes up 14 partners in round dominated by women

Out of the 14 partners that have been promoted by Quin Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, 70% of them are women.

Market Commentary:

‘Tough-Guy’ Mentality Of Leadership Is Changing As Young Lawyers Shift Career Expectations

This article debunks myths about the habits and practices of up-and-coming lawyers and the impacts they are set to make.

Debate Over Third-Party Presence and Recording Devices at Defense Medical Examinations

This article discusses the methods and process of which the defence can have the plaintiff examined in product liability and personal injury cases.

The Challenge of Defending Product Liability Claims Arising From Workplace Injuries

Questions have arisen about how easy it is for equipment manufacturers to escape liability in cases where employees are injured while using powerful pieces of equipment in a contrary manner. This article discusses this.

Recruiting and Retaining Talent: Advantages of a Two-Tier Partnership Structure

It seems that many are arguing that the one tier partnership model has had its time and that in the current market, competitive challenges call for a two-tier partnership structure.

 

 

 

 

Moves:

UK & Ireland

Slaughter and May Senior Partner Steve Cooke to Take Up PR Role at Brunswick

It is the most recent example of a high-profile corporate lawyer pivoting to public relations ahead of retirement.

One In One Out for Willkie, Amid Year-End UK Hiring Rush

The firm has hired Latham’s former global vice chair of restructuring but lost a banking partner, a former rugby player, to Skadden Arps. Skadden has added leveraged finance specialist Sebastian FitzGerald as a partner in its banking group, the firm said.

EMEA

Bowmans Takes Banking and Finance Partner from DLA Piper in Johannesburg

Pride Jani was a director for the last five years of the seven years he was with DLA Piper.

Jones Day Takes a Finance Partner in Paris From Orrick

The partner hire is a strategic move as both firms, along with others, are building their capabilities in energy and infrastructure projects in France.

CEE Firm Schoenherr Adds 23-Lawyer Team in Poland

The expansion by the Austria-based firm is a bet on continued growth in the Polish economy, which has attracted investors and law firms in recent years.

BCLP to Launch Luxembourg Desk in Paris Office With A&O Hire

The firm is joining others in establishing a presence in the European center of investment funds and their regulation.

APAC

Shook Lin & Bok Takes Four Lawyers from Withers in Singapore

Kenneth Szeto moves over with senior associate John Tan joining the partnership.

Two More Clyde & Co Australian Partners Defect, Join Local Firm

Marcus O’Brien and Jacinta Long join Meridian Lawyers.

HFW Poaches Baker McKenzie Climate Lawyer in Sydney

Ruth Dawes latest hire as HFW continues to expand.

The Americas

Sidley Hires A&O’s Los Angeles Head to Further Bolster Energy Practice

Andrea Lucan, who was LA office managing partner for Allen & Overy, joins roughly one month after Greg Lavigne, another A&O alternative energy alum, joined Sidley in New York.

Spanish Firms Cuatrecasas, ECIJA Recruit More Partners in Latin America

Cuatrecasas has hired an M&A veteran from a top Chilean law firm in Santiago and a regional tax leader from EY in Bogotá, while ECIJA has added a labor and employment partner who will lead that practice in Mexico City.

Moving to Diversify Practices, Cahill Adds M&A, Corporate Advisory Partners From Stroock

“Ultimately, as part of our strategy moving forward, the firm wants to diversify,” said incoming co-chair Herb Washer. “Diversify the client base, the practices, areas of expertise.”

Sidley Adds ‘Another Dimension’ to Energy Practice With Arrival of A&O LA Leader

Andrea Lucan, who was LA office managing partner for Allen & Overy, joins roughly one month after Greg Lavigne, another A&O alternative energy alum, joined Sidley in New York.

Nelson Mullins Gains 7-Lawyer Group From Lathrop, Further Boosting Product Liability Team

The firm gains lawyers in Texas and California, but “probably more important than the geographic location is the skill set that [Robert Thackston] brings as a lawyer of last resort, first-chair trial lawyer,” said firm leader Jim Lehman.

A&O Sees Another LA Partner Exit, as Kirkland Adds to PE Bench

Josh Birenbaum’s departure was the second partner move from A&O in LA announced Monday, with Sidley touting the addition of former A&O office managing partner Andrea Lucan.

Two Veteran DOJ Lawyers Depart for K&L, as Firm Seeks to Boost Government Practices

They are the latest attorney departures from the federal agency ahead of a presidential election year.

Sheppard Mullin Lands Two Real Estate Finance Attorneys From Stroock

“Having been forced into a move, we wanted to be very thoughtful about the next place we went to,” said Lorie Soares Lazarus, a new Sheppard Mullin partner.

As Big Law Consolidation Heats Up, Husch Blackwell Adds IP Boutique Lawyers

The IP boutique “brings a really strong medical device IP practice, which allows us to deliver more for our healthcare and life sciences type of clients,” said Paul Eberle, Husch’s chief executive officer.

In-House

Volvo to Switch Gears in Legal with New General Counsel

Helen Hu is taking the legal reins of the automaker, succeeding Maria Hemberg, whom Hu calls her mentor.

KPMG UK General Counsel to Step Down

The move comes after KPMG’s UK arm settled a long-running dispute that followed the collapse of contracting company Carillion.

Gas Company Parts Ways With GC, Hires Visa Veteran as Successor

CNX is providing a severance package to Alexander Reyes, who is stepping aside after 16 years with the company. His replacement is Timothy Bedard.

After Bruising Year, Vice Media Picks Insider for GC Role

Jason Guberman is sliding into the GC’s seat as the company, now with slimmed-down ambitions, fights for profitability.

Macy’s Taps Retail Star to Helm Legal Department

The retail giant’s incoming CEO, Tony Spring, said new legal chief Tracy Preston has “a track record of aligning legal and risk mitigation approaches with business objectives and brand missions.”

GC Who’s Built Career on Disruption Jumps Aboard Grammarly

Newly hired legal chief Jennifer Miller “will help us navigate business risks with precision, especially in areas like AI and privacy regulations,” CEO Rahul Roy-Chowdhury said.

Promotions & Appointments:

Linklaters Names Singapore Partner as India Head

Various law firms are attempting to service India-related work from Singapore as they seek to win work in the world’s fifth-largest economy.

Stephenson Harwood Elects First New Senior Partner in 12 Years

According to a source, the winner overcame a contested election. Paul Thwaite has been elected as the new senior partner. Paul succeeds Roland Foord, who steps down after 12 years in the role at the end of April 2024.

Boies Schiller Flexner Names Matthew Schwartz as Chair-Elect

Schwartz, who has served as co-managing partner of the firm for three years, will replace David Boies starting in 2025.

Norton Rose Appoints Emerging Technologies Partner as San Francisco Partner-in-Charge

Jason Novak, the firm’s new partner-in-charge in San Francisco, will oversee the office’s transition into a new workspace.

Squire Patton Boggs Elevates Miami-Based Partner to Serve on Global Board

“The next four years are about the betterment of the firm and using my abilities and what I bring to the table to help the firm and continue the upward trajectory of the firm and its strategic vision,” litigator Digna French said.

Citing Health-Related Reasons, Proskauer’s Chair to Step Down

Proskauer will have an election to fill Steven Ellis’ position in January, with the newly elected chair taking the reins in April 2024, according to managing partner Daryn Grossman.

New Arnall Golden Gregory Leader Looking to Build on Predecessor’s Work

Jonathan Eady will transition to serve as the firm’s chairman, succeeding Glenn Hendrix.

Mergers & Alliances:

How Nelson Mullins Got Ahead of Miami’s Boom by Moving in Via Merger

“By virtue of that combination, Nelson Mullins had connectivity throughout the state immediately, had productive lawyers producing and a profitable day one,” said Miami partner John Haley.

Salt Lake Sees More Big Law Interest, as Spencer Fane Enters Through Merger

“We do not have a business plan or profit formula that requires the four-figure rates that some of the other firms entering that market are probably expecting,” chair Pat Whalen said.

Office Openings & Closing:

Winston & Strawn Becomes Latest to Close in Hong Kong

The firm follows several others in closing offices in Asia in 2023, amid a slow transactional market and numerous political tensions.

EY’s Hong Kong Law Practice to Shutter in January 2024

There are four lawyers at LC Lawyers. None will remain within the EY network.

China’s Tahota Law Firm Grows with Laos Office Launch

The firm intends to continue its expansion overseas.

Financials:

Year-End Bonuses Top $300K for Several Boies Schiller Associates

The litigation shop’s formula compensation system rewards associates for originating clients and contributing to contingency cases.

2024 to Upend the Salary Applecart

The recent drama involving OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Microsoft caught my attention not only for the entertaining corporate governance drama…it also got me thinking about compensation.

Will the Economic Crunch Give Alternative Fee Arrangements a Needed Nudge?

Maybe, just maybe, this interest rate-driven crunch will be the nudge that finally gives clients and firms the incentive to increase the adoption of alternative fee arrangements.

Trial Firms Starting to Match or Exceed Big Law Salary, Bonus Scales for Associates

Litigation boutiques and other small firms compete for the same top law students as Big Law, so they are likely to move to the new, higher market salary and bonus scales for associates.

Full Circle: Milbank Matches Latest Associate Pay Scale

Milbank’s mid and senior associates are getting another pay raise.

Why Elite Trial Firms Compete in the Associate Salary and Bonus Game

A whole host of trial-centric firms have met or exceeded the Big Law scale set by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Here’s a look at how and why.

On Top of Matching Pay Raises, Arnold & Porter Offers Higher Bonuses for High-Performers

Associates who billed 2,400-2,499 hours will receive an additional 10% bonus, while the firm will pay more for those who bill higher.

Seven Key Metrics to Evaluate Spend on Outside Counsel

Gartner experts have prepared seven example metrics that legal leaders can use to inform their external provider management and align it with their organization’s overall strategy. The following examples provide a framework for assessing needs and working with vendors and/or internal teams to build similar reports.

Technology & Innovation:

Europe Grows Its Own AI Legal Tech

Jimini AI, which is based on European law, is currently being tested by leading law firms in France, including Gide Loyrette Nouel, and by in-house legal departments, including the French logistics company CMA CGM.

Enough Is Enough: Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Tech for Firms?

Smokeball’s 2024 State of Law Report found that firms’ adoption of artificial intelligence will likely depend on their size, use cases and practice areas.

California’s Draft AI Rules Offer Protections for Consumers, More Questions for Businesses

“I think we expected the large rubrics,” said Shannon Yavorsky, head of Orrick’s global cyber privacy and data innovation practice. “What I didn’t expect was the level of detail around some of the carve-outs and the broad, broad definitions that are drawn in.”

As AI Disclosures Proliferate, Can Legal Agree on What AI Means?

Some worry that the biggest challenge with generative AI disclosures will be around how to craft a definition that accurately encapsulates the types of tools that parties have in mind, instead of a catch-all that casts too wide a net.

For Legal Tech Providers, How Easy Is It to Switch Generative AI Models?

Even for companies that have built in an architecture that allows them to switch out large language models, doing so is not always a straightforward, or quick, endeavour.

Diversity & Inclusion:

The Voice for Women in Law—Roberta Liebenberg, Fine Kaplan & Black

Roberta Liebenberg, one of The American Lawyer’s 2023 Lifetime Achievement honourees, has blazed a path not only in the antitrust bar, but for women attorneys everywhere.

Over 90 Law Firms Commit to Creating More Inclusive Profession for Lawyers with Disabilities

One in five U.S. workers identifies as having a disability, but lawyers currently self-identify at a rate of 1.4%, per Diversity Lab.

How Should Midsize Firms Navigate DEI Landmines?

DEI pushback and lawsuits have so far targeted the “lowest hanging fruit,” so tidying up policy language and reviewing organizational values can prepare firms for scrutiny.

Market Commentary:

Clients or Partners? Who Does a Big Law Merger Have to Please More?

Law firm strategy is driven by appealing to clients and partners, but one of those two components is ultimately more important than the other to make a merger successful, Hugh Simons and Kent Zimmerman explain in this piece.

Long Hours, Very Little Research: An Expert View on Law’s Wellbeing Problem

A wellbeing expert explains how the legal industry’s toxic mix of intense, long hours combined with a lack of research on its effects can lead to unethical decisions as well as other problems.

‘It Just Isn’t Worth My Time’ Say Slaughter and May Associates of Pro Bono

The associates say they work long hours just to do their regular work and that there’s no time for hours on pro bono.

From A&O Shearman to India: What We’ll Still Be Talking About in Five Years’ Time

The last 12 months have given the industry law firm collapses, splits, ransomware attacks and scandals, but the year will be remembered for other things, writes the Global Lawyer.

Competition Regimes on the Rise in Africa, Ambitious Authorities and the Struggle to ‘Keep Up’

While it is not without challenges, the proliferation of antitrust and competition laws across the continent bodes well for the business community and future investment in Africa, say lawyers.

‘Staggering’ Jump in Law Firms Planning to Expand Nonequity Partner Ranks

The average annual growth in income partner classes at some of the most profitable firms between 2017 and 2022 was 13.4%, while at other large, two-tier partner firms, it was 4%, according to a report this week.

‘Not A Rosy Outlook’: Law Firm Leaders Are Less Bullish Heading Into 2024

Even before some firms embraced associate salary increases, the legal industry appeared less optimistic heading into 2024 than they were going into 2023, according to a recent survey.

Workplace Terminations About to Spike—Tips Employers Should Consider Before Dismissing Workers

Historical statistics show that more layoffs and discharges occur in December and January than any other time of the year.

Moves:

UK & Ireland

Amid Talent Battle for Energy Partners, Hogan Lovells Adds Clifford Chance Lawyer

James Doyle has been vocal about the importance of renewables and energy transition practices, arguing that they are “strategic priorities for the firm and many of our clients”.

Weil, Cooley and BCLP Latest Firms to Announce 2024 Partner Promotions

The majority of the promotions across the three firms were in the US, however five of Weil Gotshal’s promotions were in its London office.

Oliver Rule joins Enyo Law from Allen & Overy

Oliver Rule specialises in complex financial litigation and is very excited to be joining Enyo Law stating that they are one of the “best disputes firms in London”.

Travers Smith announces new Head of Corporate M&A and ECM

As Andrew Gillen, the previous head, starts his new role as senior partner, Adrian will step up and take over the reigns of the corporate practice.

Global law firm Eversheds Sutherland has appointed Lisa Boyd as partner in its procurement team in Belfast.

Ms Boyd carries with her 17 years of assorted experience in multiple areas of procurement. This move is projected to greatly enhance the success of the firm’s full-service strategy in Northern Ireland.

Addleshaw Goddard recruits Cormac Doyle to launch Irish tax practice

After spending 20 years working accountancy and specialising in Tax, Cormac is heading to Addleshaw’s.

Byrne Wallace expands tax team with appointment of Nadia de Wet

Nadia has accumulated over 10 years of experience working within a big 4 practice and her appointment as tax director and head of compliance has been accepted with open arms by many including the firms head of tax Anthony Smyth.

EMEA

Allen & Overy Swoops on Bird & Bird for IP Partner Hire

Following the launch of the Unified Patent Court earlier this year, Anna Wolters-Höhne will guide clients on proceedings. This is a great addition to their IP practice.

Covington Expands Global Public Policy Team with Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Elżbieta will bring over a wealth of key and diverse knowledge and expertise. She has had various roles such as former European Commissioner and Deputy Prime Minister of Poland. She will join Covington’s Public Policy Practice in Brussels.

Gowling WLG grows in Germany with quartet of senior hires

In an increased effort to build its presence in Germany, Gowling WLG have hired four senior Lawyers from under their rivals’ noses. These rivals include global law firms, Norton Rose Fulbright and DLA Piper.

APAC

Clyde & Co’s Australian Managing Partner Departs for Kennedys

After only holding the role for a year Lucinda Lyons is taking her expertise to Kennedys.

Dentons Takes TMT Partner from Australia’s Allens

This addition marks an interesting milestone for the Global 200 Top 10 firm in Australia. Michael Park is their sixth lateral move this year.

Linklaters’ China Joint Operation Firm MP Joins Haiwen & Partners’ Corporate Bench

This marks a continued shift in Haiwen’s hiring tendencies. They have been deepening their repertoire of senior lawyers with international backgrounds.

Baker McKenzie Korea Joint Venture Firm Lands Lee & Ko’s Disputes Head in Seoul

This hire is the first one that has been completed by Baker McKenzie & KL Partners’ Joint Venture Law Firm, which was officially launched in October this year.

Ashurst Eyes Top spot among Australia ‘Big Six’ elite Law firms

Ashurst’s Head of Australia Lea Constantine states that Ashurst want to position themselves to be the leading law firm in Australia in the upcoming years. She has plans of bolstering key areas such as their “corporate M&A, digital economy, disputes and investigations, energy transition, funds, risk consulting and New Law division, Ashurst Advance”.

The Americas

People in the News—Nov. 27, 2023—Ballard Spahr, Reed Smith

Emilia McKee has been well known as a litigation partner for Ballard Spahr, however she now faces a new role as Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro has appointed her to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

Dechert Litigator Joins Klehr Harrison, Seeking ‘Front-Facing’ Role

Jonathan Krause, the firm’s litigation chair, has praised the move as a step in the right direction stating that “We’ve had a really strong track record of success in bringing on Big Law attorneys who found our platform attractive”.

College Sports Law Specialist Moves to Barnes & Thornburg in Atlanta

Since 2019 Barnes & Thornburg’s Atlanta office has experienced incredible growth having more than doubled its ranks in the last four years, Daniel A. Cohen who has specialized in College Sports Law is the latest to join their ranks.

People in the News—Nov. 29, 2023—Pietragallo Gordon, Eckert Seamans

Law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti has announced that they will be adding two new associates to their office in Pittsburgh.

Katten Taps Chicago Office Head as Incoming Chair

The longtime managing partner of Katten’s Chicago office and co-chair of the litigation department Gil Soffer will succeed Roger Furey as chairman, this action will come into effect on July 1, 2024.

‘Deeply Honored and Proud to Serve’ Columbia Law Dean on Plans to Step Down

In a letter to the Columbia Law community, Dean Gillian Lester said that “It has been a joy to usher nine classes of graduates across the stage (albeit some virtually) who have gone on to become brilliant, skilled, empathic legal professionals equipped with the skills and tools to become the next generation of leaders in our society”, she says this looking back on her illustrious career.

On The Move: Nelson Mullins Adds Immigration Partner; Kilpatrick Gains Stroock Partner

John Jennings, a partner at Nelson Mullings is excited about the moves, stating that Nelson Mullins has a “large number of national clients” who are in need of assistance with navigating the “highly complex and evolving” legal restrictions on hiring foreign workers.

Polsinelli Adds Real Estate Finance Shareholder in Dallas

Tara Darling joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in the real estate and financial services department she was previously managing partner of the Cassin & Cassin Dallas office. Her move is a key development as the firm continues to extend its recent hiring efforts in the real estate sector.

Loeb & Loeb Elects Corporate Practice Leaders as New Firm Co-Chairs

After Kenneth Florin steps down in February, Mitchell Nussbaum and Arash Khalili will be taking over the position as co-chairs at the firm.

Willkie hires litigation counsel from Google to bolster West Coast investigations practice

Michael Rome was formerly a litigation counsel and will join as partner in the firm’s litigation department. He will be spreading his time across the firms LA and San Francisco offices.

FisherBroyles Litigation and Corporate Leaders Depart, Presaging Mass Exodus From Am Law 200’s First Distributed Firm

The former global managing partners of the firm’s litigation and global corporate practices Joel Ferdinand and Michael Pierson have resigned to start their own private venture, there is a possibility that they could be followed by almost 140 of their former colleagues.

In-House

Promotions & Appointments:

The Hartford Opts for Continuity as Longtime GC Steps Aside

Don Hunt is stepping up and taking the legal reigns over the 213-year-old company.

Cynthia Nance Named Permanent Dean of U of A Law

U of A Law Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Terry Martin stated that “her experience within the School of Law and the university, as well as her expertise in legal education and respect of the bench and bar, is unmatched,”. These kind words come as we look back on her 30-year long career at this institution.

Senate Confirms Former Prosecutor Jamel Semper as New Jersey’s Next Federal Judge

Jamel Semper who has been serving New Jersey in public service for the last fifteen years has been promoted to the federal bench. Senator Cory Booker stated, “I know he will be a fair and just jurist.”

Addleshaw Goddard Elects Managing Partner John Joyce’s Successor

Andre Johnston has been elected and this appointment will take effect on the 1st of May 2024. He has been the head of the firms practice in the Middle East and has ambitions of doubling Addleshaw Goddard in size by 2030.

Eckert Seamans Announces New Leadership in Phila., Boston, DC

Eckert Seamans Philadelphia branch is receiving new leadership as Marc stein is succeeded by Amy Snyder and Frank Emmerich.

Mergers & Alliances:

Buchalter Acquires Real Estate and Trusts Boutique

Los Angeles Based firm Buchalter has re-emphasized its commitment to making its mark in Sacramento with the acquisition of real estate and trusts boutique Trainor Fairbrook.

Greenberg Traurig Expands Health Care Practice With Brownstein Hyatt Team

After over six years at Brownstein, Erin Eiselein and Anna-Liisa Mullis are joining Greenberg Traurig as shareholders and Ishra Solieman is joining as counsel.

Office Openings & Closing:

Dechert’s Paris-Based International Arbitration Group to Break Away from Firm

The Paris office has recently shifted towards delivering, life science, tech, private assets and private capital practices, this has led to their arbitration team breaking away from the firm. As arbitration teams across the country continue to be cast aside from lucrative cases, this reaction is seemingly more likely to become the norm.

Baylor Law Launches Family Law Clinic for Pro Se Litigants

After collaborating with judges who manage most of McLennan County’s family court docket, professor Stephanie Tang has launched a new and exciting Family Law clinic.

A Cohen & Gresser Spinoff Opens in Paris to Focus on Litigation and White-Collar Defense

Henriot & Associés is the new firm in question, and they aim to stand out in an already saturated field that includes not only established specialty firms but also growing departments of Global 200 players.

Cozen Announces New Global M&A Group, Looks to Carve Out Space in Cross-Border Deals

The new practice is a sign of the firm’s recent growth in Canada.

Boies Schiller Flexner Opens in Rome

This is the firms second office in Continental Europe to have opened. The operation will be spearheaded by two partners and three associates.

Financials:

Cravath Exceeds Milbank Salary Scale for Senior Associates

This has inspired Paul Hastings and McDermott to act claiming that they will match the Cravath scale.

Paul Weiss, Dechert, Hogan, Proskauer and Baker McKenzie Match Cravath Salary Scale

Leading on from the above article this article discusses how law firms are aiming to match Cravaths scale. Paul Weiss and Baker McKenzie have claimed that they will pay “discretionary” or “premium” bonuses for high performers.

Kirkland, Quinn, Davis Polk, Wachtell and Sidley Line Up to Match Cravath Salary Scale

Many firms are pushing to match the Cravath Salary scale, Quinn Emanuel is not only joining this influx but are also projecting themselves to increase profits by more than 20% this year.

Big Law Firms Offering ‘Mixed Bag’ of Rate, Comp Structures in Emerging Markets, Including Miami

One law firm leader has been reported as saying “Our real value proposition is we provide coastal expertise at Midwestern rates,”.

Even as Billing Rates Soared, Atlanta Law Firms See Slowdown in Revenue Growth

According to a survey completed by Wells Fargo, this year law firms in Atlanta have experienced an increase in billing rates of an average of 9.5% in the 9 months building up until October, this is 1.6% higher than the growth of the wider industry.

Bankruptcy Filings Ticked Upward This Year, and Lawyers Are Expecting a Busy 2024

Joe Pack, the founding partner of Pack Law spoke on this topic of bankruptcy and the busy times the industry will face in the upcoming year. He said, “The trend in restructuring is that the lawyers are getting much more creative in what options to use to actually restructure businesses, more so than they ever have”.

Technology & Innovation:

Gen AI May Not Replace Legal Professionals, But It Will Force Them to Adapt

Lawyers are looking to history to find precedents set by technological advancements of the past, hoping that it will clarify some of the uncertainties surrounding the impact that AI will have on the legal profession.

Generative AI Boosts Speed for All Legal Work, Quality for Some, Study Finds

Professors at the University of Southern California and University of Minnesota have dubbed their research as the “premier form of randomized controlled trial studying the effects of large language models on legal analysis”.

Cybersecurity Spend Among UK Top 10 Jumps 21% as Threats Become Priority

After researching and reporting on cybersecurity, experts at PWC are arguing that law firms should incorporate an element of “human cyber risk” into their cyber strategies.

Who’s Still Pushing for AI Disclosures in Legal?

Demands for disclosure of AI use have greatly increased in recent years as the use of AI in legal and financial services have increased, some think that this could set up potential headaches for the legal industry.

With Gen AI, Is There a Machine ‘Unlearning’ Alternative That Is GDPR-Compliant?

This question comes as a response to the reality that GDPR has a “right to be forgotten”, but large language models trained on publicly available personal data do not have the option nor the ability to “forget”.

Legal Tech Rundown: Clearlaw and Tonkean Partnership, Linklaters’ Upgraded Gen AI Chatbot, and More

This is a general update on the legal tech market over the past few weeks, covering topics like new partnerships and product launches.

Diversity & Inclusion:

Dominican Judge Breaks Ground in Manhattan Appellate Term

The judge in question is the first person of Dominican descent to preside over the appellate bench.

Congress Should Amend the Diversity Statute to Address LLCs

This article discusses the controversial topic of the diversity statute and claims that congress should take action to amend it to reflect public opinion.

ABA Names Longtime Law Dean as First Woman Managing Director of Legal Ed

The person in question is Rosato Perea who has been described by the dean of Seattle University School of Law as “a brilliant and highly effective leader, a broadly experienced legal scholar, teacher and law school administrator, and a history-maker and ceiling-shatterer as one of the longest serving law deans of colour, and women law deans, in history”.

Mansfield Certification Triples in 3 Years, Signaling That Legal Departments Are Still Keen on Diversity

Diversity Lab CEO Caren Ulrich Stacy stated that “There’s nothing that makes Mansfield unlawful and it’s really low risk because these are just generally good talent practices”.

An Am Law CDO’s Take: The Impact of the Middle East Crisis on DEI in U.S. Firms

This piece discusses how the heightening of the problems in the Middle East has led to lack of compassion and tolerance on US soil amongst certain law firms.

Market Commentary:

What’s Really Driving the Business of White-Collar Defense?

This article delves into the topic of the rising activity of big white collar defence groups, asking the question is enforcement rising or are clients simply being more proactive?

Big Law Is Slowly Infiltrating Emerging Markets: The Morning Minute

This article offers the market analysis on the impact of big law on new and emerging markets.

In-House Workload Grows as Staff, Outside Spending Shrink

A study that has been undertaken by Harbor Law has argued that “Despite the widely anticipated increase in demand for legal services, only 22% of in-house teams plan to increase their use of outside counsel to handle the overflow”.

Is Singapore the Answer to US Law Firms’ Woes in Asia?

Singapore is widely seen as the gateway to practices in Southeast Asia. But is it the answer to US Law firms’ woes?

The Four Core Pillars of Law Firm Year-End Financial Planning, Part I

Without the ongoing monitoring of financial performance, firm leaders are putting themselves in a position where they are forced to blindly gamble on the outcome that their firms will stay afloat in the upcoming year, regardless of the circumstances that might be placed in front of them.

The Pressure to Match Associate Pay Raises

This article discusses the current trends in salary raise amongst associates as at least 70 law firms, mainly across the Am Law 100, have increased to $215,000 or more.

Traditional Biz Dev Methods Are Fine, Just Not Enough

This article discusses business development strategy, in particular client and lawyer relationships. Many say there is a lack of personal interest and concern towards clients by lawyers.

Global Firms in Japan Rev Up Hiring to Fill Roles and Add Practices

This news comes as a new and exciting change following a year of limited and cautious hiring in Japan caused by warnings of economic recession last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moves:

UK & Ireland

Latham Makes Double Partner Hire From Akin in London

Fergus Wheeler and Paul Yin will both join Latham’s banking practice in London and are leaving Akin after less than a year with the firm.

Kirkland Looks to Macfarlanes for Latest London Partner Hire

Kirkland & Ellis has turned to U.K. firm Macfarlanes for a new senior tax partner hire in London.

Ceinwen Rees joins Kirkland after five years at Macfarlanes, which she first joined as partner back in 2018 after a spell U.S. firm Debevoise & Plimpton.

Paul Weiss Continues Raid on Kirkland with 14th London Partner Hire

John Patten will depart Kirkland’s technology and IP transactions practice after over five years—according to a person close to the hire—two of which he spent as a partner, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, he was an associate at Linklaters for nearly five years.

Eversheds Sutherland appoints Lisa Boyd as Belfast procurement partner

Ms Boyd brings over 17 years of experience advising businesses and large organisations on all aspects of public procurement law and construction. The firm said the addition of a procurement partner to the Belfast office underscores its full-service strategy in Northern Ireland.

Mason Hayes & Curran welcomes Laura Herangi

Mason Hayes & Curran has announced the appointment of Laura Herangi as a partner and head of the firm’s data solutions group.

Ms Herangi has expertise in all areas of data retrieval and management. She primarily advises clients in the management of large-scale discovery projects, information and data gathering for regulatory and corporate investigations, and in the management of responses to data subject access requests.

IP specialist law firm FRKelly consolidates presence in Cork 

The appointment of David Keane as partner in the Cork office highlights FRKelly’s enduring investment in the region. He brings a wealth of IP experience from roles in both in-house and law firm roles.

EMEA

King & Spalding, White & Case Boost Dubai Offices With New Hires

White & Case and King & Spalding have added new partners to their growing Dubai benches in the fields of finance and real estate, respectively, as the emirate continues to remain central to regional prospects.

APAC

M&A Lawyer Departs PwC Legal for Australia’s McCullough Robertson

Natalie Kurdian has left PwC Australia as departures from the firm’s legal business continue in the wake of its tax advice scandal.

Yulchon Expands Disputes Practice with Two Prosecutor Hires in Seoul 

Big Six South Korean law firm Yulchon has further bolstered its dispute resolution practice with the double hire of Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office’s director prosecutors, Wook Jin Rha and Woo Young Choe. Rha and Cho are joining the private practice’s global white-collar crime and financial investigation teams as Seoul-brd partners, respectively.

Australian Firm Takes Projects Lawyers from White & Case, Holding Redlich

Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox has hired a project and infrastructure partner from international firm White & Case and another from an Australian firm.

Mark Montag joins from White & Case while Shaun Whittaker, along with a senior associate and another lawyer, join from Holding Redlich. All will be brd in Melbourne.

Singapore Firm Bayfront Law Lands Drew & Napier’s Disputes Director 

Bayfront Law, the Singapore Formal Law Alliance (FLA) partner of Japan’s largest law firm Nishimura & Asahi, has strengthened its dispute resolution capability with the hire of Paras Lalwani, who was most recently a director at Big Four Singapore firm Drew & Napier. Lalwani has joined Bayfront as a director and head of the firm’s international arbitration practice.

The Americas

Sidley Energy Capital Markets Partner Moves to Locke Lord

In a Big Law hire in Houston, Locke Lord has added Sidley Austin energy capital markets and corporate partner Jon Daly, who said his clients will benefit from his new firm’s expertise in the energy space, particularly in the midstream area.

Clark Hill Adds Financial Services Practice to Collin County Office With Vedder Price Shareholder

Aaron Turner joined Clark Hill on Oct. 13, after nearly three years at Vedder Price, where he helped launch the Dallas office in January 2021.

McDermott IP Trio Split to Launch Rimon’s Japan Practice, Citing Big Law Rates

Three of McDermott Will & Emery’s longtime IP partners have relocated to distributed firm Rimon P.C., citing their new firm’s greater flexibility on rates.

Partners Tomoki Tanida, Takashi Saito and Michael “Mike” Fogarty arrived at Rimon’s Northern Virginia office Oct. 23, bringing a team of five patent agents, staff and a 100% Japanese clientele from the Am Law 50 firm, lawyers at the firm said. Their moves fuel Rimon’s growth in the IP space and help it launch a new Japan practice.

Dentons, Bracewell and Polsinelli Add to Partner Benches in DC

Polsinelli brought on a three-lawyer real estate team from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough to join the firm’s real estate practice group. The team—including shareholder Anitra Androh, shareholder Tim Donovan and associate Reid Mene—represents commercial real estate clients in transactions involving the acquisition, disposition and development of mixed-use, commercial and residential projects.

Dentons hired partner Seamus Curley from dissolving firm Stroock.

Pa. Firms Among Those Picking Up Talent From Dissolving Ward Greenberg

Buffalo-brd Hodgson Russ and Atlanta-brd Freeman Mathis & Gary are each taking their share of the mid-Atlantic litigation boutique Ward Greenberg, divvying up the firm’s 19 lawyers across its four offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey effective January 1, 2024.

Hodgson Russ announced its acquisition, led by firm co-founder Eric Ward, on Tuesday, taking over Ward Greenberg’s existing Rochester lease and adding 10 litigators to its commercial litigation practice. Freeman Mathis, meanwhile, is bringing on nine attorneys, including the firm’s other founder Edward Greenberg, from Ward Greenberg’s Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey offices, similarly taking responsibility for the firm’s leases until they come due. Hodgson Russ and Freeman Mathis will be incorporating the firm’s administrative staff as well.

On the Move and After Hours: K&L Gates; Porzio; Capehart Scatchard; Sherman Atlas; Sills Cummis

K&L Gates welcomed Jennifer Mazawey as a partner in the real estate practice area in the Newark office, according to an announcement by the firm. Mazawey joins the firm from Genova Burns, where she worked for over 20 years.

Blank Rome Adds Former Federal Prosecutor to Pittsburgh Office

Blank Rome has added former assistant U.S. attorney Yvonne Saadi to its Pittsburgh office, expanding its commercial litigation and white-collar capabilities.

Saadi is the 24th lateral addition brought on to the firm this year, joining former federal appellate and district court Judge Timothy K. Lewis at the firm’s Pittsburgh office.

Paul Hastings Continues Growing Funds Practice, Landing Partner from Skadden

Anna Rips, who was at Skadden for 17 years, is the eighth partner to join Paul Hastings’ funds practice in the last nine months.

In-House

Biden’s Former Chief of Staff Leaves O’Melveny for Airbnb

Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s former chief of staff and longtime Democratic political operative, will leave O’Melveny & Myers after seven months to become chief legal officer at Airbnb on Jan. 1.

Klain left the White House in February and two months later rejoined the Washington, D.C., office of O’Melveny, where he was a partner from 1999 to 2004. He returned after O’Melveny chair Brad Butwin recruited him to lead the firm’s new crisis management practice.

Ailing Tupperware Rehires Legal Chief After Replacing CEO

As it struggles for survival, Tupperware Brands, the once-iconic maker of airtight storage containers, has restored Karen Sheehan to her former role as chief legal officer, three months after she abruptly announced her resignation.

Fintech Veteran Tapped as GC of Pipedrive

Phillip Mellet will head worldwide legal for customer relationship software firm Pipedrive. Mellet currently is GC of Nashville, Tennessee-brd digital insurance broker Healthpilot.

Lesley Wan Exits FBN Bank for GC Role in Banking Venture

The First Bank of Nigeria’s general counsel in the U.K., Lesley Wan, has departed from her position to join banking venture All Africa Capital.

Promotions & Appointments:

‘I’m Eager to Build on Successes’: BCLP Names Next UK Managing Partner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has named its next U.K. managing partner, Jinal Shah, after elevating its current London head, Segun Osuntokun, to global senior partner.

Both roles will take effect on January 1, 2024.

Gleiss Lutz Elects New Managing Partners

Ralf Morshäuser and Johann Wagner will jointly lead the firm and will take office from January 1, 2024.

Geoff Moore to continue as head of Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox managing partner Geoff Moore has been reappointed to serve a second four-year term. Mr Moore has served as the firm’s managing partner since 2019 and as a partner since 2007. Prior to his current role, he served as co-head of the firm’s corporate/M&A group, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory work for leading corporates.

People in the News—Nov. 20, 2023—Pollock Begg, Duffy + Fulginiti

Pittsburgh divorce lawyer and Pollock Begg partner Brian C. Vertz was named president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation for a two-year term, beginning this afternoon.

Vertz will lead the AAML Foundation in making grants to agencies that assist needy families and children facing domestic violence, parental conflict and barriers to legal services. The foundation makes annual charitable grants from the donations of fellows of the AAML, a national group of 1,600 top family lawyers.

People in the News—Nov. 21, 2023—Lamb McErlane, Rosen & Perry, Capehart Scatchard

Lamb McErlane announced that partner Steve E. Jarmon has been appointed by the federal judges of the District of Delaware to serve on its Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel.

The CJA panel is composed of a group of experienced private attorneys to represent individuals in federal criminal cases who are financially unable to retain counsel. Jarmon currently serves on the CJA panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, since he was selected in 2021.

Morris Nichols Partner Inducted Into Estate Planning Hall of Fame

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell announced that partner Todd Flubacher has been inducted into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC).

This recognition, conferred as part of the class of 2023, celebrates Flubacher’s lifetime achievements and dedicated service to the estate planning field.

NY Court Leaders Pick Antonio Seda to Head Bias Investigations

The New York court system on Tuesday named longtime Metropolitan Transportation Authority attorney Antonio Seda managing inspector general for bias matters within the Office of Court Administration.

NY Judicial Watchdog Gets New Member From Big Law

New York Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt, R-Lockport, has appointed Attorney Brian C. Doyle, co-managing shareholder of the Long Island office of Greenberg Traurig, to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

People in the News—Nov. 22, 2023—King Spry, Tucker Arensberg

King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul announced that attorney Dorota Gasienica-Kozak has been named a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA).

Former Deputy Public Defender Ash Kalra Named Chair of Assembly Judiciary Committee

In his seven years in the Legislature, Kalra has worked to amend criminal justice procedures and to enact labor-friendly measures.

Diageo General Counsel Named Interim Chair of Comic Relief

Drinks giant Diageo’s general counsel Tom Shropshire, who was previously Linklaters’ U.S. head, has been named interim chair of British charity Comic Relief.

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Office Openings & Closing:

Am Law 200 Boom in Miami Picks Up Steam, as Dinsmore Enters With Lewis Brisbois Group

Miami is continuing to attract Am Law 200 firms, with Dinsmore & Shohl the latest to launch in the city by adding a six-partner litigation team from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.

Dinsmore, a Cincinnati-founded firm that ranked No. 114 in the Am Law 200 this year, had already doubled down in Florida this year, adding an office in Orlando by merging with a boutique there. The firm also has a location in Tampa.

Brazil’s Lefosse Launches Office in Brasília to Handle More Federal Work

Leading full-service Brazilian law firm Lefosse has opened an office in Brazil’s capital, anchored by a partner who joined earlier this year from the country’s Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Miura & Partners Announces Fourth International Office Launch This Year

The firm’s plans to open in Vietnam follows its opening of three other international offices in San Francisco, Jakarta and London in recent months.

Financials:

Wachtell Seeks Balance Between ‘Continuity and Change’

For the first time in 17 years, there’s new leadership at storied mergers and acquisitions law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, with Andrew Nussbaum and William Savitt replacing Ed Herlihy and Daniel Neff as co-chairs.

But other big changes may not be in store. The Wall Street firm may keep its same approach in firm operations for as long as possible, whether it’s the firm’s lockstep compensation system, partnership structure or practice-area focus.

Litigation Boutique Gives 175% Above-Market Bonuses

Washington, D.C.-brd litigation boutique Wilkinson Stekloff announced it will give 175% above-market bonuses for each associate class year, starting at $26,250 for the class of 2023 and topping out at $201,250 for the class of 2016 and beyond, founding partner Beth Wilkinson confirmed to The National Law Journal on Monday.

Pennsylvania Firms on Track to Hit National Averages in Revenue, See Success in Collections

Pennsylvania’s legal market, in which Philadelphia-brd firms play an outsized role, has largely kept pace with the national trendline of modest revenue growth through the first nine months of 2023, according to two recent surveys from Citi Bank and Wells Fargo, with firms in the region having greater success on collections thus far this year compared to national averages.

Citi’s Global Wealth at Work Law Firm Group surveyed 11 Pennsylvania-headquartered firms and found 3.9% revenue growth in the region through the third quarter, compared to 4.8% revenue growth nationwide. Wells Fargo, meanwhile, surveyed six firms headquartered in Philadelphia and found their 4.5% revenue growth was almost identical to the 4.6% nationwide figure.

‘Wait-and-See Mode’ for Associate Pay: Law Firms in DC Bide Time

Despite Milbank announcing earlier this month a $10,000 raise in associate salaries and a match to last year’s year-end bonuses, law firms in Washington, D.C., like others across the country, are still waiting to see what other firms will do before making a final decision of their own, legal observers say.

Multiple legal observers indicated that it is likely D.C. firms will ultimately match Milbank’s move, but they aren’t expected to be “leading the charge,” as many remain in a “wait-and-see mode” for what other market leaders, such as Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Davis Polk & Wardwell, do first.

Slower Collections Hamper Revenue Growth In Fla. Law Firms As Year End Approaches

For the first time this year, revenues at Florida law firms did not outpace the national average, according to a nationwide survey studying legal industry trends.

In fact, Florida saw the lowest revenue growth out of any market singled out in the latest quarterly survey conducted by the Wells Fargo Legal Specialty Group. And while revenue shrunk, expenses kept growing along with headcount.

How Can Law Firms ‘Crack the Nuts on Collections’ While Closing Out 2023?

Law firms have already turned up the volume on their push to get paid on time this year, especially in the lead-up to the fourth quarter. But with clients taking longer to pay bills and firms’ ability to meet budget goals hinging on successful year-end collections, law firms will do everything in their control to get cash in the door by Dec. 31, analysts say.

That includes everything in the pandemic era playbook—recording time more frequently, reviewing and sending out bills earlier, and staying in front of clients more than usual. But it can also include setting up milestone payments on next year’s work, negotiating closer to the sticker price, or using discounts to incentivize payment of outstanding bills, particularly as clients try to hold onto cash longer in a high-interest environment.

New York Law Firms See Good News, But Still Have Some Cause for Concern

New York law firms this year have seen a better demand picture than peers across the country, but they also have some reason to be concerned, including trailing revenue growth and increasing expenses, according to third-quarter bank reports about the legal market in the Empire State.

Overall, the nine-month results from Citi Global Wealth at Work Law Firm Group and Wells Fargo Legal Specialty Group show the legal industry increasing revenue as a whole by the third quarter, partly due to rising billing rates. But firms’ overall profits will depend on how much they can collect on their bills.

DC Law Firms on Road to Finish Strong 2023, Amid Billing Rate and Demand Growth

Law firms in Washington, D.C., are on track for a successful year, profiting from increased demand for antitrust and regulatory practices and surging billing rates in the first nine months of this year, according to bank survey of law firms.

Technology & Innovation:

Slaughter and May Launches Tech Group

Slaughter and May is launching a new technology, digital, data and IP (TDDI) group, as well as a technology cross-stream practice.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the TDDI group will include the firm’s existing IP, information technology and data privacy groups, according to a firm statement.

All Eyes on GenAI for Slaughter and May’s Latest Collaborate Round

Slaughter and May is on the lookout for products with a focus on generative AI for its latest legal tech programme.

The latest 12-week programme, dubbed Collaborate, will select a number of businesses to receive feedback and mentoring, as well access to the firm’s industry connections and its client innovation network.

OpenAI’s Unique Corporate Structure May Have Been Recipe for Trouble

The mind-spinning developments at OpenAI since Friday are a cautionary tale for the legion of companies that have become interested in mixing traditional business with altruism, a prominent corporate governance expert said.

Mass Resignations Could Gut OpenAI’s Legal Department

OpenAI’s legal department would be severely diminished if scores of OpenAI attorneys follow through with threats to leave the company and join ousted CEO Sam Altman at Microsoft.

The lawyers, many of them hired in just the last few months, say they’re prepared to quit unless the six-person OpenAI board resigns. The board outraged most of the company’s 770 rank-and-file workers by abruptly firing Altman Friday afternoon.

Altman Was Out, Until He Wasn’t: Lessons Learned From OpenAI’s Leadership Drama

Legaltech News caught up with some industry insiders to discuss OpenAI’s head-spinning leadership changes from the past week, ranging from the board’s ousting of Sam Altman to reinstating him as CEO as of Nov. 21.

Can Lawyers Trust AI?

There’s been no shortage of news in the legal world surrounding artificial intelligence and what it means for lawyers and the legal landscape. While some lawyers reject the concept, others have embraced it and reported positive experiences. The main risk for lawyers, though, is that there are serious concerns about whether open-source AI is a reliable tool.

Antitrust Regulators Poised to Pounce as AI Firms Jostle for Dominance

At its first developer conference earlier this month, OpenAI—whose biggest backer is Microsoft—unveiled an update to ChatGPT whose new features for its paying users, like the ability to read PDFs, threaten to wipe out small startups that built their businesses around filling a gap in ChatGPT’s functionality.

Law’s Lightbulb Moment: Why AI Needs More Time to Develop

The adoption of AI into law will be gradual, not sudden, and we are probably still waiting for that perfect product to arrive.

A Roadmap for AI Success In Modern Legal Firms, Part 2

The use and integration of technology into the practice of law is among the most exciting and controversial subjects being addressed in law firms, courtrooms and law schools everywhere. The reality of AI is causing many legal professionals to wonder whether they may be replaced by the ever-evolving technology.

At a September panel discussion sponsored by the Miami Dade Bar Association Law and Technology Committee, the experts unanimously concluded that AI will not replace lawyers, but lawyers who use AI effectively will replace lawyers who don’t. Panelists included Stephanie Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief of Legaltech News, Steve Salkin, Editor-in-Chief of Law Journal Newsletters, and Ralph Losey, Esq. of Losey Law, PLLC.

A Spooky Fall: 5 Recent Cybersecurity Incidents and Shortcomings in the Legal Market

Legaltech News looked back at some of the significant cybersecurity incidents from this fall, from “lax” practices to evolving strategies from bad actors.

Are Legal Proceedings, Courts and Laws Ready for the Rise of Deepfakes?

Panelists from the CIA, Relativity and the Institute for Advanced Study came together during the Toledo Bar Association’s “Utilization of AI Applications in the Legal System and Throughout the Nation” webinar to explore how generative AI is infiltrating the legal market.

Inventorship and Patentability of Artificial Intelligence-Based Inventions

The quandary is whether an AI platform that assists in creating an invention should be named as an inventor in a patent. For example, an AI-powered system may be employed pharmaceutically to identify molecular compounds in the discovery of a newly invented drug, without much human involvement. Does such AI assistance rise to the level of inventorship?

5 Jurisdictions, 5 AI Approaches: How AI Regulation is Shaping Up Globally

Jurisdictions differ on their approach to AI governance, from some countries taking a more hands off approach to others looking to pass new AI legislation.

Diversity & Inclusion:

Morris James Partner Speaks at Human Resource Management Conference

The Delaware Society for Human Resource Management (DE-SHRM) conference was held on Nov. 14-15 and provided a platform for HR professionals and industry leaders to discuss the latest workplace trends and challenges, and Morris James partner Jim McMackin was a panelist on the “Legislative and Legal” panel.

The event, themed as “Leading HR in a Boundaryless World,” brought together over 300 attendees.

In the Face of Affirmative Action: Persisting With Law Firm Diversity Efforts

The legal industry must press ahead aggressively to achieve better representation in business for all demographic groups.

Market Commentary:

Preparing for Transition: Building the Leadership Pipeline

The recent rash of leadership transitions may have just recently caught the eye of the media, yet this conversation has dominated executive and policy committee discussions for some time. There is a dearth of up-and-coming leaders due in large part to the baby bust, or significantly smaller size of Gen X, sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and millennials. This generational phenomenon has left many firms with two choices—allow senior leaders to hold the reins longer than planned (or desired); or encourage younger leaders to take on roles for which they may not yet have the training and experience.

Professionalism as Interpretation

A good part of the lawyerly trade is learning how to manipulate rules and make fine distinctions—after all, law is an argumentative discipline. But what does that mean within the parameters of what we’re calling the virtuous practice of law?

Legal Tech Veteran Rick Hellers Discusses Return to the Industry, Market Evolution

Longtime legal technology veteran Rick Hellers, who came out of retirement to start a new role at Scan Logic, talked to Legaltech News about what the industry is still lacking in all these years later, and what it’s doing well.

The Ethics of Lawyer Movement

This article considers a recent opinion from the New York City Bar Association Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics Opinion 2023-1 on the topic of attorneys departing from a law firm.

Back to the Office You Go! Issues Impacting Remote Work in a Post-Pandemic World

Employees now comfortable (and even excelling) with working from home may face new challenges if employers mandate a return to the office.

Countercyclical and Regulatory Practices Dominate Partner Promotions in 2023

Big Law is minting more partners in regulatory and countercyclical practices than it did last year, according to an American Lawyer analysis of 23 Am Law 100 firms that already announced promotions this fall.

Debt finance promotions rose 36% from 2022 while tax partner elections were up 29%. The group of firms doubled regulatory partner promotions in 2023 and tripled promotions in antitrust. Health care and FDA practices added 25% more partners.

Big Fish, Small Ponds: How Big Law Is Slowly Infiltrating Emerging Markets

From Kirkland & Ellis kicking off a wave of elite firms moving into Salt Lake City to Holland & Knight becoming Nashville’s largest law firm overnight, Big Law firms have set their sights on developing markets.

Are the Google, Amazon Suits This Generation’s Microsoft?

The claims against the online search engine and etailer bear limited similarity to the case against the personal computer giant, antitrust attorneys and law professors say.

A Glimpse Into 2024’s M&A Market

With December closing in, the traditional end-of-year deal flurry has arrived on time. But it has a slightly different look to previous years, which may point to how the economy will look in 2024, and the type of work law firms will be getting.

2023 has been mostly unkind to deal markets. High interest rates and inflation have driven funds to explore growth sectors that in years prior they wouldn’t have had much to do with.

Should Allen & Overy Pay the Ransom?

The firm has been hacked by one of the world’s most infamous hacking groups and is likely to be facing ransom demands if it wants to avoid having data published on the dark web as soon as next week.

Singapore’s Promise Proves Slow to Deliver for Law Firm Entrants

Faced with a down market and increasing competition in Singapore, will new law firm entrants be forced to reevaluate their hopes for Southeast Asia? Lawyers say their sector focus is the secret sauce but is it too little too late?

Rethinking Law Firm Workplaces in the Age of Hybrid Work

Bringing the office ‘buzz’ back and enhancing employee experience is crucial to making everyone feel that their commute is worthwhile, argues Carlos Posada at Gensler.

The Challenger Law Firm Which Puts Staff Before Clients

Happy staff mean happy clients, says pwc Locke managing partner Nick Humphrey, whose firm spent over A$1 million last year on staff development and training programs.

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