Fides Weekly Update – 31st May 2019

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This week:

1). Consolidation in Italy as top firms agree to merge

On Saturday, the partnership at BonelliErede, Slaughter and May’s Italian best friend firm, unanimously voted to merge with litigation and corporate independent Lombardi e Associati, growing its headcount to 750 to make it the largest firm in Italy.

From July, the firm will take on around 70 legal professionals, including 21 partners, across litigation, corporate, banking and administrative law. This includes Lombardi’s head Giuseppe Lombardi, who will co-lead Bonelli’s litigation team.

The move was not without some fallout however, with a team of 15 corporate lawyers led by partners Antonio Segni and Andrea Mazziotti leaving Lombardi for Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners, Bonelli’s main rival.

Private equity specialist, Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners also recruited an eight-strong team from Lombadi, including energy and infrastructure partner Carla Mambretti and co-head of project finance Nicola Gaglione.

Alongside Gianni and 300-lawyer Chiomenti, Bonelli is regarded as one of Italy’s top three independent firms. Key mandates the firm acted on in recent months include the €50bn merger between French lens manufacturer Essilor and Italy’s Luxottica.

Engineered to strengthen Bonelli’s litigation offering, the merger is a rare exception in the Italian market characterised by individualism rather than instances of consolidation.

However, the boutique-led nature of the Italian market has also meant firms have traditionally been over-reliant on one or two top partners to secure their success, making it difficult to grow. Despite expanding abroad, especially in the Mediterranean, Africa and the Middle East, Bonelli’s revenue has remained flat at an estimated €160m.


2). Movers & Shakers


Panel Watch

Three Firms Drop Off TfL Legal Panel



Monzo brings in Barclays legal head to lead new product strategy

Withers appoints Geneva chief as its second female chair

Linklaters appoints new Global practice head for Competition and Antitrust

Linklater’s Asia COO returns to London as Director of Legal Operations



Dentons grows London finance team with Simmons hire

Dentons has further bulked up its banking and finance practice with the hire of Simmons & Simmons partner Simon Middleton.

Eversheds Sutherland Launches in Chicago With Double Hire

Eversheds Sutherland has launched in Chicago with Marc Benjamin from White & Case and Kirkland & Ellis partner Susan Kai

Baker McKenzie Expands in Singapore With Linklaters Hire

Former Linklaters capital markets counsel Xavier Amadei joins Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow as a local principal

DLA brings in Taylor Wessing operations chief for new role

DLA Piper has hired former Taylor Wessing chief operating officer Rachel Reid in a newly-created position

DLA Piper Picks Up Projects Partner in Singapore From Freshfields

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Vincent Seah joins the global legal giant as a partner

PwC Loses Partner in Sydney to Australia’s HWL Ebsworth

Employment law specialist Tim Frost leaves Big Four for Australian local firm

WorldRemit GC exits for new fintech start-up after three years

GC at online money transfer business WorldRemit Sam Ross exits for new role at FinTech start up ComplyAdvantage


Mergers & Alliances

US Investment Giant Buys 8% Stake in Gordon Dadds Group

Ince Gordon Dadds Rebrands as ‘Ince’


Partner Promotions

Debevoise Makes Up Largest Ever London Partner Cohort

Schillings promote three to partnership



New York firms dominate the RPL rankings as US firms hit new London revenue high


Inclusion & Diversity

Kirkland Hires Lawyer Turned Therapist to Lead New Wellness Effort

Is The Gender Pay Gap Working as Well as Intended?

Is the Legal Industry Ready for a Culture Shift on Mental Health?


Technology and Innovation

DLA Piper Becomes Latest Target in Email Scam Surge

The Top Tech Programmes: A Firm-By-Firm Guide
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