The Global Legal Post has compiled a comprehensive timeline to track the development of firms environmental, social, and governance initiatives globally. Most recently, De Berti Jacchia became the first Italian firm to become an official partner of ESG standards body the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). While a number of law firms use the GRI’s standards, the only law firms listed as partners are De Berti Jacchia and Baker McKenzie.
Matthew Skinner, international arbitration partner, has joined Shearman & Sterling from Jones Day.
Emma-Jane Dalley joins DAC Beachcroft from Veale Wasbrough Wizards, where she headed the charity sector at the firm.
David Whittaker will join the firms tax and wealth planning group from Baker McKenzie.
Matthew Griffin, formerly of White & Case, joins Mayer Brown.
Judith Krens, life sciences patent specialist, moves from Taylor Wessing to become the 5th partner appointed in the Amsterdam Office.
Enrico Maria Mancuso joins the firm from Pedersoli, bringing with him Federico Bracalente, a senior associate, associate Marco Mariotti, and trainee Sofia Ricasola Firidolfi.
Morgan Lewis has continued to expand its bench of former government officials with Kelly Gibson, who will join the securities enforcement team.
The 5-partner strong team of Randy Eckers, Michael Estreicher, Talia Martin, Alexander Sokoloff, and Samuel Lee have joined Reed Smith from Akerman LLP, bringing 5 associates and 1 consultant with them.
Josefina Garcia Pedroviejo joines Perez-Llorca from Ashurst to lead its financial services practice.
Chris DeCresce joins Paul Hastings New York office as the Vice Chair of the securities and capital markets practice from Covington & Burling.
Allen & Overy have hired George Cannon, Akin Gump’s head of energy regulation, markets, and enforcement in Washington, D.C.
Deborah Renner, commercial litigation expert, will rejoin Dentons as a partner.
Eversheds Sutherland has hired Sebastian Bonneau from Winston & Strawn to boost their data centre experience for their clients.
Peter Cohen-Millstein and Megan Ridley-Kaye have joined Hogan Lovells’ energy and natural resources group.
Katie Hull, formerly of Sheppard Mullin, joins McGuire Woods.
Stephanie Teicher has joined Latham & Watkins from Skadden Arps in New York.
Crystal Walls rejoins Dentons after being the Assistant General counsel at Bayer Properties for three years.
DLA Piper has hired Matthew Jacobs and Jessica Heim into their San Francisco office.
Promotions & Appointments:
In the Singapore office, Clarinda Tija-Dharmadi has been appointed as the Asia Chair of the Transactions Practice to lead the Pan-Asian build out of its energy and infrastructure practice.
Dentons has appointed Aragon St-Charles as its first global head of ESG, joining from Hogan Lovells Tokyo office.
CEO Paul Jenkins will continue to lead the firm for another four years, alongside recently-appointed chair Karen Davies.
UK-based Dan Wales has joined Xakia Technologies to support their expansion across the EMEA region.
Office Openings & Closings:
Three Crowns has hired Daryl Chew, head of Shearman & Sterling’s Singapore office, to lead the launch of their first Asia Pacific office.
“Fieldfisher X”, a dedicated legal tech unit, has launched n Berlin with five lawyers and three partners, with the expectation of growing the unit to 50 people.
HFW has launched in Denmark with the hire of leading shipping Lawyer, Jens Mathiasen.
Detroit-based Dykema Gossett has hired Isaac Villareal and Andy Green, two business litigators, to launch their fifth Texas office and 14th in the US.
The Glasgow hub has been redesigned in a way which reduces the overall desk capacity by 40% as the firm reinvents how the office will be used in conjunction with hybrid working.
African regional firm Bennani has opened an office in the Democratic Republic of Congo, its fifth office across the continents Francophone countries.
The firm’s Old Broad Street office has recorded $445m in revenue, up 12% from last years’ $397m. This growth was mirrored across the firm’s 45 global offices in 31 countries.
The US Firms London salary figure will now stand at £160,000, rising from £145,000.
Eversheds NQ salaries will rise in London by 15.8% to £95,000 and in the regions it will increase by 24% to £62,000.
Squire’s London NQ salaries will increase by 12% to £95,000 and in the regions it will increase by 10% to £55,000.
Dechert have raised NQ salaries 12%, to £140,000, putting them on par with White & Case.
Technology & Innovation:
About 97% of in-house counsels believe they have taken on more responsibility within their company’s tech ecosystem.
Hengeler Mueller, Slaughter and May, and Hogan Lovells have helped Meta clear a major regulatory hurdle in Germany as the company finalizes its near $1bn acquisition of customer service platform Kustomer.
Diversity & Inclusion:
This scheme adopts a bottom-up approach, allowing trainees and associates to pick the training that suits them at dispute resolution townhalls twice a year.
More than 20 regional and national Canadian law firms have sent an open letter to the federal government, calling on them to uphold their commitments to resettle refugees from Afghanistan in Canada.