Weekly Update – 18th February 2022

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.


This week:



Shearman & Sterling Expands International Arbitration Offering

Matthew Skinner, international arbitration partner, has joined Shearman & Sterling from Jones Day.

DAC Beachcroft hires charity law partner to its market-leading health sector practice

Emma-Jane Dalley joins DAC Beachcroft from Veale Wasbrough Wizards, where she headed the charity sector at the firm.

Mishcon de Reya—David Whittaker

David Whittaker will join the firms tax and wealth planning group from Baker McKenzie.

Matthew Griffin joins Mayer Brown’s investment funds practice in London

Matthew Griffin, formerly of White & Case, joins Mayer Brown.

Pinsent Masons appoints third life sciences partner in Amsterdam

Judith Krens, life sciences patent specialist, moves from Taylor Wessing to become the 5th partner appointed in the Amsterdam Office.

Herbert Smith Freehills Hires Four-Strong Corporate Crime and Investigations Team in Milan

Enrico Maria Mancuso joins the firm from Pedersoli, bringing with him Federico Bracalente, a senior associate, associate Marco Mariotti, and trainee Sofia Ricasola Firidolfi.

SEC Veteran Kelly Gibson to Join Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis has continued to expand its bench of former government officials with Kelly Gibson, who will join the securities enforcement team.

 Reed Smith welcomes highly-touted NY real estate finance 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.

Ashurst’s investment funds lead in Madrid heads to local firm

Josefina Garcia Pedroviejo joines Perez-Llorca from Ashurst to lead its financial services practice.

Securities & Capital Markets and Fintech Leader Joins Paul Hastings

Chris DeCresce joins Paul Hastings New York office as the Vice Chair of the securities and capital markets practice from Covington & Burling.

Allen & Overy adds another Akin Gump energy partner in Washington DC

Allen & Overy have hired George Cannon, Akin Gump’s head of energy regulation, markets, and enforcement in Washington, D.C.

Former FINRA Principal Counsel Deborah Renner rejoins Dentons in New York

Deborah Renner, commercial litigation expert, will rejoin Dentons as a partner.

Growing our Data Centre experience and capability- News – Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has hired Sebastian Bonneau from Winston & Strawn to boost their data centre experience for their clients.

Linklaters M&A New York Duo Jump to Hogan Lovells

Peter Cohen-Millstein and Megan Ridley-Kaye have joined Hogan Lovells’ energy and natural resources group.

Deal Lawyer Katie Hull Joins McGuireWoods’ Global Private Equity Team in Dallas

Katie Hull, formerly of Sheppard Mullin, joins McGuire Woods.

Leading Private Equity Finance Partner Joins Latham & Watkins in New York

Stephanie Teicher has joined Latham & Watkins from Skadden Arps in New York.

Dentons welcomes back Crystal H. Walls to Real Estate practice in Birmingham

Crystal Walls rejoins Dentons after being the Assistant General counsel at Bayer Properties for three years.

Experienced former DOJ prosecutor Matthew Jacobs and investigations lawyer Jessica Heim join DLA Piper’s Litigation practice in Northern California

DLA Piper has hired Matthew Jacobs and Jessica Heim into their San Francisco office.

Promotions & Appointments:

McDermott Will & Emery Continue Expansion with International Project Development and Finance Partner Hire

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 hires new ESG head from Hogan Lovells

Dentons has appointed Aragon St-Charles as its first global head of ESG, joining from Hogan Lovells Tokyo office.

Ashurst extends CEO’s reign until 2026

CEO Paul Jenkins will continue to lead the firm for another four years, alongside recently-appointed chair Karen Davies.

Australia’s Xakia Technologies hires UK legaltech entrepreneur to lead EMEA growth

UK-based Dan Wales has joined Xakia Technologies to support their expansion across the EMEA region.


Office Openings & Closings:

Three Crowns secures Shearman & Sterling’s Singapore head to launch first Asia office

Three Crowns has hired Daryl Chew, head of Shearman & Sterling’s Singapore office, to lead the launch of their first Asia Pacific office.

Fieldfisher Launches Mass Litigation and Legal Tech Unit in Germany

“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 hires leading shipping lawyer for Denmark launch

HFW has launched in Denmark with the hire of leading shipping Lawyer, Jens Mathiasen.

Dykema hires two litigators from McCathern to spearhead Houston launch

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.

Ashurst overhauls Glasgow office in post-pandemic redesign

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.

Bennani & Associés moves into Central Africa with Kinshasa office launch

African regional firm Bennani has opened an office in the Democratic Republic of Congo, its fifth office across the continents Francophone countries.



White & Case posts double-digit growth as City revenue nears $450m

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.

Fried Frank ups NQ pay by 10 per cent

The US Firms London salary figure will now stand at £160,000, rising from £145,000.

Eversheds NQs: Regional salaries rise by a quarter in latest hike

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.

Squires’ City NQ pay rises to £95,000

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 boosts NQ salary by 12 per cent

Dechert have raised NQ salaries 12%, to £140,000, putting them on par with White & Case.


Technology & Innovation:

In-house legal teams are taking on more tech-related responsibilities, new survey finds

About 97% of in-house counsels believe they have taken on more responsibility within their company’s tech ecosystem.

Heavyweight Trio Helps Meta Clear Regulatory Hurdle In $1B German Acquisition

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:

Simmons & Simmons’ new disputes head sets out training plans

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.

‘We Must Do More’: Canadian Top Law Firms Call on Government to Honor Its Promise to Resettle Afghans

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.


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