UK & Ireland
Following a recent departure, the firm has welcomed a new hire, reflecting the dynamism of London’s job market in the New Year.
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.
While no longer a full-fledged participant, the firm retains an advisory role with the charter through their “dialogue partner” status.
It was a short-lived tenure at Freshfields, just 18 months.
Veteran Paul Hastings restructuring partner David Ereira has joined Quinn Emanuel in London.
‘As a partner of an international firm, you are constantly confronted with issues of conflicts of interest,’ said Michael Bühler.
The new legal chief of the private equity giant occupies a senior partner role at A&O Amsterdam.
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.
Italian firms have been strengthening their M&A, private equity, energy and infrastructure teams, anticipating an increase in transactional and reconstruction work.
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.
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.
Following partner departures last year, the firm welcomes the new hires.
Dentons welcomes Edmund Burke to their Brisbane office as he exits Holding Redlich.
Lewis Silkin welcomes new joiner Kenix Yuen as Bonnie Yung welcomes Bonnie Yung.
Previously, Justin O’Callaghan served McInnes Wilson Lawyers as principal in Australia.
Prior to joining the firm, Jason Nelms served at Morrison Foerster whereas Claudine Salameh served at Norton Rose Fulbright.
New corporate partners have been appointed by both Eric Chow & Co and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.
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.
The Capitol’s doors keep spinning this week as lawyers shuffle between Big Law and the federal government.
On the heels of a team exit including Pat Cipollone, ex-White House counsel, Thomas O’Brien’s Ellis George departure was announced.
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.
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.
Tammy Davies exists Paul Hastings to join MoFo as partner in their finance group.
Christopher Strah joins McNees Wallace & Nurick as their director of marketing. Meanwhile, Mark Kadzielski joins Nossaman’s health care group.
Irwin Altschuler’s return bolsters the practice’s capabilities in the region, following a Mexico City January hire.
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.
“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.”
Neil Laventure’s departure from Haleon/GSK and Belgian bike start-up Cowboy’s first GC are among the In-House moves.
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:
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.
“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.”
10% RPL increase and a 2023 12%+ increase in PEP, projects Brian Waldman, ArentFox’s new managing partner.
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:
“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.
Under the Dailey LLP name, the combined firm boasts 14 attorneys, four of whom are from Levan.
The launch welcomes two ex-Ince partners as well as three associates.
Office Openings & Closing:
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.
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.
The growth in Saudi Arabia and UAE’s importance to international firms is further highlighted by the latest move.
According to an inside source, the firm’s new 70,000 ft² HQ will be a 40% increase from their current premises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 industry experts have made their predictions for the regulation and implementation of artificial intelligence and other technologies in 2024.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experts in the legal sector forecast the state of data governance, knowledge management, and artificial intelligence (AI) 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.
The legal sector projects its expectations for 2024 in a number of areas, including the economy, market consolidation, developing technologies, and technological prices.
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”.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.”
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.
Research indicates that working mothers’ morale sharply declines after three months, despite numerous industry efforts to mitigate these effects.
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.
Thai domestic and regional law firms have expanded their global capabilities as a result of an increasing number of Thai enterprises purchasing abroad properties.
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.
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.
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.