The Lawyer has created a live blog to capture important developments occurring in Ukraine, particularly how it relates to the legal world. So far, many international firms such as Baker McKenzie, Dentons, and CMS have closed their Kyiv offices, with Central and Eastern European firms like Kinstellar doing the same.
Ropes & Gray have established a pro-bono support group to provide legal assistance to individuals and families in Ukraine. The group will be led by Boston-based employment partner Jenny Rikoski; in 2019 she represented families affected on the southern border of the United States during the US government’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy for controlling the country’s borders.
Joanne Owens returns to Eversheds Sutherland after being at Allen & Overy for five years.
Alexander Slade joins Mishcon de Reya from Vinson Elkin.
Annie Herdman, EU & Competition Partner, joins Ropes & Gray from Kirkland & Ellis.
Christian Halasz joins the Stuttgart-headquartered firm after seven years with Akin Gump.
James Channo, formerly of Fox Williams, joins Ince’s corporate team.
Eric Lim will join Goodwin’s real estate industry practice on March 1.
Elizabeth Dryer, Thomas Bednar, and Sophie Smith have joined the New York, Washington, D.C., and London offices respectively.
Patrick Gerry, Real Estate Partner, joins Eversheds Sutherland’s Paris office from Ashurst.
Dr. Katharina Stuber is set to join Baker McKenzie from Allen & Overy in March.
Xavier Amadei joins Herbert Smith Freehills’ Singapore office from Baker McKenzie.
Nanyi Kaluma has rejoined Willkie in Brussels after 15 years at Allen & Overy.
Andrew Russell, formerly of Fox Rothschild, joins McGuireWoods in their Century City office.
Paul Scrivano is the latest partner to join the Wall Street firm after it ditched its pure lockstep to go on the recruiting offensive in 2020.
Samaa Haridi joins the Atlanta-based firm after secen years at Hogan Lovells in New York.
Li-Chien Wong is set to join Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) as managing director and co-head of IPO vetting.
Fernando Calancha Marzana will lead the Madrid office’s regulatory and energy practices.
Sharon Desh has joined Winston & Strawn from Bartlit Beck.
Andrew Demko has joined Mayer Frown from Katten Muchin Rosenman.
Roger Kuan, Jason Novak, Dagim Tilahun and Noble Woo have joined the Norton Rose San Francisco offices from Haynes and Boone.
Luke Iovine has joins Hogan Lovells as the fourth corporate partner to join the New York offices this month.
Robert H. Sutton has joined Proskauer from Kirkland & Ellis.
Joshua Soven has joined Paul Weiss in Washington, D.C. from Wilson Sonsini
Tony Chan has joined Orrick’s Washington, D.C. office from Morgan Lewis.
Promotions & Appointments:
Jo Evans, Corporate partner and D&I leader is set to take over from Michael Burd in April
Bruce Dear, Head of Real Estate London, has been elected as Chair, succeeding Pamela Thompson from May.
In its latest global promotions, Squire Patton Boggs has made up 26, and 17 of them (65%) are diverse according to gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Francesco Lombardo, a Milan based partner will succeed Nicola Asti, who has been at the helm since September 2015.
Edward Braham has been appointed the next chair of global investment manager M&G.
Office Openings & Closings:
The new HQ, located at 21 Holborn Viaduct, will cut its floor space by more than 10%.
The team, led by New-York based Elizabeth Holland and made up of Bill James, John Bennett, Nick Mitrokostas, and Daniel Margolis, join from Goodwin Procter.
Emily Jones, formerly of Osborne Clarke’s Silicon Valley offices, has moved to Simmons to oversee the launch of the new San Francisco Bay offices.
Mergers & Alliances:
Pinsent Masons has joined forces with Gunn Attorneys, a boutique law firm in Johannesburg, to launch a local property practice and strengthen its ESG capabilities in South Africa.
Davis Polk has announced it will be paying it’s associates between $215,000 and $396,000 depending on seniority.
Hogan Lovell’s global revenue has grown 12,9% to $2.6bn while PEP has soared by 25.9% to reach $2.49m
McDermott Will & Emery’s gross revenue grew 20.5% to $1.67bn, marking a 42% total growth over the last two years.
In the statement accompanying its accounts, published on Companies House on Thursday, Freshfields said: “While Covid-19 has not had a significant impact on the firm to date, it remains possible that the pandemic could impact demand for our services in the short term. Liquidity pressure on our clients could also have an adverse impact on the business”.
Technology & Innovation:
Gunnercooke has partnered with Coinpass to make the exchanges and will accept cryptoassets such as ether and bitcoin.
Diversity & Inclusion:
Mishcon de Reya has partnered with Barbri Global, a legal education provider, and Breaking Barriers to help lawyers with a refugee background retrain as solicitors in England and Wales.
Trainee solicitors are invited to apply for a place on the profession’s Diversity Access Scheme (DAS), the Law Society of England and Wales said as it opened recruitment for the 2022 cohort.
David Winterfeldt QC, Jeffries top lawyer for EMEA and Asia, has sounded a scathing note about the legal professions progress on diversity.