Weekly Update – 6th May 2022

Ukrainian Legal Developments:

Fides Ukraine Initiative – Update

We wanted to take a moment to highlight our latest update to our Ukrainian Initiative.

We currently have over 100 CVs from Ukrainian lawyers, and out of those, 10 have received offers, and two have already started with their new firms. We are actively seeking firms and in-house legal teams who have any openings for these lawyers. We are more than happy to have an introductory call with you and your company, explaining the initiative and answering any questions that you might have. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at ukraine@fidessearch.com



UK & Ireland

Norton Rose Fulbright adds EY partner duo to lead EMEA legal transformation arm

Alex Fortescue-Web and Daniel Marks have joined the firms legal managed services offering in the London offices after two years at EY.

Orrick raids RPC for ‘rising star’ London tech partner

Peter Sugden has joined Orrick from RPC.

DLA piper hires tax partner in Ireland

Declan Lavelle, formerly of William Fry, will join DLA Piper in July.

Katten UK adds new partner to insolvency and restructuring practice

Sonya Van de Graadd has joined Katten from Morrison & Foerster.

Greenberg Traurig continues to grow London white collar crime practice with top lawyer

Rebecca Meads is set to join Greenberg Traurig as Chair of the London White Collar Crime & Investigations team, along with two senior associates.

Eversheds Takes Ashurst’s UK Intellectual Property Head

David Wilkinson, formerly Ashurst’s intellectual property head, has joined Eversheds Sutherland.

Three More London Partner Hires For Addleshaw Goddard

Claire Edwards, formerly of Pinsent’s, joins  Addleshaw Goddard’s commercial team along with two other partners.

Rainmaker Roger Barron Joins Transatlantic Firm As Senior Adviser

Roger Barron has joined Eversheds Sutherland from Paul Hastins, where he was global M&A Co-Chair.



Norton Rose Fulbright builds in Germany with five-strong real estate team from Simmons & Simmons

Dr Oliver Beyer join NRF in Munich with three associates as counsel Dr Barbara Heinrich moves over in Frankfurt from Simmons & Simmons.

DWF hires senior banking expert in Paris

Richard Jadot has joined DWF from Ravet & Associes.

Christian Ahlborn joins Covington’s global antitrust practice

Christian Ahlborn, formerly of Linklaters, is joining Covington’s Brussels office.

Elmer Veenman joins CMS as a partner

Elmer Veenman, formerly of Eversheds Sutherland, is joining CMS’ Amsterdam office.

Ashurst boosts EMEA disputes offering with hire of new partner in Munich

Martin Eimer has joined Ashurst from Pinsent Masons.

Daniel Zapf joins White & Case as a partner in Germany

Daniel Zapf, a white collar partner, has joined White & Case’s Frankfurt office from DLA Piper.

Norton Rose Fulbright hires partner from Cliffe Dekker to lead Cape Town banking and finance team

Izaak Lessing has joined NRF from local firm Clidde Dekker Hofmeyr.



DLA Piper continues to enhance Asia banking & finance expertise with strategic partner hire in Hong Kong

Crystal Chen has joined DLA Piper from Linklaters.

HFW has continued to expand its fast-growing Australia practice with hire of leading commercial litigation and international arbitration partner

Bronwyn Lincoln has joined HWF from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.


The Americas

Covington boosts ESG practice with return of Daniel Feldman, senior advisor to climate czar John Kerry

Daniel Feldman is returning to Covington’s Washington office after serving as Chief of Staff and Counselor to John Kerry for the past year.

McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce the addition of three lawyers to its global regulatory practice group

Formerly from Squire Patton Boggs, Elliot Golding and Robin Campbell join MWE’s Washington office, while Rosa Barcelo will join the Brussels office.

Winston & Strawn adds corporate partner Thomas R. Millar in Washington, D.C.

Thomas R. Millar has joined Winston & Strawn from Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Proskauer welcomes private credit partner in Chicago

Evan Palenschat, formerly of King & Spalding, has joined Proskauer.

Former 21st Century Fox deputy general counsel and assistant United States attorney Brian R. Michael joins Morrison Foerster in Los Angeles

Brian R. Michael has joined Morrison & Foerster’s securities litigation, enforcement and white collar defence group from King & Spalding.

King & Spalding adds finance partner Mary Liz Brady in Chicago

Mary Liz Brady, formerly of Kirkland & Ellis, joins King & Spalding.

Weil adds SEC enforcement and securities litigation partner Robert Stern in Washington, D.C.

Robert Stern has joined Weil from Orrick.

Mayer Brown further expands private funds group with addition of Kristin Rice-Gonzalez

Kristin Rice-Gonzalez has joined Mayer Brown’s Chicago office from Baker & McKenzie.



Tech provider Luminance hires first legal head

Luminance has hired Harry Borovick from LiveRamp, where he was a senior legal counsel.

Linklaters Tokyo Veteran Leaves For General Counsel Role

Matthew Bland has joined Jardine Matheson’s Hong Kong office as a general counsel.


Promotions & Appointments:

Charles Russell Speechlys unveils partner promotions

Six lawyers have been made up to partner, including three in London.

Kennedys makes up record tally of 22 partners including six in Australia

Out of the 22 promoted lawyers, 59% of them are women, a notable rise from last years group at 40%.

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance refreshes global antitrust leadership team

Marc Brenson has been named global co-chair while Richard Blewett is leading the Brussels competition practice.

Slaughter and May names first responsible business director

Uzma Hamid-Dizier, who is based in London, stepped up to the role on 1 May from her position as head of the responsible business and inclusion team at the Magic Circle UK firm, which said her promotion reflected its commitment to putting responsible business and sustainability ‘at the heart of what it does’.

RPC makes up 10 to partnership in latest promotion round

RPC has promoted 10 lawyers to its global partnership, and 50% of their promotions are women, but from 30% last year.

HSF Appoints Next Johannesburg Head

Jean Meijer, competition partner, is succeeding Ed Baring as managing partner of the Johannesburg office.


Mergers & Alliances:

A Sweet Spot for Mergers, And A Law Firm That Got There Ahead of the Curve

Midsize law firms are looking to scale up to make themselves “a more credible choice for the board.”


Office Openings & Closing:

Brabners ventures over Pennines for Leeds launch

The firm has announced it will launch in Yorkshire in the summer as part of a “step-change” in the firm’s ambitions. The first partner through the door will be Marcus Armstrong, a corporate partner from Knights. This will be followed by further hires as Brabners aims to build a full-service offering in Leeds.

Fox Rothschild opens in Boston with IP team from Mintz Levin

Led by partner Pete Corless, the Mintz Levin team also includes counsel Nicholas Zachariades, associate Joohee Lee as well as patent agent Michael Mattoni. The Boston office is the Philadelphia-headquartered firm’s 29th nationwide, while the hires bring Fox Rothschild’s total lawyer headcount above 950.

O’Melveny continues march into Texas, opening Houston Office and adding three top dealmakers

Angela Olivarez, Steven V. Torello, and Ryan Cicero have moved from Willkie’s Houston office to open up O’Melveny’s third office in Texas.



Fladgate kicks off UK financial reporting season with 30% revenue growth

Fladgate has announced that revenue has grown to £66.5m, while PEP is expected to exceed £875,000.

‘Once in a generation’ investment sees KPMG pledge to double size of UK legal arm

KPMG is set to double the size of its UK legal arm over the next three years as part of a ‘once in a generation’ investment in its wider business. The Big Four firm will look to take on a further 220 lawyers – including 45 partners and directors – by the end of 2024, which will see the total number of practising lawyers increase to more than 400.

Law Firms DLA Piper and Fieldfisher Lead AIM Client Rankings

DLA Piper and Fieldfisher are now neck and neck in rankings of law firms with the most clients listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market, while DWF leads  the rankings for the largest clients on London’s Alternative Investment Market, Q2 data shows.


Technology & Innovation:

Allen & Overy unveils tech incubator’s ‘largest cohort ever’ as it kicks off sixth edition

Allen & Overy (A&O) has unveiled the latest batch of startups taking part in its Fuse innovation hub, the largest since the hub’s launch in 2017.  This year’s cohort is made up of 16 companies from the legaltech, fintech and regtech sectors, all of which are based in the US and Europe.

Digital Law Firm Founder Stays on Top of Fast-Changing Tech

Natasha Blycha who founded digital law firm Stirling & Rose last year, says the structure of traditional law firms make it difficult to run a cutting-edge digital practice in which technological developments and regulations are constantly changing.

The Legal Innovation Awards 2022: Who Won What and Why

The 2022 Legal Innovation Awards took place in-person on Friday, to celebrate the best and brightest legal innovators driving pioneering change in the legal market. Among the big winners were DAC Beachcroft, Mayer Brown and DLA Piper. Here is a breakdown of who won in each category and why the judges chose them.


Diversity & Inclusion:

O-Shaped Lawyer scores first partnership with law firm

O-Shaped, the initiative founded by former Network Rail GC Dan Kayne, has partnered with its first law firm as it attempts to change the legal sector. Browne Jacobson says it will embed O Shaped’s purpose and vision into its own culture, including the Five Os Mindset and the 12 ‘O Shaped Attributes’. The firm will also support O Shaped events, including knowledge and best practice sharing, workshops and toolkit development for clients and participating in product pilots with the O Shaped network.

Want to Thin Your Law Firm’s Head Count? Require 3 or More Days in the Office

Lawyers overwhelmingly want more flexibility, and they’re willing to jump ship to get it, a recent survey of 350 Big Law attorneys found.

Into the Spotlight: How award-winning lawyer Asma Iqbal is championing diversity, inclusion and equality

Asma Iqbal, a Hot 100 Lawyer and partner at Huddersfield-based law firm Chadwick Lawrence, has won the Outstanding Business Leader Award at the Yorkshire Hero Awards, part of the FB Fashion Ball.

How Small, Midsize Firms Can Expand Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

In Miami, very good Black lawyers are turning down offers from Miami firms and leaving the state because they do not feel they have opportunities to reach their full potential here.

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