Ukrainian Legal Developments:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
UK & Ireland
Alex Fortescue-Web and Daniel Marks have joined the firms legal managed services offering in the London offices after two years at EY.
Peter Sugden has joined Orrick from RPC.
Declan Lavelle, formerly of William Fry, will join DLA Piper in July.
Sonya Van de Graadd has joined Katten from Morrison & Foerster.
Rebecca Meads is set to join Greenberg Traurig as Chair of the London White Collar Crime & Investigations team, along with two senior associates.
David Wilkinson, formerly Ashurst’s intellectual property head, has joined Eversheds Sutherland.
Claire Edwards, formerly of Pinsent’s, joins Addleshaw Goddard’s commercial team along with two other partners.
Roger Barron has joined Eversheds Sutherland from Paul Hastins, where he was global M&A Co-Chair.
Dr Oliver Beyer join NRF in Munich with three associates as counsel Dr Barbara Heinrich moves over in Frankfurt from Simmons & Simmons.
Richard Jadot has joined DWF from Ravet & Associes.
Christian Ahlborn, formerly of Linklaters, is joining Covington’s Brussels office.
Elmer Veenman, formerly of Eversheds Sutherland, is joining CMS’ Amsterdam office.
Martin Eimer has joined Ashurst from Pinsent Masons.
Daniel Zapf, a white collar partner, has joined White & Case’s Frankfurt office from DLA Piper.
Izaak Lessing has joined NRF from local firm Clidde Dekker Hofmeyr.
Crystal Chen has joined DLA Piper from Linklaters.
Bronwyn Lincoln has joined HWF from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Daniel Feldman is returning to Covington’s Washington office after serving as Chief of Staff and Counselor to John Kerry for the past year.
Formerly from Squire Patton Boggs, Elliot Golding and Robin Campbell join MWE’s Washington office, while Rosa Barcelo will join the Brussels office.
Thomas R. Millar has joined Winston & Strawn from Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Evan Palenschat, formerly of King & Spalding, has joined Proskauer.
Brian R. Michael has joined Morrison & Foerster’s securities litigation, enforcement and white collar defence group from King & Spalding.
Mary Liz Brady, formerly of Kirkland & Ellis, joins King & Spalding.
Robert Stern has joined Weil from Orrick.
Kristin Rice-Gonzalez has joined Mayer Brown’s Chicago office from Baker & McKenzie.
Luminance has hired Harry Borovick from LiveRamp, where he was a senior legal counsel.
Matthew Bland has joined Jardine Matheson’s Hong Kong office as a general counsel.
Promotions & Appointments:
Six lawyers have been made up to partner, including three in London.
Out of the 22 promoted lawyers, 59% of them are women, a notable rise from last years group at 40%.
Marc Brenson has been named global co-chair while Richard Blewett is leading the Brussels competition practice.
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 has promoted 10 lawyers to its global partnership, and 50% of their promotions are women, but from 30% last year.
Jean Meijer, competition partner, is succeeding Ed Baring as managing partner of the Johannesburg office.
Mergers & Alliances:
Midsize law firms are looking to scale up to make themselves “a more credible choice for the board.”
Office Openings & Closing:
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.
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.
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 has announced that revenue has grown to £66.5m, while PEP is expected to exceed £875,000.
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.
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 (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.
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 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, 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.
Lawyers overwhelmingly want more flexibility, and they’re willing to jump ship to get it, a recent survey of 350 Big Law attorneys found.
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.
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.