Weekly Update – 6th of March 2023


UK & Ireland

Stewarts loses tax disputes duo to Big Four

Stewarts has lost two partners from its tax litigation and resolution practice to members of the Big Four. Lee Ellis has left the litigation boutique to join KPMG as a partner. Victor Cramer is also leaving the firm to join PwC as a director.

Cravath Set For English Law Debut with Shearman Partner Hires

Cravath Swaine & Moore is set to launch an English Law offering in London, 50 years after it established a presence in the U.K capital, according to several people with knowledge of the situation. The firm is hiring a Shearman & Sterling finance team, led by partner duo Korey Fevzi and Philip Stopford, to lead the charge into English Law, according to three people with knowledge of the situation. The pair are joined by a counsel from Shearman’s London office, they added.

Jones Day Loses London Arbitration Partner to Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons has hired an investor-state London arbitration partner from Jones Day. Sylvia Tonova joins Pinsents’ international arbitration practice after 10 years at Jones Day, where she became a partner in January 2017.


Pinsent Masons Hires GC to Lead Public Law Practice in Madrid

Amaia Rivas Kortazar is the former general counsel for the Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring in Spain.

Bowmans Takes M&A Team Leader from Clyde & Co in Tanzania

The new hire will expand Bowmans’ capacity in a growing East African market, said firm chairman and senior partner Ezra Davids.

Allen & Overy Hits ENSafrica to Expand South African Banking Offering

Allen & Overy has appointed banking and finance partner to its Johannesburg office. Deborah Carmichael joins from South African-based ENSafrica, where she spent more than 12 years, prior to which she spent seven years at Deneys Reitz, which subsequently became Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa, she said in an interview with Law.com International.

Clyde & Co Boosts Saudi Practice with Corporate Partner Hire

Clyde & Co has added a corporate partner to its Saudi Arabia office. Mohammed Almarzouki will be based in the firm’s Riyadh office and joins Clyde & Co’s global corporate and advisory practice. He advises family businesses, investors, and corporations on M&A, among other things, according to Clydes’ statement.


K&L Gates Continues Australian Hiring Blitz with Real Estate Partner

K&L Gates has bolstered its real estate team with the hire of a partner from Australian firm Arnold Bloch Leibler, continuing a strong run of hires in Asia Pacific. Sydney-based  Jennifer McCosker has advised commercial property investors and developers on transactions including large-scale property and development finance matters, among others.

DLA Piper Hires Baker McKenzie Thai Partner for Bangkok Practice

DLA Piper has added a new partner to its corporate practice in Bangkok. Thananan Sangnuan joins from Baker McKenzie, where she was a partner.

Yoon & Yang Adds Three Senior Lawyers, Two From Big Six Rivals

Seoul-based Yoon & Yang has hired two senior lawyers, Jason Lee and Song Feng Hong, from its Big Six rivals Kim & Chang and Bae, Kim & Lee. The firm has simultaneously added another senior lawyer, Sung Jin Ro, from Versum Materials, where he was general counsel.

Norton Rose Fulbright Secures Japanese Law Capability with Partner Hire

Norton Rose Fulbright has secured Japanese law capability with the hire of a new Japanese-law qualified banking and restructuring partner, Akihiko Takamatsu.

Goodwin Expands Singapore Office With Investments Funds Hire

Goodwin Procter has made its first lateral partner hire in Singapore since launching in the city-state in October. Matthew Nortcliff joins Goodwin from CMS, where he was head of the firm’s funds and indirect real assets practice in Asia.

DLA Piper has rehired lawyer Jack Brumpton to the law firm’s Brisbane office

DLA Piper has rehired lawyer Jack Brumpton to the firm’s Brisbane office as a partner in the finance, projects & restructuring practice.

Clifford Chance Hires Away NRF Global Tech Co-Head as Partner in Singapore

Clifford Chance has hired a new Singapore technology practice partner, Stella Cramer, from Norton Rose Fulbright.

The Americas

Miller Thomson Expands Vancouver Office With Addition of 4-Lawyer M&A Team

Partner Darcy Wray and three colleagues join the firm’s business law group from a small Vancouver-based boutique.

Attorneys ‘On the Move’: Sidley Austin Gains Private Equity Partner; White Collar Defense Partner Joins Cadwalader

Sidley Austin has added Germaine Nicole Gurr as an M&A and private equity partner. She joins from White & Case where she was also a partner. ArentFox Schiff has added Eric Fishman as a partner to the firm’s sports group. He joins from Pryor Cashman where he was partner and co-head of that firm’s sports group.

New Partners at McGuireWoods, Jackson Walker

Chelsea Hilliard has joined McGuireWoods’ commercial litigation practice as a partner in Dallas, bringing more than a decade of experience representing clients in high-stakes litigation and corporate governance matters.

Promotions & Appointments:

Shearman & Sterling Promotes London Duo Out of Season Amid Departures

Shearman & Sterling has promoted two London lawyers to partner amid the departure of several of their colleagues. The U.S. led law firm has promoted Trinh Chubbock to its project development and finance team while Kevin Heverin has been promoted to Shearman’s financial restructuring and insolvency practice.

Mergers & Alliances:

Ecuadoran Boutique Falconi Puig Abogados Absorbs Firm in Guayaquil

The expansion brings the firm depth in dispute resolution via five lawyers based in Ecuador’s second-largest city.

Shearman and Hogan Lovells Call Off Merger Talks

“After careful consideration, we have mutually agreed that a combination at this time is not in the best interest of either firm,” said a joint statement from the firms.

Office Openings & Closing:

U.K. led law firm Addleshaw Goddard is set to launch its fourth MENA office

Addleshaw Goddard is set to open an office in Riyadh, in a move that will hand the firm a fourth office in the MENA region.

Morgan Lewis adds 20-strong Shearman & Sterling team for Munich launch

Top 10 US law firm Morgan Lewis has added a 20-strong team from Shearman & Sterling to open its second German office, in Munich.

Spencer West enters three new European markets

UK alternative law firm Spencer West, which deploys a fee sharing model, has expanded into new markets in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands through the hire of local partners.

Allen & Overy flags eco-credentials as it signs deal to move Sydney team to landmark 33 Alfred Street Tower

Allen & Overy (A&O) has confirmed plans to relocate its Sydney team a to new space in 33 Alfred Street following a refurbishment that will see the landmark office tower become carbon neutral.

Quinn Emanuel Launches Beijing Office, Cites Growth in US Investigations on Chinese Companies

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has received Chinese government approval to open a new office in Beijing—its fourth outfit in Asia.

Nelson Mullins Launches New Pittsburgh Office With 12 Porter Wright Attorneys

Despite losing nearly half of its lawyers in Pittsburgh, Porter Wright remains committed to the city, according to managing partner Robert Tannous.

Japanese Firm Miura & Partners Set to Launch Three International Offices

The move comes as the Big Four Japanese firms have launched offices and alliances in Jakarta, Malaysia, and London over the last 12 months.

Loyens & Loeff Pulls Out Of Singapore

The firm concluded it is no longer essential to maintain a physical office in Singapore but said would fly out on a regular basis to meet with clients.


Perkins Coie Lays Off 58 Business Professionals

Perkins Coie is laying off 58 business professionals across the firm, citing macroeconomic conditions as well as increased expenses in staffing that have exceeded an acceptable level for the firm.

Fish & Richardson Breaks Half-Billion Revenue After ‘Tremendous’ Year in IP Litigation

The intellectual property-focused firm boosted gross revenue and equity partner profits by roughly 10% in 2022.

Taft Outpaced Peers in 2022 Due to Merger With Detroit Firm

A combination with Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss helped the firm grow revenue by 32%, hitting $549 million.

‘Choppiness’ in Demand Led to 2% Drop in Revenue at Locke Lord in 2022

Profits per equity partner dropped by 9.7% in 2022 at Dallas-founded Locke Lord, but the firm also increased its equity partner numbers in an effort to build the next generation of partners.

McGuireWoods Sees Uptick in Revenue as PEP Falls Amid Shifts in Partnership Ranks

Despite a slowdown in M&A and “disappointing” performance in restructuring and workouts, the firm’s leader said strong performance in middle market PE and health care helped to make up for the losses.

Ince’s Results Delayed Again After Auditor Raises ‘Further Queries’

The repeated postponements has prompted some to ask whether the firm, which suspended its shares in January, might face the possibility of delisting.

‘Investing When Conditions Aren’t Optimal’: Seyfarth Grows Revenue and Partner Ranks

Seyfarth’s London revenue grew 16%, the firm said. And despite challenges in Asia, the firm is still committed to the region “for the long game,” Seyfarth’s chair-elect, Lorie Almon, said.

Law Firm Garrigues Maintains Growth Trajectory as Revenue Climbs 7%

The Spanish firm has roughly equalled the previous year’s growth rate to hit record revenues.

King & Spalding Cracks $2B Threshold

Outside of the U.S., the firm saw its London revenue drop due to a harsh environment for transactional work and its Asian outposts faced similar challenges for dealmaking. But Paris and elsewhere in Europe saw an uptick in activity, as did the Middle East, the firm said.

Greenberg Traurig Follows Up ‘Unicorn Year’ With Even More Growth in 2022

Ten of the firm’s 43 offices are outside the U.S., and CEO Brian Duffy said cross-border work is increasing post-pandemic.

Technology & Innovation:

Legal Tech Market Gaps—Missing Features & Solutions

While the missing-feature fallacy has long been employed as an excuse for not investing in legal tech, there are, in fact, a number of features that are missing, and entire categories of tools that seem inexplicably immature, if not downright absent.

Australian Regulator Launches First Greenwashing Court Action

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission has filed a claim against investment giant Mercer, alleging its sustainable investment fund did not live up to the promises made to investors.

US, EU Agree It’s Time to Regulate AI. Will They Agree on How?

While recent months have seen the U.S. and European Union collaborating on how to mitigate AI’s potentially harmful impacts, the prospect of a transatlantic policy alignment is uncertain.

‘ChatGPT Already Outperforms a lot of Junior Lawyers’: An Interview With Rich

For the last 20 years, the U.K. author and academic has been predicting that technology will revolutionise the legal industry. With the buzz around generative AI, will his hypothesis now be proven true?

Diversity & Inclusion:

‘We are always alive to opportunities’ – Reed Smith’s first woman leader takes helm after predecessor’s abrupt career change

Reed Smith’s new managing partner, Casey Ryan, has promised to continue investing in talent at all levels of the firm, including through lateral hires, following the unexpected departure of her predecessor, Sandy Thomas.

Increasing Law Firm Diversity: Norton Rose Canada Uses Blind Evaluations as First Step in Partnership Decisions

The system is modelled after the blind auditions used with great success by symphony orchestras to improve diversity and eliminate bias.

12 Attorneys of Color Appointed to Lead Hair-Relaxer Lawsuits

“It’s one of the most racially diverse slates we’ve ever seen,” said Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann, of DiCello Levitt, of the leadership team, which a federal judge approved on Thursday. She and Ben Crump of Ben Crump Law, who both founded Shades of Mass, are two of the co-lead counsel.

Market Commentary:

Is This the Year the Tide Turns for US Firms in China?

China has the power to alter the futures of many top international law firms in Asia. Just look at its crackdown last year on the operations of mainland China-affiliated legal practices of the Big Four accounting firms, its shift in economic policy calling for a focus on domestic markets, or the recent reopening of its borders after three years of harsh COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.

Australian Lawyers Doing More Pro Bono Work, Survey Reveals

Australian lawyers are working more pro bono hours and firms have increased their dedicated pro bono staff, but there remains room for improvement, according to a biannual survey.

Strong Market Remains for Partners in Australia Despite Slowing Economy

The market for lateral partner hires in Australia remains strong, despite concerns about an economic slowdown. Demand for Australian associates from law firms overseas, however, has cooled, recruiters say.

Government and Public Affairs Practices Are Booming in Brussels. Here’s Why

The need to offer legal services and government affairs under one roof has increased significantly as the European Commission ramps up its regulation of tech companies, foreign direct investment, and ESG, lawyers say.

How Tech and ESG are Driving German Dealmaking Through a ‘Polycrisis’ World

As private equity and M&A markets flounder, newer markets are keeping lawyers busy, according to partners at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hengeler Mueller, PwC Legal and KPMG Law.

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