UK & Ireland
The move comes after former head, Mark Sansom, was appointed London managing partner. Effective May 1, litigation partner Andrew Austin steps up to the role. The change in leadership follows the appointment of former London dispute resolution head, Mark Sansom, to London managing partner last week, according to a person at the firm.
Richard Nelson has joined Mayer Brown as a partner in its global energy group. He leaves King & Spalding after nearly eight years as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office.
Transatlantic cooperation, ESG expertise and UK growth are among Mark Sansom’s key areas of focus in his new role.
Global law firm Ashurst announces the appointment of Whitney Lutgen as partner in its investment funds practice based in London, as the firm continues the growth of its international funds practice in response to increasing client demand.
Frederik Mühl, a private equity and infrastructure M&A partner, had been with Clifford Chance for 25 years.
It represents a slight reversal of fortunes for the firm which expanded significantly in Germany last month by taking Shearman & Sterling’s entire Munich office.
Allen & Overy has boosted its corporate practice in Asia with the hire of equity capital markets lawyer Kenny Kwan and public mergers and acquisitions lawyer Caryn Ng as partners in Singapore.
Harneys has appointed Paul Sephton, its corporate, banking and finance partner, as the firm’s first Hong Kong managing partner.
Freshfields currently does not have any restructuring, distressed assets or special situation partners based in Greater China. Anderson’s joining with a team of lawyers will launch that focused regional offering for the firm.
Big Six South Korean firm Yoon & Yang has hired U.S.-qualified M&A lawyer Irene Kim in Seoul from Korean memory chip and smartphone maker Samsung Electronics, where she was most recently the principal legal counsel.
Victoria Ting was most recently a public lawyer within the financial and technology crime division of the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), where she prosecuted and tried cases related to fraud, bribery, money laundering and sanctions.
Ken Hickman returns for his second stint at HFW. HFW is expanding its Australian construction and commercial litigation practice with the hire of partner Ken Hickman in Melbourne, who joins from Jones Day.
Ashurst has hired two corporate transaction partners to join its Sydney office, one from Bracewell’s London office and the other from an Australian firm. Jo En Low, a private equity/M&A lawyer who advises financial investors and major international corporates in the renewable energy sector, joins from Bracewell.
DLA Piper has hired former Akin Gump Hong Kong partner Naomi Moore as its regional head of restructuring, while Australian firm Thomson Geer has hired a general counsel from the city-state.
Brienne Letourneau is the fourth lateral partner to join White & Case’s commercial litigation practice this year.
Stevens & Lee announced that Derick S. Kauffman and Mark E. Rosenstein have joined the corporate, finance and capital markets department and will be based in the firm’s Valley Forge office.
Will Chuchawat, the co-chair of private equity and M&A at Proskauer, and JR Lanis, the vice chair of securities at Polsinelli, joined the firm along with five other lawyers from their former firms, plus Kirkland.
Simon Root and Jonathan Manor joined the firm’s private equity team after about a decade each at Kirkland.
K&L Gates continues to grow its public policy and law practice with the addition of Jamie Jackson as a partner, Thomas Fulton as a government affairs advisor, and Leonard Bickwit as counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Thursday.
Polsinelli announced the hiring of real estate finance attorneys Joshua F. Reif and Aleksandra Strang to its Atlanta office. Reif and Strang have joined the firm’s real estate finance practice group as shareholders, continuing the firm’s growth there, the firm said a release.
The firm is building out its international trade capabilities, as the current geopolitical and economic environment continues to put tension on global government and corporate operations.
Jordan Estes has joined Kramer Levin as a partner in the firm’s white collar defense and government investigations practice. Brown Rudnick has added Merri Moken as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice.
Rudy Kim, an IP litigator for the likes of Tencent and Uber, has joined Paul Hastings in Palo Alto.
Five lawyers, including three partners, have already arrived at Morgan Lewis. The new arrivals will be based in New York, Washington, D.C., Miami, Los Angeles and Century City.
Barber Ranen now has over 110 lawyers focusing on commercial and employment litigation in 12 geographic markets throughout the U.S. Firmwide managing partner John Barber expects that number to grow to between 125 and 140 by the middle of the month.
Marta Fernández Pepper will lead the IP and life sciences practice at Diez Canseco Abogados, leaving behind a firm she has worked at for nearly three decades.
Mathieu Lévesque was at Borden Ladner Gervais for nearly 20 years and was the regional leader of the firm’s banking litigation group.
Sherman makes the move to Big Law after 25 years in a boutique firm he co-founded. Cassels also added a partner in Calgary but lost one in Vancouver.
Brian White comes to Wake Forest from the University of Kansas, where he was GC. Earlier in his career, he was with the University of Iowa.
Pagaya Technologies is charging ahead with expansion, despite seeing its market cap shrink from $20 billion to less than $1 billion. Eric Watson has joined Pagaya Technologies as chief legal officer.
Rachel Jrade-Rice is taking the legal reins of a tech-driven insurer that reached a $4 billion valuation just six years after its founding.
Medical device maker ResMed Corp. has promoted from within to replace global general counsel David Pendarvis, who retires June 30 after 21 years as legal chief. Michael Rider, currently senior vice president and deputy general counsel, will also take on Pendarvis’ role as secretary of the San Diego-based company perhaps best known for its sleep apnea machines.
Saerin Cho has taken the legal reins of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which launched in 1980 to fight impaired driving and underage drinking and to assist victims of impaired-driving accidents.
Beth Stevens has taken the legal reins of Sword Health. It’s the latest in a string of legal leadership roles for Stevens at fast-growing startups in highly regulated industries.
Diana Beinart, a former White House lawyer who most recently was GC of New York City Department of Finance, will take the reins of the 550-employee nonprofit.
Promotions & Appointments:
Christie Tillapaugh replaces outgoing CEO Christopher Carson on Oct. 1.
Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Eversheds Sutherland have announced a number of practice management changes. Clifford Chance has appointed New York-based Zarrar Sehgal as the new head of the firm’s global asset finance group.
Watson Farley’s promotions follow the recent announcements of offices in Seoul and Tokyo. Watson Farley has promoted 11 of its lawyers to partner, bringing the total number of partners at the firm to 195. Three promotions are in London, two in Rome, with one partner each in Madrid, Tokyo, New York, Seoul, Singapore, and Dusseldorf.
Office Openings & Closing:
Ashurst and Clyde & Co. are among the large U.K.-founded firms that recently launched small offices in Texas.
Trowers & Hamlins has announced the launch of a new India desk in the latest example of international law firms seizing on new opportunities as India eases entry to foreign law firms.
The Western Canadian firm says it sees new opportunities as well as synergies for its lawyers and clients in Montreal.
The business seeks to offer a more comprehensive service to legal clients in need of financial, accounting and other guidance.
A number of firms have been mulling office changes in recent months amid a wider trend back to workplaces.
COO Allen Capdeboscq said the firm’s client and practice mix bodes well for the firm to have consistent growth: “Our largest clients account for only 3% of our revenue. We’re not relying on one particular group.”
Revenue improved by 4.8% in 2022, following a small decline the prior year, due to the volume of work in transactional, litigation and regulatory practices.
A strong showing in litigation and a bump in corporate work, a rarity in 2022, saw the Detroit-based firm cross the $300 million mark in revenue for the first time.
“Revenue growth was strongest among the largest firms, reverse of the results experienced in 2022 when the Am Law 51-100 outpaced the Am Law 1-50,” according to Wells Fargo analysts.
The firm’s recently-filed accounts show its overdraft balance is higher than its cash level.
The London and Dubai offices each posted their highest revenue ever, the firm said.
Technology & Innovation:
The Implications of Data Breaches and Generative AI Platforms for the Legal Industry. The pros and cons that law firms should consider before incorporating generative AI.
In this article, we explore the intersection of AI and cybersecurity, including the main risks and best practices for organizations that develop or deploy AI tools, while also considering the future of AI regulation.
Indian attorneys are eying e-billing, practice management and matter management solutions from international vendors as they cope with the demands of the country’s population, and a newly opened legal market.
It is critical companies take stock of their cyber hygiene policies and incident response protocols, and not only manage cybersecurity risks and prevent attacks, but also respond to them with proper disclosures.
From regulations to investigations and enforcement actions, generative AI-powered tools have received growing attention in recent months. During “The Age of AI: A Proskauer Webinar Series-Privacy and Data Security” webinar, panelists discussed some of the different approaches taken by the EU, U.S. and U.K. to regulate this technology.
The latest offering from serial tech entrepreneur Wayne Chang, LLM Shield aims to stop sensitive data leakage through tools like ChatGPT: “There’s no reason why, in order to use … AI and get the power that it brings, we have to give up our secrets, right?,” Chang says.
Diversity & Inclusion:
“Neurodiversity is an asset to any workplace, due to the unique styles of thinking and problem-solving,” said Ashlee Grant, a Baker & Hostetler partner.
A survey of nearly 200 women lawyers, mostly associates, cites “thoroughly depressing” reasons for why they leave their Am Law 200 firm, such as a lack of support in providing maternity leave or childcare and the stress of meeting billable-hour targets.
“The pandemic was, and to a certain extent still is, a lengthy mind- and body-altering experience that workers made serious adaptations to deal with. Any expectation of a quick and easy return to the ‘old normal’ ignores that reality,” said C. Tyson Gorman, a Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs partner.
There are two very different compensation structures in the legal industry, and as innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) prove their productivity-enhancing capabilities it’s important to acknowledge that only one is incentivized to embrace it.
The two firms finally decided to match rivals on salaries last week but have they lost out after a year of being behind?