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Withers scores KWM financial markets chief Luciano as Italian push continues

Withers has signed its fourth new Italian practice group head in the space of five months, taking King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin's (KWM) Andrea Luciano on to lead the financial services and investment funds team in its Milan office.

30 Sep 2014 | 00:07 | secure


inner image Skadden, A&O, Sidley and Hengeler grab roles on $17bn Merck acquisition

Skadden, Allen & Overy and Sidley Austin are among the firms acting on German pharmaceutical company Merck's $17bn (£10.5bn) acquisition of US laboratory supplies business Sigma-Aldrich.

29 Sep 2014 | 13:15 | secure

inner image Two more pre-merger Bingham exits take Akin Gump partner haul to 28

Akin Gump has added a further two partners from Bingham McCutchen, taking its total haul from the Boston-based firm to 28 partners.

29 Sep 2014 | 11:08 | secure

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Hong Kong firms, banks face disruption amid pro-democracy protests in CBD

Hong Kong's business community is facing potential disruption this week due to mass pro-democracy protests taking place in the city's central business district and surrounding areas.

29 Sep 2014 | 04:18 | secure

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White & Case opens Florida legal support centre

White & Case has launched a legal support centre in Tampa, Florida to provide centralised support across its network of global offices.

29 Sep 2014 | 01:16 | secure

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Linklaters and Freshfields advise as GIC takes co-ownership of RAC with Carlyle

Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken on key roles as Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC prepares to become co-owner of roadside assistance provider RAC.

29 Sep 2014 | 00:17 | secure

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Former KWM corporate chief joins ex-merger candidate Proskauer Rose's London team

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin's former corporate head Steven Davis has quit to join the London office of Proskauer Rose, four years after he was an instrumental figure in merger discussions between the two firms.

26 Sep 2014 | 10:57 | secure

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Herbies' former Asia head Ashley Alder re-appointed as SFC chief

Herbert Smith's former Asia practice head Ashley Alder has been re-appointed as chief executive officer of Hong Kong's securities regulator, the Securities & Futures Commission (SFC), for another three-year term.

26 Sep 2014 | 04:35 | secure

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Vinson & Elkins joins DWF in the Walkie Talkie

The London office of Vinson & Elkins (V&E) has signed a lease to take a floor of the Walkie Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street, joining DWF as the building's second law firm tenant.

26 Sep 2014 | 00:24 | secure

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Training grounds – why law firms need to overhaul their training programmes

Behind closed doors UK law firms should be gearing up for what could be a training revolution.

25 Sep 2014 | 16:57

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Ashurst's Glasgow support office welcomes its first partner

Ashurst has moved the first partner to its Glasgow office with the firm planning to make more senior appointments in the low-cost support centre.

25 Sep 2014 | 16:31 | secure

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Kirkland adds two new partners to Asia funds team

Kirkland & Ellis has boosted its Asia funds team with the addition of two new partners in Hong Kong.

25 Sep 2014 | 06:57 | secure

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PwC, EY lead the charge as accountants look to muscle in on law firm territory

The advent of alternative business structures has given the Big Four accountancy firms a golden opportunity to have another crack at the UK legal market. But what are they offering and how much of a threat do they pose to law firms?

25 Sep 2014 | 00:19

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'We certainly don't have any more respect shown for us since we became practice heads'

Slaughter and May's financing and corporate practice heads, Andrew McClean and Andy Ryde, explain to Pui-Guan Man how they aim to balance leadership duties with expanding their fee-earning work

25 Sep 2014 | 00:14 | secure

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Magic circle continues to cut trainee intakes as firms rethink recruitment

Magic circle firms are continuing to reduce UK trainee numbers, with the combined intake down 17% since 2010.

24 Sep 2014 | 17:58 | secure