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Born free – how can international law firms benefit from the Shanghai Free Trade Zone?

Just over a year since China's hub for piloting financial reform opened for business, Elizabeth Broomhall looks at the opportunities the Shanghai Free Trade Zone holds for international lawyers

29 Oct 2014 | 00:13 | secure


inner image DLA Piper secures Mexico tie-up as three partners leave for Bakers

DLA Piper has combined with Mexican outfit Gallastegui y Lozano, creating a nine-partner Mexico City based firm to be known as DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano.

28 Oct 2014 | 15:54 | secure

inner image Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman partners set for November merger vote

US firms Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman Palmer are preparing for a vote on their proposed merger as soon as next month.

27 Oct 2014 | 00:46 | secure

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Teenage dreams – why 13 years after its creation Berwin Leighton Paisner needs to re-find its form

Having enjoyed enormous success in the wake of its 2001 merger, over the last few years Berwin Leighton Paisner has been plagued by tumbling profits and a raft of high-profile partner exits. Pui-Guan Man finds out whether the firm's new strategic visi...

23 Oct 2014 | 00:20 | secure

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The down under dilemma - what are the magic circle's plans for Australia?

What to do down under has long presented a headache for the UK's magic circle firms, with varying approaches to the market splitting the group. Elizabeth Broomhall looks at what's been done so far

20 Oct 2014 | 15:49 | secure

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Fee income grew at 80% of firms last year, PwC research finds

80% of law firms have increased fee income over the last year with 70% achieving rises above inflation, according to PwC's annual law firm survey.

20 Oct 2014 | 00:00 | secure

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Diminishing returns – Australia's top firms face tough times as partner numbers continue to shrink

That statistics can be manipulated in numerous ways is a given. But sometimes the message from the numbers is so clear it is impossible to misinterpret.

17 Oct 2014 | 00:14 | secure

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Climate change – leading independent and international law firms on the new economic reality in Australia

Law firms have a reputation for being late to the table. In the case of Australia, international entrants were perhaps more than 'sociably late' – taking the plunge into the market only at the tail-end of the energy and resources boom that the count...

17 Oct 2014 | 00:10 | secure

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A smaller world – Australian firms see dramatic drop in partner headcount

Combined partner count across five of the largest firms in Australia has shrunk by 134 (14%) over the last five years according to figures obtained by Legal Week, demonstrating the impact of domestic economic uncertainty and increased competition from...

15 Oct 2014 | 17:36 | secure

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Norton Rose Fulbright: a merger, a combination, or trying to have it both ways?

A few weeks ago, reports surfaced about a motion seeking to compel Norton Rose Fulbright to withdraw from representation of its client Duke University in a case brought against the university by the estate of John Wayne, which wants the right to marke...

15 Oct 2014 | 13:11

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Nabarro buddies up with Lefevre Pelletier as new French alliance network member

Nabarro has added French firm Lefevre Pelletier & Associes to its European alliance network after parting ways with former ally August & Debouzy in March.

13 Oct 2014 | 16:12 | secure

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Mastering a merger – after pulling off its ambitious tie-up, Hogan Lovells knows what it must do next

Sometimes it is instructive to judge the progress of a merger not by what has gone right, but by what has not gone wrong.

10 Oct 2014 | 00:15 | secure

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Dentons' global chair: Firms should be "bigger and better in China"

Joe Andrew tells Legal Week why a merger is the only way into the world's second biggest economy and why he wants his firm to be at the front of the queue.

08 Oct 2014 | 06:14 | secure

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Morgan Lewis-Bingham deal edges nearer as four more partners exit for Akin Gump

Akin Gump has hired four more Bingham McCutchen partners ahead of the latter's expected merger with Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

22 Sep 2014 | 13:24 | secure

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Merger, they wrote? Conflict of interest claim leads to combination confusion

When is a combination not a merger? That's the question being asked of Norton Rose Fulbright as the firm for once attracts attention without adding a single partner to its sprawling empire.

22 Sep 2014 | 12:40 | secure