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Ben Edwards is co-founder and editorial director at Pensar Media

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

Taylor Wessing becomes latest UK firm to plan Ireland expansion following EU exit

Firm plans to open in Dublin with a focus on tech and healthcare....

BIG STORIES | M&A LEAGUE TABLES

Cravath tops European M&A advisory rankings as deal-making continues to rebound

Wall Street firm pips Freshfields to the number one spot in Mergermarket's Q1 rankings....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LEGALTECH

Majority of in-house legal teams lack the technology needed to do their jobs, study finds

EY Law and Harvard Law School survey shows that C-suite are reluctant to invest in legaltech....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Cooley makes double capital markets hires in New York amid SPAC boom

Rupa Briggs and Nicolas Dumont join as partners from White & Case and Fenwick & West respectively....

BIG STORIES | M&A LEAGUE TABLES

Global M&A activity hits first quarter record as pandemic concerns fade

White & Case tops Refintiv's advisory rankings for announced deals, with Latham & Watkins second....

BIG STORIES | INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION

Dutch firm Houthoff expands international footprint with China-based representative

Former China project manager and new Greater China rep Yang Wan will be based in Shanghai....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Linklaters names New York-based antitrust partner as new US global practice head

Thomas McGrath replaces the Diageo-bound Tom Shropshire with immediate effect....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL SPENDING TENDS

Firms see clients pause relationships in biggest market shakeup since financial crisis, study finds

Wolters Kluwer report shows AmLaw 150-200 firms most impacted as in-house teams pare legal spend....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

India's Khaitan & Co announces 22 new partners in bumper promotions round

Half of the firm's new partners are women, up from 25% in 2020....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP CHANGE

Linklaters appoints former China head as new Asia regional managing partner

Hong Kong-based William Liu set to replace Nathalie Hobbs in June after her four-year term ends....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Milbank strengthens private equity offering with double partner hire from Schulte in New York

Duo includes Schulte's former M&A co-head Richard Presutti and capital markets partner Antonio Diaz-Albertini....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Pinsent Masons names 19 in latest partnership promotion round

Cohort includes its Vario professional services group head Matthew Kay....

BIG STORIES | LEGAL INFORMATION

African legal information specialist Afriwise receives fresh funding to fuel growth

Legal intelligence provider will partly use the cash to increase its country coverage....

BIG STORIES | LEGALTECH

Spain's ECIJA absorbs consultancy Revamp Law to enhance legaltech offering

Valencia boutique's founder Paul Handal joins as a partner to lead ECIJA Tech....

BIG STORIES | INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCES

Legalign Global law firm alliance adds Canada's Alexander Holburn to roster

Insurance-focused network co-founded by DAC Beachcroft now has five global members....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER PROMOTIONS

Slaughter & May elevates five London lawyers in latest partner promotion round

The five associates work across practice areas including corporate, finance, IP and disputes....

BIG STORIES

Freshfields hires Bay Area M&A 'rising star' to expand its Silicon Valley office

Joseph Halloum joins as a partner from Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

Jenner & Block expands West Coast footprint with San Francisco office launch

Chicago firm hires California Governor's former chief of staff Ann O'Leary as a partner....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | IN-HOUSE APPOINTMENTS

Swiss drugmaker Novartis names Karen Hale as new legal chief after GC departs for Moderna

Hale joins from AbbVie, replacing Shannon Klinger who announced her exit earlier this month....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

McDermott signals Asia reboot with hire of Squire Patton Boggs' Singapore co-head

Ignatius Hwang will initially join as a partner in London ahead of planned Singapore launch....

BIG STORIES | TECHNOLOGY

Addleshaw Goddard unveils fifth cohort for its AG Elevate tech mentoring scheme

Eleven early-stage tech companies join the 10-month support and networking programme....

BIG STORIES | MERGER

Crowell & Moring snaps up Wall Street financial services boutique Kibbe & Orbe

Deal sees 24 lawyers join Crowell, including 13 partners, in New York, London and Washington DC....

BIG STORIES | ESG MOVEMENT

Mayer Brown advises on $1bn foundation to compensate descendants of slaves

Charity was founded by the GU272 Descendants Association and a group of Jesuits....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Shearman hires Travers Smith London M&A head to boost global deals team

Phil Cheveley will lead Shearman's EMEA M&A practice alongside Laurence Levy....

BIG STORIES | COMBINATION

Dentons becomes first global firm in Bolivia with Guevara & Gutiérrez combination

Deal is latest Andean combination following deal with Ecuador's Paz Horowitz earlier this month....

BIG STORIES | COMPETITION LAW

Cleary Gottlieb beefs up UK competition practice with Slaughters special adviser hire

Jackie Holland becomes latest UK lawyer to exit a magic circle firm for a US rival in London....

BIG STORIES | DEALS

Mid-sized New York firm trumps Kirkland and Skadden in $77bn SPAC IPO bonanza

Ellenoff Grossman & Schole advises on 71 IPOs amid surge in SPAC issuance in 2021....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Orrick hires Morgan Lewis's San Francisco IP practice head in latest life sciences push

Gargi Talukder is the eighth partner to join the firm's life sciences platform since 2019....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

Indian firm Khaitan & Co to open Singapore office in first international venture

Office will be led by M&A and private client partner Anuj Shah and strategy director Jean Muller....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Linklaters makes twin Hong Kong partner hires to boost corporate and banking teams

Xiaoxi Lin joins from Kirkland & Ellis and Alessandro Nolet joins from White & Case....

CORPORATE COUNSEL | LEGAL OPERATIONS

Nearly a third of global legal departments are increasing their technology spending, study finds

Rise in investment comes despite frozen or falling budgets and a coronavirus-fuelled rise in workloads....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

MinterEllison appoints interim head as CEO exits over leaked email

Virginia Briggs replaces Annette Kimmitt who questioned firm's decision to represent attorney general in rape case....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Linklaters becomes first magic circle firm to support Afro hairstyle campaign

Firm adopts UK's 'Halo Code' to end hair discrimination for black employees in the workplace....

BIG STORIES | COVID-19

Deputy chief parliamentary counsel named New Zealand lawyer of the year

Cassie Nicholson recognised for leading the country's legal response to Covid-19....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Squire Patton Boggs continues Singapore expansion with twin disputes hires

Eversheds Sutherland's former arbitration co-head, Rodman Bundy, joins from Harry Elias Partnership....

BIG STORIES | FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

Majority of US law firm leaders expect profits to grow despite pandemic strains, study finds

Thomson Reuters report shows that many law firm leaders are also anticipating billing rates to rise....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Freshfields sets out five-year global diversity and inclusion targets

Firm seeks to double proportion of women making partner from 19% last year to at least 40% by 2026....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Public perception of UK legal profession still seen as male dominated, study finds

ULaw survey to mark International Women's Day finds mismatch between profession's image and diversity of student base....

BIG STORIES | NEW LAW

LOD forms alliance with legal tech specialists SYKE to target digital transformation

Bowmark Capital-backed LOD will also invest in new partner....

BIG STORIES | COVID-19

Scottish firms must improve tech and flexible working offering to attract talent, report finds

Coronavirus pandemic highlights need for firms to modernise, Core-Asset Consulting says....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

Ashurst opens Dublin office to maintain its EU competition law practice

New Irish rules prevent dual-qualified lawyers practising in Ireland without a physical presence in the country....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP CHANGE

Linklaters names Hong Kong-based partner as new global capital markets head

Hwang Hwa Sim starts four-year term in May, replacing London partner Michael Voisin....

BIG STORIES | CONSULTING SERVICES

Ashurst expands consulting business with five-partner Big Four hiring spree in Australia

Quintet includes Deloitte's former global leader of cyber and strategic risk Sid Maharaj....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Simpson Thacher secures Blackstone's European GC in latest London partner hire

Private equity specialist Geoffrey Bailhache adds to firm's ongoing European expansion....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Latham & Watkins lands US trade commission's former competition bureau director

Ian Conner will join as a partner in the firm's litigation and trial department in Washington....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE OPENING

Allen & Overy opens in Los Angeles with hire of six-partner Akin Gump renewables team

Co-heads of global projects switch firms as Magic Circle UK practice joins London-based rival Freshfields on West Coast....

BIG STORIES | COMBINATION

ECIJA expands Latin America footprint through combination with Argentina's ELZEN

Deal is firm's fifth in the region since the start of last year, with Spanish firm eying further transactions....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Dentons names new Scotland managing partner in all-women leadership team

Claire Armstrong joins Glasgow and Edinburgh office heads Alison Bryce and Kirsti Olson....

BIG STORIES | SOVEREIGNS

Hogan Lovells widens government focus with launch of sovereigns practice

Global team will be led by London-based infrastructure partner Jeremy Brittenden....

BIG STORIES | LITIGATION FUNDING

Former TheJudge owners set up litigation fund Erso Capital with the Thomas Miller Group

Deal follows Thomas Miller's acquisition of litigation insurance broker TheJudge Group....

BIG STORIES | TRADEMARKS

K&L Gates launches China-focused IP agency to bolster global trademark coverage

New agency will work directly with China's IP authorities rather than deal with local firms....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Robinson+Cole elects first female managing partner in its 175-year history

Regional US firm celebrates 'long overdue' milestone as litigation lawyer Rhonda Tobin takes on top job....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Davis Polk expands in Beijing with equity capital markets partner hire from Freshfields

Wall Street firm cites growing demand for elite Hong Kong law advice as Jason Xu climbs on board....

BIG STORIES | ESG MOVEMENT

Herbert Smith Freehills steps up sustainability focus with new practice group

London-based energy partner Silke Goldberg appointed global leader of ESG practice....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

MoFo launches pro bono support programme for black-owned businesses

Black Venture Accelerator will provide free legal services and business-related advice....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Faegre Drinker boosts restructuring group with twin US partner hires

Richard Bernard and Scott Gautier join from Foley & Lardner and Robins Kaplan respectively....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Dechert hires Weil's former head of restructuring and insolvency in London

Adam Plainer joins as co-head of US firm's global financial restructuring group....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

DWF adds insurance partner in Dubai less than a year after UAE scale back

Brian Boahene joins from Ince to help build DWF's insurance presence in the region....

BIG STORIES | ALSPS

Majority of US law firms, in-house legal teams using ALSPs, Thomson Reuters survey finds

Alternative legal service provider market hits 'point of maturity' as 80% of law firms say they use them....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP CHANGES

New Zealand firm Bell Gully names new chair and promotes three to partner

Real estate lawyer Andrew Petersen replaces Anna Buchly in the top seat....

BIG STORIES | DISPUTES

Pandemic-related disputes likely to increase this year, Norton Rose Fulbright survey shows

Almost a fifth of US in-house teams also likely to increase staff numbers amid expected rise in workload....

BIG STORIES | COVID-19

UK law firm closures limited in 2020 despite impact of pandemic, lockdowns

Number of firms declines just 2%, helped partly by drop in operating expenses, according to Hazlewoods....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP CHANGES

O'Melveny makes raft of leadership changes across departments, practice groups

Apalla Chopra named litigation co-chair, Eric Richards becomes corporate co-chair; second vice chair also appointed....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE MOVE

Freshfields signals Silicon Valley commitment with 10-year office lease in Redwood City

Move to be completed early next year when magic circle firm leaves temporary home in Menlo Park....

BIG STORIES | PRACTICE LAUNCH

BonelliErede launches competition litigation task force to combat unfair commercial practices

New group led by nine partners and counsel from its civil litigation and corporate law departments....

BIG STORIES | DIGITALISATION

UnitedLex hires five ex-Big Four execs as it ramps up digital transformation expertise

Quintet includes PwC's former digital strategy and innovation leader David Clarke....

BIG STORIES | COVID-19

Most companies avoiding mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations, Littler survey finds

Concerns over legal liability and employee morale deterring enforced jabs....

BIG STORIES | MANAGEMENT

DLA Piper extends international managing partner's term amid Covid-related uncertainty

Simon Levine will have his second four-year term extended by two years until 2024....

BIG STORIES | ACQUISITION

US firm Armstrong Teasdale acquires London's Kerman & Co in first overseas venture

Rare transatlantic deal for practice outside Am Law 100 sees St Louis firm add more than 50 UK-based lawyers....

BIG STORIES | BOUTIQUE LAUNCH

Ex-Jones Day partner launches sustainability-focused boutique in Hong Kong

Ben McQuhae & Co will choose work based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Hogan Lovells bolsters London M&A and disputes practices with five-partner hiring spree

Arrivals include White & Case corporate co-head Patrick Sarch and highly rated Debevoise partner Kevin Lloyd....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Hogan Lovells names Paris IP partner and diversity and inclusion advocate as next chair

Marie-Aimée de Dampierre will assume role from Leopold von Gerlach at the start of May....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Simpson Thacher makes double partner hire in European restructuring push

London partners Adam Gallagher and James Watson join as European investment drive continues....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

MoFo beefs up national security team with hiring of former Mueller prosecutor

DoJ's links underlined as Brandon Van Grack climbs on board as two partners move the other way....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

McCarthy Denning taps magic circle veterans for private equity launch

Real estate-focused practice will be headed by former Clifford Chance partners Iain Morpeth and Michael Wistow....

BIG STORIES | LEGALTECH

KPMG reveals alliance with legaltech startup SirionLabs to boost contract offering

Partnership comes as Covid-19 forces companies to accelerate their digital transformation plans....

BIG STORIES | PRIVATE CLIENT

Shepherd and Wedderburn lands 20-strong Scottish private client team from Dentons

Team is led by Glasgow-based partners Eleanor Kerr and Alexis Graham....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

Simpson Thacher unveils Brussels office launch plan in response to Brexit

Former Allen & Overy antitrust global co-head Antonio Bavasso lined up to head second European office....

BIG STORIES | FIRM LAUNCH

Shearman arbitration co-heads depart with six other partners to set up disputes firm

Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes will open in Paris, London and New York, joint statement reveals....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Allen & Overy's Shanghai JV partner hires Fangda litigation team and opens in Beijing

Melody Wang and three-lawyer team joins Lang Yue as head of Chinese litigation....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

Addleshaw Goddard raids BCLP, K&L Gates in Paris to open 22-strong office

Team of 18 BCLP lawyers led by former office head forms bedrock of UK firm's second mainland European arm....

BIG STORIES | BRAND RECOGNITION

Baker McKenzie extends its run as top ranking firm in Acritas Global Brand Index

Global giant holds off DLA Piper and fast-rising Dentons to take top spot for 11th straight year....

BIG STORIES | LEADERSHIP CHANGES

DLA Piper Africa appoints new managing partner to maintain 'strong progress' in the region

Current Middle East managing partner Peter Somekh replaces the outgoing David Church....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

Vinson & Elkins bolsters Latin America focus with M&A partner hire from Linklaters

Departure of Gabriel Silva in New York follows Latham's hire of two Lat Am-focused partners from Clifford Chance....

BIG STORIES | CAPITAL MARKETS

Cleary Gottlieb tops Latin America capital markets advisory league tables in 2020

LexLatin data shows Simpson Thacher in second and Sherman & Sterling in third....

BIG STORIES | DEALS

Emerging Europe M&A eyes rebound after strong end to year

Overall activity slowed to a decade low, though Q4 was busiest since 2016, according to research by CMS....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Milbank unveils quartet of Hong Kong M&A and private equity partners after raids on UK Magic Circle

New arrivals include ex-Clifford Chance Asia Pacific private equity co-heads Andrew Whan and Neeraj Budhwani....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

Paul Weiss advances West Coast expansion plans with trio of litigation partners from Orrick

New York firm also brings in corporate partner from Kirkland & Ellis to bolster new San Francisco office....

BIG STORIES | LEGALTECH

Legaltech startup Lupl secures $14m funding ahead of full launch this year

Washington DC outfit backed by CMS, Cooley and Rajah & Tann Asia also installs CEO....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRES

Latham & Watkins hires Clifford Chance duo in Latin America deals push

Capital markets partners Gianluca Bacchiocchi and Guido Liniado join firm in New York....

BIG STORIES | LAW FIRM LEADERSHIP

Aluko & Oyebode co-founder steps down as chair ushering in new leadership team

Top Nigerian firm transitions from 'founder-led' status as it looks to invest in legaltech and new practice areas....

BIG STORIES | PARTNER HIRE

HFW hires Reed Smith's Singapore head to boost commodities team

Peter Zaman climbs on board as UK-based firm celebrates 30th anniversary in Singapore; Reed Smith hires in Athens....

BIG STORIES | OFFICE LAUNCH

Shearman & Sterling reopens in Munich with double partner hire from Linklaters

New York firm starts rebuilding in Germany where it once boasted a top tier M&A practice....

BIG STORIES | TEAM HIRE

Hogan Lovells raids Baker McKenzie for seven-strong Paris private equity team

Hires of partners Matthieu Grollemund and Hélène Parent follows recent PE appointments in London, Shanghai and Frankfurt....

BIG STORIES | JUDICIARY

BonelliErede hires former president of Milan's appeals court

Veteran lawyer Marina Tavassi, who left her role at the Court of Appeal last year, will be based in Milan....

BIG STORIES | DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Squire Patton Boggs names first African-American woman to global board

Washington DC-based partner Alethia Nancoo is one of two new board appointments....

BIG STORIES | RULE OF LAW

Crowell & Moring calls on US Vice President to invoke 25th Amendment following Capitol siege

Washington-based firm says Trump is unfit for office and calls on other law firm leaders to join call to protect democracy....

BIG STORIES | US ELECTIONS

American Bar Association slams Trump supporters' assault on US Capitol

ABA president Patricia Lee Refo condemns 'criminal' attempt to subvert 'revered American tradition'....

BIG STORIES | SUSTAINABILITY

Rajah & Tann Singapore opens sustainability practice amid growing ESG compliance needs

New regional practice group will be led by banking and finance partner Lee Weilin....

BIG STORIES | MERGER

US firm Dinsmore & Shohl unveils merger with Indiana-based Wooden McLaughlin

Deal sees Dinsmore add three new offices and 47 new attorneys to its nationwide roster....