Boies Schiller Flexner opens in Rome with five-strong team

New York litigation heavyweight’s second Italian branch will target commerical litigation and ESG-related work

Around the house: All Africa Capital hires first GC, Buffalo Bills end hunt for new legal chief

This week’s roundup of top in-house moves also includes appointments at Novavax, AIMCo, Sempra and Modine

Gowling WLG grows in Germany with quartet of senior hires

Recruits join as partners from firms including Norton Rose Fulbright and DLA Piper to bolster recently-launched Frankfurt office

Court of Appeal’s historic ruling on mediation heralds “new era of positive change”

Campaigners have welcomed ruling that ends 20-year precedent preventing courts from ordering mediation

Court of Appeal gives judges green light to order parties into mediation

Eagerly awaited judgment welcomed by arbitration and mediation bodies

Compensation claims over collapse of Axiom Ince hit £33m

Regulator says it hopes to avoid additional levy on solicitors by prioritising claims

Dechert’s Paris international arbitration team to spin out as local boutique

Departure of 13-strong team is being put down to a strategy shift by Dechert

Addleshaw Goddard elects Middle East and Asia head as new managing partner

Andrew Johnston to succeed John Joyce following latter’s decision to stand down early

Mathys & Squire files test case to improve openness and transparency at the UPC

IP firm believe the newly established court is interpreting the public access rules too restrictively, looks to the EPO as a ‘paragon of openness’ in this area

European invasion – firms flood into the EU’s legal markets

US and UK firms have been seeking to expand their European footprints post-Brexit, writes Buchanan Law’s James Lavan

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Huawei and Sharp sign patent cross licensing deal of 4G and 5G technology

Chinese and Japanese technology companies agree to license their mobile standard essential patents

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The bonus balance: navigating global compensation in Big Law

Associates want a global, consistent approach to bonuses and pay, writes Major Lindsey & Africa’s Nathan Peart

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Senior ranks of Dutch lawyers near gender parity, study finds

While 46% of all senior lawyers are women, male leaders continue to dominate in law firms and corporate legal teams

Latham & Watkins adds private credit partner duo in London from Akin Gump

Fergus Wheeler and Paul Yin join banking practice after only 10 months at Akin

Nexa names new CEO amid wider leadership shuffle

Consultant lawyer platform also names new COO and hires chief marketing officer

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UK to join Hague 2019 convention on international enforcement of judgments

Disputes lawyers welcome step as vital post-Brexit measure to protect English law’s status

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Comic Relief names Diageo general counsel as new chair

Former Linklaters partner Tom Shropshire to step in on interim basis following Eric Salama’s early retirement

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Garrigues names first woman senior partner, promotes 16 to partner

Labour and employment lawyer Rosa Zarza to succeed Javier Ybáñez at helm of leading Spanish firm in January

Slaughters seeks out generative AI-focused products for next incubator programme

Magic Circle firm opens applications for fourth round of its Collaborate initiative

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