Freshfields beats gender target for fourth year in a row in latest partner promotion round

Magic Circle firm elevates 23 to partner, with women accounting for more than half of promotions

Fieldfisher raids SKW Schwarz to boost media and entertainment practice in Germany

UK firm recruits 11 lawyers, seven from SKW Schwarz, as part of plans to build out a pan-European media and entertainment practice

Skadden elevates 21 to partnership in latest promotions round

US promotions dominate this year’s cohort, though overall numbers are lower than 2023’s round

Noerr spins out four CEE offices to Kinstellar

Leading German independent cites limited growth in the region as it hives off majority of CEE network

Landmark EU corporate sustainability legislation on hold after U-turn by Germany

European Council fails to approve Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive over bureaucracy fears

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BMW wades into dispute between Irish patent monetiser and its litigation funder

German car maker says it is still owed costs from one of the parties in a series of patent infringement actions

Volkswagen is latest carmaker to join Avanci’s 5G licensing programme

Group that includes Audi and Seat joins more that 25 automotive brands that can now use the standard essential patents of more than 60 patent holders

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Willkie unveils Munich launch plans and new German leadership

Frankfurt office head Georg Linde becomes German managing partner, alongside co-managing partner Kamyar Abrar

End in sight to dispute between BMW, patent monetiser and Susman Godfrey

Law firm had tried to withdraw as counsel, but parties now working on settlement in long running patent infringement action

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Eversheds Sutherland absorbs four-partner KWM team in Frankfurt

Ten lawyers join with business services colleague as part of Eversheds’ and KWM’s cooperation agreement forged last year

ESG in 2024: getting to grips with the new paradigm

Due diligence, stock exchange requirements, carbon markets and nature will be on next year's ESG agenda, write HSF’s Silke Goldberg, Ernst Muller and Tihomir Svilanovic

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Norton Rose Fulbright unveils 49-strong partner class

Canada and US arms account for lion’s share of promotions with seven made up in London

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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

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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White & Case announces 42-lawyer partner promotion class

Cohort edges down from 46 last year with proportion of women slipping from 52% to 36%

‘It is key that the legal function is an enabler rather than an inhibitor of ideas’: luxury executive Daniel Feith

Oracle Solicitors’ Tim Fongern talks with REAWAKE co-CEO Daniel Feith about the company’s move into second-hand luxury, sustainability concerns, the challenges of counterfeiting and plans for growth

Addleshaw Goddard adds energy team in Germany from EY law

UK firm continues European expansion push with hire of seven-strong team led by EY Law’s German energy practice head

Freshfields, Skadden lead on Deutsche Bahn’s Arriva sale to I Squared Capital

Freshfields acts for Deutsche Bahn in deal valuing Arriva at reported €1.6bn

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Pinsent Masons adds partner trio in Germany from Dentons in Europe growth push

Public sector and EU law duo join in Dusseldorf alongside corporate partner and team of associates

Digital piracy increases by 3.3% in 2022, says EUIPO report

For the first time in years, piracy levels rose in 2022, largely driven by TV shows, series, films and manga publications