Skadden secures London acquisition finance partner from Willkie

Sebastian FitzGerald joins Wall Street heavyweight after seven years at Willkie

Opus 2 unveils new CEO amid US growth push

Greg Blackman succeeds Martin Coen at case preparation and dispute hearings software provider

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Willkie Farr hires Latham partner in London to co-chair European restructuring group

Simon Baskerville joins as Willkie moves to capitalise on expected uptick in restructuring work

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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

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

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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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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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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Kirkland adds senior tax partner in London from Macfarlanes

Ceinwen Rees second tax lawyer to join Chicago giant in London this month as it restocks after raid by Paul Weiss

BCLP appoints corporate specialist as next UK managing partner

Jinal Shah will take over from senior partner-elect Segun Osuntokun in January

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