Global 100 firm Dentons has made a key strategic hire to enhance its offering in Latin America and the Caribbean, appointing the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) general counsel (GC), Jorge Alers, to be chief executive officer for the region.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is continuing to boost its New York M&A practice’s leadership, installing Shearman & Sterling partner Peter Lyons as co-head of its global public M&A group, after hiring Skadden and Wachtell veterans earlier this month to take leading roles.
US firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has made a key hire to its global capital markets practice with Ashurst partner David Quirolo, as the New York-headquartered firm continues its efforts to rebuild its London finance team.
UK firm Stephenson Harwood has closed its office in Guangzhou as the firm reviews its strategy in China, while Hogan Lovells has continued to bolster its Asia offering with another lateral hire, as Paul Hastings' Tokyo project finance head Joe Kim joining the firm.
In a sign the Emirates stock market is heating up, Linklaters, Allen & Overy and Al Tamimi & Company have all taken roles on Emaar Malls Group’s up to $1.58bn initial public offering (IPO) which is expected to be the Gulf’s biggest stock sale since 2008, and is hoped will pave the way for a raft of new company listings following a six year drought.
It's stated so often but never questioned: everywhere you turn, in-house lawyers pay tribute to the holy grail of 'being commercial'. But, as I will argue, such an approach raises substantive and troubling questions regarding the influence on the ethical compass that is supposed to be an in-house lawyer's most important tool.