New players and tactics as London fights to retain global supremacy.
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Slaughter and May and best friend firm Uría Menéndez plus Davis Polk & Wardwell in the US were instructed by Santander to combine its asset management arm with Linklaters-client Unicredit's Pioneer Investments to create one of Europe's biggest asset managers.
Famed for its work on blockbuster M&A, Slaughter and May had five partners working around the clock as Deutsche Bank received a $2.5bn fine from regulatory authorities in the US and UK over investigations into its role in the manipulation of interest rates Libor and Euribor between 2005 and 2010.
Three months after persuading Eversheds' heavyweight real estate trio William Naunton, Clive Jones and Cornelius Medvei to stay in Big Law and not launch their own boutique, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has hired a team of Eversheds partners as it seeks to reshape its London office.
Stephenson Harwood and Ince & Co are the latest firms to announce their partner promotions, with the former making up five partners in London while Ince made up two in the City and a third partner in Dubai.