‘Necessary bandwidth’: Addleshaws lures deal finance veteran from McDermott

‘Necessary bandwidth’: Addleshaws lures deal finance veteran from McDermott

Amid a quiet month for the lateral recruitment market in London, Addleshaw Goddard made the most significant play, bolstering its City banking practice with the hire of leveraged finance partner Peter Crichton from US firm McDermott Will & Emery. Well known in the deal community, Crichton joins Addleshaws’ active mid-market practice led by Alex Dumphy. …

Ashurst, Slaughters and White & Case re-elect leaders as rivals ring in the change

Ashurst, Slaughters and White & Case re-elect leaders as rivals ring in the change

The recent spate of leadership elections has seen Ashurst, Slaughter and May and White & Case all sticking with tradition while Stephenson Harwood and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan bet on new leaders. May saw Hugh Verrier’s term as White & Case chair extended to 16 years after he was re-elected for another four years …

The Euro Elite: Market overviews

The Euro Elite: Market overviews

Ireland The Emerald Isle may be small – its two million-workforce delivers a tax take of just €50bn – but last year’s exceptional 6.7% GDP growth followed an equally strong 2017 and makes Ireland the standout performer among the EU27. All would be well were it not for another six-month delay to Brexit. ‘There was …

Bench strengths – Sizing up the City’s top dispute teams

Bench strengths – Sizing up the City’s top dispute teams

The best dispute lawyers often have something of the diva or rockstar about them – argumentative, uncompromising and brash. Michael Davison, head of Hogan Lovells’ litigation, arbitration and employment group, describes Neal Katyal, who runs the firm’s Washington DC disputes team, as such a figure. It is easy to see why: at the age of …

Market Report: White-Collar Crime – Closing the net on corruption

Market Report: White-Collar Crime – Closing the net on corruption

With deferred prosecution agreements proving a success and the scale of investigations increasing, things have never been busier for corporate crime firms. Anna Cole-Bailey discusses The consensus among white-collar crime partners is that financial misconduct cases are not going away any time soon. With many investigations historic, they leave deep footprints over time.

Market Report: Employment – The toughest gig in town

Market Report: Employment – The toughest gig in town

As #MeToo continues to shine an uncomfortable light on many industries, Anna Cole-Bailey looks at how its influence on employment litigation in firms is likely to come into full swing in 2019 For Sarah Henchoz, a partner in Allen and Overy’s employment team who has hailed 2019 ‘the year of culture’ for big employers, her …

The Client Profile: Christine Dekker, McDonald’s

The Client Profile: Christine Dekker, McDonald’s

Chicago-born Christine Dekker’s decade-long run as legal counsel for McDonald’s has seen her relocate from the US to Shanghai for work in 2014 on a gamble that paid career dividends, ultimately earning her the role of general counsel (GC) for the UK and Ireland three years later. As vice president-GC for the restaurant chain’s Chinese …

CMS dismisses City IP head and reports to watchdog as scrutiny of partner conduct grows

CMS dismisses City IP head and reports to watchdog as scrutiny of partner conduct grows

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang’s former head of IP Joel Barry has been asked to leave its partnership in a matter that has been reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). In the latest senior dismissal to hit City law amid increasing scrutiny of partner behaviour, CMS terminated Barry’s appointment on 16 April. CMS declined …

Revolving Doors: King & Spalding continues lateral spree with double hire as Linklaters loses NY funds partners to Debevoise

Revolving Doors: King & Spalding continues lateral spree with double hire as Linklaters loses NY funds partners to Debevoise

The first week of April saw no fooling around in the lateral hires market. King & Spalding has continued its six-month long lateral hiring run, bolstering its projects and disputes practices in London with a double hire of project development and financing partner Nikhil Markanday and arbitration and public international law partner Giorgio Mandelli. Last …

The Client Profile: Hugh Pugsley, HSBC

The Client Profile: Hugh Pugsley, HSBC

‘Before university I spent a year working in India in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, teaching English, maths and personal hygiene,’ Hugh Pugsley, general counsel (GC) for HSBC’s UK banking and insurance businesses, casually slips in at the end of the interview. Although his days of reading the complete works of Hector Hugh Munro (‘Saki’) to …