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 …

Watching the watchmen – inside the growing market for legal advisory work

Watching the watchmen – inside the growing market for legal advisory work

It used to be that law firms were rather more comfortable doling out advice than receiving it, but in an increasingly complex and regulated environment, major law firms can no longer make do bluffing their way through. Given that corporate governance at law firms can often be much less virtuous than the example they preach …

Introduction: Risky business

Introduction: Risky business

There is a certain irony to be had in the fact that the best general counsel (GCs) these days are so highly regarded because they are not lawyers in the traditional sense. Increasingly, the conversations the Legal Business team had while researching the 2019 GC Powerlist were about branching out into other areas, with risk …

Revolving Doors: Weil loses buyout rising star McGonigle to fund as Fried Frank taps Linklaters’ finance team and King & Spalding and Simmons & Simmons make European hires

Revolving Doors: Weil loses buyout rising star McGonigle to fund as Fried Frank taps Linklaters’ finance team and King & Spalding and Simmons & Simmons make European hires

The most significant moves are not always to rival law firms as the exit of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ City private equity partner Samantha McGonigle to co-found a growth fund goes to show. Perpetuating the busy start to the lateral market, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has added to its City finance practice as …