Deal view: Eversheds deal team – so much promise but so much steady

Deal view: Eversheds deal team – so much promise but so much steady

Newcomers to London quickly learn the rules of the escalator: stand still on the right or keep moving on the left. The risk with changing your mind is you can land flat on your face. For Eversheds Sutherland, the consensus view is that its corporate team has stood on the right for years, moving along …

Natural selection: Darwin’s evolution to DLA Piper senior partner ‘only fitting’

Natural selection: Darwin’s evolution to DLA Piper senior partner ‘only fitting’

DLA Piper has elected firm veteran Andrew Darwin its new senior partner after last year’s surprise departure of Juan Picón sparked the firm’s first contested senior partner election in a decade. Darwin has been at DLA his entire career since joining in 1981, and previously held management roles within the firm including chief operating officer, head …

Deal watch: DLA Piper and Addleshaws advise on Carillion fire sale as US and UK firms pick up major mandates

Deal watch: DLA Piper and Addleshaws advise on Carillion fire sale as US and UK firms pick up major mandates

DLA Piper and Addleshaw Goddard have won roles advising on the sale of part of recently-collapsed Carillion’s business while Watson Farley & Williams (WFW), Allen & Overy (A&O), Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis all picked up major deals this week. Addleshaw Goddard advised engineering and construction company J Murphy & …

LLP latest: Taylor Wessing tightens its belt as Pinsent Masons gets expansive

LLP latest: Taylor Wessing tightens its belt as Pinsent Masons gets expansive

The latest round of LLP accounts show profit, management pay and remuneration for the highest earning member all fell at Taylor Wessing, while Pinsent Masons delivered strong growth across the board, pushing its top earner past the £1m mark. Taylor Wessing’s accounts for the year to 30 April 2017 show that despite a small 2% increase in …

LLP accounts: Addleshaw Goddard boasts ‘underlying’ growth as top-earner takes a haircut

LLP accounts: Addleshaw Goddard boasts ‘underlying’ growth as top-earner takes a haircut

LLP accounts show Addleshaw Goddard’s top earner took a 30% pay cut as both profit and income fell in a year when Brexit affected transaction levels in the first half before a recovery after September. However, the firm insists it is performing well and growing on an underlying basis, both domestically and internationally, as it …

In-house: Former Aviva leader Risam lands at Blackstone wealth management firm

In-house: Former Aviva leader Risam lands at Blackstone wealth management firm

The highly-regarded former Aviva UK Life general counsel (GC) Monica Risam has joined Luxembourg wealth-structuring company Lombard International Assurance as its Europe GC. Risam (pictured) will lead a multi-disciplinary team of about 60 people across legal, regulatory affairs, company secretariat, risk and compliance at the company, which is owned by private equity giant Blackstone Group …

And then there were three: DLA Piper senior partner finalists named

And then there were three: DLA Piper senior partner finalists named

DLA Piper’s first senior partner contest in a decade is down to three candidates after the first round of voting closed on Friday (26 January). London-based international corporate head Bob Bishop, emerging markets managing director Andrew Darwin, and corporate partner Jon Hayes now face 10 days of hustings before the firm’s new senior partner is …

‘Enormous’ £75.5m currency boost flatters DLA Piper LLP accounts

‘Enormous’ £75.5m currency boost flatters DLA Piper LLP accounts

  The dramatic impact of currency markets during the 2016/17 period has significantly bolstered another law firm’s LLP accounts, with the latest beneficiary, DLA Piper International, adding £75.5m to its top line on the back of exchange rate movements last year. This currency boost accounted for 69% of the international (non-US) revenue improvement for the …

Societe Generale names a dozen firms to new global law roster

Societe Generale names a dozen firms to new global law roster

French financial services group Societe Generale (SocGen) has named 12 law firms to its new international panel, with a further six practices instructed for disputes and tax work. The panel is split into 12 full-service firms, which is broken down further into eight ‘preferred’ firms and four ‘selected’ firms, with a further six specialists responsible …

Revolving doors: Baker McKenzie and Clyde & Co double up in the City as international hires gain momentum

Revolving doors: Baker McKenzie and Clyde & Co double up in the City as international hires gain momentum

The City is stirring during a typically dreary January with at least six firms making lateral partner hires in London, while others bolster in Europe and Asia. Baker McKenzie and Clyde & Co both landed two London partners in the last week, while Osborne Clarke, White & Case, Fieldfisher and Brown Rudnick added to the …