London office headcount: 69 lawyers, 19 partners Fee-earner headcount change since 2011: n/a London head: Tim Frazer Office speciality: Life sciences, dispute resolution, telecommunications, white-collar crime
Linklaters has won a mandate to lead takeover defence for FTSE 250 housebuilder Bovis Homes, advising on merger bids from two rivals, with CMS Cameron McKenna advising prospective buyer Galliford Try. The negotiations saw regular Bovis adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lose out on the mandate to its Magic Circle rival.
While the firm has been the subject of media scrutiny as it refocuses its US business, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has enjoyed solid growth in its London office with turnover up to $44.9m, Legal Business can reveal.
In one of the largest penalties awarded against a law firm by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Clyde & Co has been fined £50,000, while three partners also received £10,000 each in fines for breaching accounting and money laundering rules.
While there has been no shortage of firms announcing partnerships with legal AI providers, Slaughter and May has gone a step further and taken a 5% stake in Luminance, the due diligence AI supported by tech billionaire Mike Lynch.
Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has made a series of new management changes to its Far East offices, with new managing partners for its Hong Kong and Singapore offices and the appointment of project finance partner Nick Merritt as head of Asia business strategy.
While the transatlantic firm has repeatedly stated its aim to bulk out its corporate weight, Hogan Lovells is expected to land a veteran team of former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners to its Silicon Valley office following a partnership vote.
In a push into disputes innovation, Taylor Wessing has started working with legal tech provider Brainspace for UK litigation analysis.
With his international tour as global chair coming to a close, Baker McKenzie‘s new chief Paul Rawlinson is targeting renewed growth in the firm’s transactional practices in London, New York and China.
Linklaters has hired Goldman Sachs managing director Sarah Mook into the firm’s restructuring team. Mook joins the global restructuring and insolvency practice at the end of June. Her practice includes expertise in special situations, financing and distressed M&A.