Still punching – Can boutiques keep moving up a weight class amid mounting competition?

Still punching – Can boutiques keep moving up a weight class amid mounting competition?

‘Gone are the days where the client would just default to a certain adviser because that is who it has used all along,’ says Signature Litigation partner Daniel Spendlove. ‘Corporates, especially one-off distressed clients, are thinking about who they use carefully and that puts firms like ours in a strong position.’ Boutiques have been a …

Disputes perspectives: Constantine Partasides QC

Disputes perspectives: Constantine Partasides QC

Modern history was my undergrad. History has always been my passion. I had a sense I’d be a lawyer, but I thought I’d be spending enough of life studying and practising law so I decided to do something else. The MPhil in International Relations was really a continuation of the history because my history was …

Revolving doors: Orrick adds four-partner WFW projects team as Taylor Wessing invests in employment bench

Revolving doors: Orrick adds four-partner WFW projects team as Taylor Wessing invests in employment bench

After an eventful week and with many lawyers  working from home until further notice, City firms and US rivals continue to ramp up hires as Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Taylor Wessing and Pinsent Masons all made hires in London.   Orrick appointed a four-partner team to its energy and infrastructure practice in London from Watson Farley …

Revolving doors: Akin Gump adds to levfin bench as Eversheds and TLT hire disputes partners

Revolving doors: Akin Gump adds to levfin bench as Eversheds and TLT hire disputes partners

In a week that saw firms on high alert due to coronavirus, the City lateral market has maintained a steady pace as Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld appointed a finance partner and both Eversheds Sutherland and TLT added to their dispute resolution benches. Akin Gump added leveraged finance partner Amy Kennedy from Gibson, Dunn …

Revolving doors: Addleshaws, Proskauer and MoFo bolster London benches as CC looks to US

Revolving doors: Addleshaws, Proskauer and MoFo bolster London benches as CC looks to US

City recruitment maintained momentum last week as Addleshaw Goddard hired a commercial partner, Proskauer Rose added a litigation partner and Morrison and Foerster made a finance play. Addleshaws appointed Lewis Silkin partner Nathalie Moreno to its data and information practice in London. Moreno advises multinational clients on UK, French and EU data protection, privacy and cyber …

Dealwatch: CC beats Coronavirus jitters with two mandates as DLA drinks up Danone deal

Dealwatch: CC beats Coronavirus jitters with two mandates as DLA drinks up Danone deal

An ‘all over the place’ market which saw Coronavirus impact transactions did not stop Clifford Chance (CC) from advising on two high-profile mandates, as DLA Piper led on Danone’s acquisition of Harrogate Water. CC advised US-based private equity investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on its £400m acquisition of healthcare communications and public relations group Huntsworth. …

Revolving doors: White & Case appoints Sidley tax lawyer as McDermott returns to Hogan Lovells for corporate partner

Revolving doors: White & Case appoints Sidley tax lawyer as McDermott returns to Hogan Lovells for corporate partner

US players dominated the City recruitment drive last week as White & Case appointed a partner to its global tax practice, McDermott Will & Emery hired another Hogan Lovells partner and DLA Piper’s UK tax head rejoined Greenberg Traurig. White & Case added Sidley Austin partner Will Smith to its global tax practice in London. Smith …

Revolving doors: Taylor Wessing bolsters City real estate bench as Clydes revisits Keoghs for Manchester hire

Revolving doors: Taylor Wessing bolsters City real estate bench as Clydes revisits Keoghs for Manchester hire

In a muted week for the City recruitment market, Taylor Wessing made the only noteworthy London hire while Clyde & Co focused its attention on its Manchester office, revisiting Keogh for another lateral. Taylor Wessing hired City real estate lawyer Matthew Swainston from Forsters where he was a partner for more than 14 years.

Dealwatch: Big-ticket M&A back on track as Cleary and NRF lead on Alstom’s €6.2bn rail acquisition

Dealwatch: Big-ticket M&A back on track as Cleary and NRF lead on Alstom’s €6.2bn rail acquisition

Amid a relative dearth of substantial European buyouts recently, the proposed €6.2bn acquisition by France’s Alstom of the rail business of Canadian counterpart Bombardier will come as a boon for the international offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Norton Rose Fulbright. Alstom said on Monday (17 February) it had signed an agreement with …

Revolving doors: Goodwin appoints BCLP real estate partner as Mayer Brown hires White & Case City projects pair

Revolving doors: Goodwin appoints BCLP real estate partner as Mayer Brown hires White & Case City projects pair

American players dominated City recruitment last week as Goodwin Procter appointed a real estate partner, Mayer Brown made two hires to its banking & finance practice and Locke Lord recruited to its energy practice. Goodwin has appointed real estate investment funds partner Justin Cornelius in London. He joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner where he was leader …