Quinn closes NY office after partner tests positive for coronavirus

Quinn closes NY office after partner tests positive for coronavirus

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has temporarily closed its New York office after a partner tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

The partner has been absent from the office since early March due to the virus, with the firm instructing staff to work remotely from March 9 to March 13 as a result. It is now tracking down individuals who have been in contact with the partner in previous days. Continue reading “Quinn closes NY office after partner tests positive for coronavirus”

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. Huntsworth provides marketing and medical communication services to pharmaceutical companies and recently reported revenue of £264.9m for 2019. Continue reading “Dealwatch: CC beats Coronavirus jitters with two mandates as DLA drinks up Danone deal”

More partner conferences suspended amid spike in coronavirus cases

More partner conferences suspended amid spike in coronavirus cases

Coronavirus is increasingly having its impact felt in the business of law, with Simmons & Simmons the latest firm to postpone its partner conference as the virus spreads across Europe.

In a statement, the firm said: ‘In response to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus across parts of Europe and Asia, Simmons & Simmons has regretfully decided to postpone its partner conference until a later date. The firm believes that this decision will safeguard the health of employees across its international network.’ Continue reading “More partner conferences suspended amid spike in coronavirus cases”

Coronavirus hits Central Europe as Wolf Theiss partner hospitalised and three staff test positive

Coronavirus hits Central Europe as Wolf Theiss partner hospitalised and three staff test positive

The coronavirus epidemic has spread to Austria and hit one of Central Europe’s most prominent law firms, with a partner at Wolf Theiss hospitalised in serious condition and three more employees testing positive to Covid-19.

A spokesperson for Wolf Theiss confirmed that on Thursday last week (27 February) it learned one of its partners had contracted the virus. The firm began testing all its Vienna staff within 24 hours, with more than 200 employees tested on Friday and another 80 on Monday. Three tested positive. Continue reading “Coronavirus hits Central Europe as Wolf Theiss partner hospitalised and three staff test positive”

Coronavirus fallout continues as Latham suspends NY partner conference while Bakers re-opens London branch

Coronavirus fallout continues as Latham suspends NY partner conference while Bakers re-opens London branch

Fears around the spreading coronavirus have yet again affected the business of law, as the world’s second-highest grossing firm Latham & Watkins called off its annual global partnership meeting in New York citing safety concerns.

Meanwhile Baker McKenzie has re-opened its London office today (2 March) after an employee taken ill with suspected symptoms last week tested negative to the COVID-19. Continue reading “Coronavirus fallout continues as Latham suspends NY partner conference while Bakers re-opens London branch”

Baker McKenzie shuts London office amid Coronavirus fears

Baker McKenzie shuts London office amid Coronavirus fears

Baker McKenzie has shut its London office as a precaution after a member of staff was taken ill with suspected coronavirus.

First reported in RollonFriday, the firm shut its 100 New Bridge Street office on Thursday afternoon, with the 1,000-strong workforce, including 119 partners, sent home. Continue reading “Baker McKenzie shuts London office amid Coronavirus fears”