Bird & Bird to launch in Tokyo with Ashurst corporate hire as firm sets sights on €1bn revenue mark

Bird & Bird to launch in Tokyo with Ashurst corporate hire as firm sets sights on €1bn revenue mark

Bird & Bird has announced it will open in Tokyo before the end of the year, with the new base set to be led by corporate partner Hiro Iwamura, who is joining from Ashurst.

The launch marks the first significant move for the firm since February’s unveiling of its new five-year strategy – which includes the ambitious goal of reaching €1bn in revenue within the next half-decade.

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DLA to open new Germany base as Paul Weiss hires from Simpson and Macfarlanes for Brussels bow

DLA to open new Germany base as Paul Weiss hires from Simpson and Macfarlanes for Brussels bow

DLA Piper has expanded its presence in Germany with the opening of its fifth office there, with confirmation of the move coming as Paul Weiss pushes ahead with a competition launch in Brussels.

Adding to its offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, and Munich, DLA Piper is set to establish in Düsseldorf on 15 April this year. Continue reading “DLA to open new Germany base as Paul Weiss hires from Simpson and Macfarlanes for Brussels bow”

Clifford Chance names Cohen first New York managing partner amid fresh bid to crack America with Houston office opening

Clifford Chance names Cohen first New York managing partner amid fresh bid to crack America with Houston office opening

In the wake of Allen & Overy’s stated ambition to merge with Shearman & Sterling, announced in May, Magic Circle peers have found themselves in the unenviable position of having to demonstrate to the market that they also have a coherent US expansion strategy.

Clifford Chance (CC) did not disappoint, on 15 June naming Ness Cohen as the first ever managing partner of its New York office. Cohen, a real estate lawyer by trade, has worked at CC since 1998 and was promoted to the partnership in 2007. He has also held the positions of regional practice area leader of the Americas real estate practice and chair of the Americas personnel committee. Continue reading “Clifford Chance names Cohen first New York managing partner amid fresh bid to crack America with Houston office opening”

‘Our clients led us to Houston’: Clifford Chance launches energy-focused Texan office as part of US expansion plans

‘Our clients led us to Houston’: Clifford Chance launches energy-focused Texan office as part of US expansion plans

Clifford Chance has opened a new office in Houston, bolstering its global energy and infrastructure practice in the US.

The firm has hired seven Houston-based partners to join the office, including Jonathan Castelan and Trevor Lavelle, who both join from Latham & Watkins. However, at this stage, Clifford Chance was unable to confirm the names of the remaining five partners or the firms they are moving from. Continue reading “‘Our clients led us to Houston’: Clifford Chance launches energy-focused Texan office as part of US expansion plans”

Global 100 firms expand in Asia as Dentons and Goodwin establish new bases

Global 100 firms expand in Asia as Dentons and Goodwin establish new bases

Dentons has become the first global law firm to combine with a law firm in India, as it finalised its tie-up with full-service firm Link Legal in October.

Link Legal has five offices across India in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, as well as an existing New York office, which it launched in February 2022. It is ranked across nine practice areas in The Legal 500’s Asia-Pacific guide, with top-tier rankings in aviation and projects and energy. Continue reading “Global 100 firms expand in Asia as Dentons and Goodwin establish new bases”

‘Venerable as Cravath’: Wall Street stalwart breaks with tradition to invest in Washington DC

‘Venerable as Cravath’: Wall Street stalwart breaks with tradition to invest in Washington DC

Cravath, Swaine & Moore has announced plans to open an office in Washington DC having hired three partners from US regulatory bodies.

The move is a bold one by the Wall Street stalwart, known for its traditionally conservative approach. The new Washington office will become just the third in the firm’s global network, adding to the New York headquarters established in 1819, and the London outpost added in 1973. Continue reading “‘Venerable as Cravath’: Wall Street stalwart breaks with tradition to invest in Washington DC”

Welcome to Miami: Kirkland and Winston open in Florida as Willkie targets Frankfurt capital markets

Welcome to Miami: Kirkland and Winston open in Florida as Willkie targets Frankfurt capital markets

Winston & Strawn and Kirkland & Ellis have boosted their profiles on the US east coast by opening Miami offices, while Willkie Farr & Gallagher has continued its recent expansion in Frankfurt by establishing a capital markets practice.

Fresh off the back of becoming the first law firm to surpass $6bn in annual global revenue, Kirkland is looking to use the new Miami office to further its goal of attracting the best legal talent. Continue reading “Welcome to Miami: Kirkland and Winston open in Florida as Willkie targets Frankfurt capital markets”

Quinn Emanuel expands European footprint with fifth German office in Berlin

Quinn Emanuel expands European footprint with fifth German office in Berlin

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has strengthened its German presence with the opening of a new office in Berlin with space for 10 lawyers.

The new office will be headed by Germany managing partner Marcus Grosch, who will split his time between Berlin, Mannheim and Munich. Grosch will be joined by an associate, but Quinn will also be looking to the local lateral market to bulk out the new hub. Continue reading “Quinn Emanuel expands European footprint with fifth German office in Berlin”

A&O opens in Boston as Simmons launches in Silicon Valley

A&O opens in Boston as Simmons launches in Silicon Valley

UK firms have made significant moves stateside, with Allen & Overy and Simmons & Simmons announcing the opening of new US offices.

Allen & Overy’s US expansion project appears set to continue. With a new office in Boston set to open following the arrival of a five-partner group from Goodwin. The firm, which has been recruiting across numerous US practice areas since the collapse of the planned merger with O’Melveny & Myers, welcomed the new partners into its intellectual property litigation practice, significantly bolstering its offering in the life sciences industry. Elizabeth Holland will join the New York office and is set to become the head of the US life sciences practice, with Bill James joining the firm in Washington. Continue reading “A&O opens in Boston as Simmons launches in Silicon Valley”

Following Brexit: Kirkland bolsters antitrust ambitions with Brussels office launch

Following Brexit: Kirkland bolsters antitrust ambitions with Brussels office launch

Kirkland & Ellis has nailed its European antitrust ambitions to the mast in the wake of the UK’s exit from the European Union to launch an office in Brussels.

Never normally one to be late to the party, the Chicago-bred giant has followed in the footsteps of several peers, many of which have operated a Belgian branch for decades, except notably Simpson Thacher, which in February opened up shop in the competition capital of Europe, to better serve its roster of heavyweight private equity clients. Continue reading “Following Brexit: Kirkland bolsters antitrust ambitions with Brussels office launch”