Targeting USA: Linklaters reshuffles teams to boost corporate and disputes

Targeting USA: Linklaters reshuffles teams to boost corporate and disputes

Magic Circle firm Linklaters has moved its TMT and tax groups from its commercial division into corporate. The firm has overhauled a three-strand structure – corporate, commercial and finance and projects – in a bid to strengthen its corporate team as the firm looks to crack America.

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Linklaters reshuffles to boost corporate and disputes

Magic Circle firm Linklaters has moved its TMT and tax groups from its commercial division into corporate. The firm has overhauled a three-strand structure – corporate, commercial and finance and projects – in a bid to strengthen its corporate team as the firm looks to crack America.

Around 40 lawyers globally from tax and TMT will come under the corporate umbrella, with the commercial group having been rebranded as dispute resolution.

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US expansion: Clifford Chance boosts Washington office with Bingham structured finance team

US expansion: Clifford Chance boosts Washington office with Bingham structured finance team

Clifford Chance has recruited a five-strong team from beleaguered US firm Bingham McCutchen to its Washington DC office, led by partners Robert Gross and William Cejudo, in a bid to enhance its US structured finance and real estate finance offering.

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When will the US become a land of opportunity for Freshfields?

Tom Moore looks at Freshfields’ recent expansion in Manhattan

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made growing its US practice its number one priority and the firm has even stepped on a few Wall Street toes in 2014 with its aggressive hiring strategy. In the space of a month, six new partners have been drafted in, including Shearman & Sterling M&A veteran Peter Lyons and former Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz dealmaker Mitchell Presser to boost an underweight transactional group. Despite success in US disputes and investigations work, Freshfields has lacked a real M&A engine in New York but has pinned its hopes on the duo putting a change to that.

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First Edwards Wildman City fallout since ‘revolt’ as Cooley one of three US firms circling

First Edwards Wildman City fallout since ‘revolt’ as Cooley one of three US firms circling

In many ways the only real surprise about the departure of Edwards Wildman senior London venture capital partner Shawn Atkinson to Orrick is the speed with which it has been announced, after Legal Business revealed on Tuesday (17 June) that the US top 100 firm is in talks with five London partners following a string of exits, with Cooley and two other US firms said to be circling. Continue reading “First Edwards Wildman City fallout since ‘revolt’ as Cooley one of three US firms circling”

‘Definitely more interest in the EU’ – OC’s Silicon Valley head talks San Francisco launch and US strategy

‘Definitely more interest in the EU’ – OC’s Silicon Valley head talks San Francisco launch and US strategy

Building on its existing offices in the Silicon Valley and New York, Osborne Clarke (OC) is rolling out its strategy of providing European legal advice to digital businesses in the US with the launch of a new San Francisco base, which office head Steve Wilson says will help the firm engrain itself in the area’s budding digital business community. Continue reading “‘Definitely more interest in the EU’ – OC’s Silicon Valley head talks San Francisco launch and US strategy”

American without tears – succession planning at the increasingly transatlantic DLA Piper

American without tears – succession planning at the increasingly transatlantic DLA Piper

So the experiment ends as a qualified success. News of the early-timed succession planning at DLA Piper confirmed that well-regarded IP and technology partner Simon Levine is to assume Nigel Knowles’ role as co-chief executive, with Knowles next year taking on the role of co-chair in place of Tony Angel.

Angel, of course, had been recruited two and a half years ago to sharpen up DLA Piper’s governance, financial management and improve links with its US business. Recruiting the former Linklaters managing partner was pretty much unprecedented in the profession in terms of hiring a c-suite executive from one major firm to another, and very different institutions at that. The official message was that Knowles had spontaneously pressed his old mate to join Team DLA. There was a degree of spin in that. While the pair had long been friendly, there was pressure from the US – which had grown weary over a series of missteps in Europe and the Middle East – for Angel’s appointment. Continue reading “American without tears – succession planning at the increasingly transatlantic DLA Piper”