Brazilian hat trick – NRF launches third Latin America office with hire of BP’s Andrew Haynes

Brazilian hat trick – NRF launches third Latin America office with hire of BP’s Andrew Haynes

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is to expand its Latin American footprint as it today (19 February) announces the launch of an office in Rio de Janeiro and the hire of BP’s global corporate assistant general counsel Andrew Haynes as office co-head.

The new office in Brazil, which will be also be run by current head of Colombia, Glenn Faas, will be the LB100 top ten firm’s third in the region after Venezuela (Caracas) and Colombia (Bogotá), and its 55th office worldwide. Continue reading “Brazilian hat trick – NRF launches third Latin America office with hire of BP’s Andrew Haynes”

New frontiers for Quinn Emanuel as US litigation leader sets up in Brussels

New frontiers for Quinn Emanuel as US litigation leader sets up in Brussels

Following a year of rapid international expansion that saw highly profitable litigation outfit Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan dominate the global litigation agenda with launches in jurisdictions such as Sydney and Hong Kong, the top 35 Global100 firm today (18 February) confirmed to Legal Business that it is to broaden out its capability with a launch in the heart of the European Union (EU), in Brussels.

The new office, its seventh in Europe, will focus on EU and member state competition litigation and investigations and will be managed by Nadine Herrmann, head of the firm’s European competition practice. Continue reading “New frontiers for Quinn Emanuel as US litigation leader sets up in Brussels”

US results season: White & Case sees revenues increase 4% as PEP hits $1.87m

US results season: White & Case sees revenues increase 4% as PEP hits $1.87m

Despite the recent relative economic revival in the US, the world’s largest legal market remains turbulent but early numbers from major US players do indicate many firms are now sustaining growth. Early out of the gate, White & Case has published its 2013 financial results reporting a steady 4.1% increase in global revenues with profits per equity partner (PEP) rising 10%.

Gross turnover at the top-15 global firm increased to $1.44bn in 2013 from $1.38bn in the previous year. The New York-based law firm’s revenue per lawyer grew at a similar level of 4.4% to $760,064 from $711,000, while its PEP rose to $1.87m from $1.7m, climbing 10%.

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Skadden’s London head Buck steps down as the City claims global management positions in energy and litigation

Skadden’s London head Buck steps down as the City claims global management positions in energy and litigation

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s longstanding European head Bruce Buck has stepped down from his role as London head as the leading Wall Street firm also makes a series of senior appointments that have seen a shift in power to the City.

After 25 years as Skadden’s City head, London-office founder Buck (pictured) has been replaced by corporate partner Pranav Trivedi. Buck will continue to serve as the firm’s European head. Continue reading “Skadden’s London head Buck steps down as the City claims global management positions in energy and litigation”

National Grid conducts wholesale review of internal and external legal function

Energy giant to analyse in-house team and links with UK and US counsel National Grid’s group general counsel (GC) Alison Kay has launched a wholesale review of the FTSE 100 energy giant’s in-house and external legal function, which will look at whether the internal legal team is delivering the right services and adding value to the business, as well as a potential shake-up of both its UK and US external law firm panel.

The current UK panel, which was put together in 2011 when National Grid cut its roster of firms by 25% to 16, includes Allen & Overy, Linklaters, DLA Piper, Eversheds, CMS Cameron McKenna, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Field Fisher Waterhouse.

Kay, who has been with National Grid since 1996 and was promoted to her current role in January 2013 when Helen Mahy left to pursue outside interests, said she is responding to rate pressures across the business and the energy sector as a whole.

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Clyde & Co loses 15-strong US litigation team to LeClairRyan

Latest exits add to departures of two partners from City headquarters

The expiry of Clyde & Co’s three-year post-merger partner lock-in appeared to pass almost unnoticed last April, but the UK top-20 firm has lost two London partners in recent months as its established US practice was hit in January with a 15-strong team walk out, which included three litigation partners.

London commercial partner Alan Meneghetti, who joined the firm five years ago as a legal director and became an aviation partner in 2010, left the firm on 31 December 2013 for Locke Lord’s corporate practice in London. Meneghetti’s experience within the aviation and aerospace sector includes handling regulatory issues surrounding procurement, data protection and privacy, intellectual property, information technology and the drafting and negotiating of commercial agreements.

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Taylor Wessing loses former insurance head to Edwards Wildman in second US raid

Taylor Wessing loses former insurance head to Edwards Wildman in second US raid

In the second US foray into Taylor Wessing’s partner pool this month, the top 20 firm has lost its former head of international insurance & reinsurance James Crabtree, who joins Amlaw 100 firm Edwards Wildman’s London office as a partner.

The insurance disputes lawyer joins Wildman’s 15-strong insurance team in the City. Prior to joining Taylor Wessing almost eight years ago, Crabtree served as head of insurance and reinsurance disputes at Pinsent Masons, and was also previously a partner at Stephenson Harwood. Continue reading “Taylor Wessing loses former insurance head to Edwards Wildman in second US raid”

Texas launch – Arnold & Porter opens Houston presence with four-partner Hogan Lovells litigation team

Texas launch – Arnold & Porter opens Houston presence with four-partner Hogan Lovells litigation team

Washington-headquartered Global 100 law firm Arnold & Porter has become the latest to launch in Houston with the hire of a four-strong litigation team from Hogan Lovells.

Thad Dameris, the former managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ Houston office, has left the transatlantic firm alongside litigation partners Trevor Jefferies, Christopher Odell and David Weiner, leaving a remaining partnership of six. Continue reading “Texas launch – Arnold & Porter opens Houston presence with four-partner Hogan Lovells litigation team”

Shearman settles controlling stake in Co-operative Bank for US hedge funds

Behind the scenes of the first-ever creditor bail-in of a bank in the UK.

Last month The Co-operative Group’s £1.5bn recapitalisation plan for its beleaguered banking arm unravelled as subordinated bondholder activists advised by Shearman & Sterling negotiated hard and settled on a controlling stake of 70% of the shares of the bank.

Under the agreement, bondholders including US hedge funds led by Aurelius Capital Management and Silver Point Capital – dubbed the LT2 Group as they hold subordinated bonds – will receive 70% of the shares in The Co-operative Bank plus £100m in newly-issued securities. They will also inject £125m of fresh capital into the bank while parent company The Co-operative Group will retain a 30% stake. Continue reading “Shearman settles controlling stake in Co-operative Bank for US hedge funds”

Guest post: The United States of Innovation – viewed from Wall Street, it could be a whole lot better

Guest post: The United States of Innovation – viewed from Wall Street, it could be a whole lot better

The other night I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the FT’s Innovative Lawyers 2013 US awards ceremony. (The report was published here the next day in the paper, and you can download a PDF.)

Since this is now an annual event – this year marks the fourth time they’ve done it in the US – it’s an occasion to step back and see how the conversation has evolved. Here’s the telling final paragraph of last year’s introductory piece, following a lengthy series of anecdotes from managing partners about ‘buggy whips’, ‘new market dynamics’, ‘requiring behaviour to change’, ‘the wow factor’, and ‘adapting to the moving cheese’:

All the chairmen of the top firms talk about change and the need to ‘not fight the last war’. And yet at the same time they cannot, they say, see their firms being all that different in five years’ time.

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