- This week, systemic coach Zita Tulyahikayo and barrister James Pereira QC explain the relationship between mood and food, and how better digestive health can enhance and support wellbeing and brain function.Being a lawyer is physically tough. The pressures of the job, and the physical neglect that comes with long hours, take their toll on the body. Since the practice of law is generally seen as an intellectual exercise, the physical effects are easily overlooked. Lawyers tend to view their physi
- Clifford Chance will begin using a video game to test the mettle of its trainee applicants should a trial prove successful, The Lawyer has learned.
Vacation scheme students at the magic circle firm have been asked to try out the video game and feedback to the firm.Graduate recruitment manager Jackie Trench declined to elaborate on the contents of the video game, stating it would “defeat the purpose” if candidates knew exactly what they were being tested on.
However The Lawyer underst
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- Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has seen its second partner exit in a week, losing financial regulatory partner Nick Bradbury to Allen & Overy (A&O).
Bradbury will join A&O’s non-contentious financial services regulatory practice in London.
He joined HSF as a partner in 2015 after a 12-year career at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate.
Bradbury is the second HSF partner exit to be announced in a week after the departure of former UK and EMEA finance h
- The final presidential debate led off with questions about the Supreme Court, which is currently deadlocked along liberal and conservative lines following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The candidates, in a sometimes somber tone that didn’t last through the debate, played to their bases in responses that focused on abortion, gun rights and the direction they would try to take the court when filling openings.
- Shoosmiths has advised international hotelier Leonardo Hotels Europe on the acquisition of Morrison Street Hotel Limited and its Edinburgh city centre hotel.
Following the successful opening of its first UK hotel in London, Leonardo Hotels Europe have expanded into Scotland with the purchase of the Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh City Centre.
The Shoosmiths’ corporate team was led by partner Stuart Murray and included associate Jen Paton and solicitor Alexander Lamley. Th
- The National Crime Agency estimates that billions of pounds of illicit wealth is laundered through the UK each year, that asset recovery levels are low and there are insufficient resources for law enforcement.
In these circumstances, Transparency International has called for the introduction of Unexplained Wealth Orders to help the fight against corrupt money coming into the UK; the organisation held a breakfast briefing to address this on Tuesday, 27 September 2016, at Outer Temple Chambers.
- Ogier’s European Head of Banking and Finance Katrina Edge is speaking at the second European Fund Finance symposium which Ogier is sponsoring tomorrow.
The event takes place at Claridge’s in Mayfair and is being attended by partners from our Cayman, Jersey, Guernsey and Luxembourg offices.
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- Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Cayman Islands legal advice to TVB Finance Limited in connection with the issue of $500m 3.625% guaranteed notes due 2021 (Stock Code: 4577) irrevocably and unconditionally guaranteed by Television Broadcasts Limited (“TVB”) (Stock Code: 511).
TVB operates five digital television channels, providing free and diversified television information/entertainment to over 2.45 million homes in Hong Kong round-the-clock. Its flagship channels, Jade (in Chin
- Collas Crill’s UK Real Estate Team will provide free legal services for the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation for the charity’s purchase of The Burrow; a property near Southampton Hospital.
Since November last year the Foundation has been fundraising for a second property for local families to use when their premature baby or critically ill child requires off-island treatment in Southampton.
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- Dr Michael Cartier was elected as an officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for the years 2016 to 2022. Dr Michael Cartier has previously been Chair of the IPBA TMT Committee from 2013 to 2016.
The IPBA is an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a strong interest in the Asia-Pacific Region. It was established in April 1991 and has over 1400 members from over 65 national jurisdictions throughout the world.
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- Robert Rhodes QC of Outer Temple Chambers, who is often a keynote speaker at ADR conferences in China and Hong Kong, has this time been invited by the Asian Mediation Association to present at the 4th Asian Mediation Conference.
The theme of the event, taking place on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st October in Beijing, is “New Global Trend of Mediation—Similarities and Differences”.
Robert, the only English barrister speaking at the conference, will be part of two different panel
- We advised Kernel Capital in relation to the sale of MPSTOR Limited to Sanmina Corporation for $40m.
Two Kernel managed funds, the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Partners Private Equity Fund I Limited Partnership and the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund 2009 Limited Partnership, were together the majority shareholders in MPSTOR.
MPSTOR is a leading developer of storage and cloud management software products.
The transaction was led by Emmet Scully, Partner and Head of the Corpora
- Addleshaw Goddard employment incentives head Michael Carter has left the firm for Osborne Clarke.
Carter joined Addleshaws as a partner in 2008 from KPMG, where he worked for 12 years, also leading the accountant’s executive compensation practice.
Prior to joining KPMG, Carter was a solicitor at Pinsent Masons in Leeds.
The hire follows a number of new recruits to Osborne Clarke’s London office, including two Irwin Mitchell corporate partners Edward Persse and Paul Smith.
- Ropes & Gray has hired Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) finance partner Malcolm Hitching.
Hitching is HSF’s former UK and EMEA finance head and has been a partner since 2003. He specialises in corporate financings, restructurings and debt finance.
Earlier this year, Ropes boosted its private equity team in the City with Travers Smith partner Helen Croke.
Other new recruits in the past 18 months include Chadbourne & Parke finance partner Partha Pal and K&L Gates litigatio
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- Shoosmiths has advised Mabey Group on in the sale of properties at Chepstow, South Wales and Chatham Maritime, Kent with a combined value of over £19m.
Shoosmiths’ real estate team advised Mabey Group on the sale of Newhouse Distribution Park in Chepstow to AluK Limited for £13.1m.
Shoosmiths’ real estate partner Nathan Rees led on the deal, assisted by associates Laura Limpus and Nick Dalgleish, with specialist input from Shoosmiths’ construction team. The Shoosmit
- Shoosmiths has advised Octopus Energy Group Holdings Limited, wholly owned subsidiary of Octopus Capital Limited, on its investment into specialist intelligent energy management technology firm, Reactive Technologies Limited.
Reactive leverages its deep expertise in communications engineering to bring a suite of new technologies to the market that will positively assist the energy industry to deliver cleaner, greener and more affordable energy, through more efficient and effective energy managem
- On 14 October Kinstellar’s Almaty office co-hosted a seminar on dispute resolution with lawyers from the London office of international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. In attendance were more than 30 leading local bankers; representatives of several major Kazakh state-owned companies including Samruk-Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund and Baiterek National Management Holding; heads of legal departments of local energy companies; and in-house counsels from the “Big Four&rdquo
- Nigel Jones QC will be speaking at the annual Legal Business International Arbitration Summit on 17th November at The Brewery in London.
This event brings together senior practitioners from within the booming dispute resolution community and will be chaired by renowned practitioner Michael Polkinghorne of White & Case.
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- Wed, Oct 26, 2016 2:00 PM – 2:40 PM BST
Join Ian Schofield, insolvency industry advisor to Encompass who has over 36 years experience in restructuring and insolvency, and Wayne Parker, current Head of Business Recovery & Restructuring at Gordons LLP, as they take you through an in-depth insolvency case study and recover a substantial hidden asset.
From the outset there appeared to be no funds in this case but after revealing a disposition of assets and pursuing a claim the in
- Carey Olsen is partnering with Digital Greenhouse to provide advice to innovators and investors on the legal aspects of developing ideas and adopting new technologies in the digital and creative sectors in Guernsey.
Beginning on Thursday 20th October, the firm will be holding weekly drop-in sessions covering the full range of start-up fundamentals from a legal perspective. The surgeries will be held at the Digital Greenhouse in St Peter Port and are an opportunity to discuss plans and ideas in a
- BonelliErede is targeting further growth in Africa and the Middle East after launching offices in Egypt and Ethiopia.
The growth plans follow the opening of two offices in Cairo and Addis Ababa – the Italian firm’s first steps in the African Continent.
BonelliErede has partnered with Egyptian firm Kosheri Rashed & Riad for the launch, which is made up of five Cairo-based partners. The Italian firm’s partner in Ethiopia is Teshome Gabre-Marian Bokan.
- CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang have told their business services support teams that all roles are up for grabs at the merged firm, putting around 850 UK-based non fee-earning roles into the spotlight.
The three firms are understood to have communicated to staff last week that they would be assessing the capabilities of each individual and deciding who does what at the new firm.
The news counteracted assumptions Olswang and Nabarro would have to sacrifice their business services te
- So you have decided that law may not be the right career for you, and you have a few vague ideas of alternative jobs that you may want to do. This is a great start. However, the next step is a particularly hard one – choosing which career to pursue instead. Here are some tips to help.Lifestyle criteria
This part is practical and realistic, and is an important first step to take.
Take the ‘what do I want to do’ out of the equation for a moment and create a wider set of essential
- Weil Gotshal & Manges is splitting its London head of dispute resolution role in two after the departure of practice head Juliet Blanch.
Blanch, who led Weil Gotshal’s dispute resolution practice in London, will be replaced by partners Hannah Field-Lowes and Jamie Maples.
Blanch was also in charge of the firm’s international arbitration and trade groups – acting on cases across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Field-Lowes was made up at the US firm in 2013, while M
- There is a fundamental problem with innovation in the legal market. As one general counsel pointed out at The Lawyer’s recent Business Leadership Summit, clients understand why technology is a priority to improve the efficiency for their advisers, but it’s not a selling point. After all, what do they get out of it?For them, the conversation boils down to what firms are willing to do for their clients. Without proper investment, law firms may lose out on key relationships –
- After Samsung Electronics Co. pulled the plug on its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, plaintiffs' lawyers are pulling the trigger on a class action against the reeling South Korean technology giant.
- Writing this piece on the recent IBA annual conference is a no-win assignment. Views are polarised: is the IBA is a vibrant and valuable meeting point for the legal industry from around the world or a pointless, self-congratulatory waste of time?
One thing is for sure: it is a truly global gathering, with 6,000 lawyers from over 180 countries attending. It is like the Olympics for the legal world but with Russians and without carnival. Drug testing would show very high levels o
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- According to IFLR1000, Conyers remains a top-tier firm across six international offices, with a leading number of ranked lawyers. Notably, the firm was regarded for delivering exceptional service to clients and acting on many of the past year’s leading transactions.
“We are delighted to receive these commendable rankings, collectively as a firm and individually by lawyers and practice areas. The results speak directly to the quality and level of expertise we provide gl
- King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has elected Frankfurt M&A partner Michael Cziesla as the firm’s new senior partner for UK, Europe and Middle East, replacing Stephen Kon.
He ran against Dubai-based disputes star Tim Taylor QC for the top role.
Legacy SJ Berwin partner Cziesla will run the EUME arm of the firm alongside ex-Mallesons chair Tim Bednall, who was elected as managing partner earlier this month.
Michael CzieslaCziesla said he “cares deeply about KWM and am hono
- Shoosmiths has advised world famous toy retailers Hamleys of London on the leasing of a retail premises at the Livingstone Designer Outlet Centre near Edinburgh.
The Shoosmiths team was led by Edinburgh-based real estate partner Steve Dougherty and supported by solicitor Claire MacLean. They advised on the negotiating of both the lease and license for works with Hamleys taking entry to the property in September, with a view to the store being open for pre-Christmas trade.
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- Gowling WLG has appointed a new IT director, Tony McKenna. Tony joins the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was Head of Regional IT in London. Prior to his time at Freshfields, Tony held various senior IT and change roles over a seven year period with Allen & Overy.The post Gowling WLG names new IT director appeared first on The Lawyer | Legal News and Jobs | Advancing the business of law.
- Following the announcement of its merger with BVI firm Farara Kerins, Collas Crill has appointed decorated lawyer Stephen Adams as a partner in its Singapore office.
Stephen has been practising offshore for close to 20 years, advising on a full range of commercial cross border matters including joint ventures, mergers, acquisition finance, asset and project finance, investment funds, alternative investments, private equity and capital market transactions.
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- Lawyers from Mishcon de Reya will be speaking at Ogier’s Trust Advisory Group seminar on breach of trust and changes to non-dom rules.
The TAG seminar taking place in Jersey from noon on Thursday will feature Mishcon partner Peter Steen and managing associate Charlie Sosna.
The event is being repeated in Guernsey on Friday.
Peter – who used to practice in Jersey – will be speaking about ”Breach of trust and the law on costs: lessons for trustees from the recent cases of D
- Law Ruler customer relationship management (CRM) software helps lawyers streamline client intake and track leads efficiently. Now, they’ve made it even easier by partnering with Clio to offer seamless integration.
Law Ruler offers features such as call tracking, SMS text and email campaigns, automated follow-up scheduling, all-inclusive and unlimited e-sign and search engine optimisation tools.
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- A publicly traded and highly regulated US corporation contacted Snell & Wilmer, Lex Mundi member firm for Arizona, regarding an internal investigation that resulted in non-U.S. issues.
The client needed local market intelligence and insight into the activities under investigation in several jurisdictions across Latin America and Asia.
Using its Lex Mundi contacts, Snell & Wilmer engaged Tsar & Tsai Law Firm, Lex Mundi member firm for Taiwan;Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., Lex
- Clyde & Co partners have elected insurance head Simon Konsta as the firm’s new senior partner after James Burns took the shock decision to step down last month.
Konsta originally ran against Burns for the role in 2012. The contested election was held after Michael Payton stepped down after leading the firm for nearly three decades.
Simon KonstaFollowing Burns stepping down to take on a new role as head of the Americas, sources close to the firm tipped Konsta as the
- Baker & McKenzie has taken a team of 10 lawyers including five partners from Swiss firm Froriep in Zurich.
The firm said its growth in the city demonstrates its commitment to the “major financial centres” and its position as the “premier global full-service firm in Switzerland”. The group work across banking and finance, corporate and M&A, competition and intellectual property.
Bakers now has 130 lawyers in Switzerland across two offices.
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- Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Andrew Wilkinson shares his advice on how to be a good restructuring lawyerPreviously…
Quinn Emanuel partner Boris Bronfentrinker: tips for success as a commercial litigator.
Irwin Mitchell partner Ros Bever: tips for success as a family lawyer.
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- Revenues grew substantially for some independent Nordic firms in 2015 and dropped for others, according to this year’s The Lawyer Euro 100, but behind the mixed results is a seismic change in the major firms’ internal structures.
The motivation is simple: survival. Independent firms can no longer afford to be unattractive to partners if they want to keep their talent, managing partners tell The Lawyer.
Some have opted for extra bonus structures; others have favoured a two-tier model.
- Edwin Meese III and Robert Morgenthau, two law-enforcement legends from different political camps, have joined forces for an unlikely cause: freeing a convicted murderer from Alabama’s death row.
- Bird & Bird has appointed Edoardo Monopoli as its new chief executive of Baseline after the departure of Dominic Cook in August.
Cook is understood to have left Bird & Bird’s consulting arm after a failed challenge to the leadership of CEO David Kerr in the firm’s management elections.
Cook lost out to Kerr, who has held the position since 1996.
Monopoli was a member of Cook’s team in Baseline and worked on the compliance side of the business.
- Can you get into legal trouble for possessing the hacked Clinton campaign emails published by Wikileaks?
- Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is bringing back securities litigator Jason Halper.
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- Trump’s battle cry, “Make America Great Again,” accuses international trade treaties, like the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU, of being primarily to blame for lost jobs in America.In his convention speech Trump declared: “I have visited the laid-off factory workers and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals… My opponent has
- A Unicase team is advising IFC, EBRD and the Government of Kazakhstan on the pilot concession project, construction and operation of the Big Almaty ring road (BAKAD) valued at more than $1bn, which will be the start of PPP development in transport sector.
The team is led by managing partner Saniya Perzadaeva and partner Raushana Chatabayeva.
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- Schoenherr has advised UNIQA Insurance Group AG in the largest corporate restructuring in the Austrian insurance industry in 2016. The restructuring of the Austrian insurer was completed precisely on schedule and recorded in the commercial register on 1 October 2016.
The restructuring process was highly complex, involving several reorganisational steps intended to streamline UNIQA’s Austrian primary insurance operations. Part of the restructuring process included the merger of three primar
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