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DLA Piper competition partner Pullen quits for Stephenson Harwood

Long-serving DLA Piper partner Mike Pullen has left the firm after 16 years to join Stephenson Harwood as a competition partner. Pullen, who is expected to take up his new role next Monday, was head of international trade at DLA Piper until shortly before leaving the firm in September. He joined DLA Piper in 1998…

Eversheds eyes Nordic economies as it merges with Helsinki firm

Eversheds has merged with Finnish full-service firm Juridia Bützow to form JB Eversheds. The move comes just over a year after Finland’s Bützow and Juridia merged to create a €28m (£23.5m) firm (1 October 2013). Eversheds has been working with legacy Bützow for seven years. Today Juridia Bützow has 165 staff and five offices across…

42 PLMJ lawyers recommended in Best Lawyers Portugal 2015

Partners Abel Mesquita and Pedro Sáragga Leal named “Best Lawyers of the Year” for their work in in employment and real estate. The US directory Best Lawyers has increased the number of PLMJ lawyers it recommends in various practice areas to 42. Litigation partner Rui Alves Pereira and energy and natural resources senior associate Ana…

Herbert Smith Freehills raids Ashurst’s Asia Pacific offices for two corporate partners

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired two corporate partners from Ashurst’s Australia and Japanese offices. Damien Roberts will be based in HSF’s Tokyo office, while Ian Williams will reside in Brisbane. Both will begin their roles at their new firm in early 2015. Roberts has been based in Tokyo since July 2011, specialising in M&A…

Taylor Wessing re-elects senior partner Marks for second term

Taylor Wessing has re-elected its senior partner Adam Marks for a second three-year term. Real estate partner Marks was first elected to the role in 2011 (17 November 2011), replacing Martin Winter who stood down after six years. He will commence his second term on 1 November after an uncontested election. Marks headed up Taylor…

Paul Hastings picks up White & Case technology and IP head

Paul Hastings’ London office has hired White & Case’s former IP and technology London head and global data privacy and cyber security chair Ashley Winton. Winton will join Paul Hastings as a corporate partner, but will focus his practice on the technology sector. He was previously a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and worked…

Edwards Wildman left rudderless in London as management switches stateside

Edward Wildman Palmer’s London head Nick Bolter no longer has a formal stake in managing the firm’s City base. It is understood that management of the firm’s London office has been temporarily placed into the hands of Edwards Wildman’s former managing partner Walter Reed, who headed up the firm between 2008 and 2012. Sources suggest…

Clyde & Co opens in Brisbane with three partners from Sparke Helmore

Clyde & Co has picked up three partners from Australian firm Sparke Helmore in Brisbane to open its fourth office in the country. Clydes’ Brisbane office will be led by former Sparkes partner Matthew Pokarier, who is joining the firm with insurance partners Maxine Tills and Jacinta Long. It is not yet known whether the…

Latham and Bakers’ Saudi associates take key roles on $6bn National Commercial Bank IPO

Latham & Watkins and Baker & McKenzie’s association firms in Saudi Arabia have won key roles advising on the IPO of the country’s largest lender, the National Commercial Bank (NCB). The $6bn (£3.7bn) flotation is the largest-ever listing in the Arab world, and potentially the second largest globally in 2014 following Alibaba’s $25bn IPO in…

US firms now dominate London mid-tier, UK200 shows

The largest US firms are now so entrenched in the UK legal market that they are collectively generating over £2bn annually and are major players in the 100 firms bringing in the most revenue from the UK. New research carried out for the first time for The Lawyer’s UK200 2014, released today (27 October 2014),…