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Extension of the Bill Setting forth a Voluntary Disclosure Program – Creation of New Financial Instruments. (Canosa Abogados)

On June 3, 2013 the law that created a New Voluntary Disclosure Program (“New Voluntary Disclosure Program”) and the creation of three new financial instruments designed to funnel the assets disclosed under the New Voluntary Disclosure Program was enacted. We believe the initiative is positive. 1. Voluntary Disclosure Program. We will develop firstly the New…

Hill Dickinson hires from Clydes and Kennedys to bolster Asia base

Hill Dickinson has bolstered its Asia office network with the hire of two shipping partners, taking one from Clyde & Co in Singapore and another from Kennedys in Hong Kong. Former Clydes partner Chris Edwards will join the firm in Singapore on 2 June, while Kennedys partner Anthony Woo is to join the Hong Kong….

Eversheds expands in South Africa with Durban launch

Eversheds has today secured its eighth office in Africa through an affiliation with Durban-based Knight Turner, which is now known as Eversheds KZN. It is the latest move to follow the launch of Eversheds’ pan-African strategy in October (1 October 2013), which saw the firm re-enter South Africa via a deal with Mahons Attorneys in…

Italy's Gianni secures Paul Hastings corporate finance duo

Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners has announced the hire of two lawyers, including partner Alessandro Stoppa, from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Stoppa will make the move to Gianni Origoni in June along with counsel Alessio Giammarino. Both specialist in corporate finance within the real estate sector, and will sit in Gianni…

Barclays overhauls legal team to create global litigation and financial crime group

Barclays has overhauled its legal function to create a streamlined global litigation group reporting directly to its general counsel and has also launched a new global financial crime team. The bank has promoted current senior lawyer Stephanie Pagni to a newly created role as global litigation head and put current litigation and investigations director Jonathan…

Olswang bulks up Munich patent team with former Eversheds partner

Olswang has hired seven lawyers for its German patent team, including the former head of legacy Hammonds’ Munich office, Herbert Kunz. Kunz has joined the firm as a partner, alongside five other lawyers from his boutique firm Dr Kunz & Kollegen. Olswang has also hired Tobias Reker as a legal director from an in-house role…

China’s Fangda poaches second Freshfields partner

Chinese firm Fangda has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s China antitrust head Michael Han as a partner in Beijing, its second lateral hire from the magic circle firm in two years. Han joined Freshfields’ Beijing office in November 2007 as a senior counsel after spending a year and a half with the firm’s US antitrust practice…

Partners give approval to Patton Boggs Squire Sanders merger

Partners at Squire Sanders and Washington DC-based Patton Boggs have agreed to merge the firms and new outfit Squire Patton Boggs will launch within a week. The combined firm will have 1,700 lawyers in 45 offices across 22 countries. It will give Patton Boggs the international platform its clients are increasingly demanding and Squire Sanders…

Ashurst advises Genworth on Australia's largest IPO of 2014

Ashurst has advised Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited (Genworth Australia) on its initial public offering (IPO). Genworth Australia was listed on 20 May 2014 with a market capitalisation of around $1.7 billion at listing, and will be included in key Australian indices. The IPO, which is the largest in Australia to date in 2014, is…

Ashurst former senior partner hired as strategic adviser by Chinese ally

Ashurst’s former senior partner Geoffrey Green has been appointed as a strategic adviser by its Chinese alliance firm Guantao as the firm puts its long-term strategy under review. Green, who was as Ashurst’s senior partner between 1998 and 2008, will advise Guantao on management, strategic planning and business development issues. The part-time role will not…