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CMS construction disputes head quits for Atkin Chambers

CMS Cameron McKenna construction disputes head Rupert Choat is moving back to Atkin Chambers full time on 1 March 2014. The partner and solicitor advocate was made CMS head of construction disputes in 2011 and is deputy head of the real estate and construction sector. He joined CMS 13 years ago after beginning his career…

Germany's Rödl takes Milan team from corporate boutique

German multi-disciplinary firm Rödl & Partner has strengthened its presence in Italy with the hire of the Milan office of local M&A firm BLF Studio Legale. Led by partners Daniele Bonvicini and Alessandro Borelli, the move adds six lawyers to Rödl’s Italian operations. Rödl already has four offices in Italy, in Bolzano, Padova and Rome…

LG employment partner quits for DWF ahead of Wragges merger

DWF has raided Lawrence Graham for employment partner Helga Breen to lead the London employment team. It comes ahead of LG’s planned merger with Wragge & Co, which is expected to go ahead in May. The deal was voted through by both firms at the end of last year (18 November 2013). Breen joined LG…

Cleary and Sidley Austin advise Japan’s Suntory on $16bn US whiskey maker deal

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Sidley Austin have taken the lead roles in Japanese drinks maker Suntory’s $16bn (£9.7bn) acquisition of US spirits group Beam, the maker of Jim Beam. Cleary is advising Osaka-based Suntory in this acquisition, which is the company’s biggest ever overseas transaction. The firm’s team is led by New York…

Zhong Lun raids Dechert for Hong Kong chief

Zhong Lun has appointed Dechert’s Hong Kong managing partner Basil Hwang as a partner in its Hong Kong associate firm Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson (BPYA). Hwang was previously the managing partner of US firm Dechert’s Hong Kong office, which he helped launch in 2007 (3 December 2007). He moved to Dechert for the Hong Kong…

Hogan Lovells hires Freshfields Asia IP head

Hogan Lovells has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former Asia IP/IT and TMT head Mark Parsons as a partner in Hong Kong. Parsons will join Hogan Lovells at the end of January. His practice has a particular focus on complex commercial transactions and regulatory matters in the TMT sector. Parsons’ appointment comes after recent departure of…

Clifford Chance forms strategic alliance in Indonesia

Clifford Chance has entered into an association with Indonesian firm Linda Widyati & Partners (LWP) in a further bid to cement its presence in the Asia Pacific. The firm, which has been advising on Indonesian matters from its hubs in Singapore and Hong Kong for over 30 years, has relocated M&A chief Jeroen Koster from…

Balfour Beatty keeps £154m Olympic stadium job in-house

Construction giant Balfour Beatty has handled in-house all the legal work connected to the company’s £154m mandate to transform the London 2012 Olympic stadium for its future use as West Ham Football Club’s home ground. Rather than handing the work to one of its preferred law firms, general counsel and chief corporate officer Chris Vaughan…

Winston & Strawn to launch in Taiwan

Winston & Strawn is set to launch an office in Taiwan after hiring a four-partner team from rival Washington DC firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner last August. The firm’s Taipei initiative will be headed by Washington DC based partner John Alison, who joined the firm from Finnegan along with three patent litigation partners…

Trowers & Hamlins closes in Cairo and pulls out of Egypt

Trowers & Hamlins has announced the closure of its Cairo office, citing uncertainty over the long-term outlook for Egypt. In a statement issued today (3 January) the firm said with effect from 31 December 2013 “no further work” would be carried out by Trowers & Hamlins in Egypt. Resident managing partner Sara Hinton and “a…