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Winston & Strawn hires DLA Piper Asia corporate head in Hong Kong

Winston & Strawn has hired a team of four corporate lawyers from DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office led by Asia corporate head Mabel Lui. Lui will become a partner in Winston & Strawn’s corporate department in Hong Kong. Lui was a veteran in DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, who had been a partner at the…

HKFsi completes boutique acquisition

HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has bolted on boutique firm CKFT, in a move that will boost its revenues from £40m to £45m. It emerged that the two firms were in talks in February at which point HKFsi had been in discussions with the North London firm for a number of weeks (25 February 2014). The completion of…

Linklaters appoints Wiggins as first female London corporate chief

Linklaters has appointed partner Sarah Wiggins to lead the City corporate practice, as predecessor Shane Griffin’s four-year term comes to an end. Wiggins, who takes up her new position today (1 May), was appointed to the role by the firm’s global corporate head Jeremy Parr. Wiggins already has a raft of leadership positions within the…

CMS and Dundas make 60 support roles redundant ahead of merger

CMS Cameron Mckenna and Dundas & Wilson have cut 60 support roles ahead of their £277m merger this week. Dundas has lost 40 support roles and CMS has cut 20 including from its third-party suppliers Integreon, Initial and Xerox (21 March 2014). It is not the first time CMS has put support roles in consultation…

Freshfields arbitration head relocated to Singapore

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has relocated its global international arbitration head to Singapore after a host of exits from the team. Partner Lucy Reed is heading to Singapore after locating from New York to Hong Kong in February 2012 (21 February 2012). The firm relaunched in Singapore in 2012 five years after withdrawing from the city…

Lawrence Graham promotes five to Wragge & Co partnership

Lawrence Graham (LG) will make up five partners to coincide with its merger with Wragge & Co on 1 May, when the combined firms are to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. Partners at LG and Wragges were told about the firm’s merger talks to create a £170m firm in November (18 November 2013). The…

DWF, Irwin Mitchell and Shoosmiths shortlisted by Lloyds to take on litigation unit as retail GC quits

DWF, Irwin Mitchell and Shoosmiths are on the shortlist to take over Lloyds’ retail and asset finance litigation teams, The Lawyer understands. The shortlist comes to light days after the general counsel of retail and wealth Stuart Morgan, the lawyer driving the project forward, resigned from the banking giant. Staff were told about his move…

Gordon Dadds buys Davenport Lyons out of administration

Davenport Lyons went into administration on Friday (25 April) in a precursor to its client portfolio being acquired by Gordon Dadds. Terms of the sale were agreed with joint administrator Baker Tilly, weeks after Davenport’s chief executive Richard Williams insisted that the firm was not on the verge of administration (11 March 2014). The deal…

LG surrenders Singapore relationship as Wragges merger looms

Lawrance Graham (LG) has surrendered its Singapore foreign law practice licence in preparation for its merger with Wragge & Co next month. As a result of the licence surrender, LG’s formal law alliance (FLA) with Singaporean firm PK Wong & Associates has automatically become invalid. LG launched its Singapore office two years ago by foreign…

Cyprus Tender Review Authority issues new procedural framework

In the context of the Cyprus government’s overall policy to promote transparency and efficiency in the public procurement process, the Cyprus Tenders Review Authority (TRA) has recently issued new procedural guidelines that are now in effect in connection with the examination of recourses before the TRA.   The relevant rules are issued pursuant to s.12 of…