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Wikborg Rein and Pan Asia Law end Singapore alliance

Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein’s five-year formal law alliance with Singaporean firm Pan Asia Law has come to an end. Wikborg Rein has had an office in Singapore since 2000. It established a formal law alliance (FLA) with Singaporean firm Pan Asia Law in May 2008 in a bid to offer clients combined Singaporean, English and…

Revenues set to rise 5 per cent across UK top 20 in 2013/14 despite "unexceptional" year

The UK’s top 20 firms by revenue are gearing up for the recovery, with most expecting to see a turnover increase of at least 5 per cent for the year ending April 2014. The expected revenue rise is in line with figures for the first six months of the current 2013/14 financial year, when firms…

Latham takes Bakers' crown as number one firm on top 30 international firms ranking

Latham & Watkins has topped The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the 30 largest international firms in the UK by revenue for the first time, with UK revenue hitting an all-time high of $210.6m. Although Latham does not formally report its London office revenue, sources suggest that last year fee income in its UK operations grew…

HSF makes Aussie partner Ferraro global corporate chief in post-merger re-jig

Herbert Smith Freehills has shaken up its corporate leadership, appointing Melbourne-based Mike Ferraro as sole global corporate head. Ferraro currently shares the role of global corporate chief with London-based Patrick Mitchell, who has had a hand in the management of the firm’s corporate practice for four years. Mitchell will no longer have a management role…

Dacheng unveils newly elected management team headed by firm founder Peng Xuefeng

China’s largest firm by headcount Dacheng has appointed a new leadership team following a month-long election process. The new leadership line-up is headed by Dacheng’s founder and chairman Peng Xuefeng, who has also been elected to lead the 17-member standing committee of the partnership, a new governance body introduced by the firm. Beijing corporate partner…

A&O, Latham and Walkers advise on Saudi Electricity Company’s $2.5bn international sukuk

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Latham & Watkins have taken lead roles on the issuance of an international sukuk by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), worth $2.5bn. The transaction is thought to be the largest-ever Rule 144A sukuk offering, which allows it to be sold to international investors. Allen & Overy advised longstanding client SEC on…

Charles Russell and Speechly extend merger talks as brand unveiled

Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell will be known as Charles Russell Speechlys LLP should the merger be succesful later this year. The two firms have extended the timescale on their discussions to create a £126m outfit, which were initially slated to be finalised by 1 May. If the deal goes ahead the combined firm will…

eBay associate GC leaves to launch boutique consultancy firm in Singapore

eBay’s Singapore-based associate general counsel Steven Liew has left the online shopping giant to set up a boutique consultancy firm aiming at problems solving for technology companies. Liew left eBay’s Singapore base last week, where he served as Asia Pacific associate general counsel and head of government relations for eight years. He is in the…

Dentons ties up with South African associate firm to launch in Cape Town

Dentons is tying up with South African associate firm KapdiTwala to launch its own offices in South Africa. KapdiTwala, which focuses on oil and gas, has been associated with Dentons since 2012. The merger gives Dentons an office in Cape Town, with the firm planning to open in Johannesburg later this year. The merger is…

HFW becomes first UK firm to relocate leader to Asia as senior partner moves to Singapore

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) senior partner Richard Crump has relocated permanently to Singapore in a move that underlines the firm’s ambitious plans to grow its Asia practice. Ashurst and Herbert Smith Freehills both have a UK-Asia Pacific management structure as part of their post-merger integration, but HFW is thought to be the first non-merged UK…