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​Dickson Minto grows banking practice with son of star partner Barron

Dickson Minto is beefing up its banking department with the hire of Weil Gotshal & Manges senior associate Chris Barron, who is joining the firm as a partner. The hire at the private equity-led firm is particularly notable in that Barron’s father, banking specialist Michael Barron, is an equity partner at Dickson Minto. “For some…

Davenport Lyons and Howard Kennedy FSI in merger talks

Davenport Lyons and Howard Kennedy FSI are in top level discussions about a potential merger. The West End media boutique approached Howard Kennedy FSI (HKFsi) days after its negotiations with Shakespeares were called off at the end of January (30 January 2014). HKFsi confirmed the move. A spokesperson said: “We have been approached and are…

Paul Hastings rejigs China leadership team

Paul Hastings has announced changes to its China leadership team following two incumbents’ moving back to the US. Paul Hastings has appointed corporate partner Sammy Li as its new Hong Kong office chair, succeeding predecessor Derek Roth. Meanwhile, the firm’s existing Shanghai chairman David Wang will take over management responsibilities of the Beijing office from…

King & Spalding launches international employment alliance Bectella

King & Spalding has teamed up with 14 independent firms from around the globe, including Ireland’s Arthur Cox and offshore firm Walkers, to form a new alliance focused on employment law and related areas. The Bectella (benefits, executive compensation, tax, employment and labour law) alliance is designed to give clients access to a worldwide network…

Eversheds, Byrne and Partners swoop as Pannone, S&G tie-up looms

Pannone regulatory head Anthony Barnfather will join Slater & Gordon (S&G) when the firms combine despite initially resisting the move. The regulatory group was understood to have been against the planned merger when it was first mooted, with sources raising questions over whether S&G would absorb the group. Barnfather is currently part of a three-partner…

Hogan Lovells to lead $2bn oligarch battle after White & Case is disbarred

Hogan Lovells has picked up the mandate to represent Ukranian industrialist Victor Pinchuk in his $2bn High Court battle after White & Case was debarred from the case. It will be a major boost to the London litigation team, which has been on the hunt for a fresh multi-billion dollar trial since Addleshaw Goddard client…

DLA Piper pulls out of Heenan Blaikie Canada deal

DLA Piper’s plans to enter the Canadian market have been put on hold after its talks with a group of lawyers from collapsed firm Heenan Blaikie collapsed yesterday. DLA Piper had been looking to hire up to 70 lawyers from Heenan Blaikie (7 February 2014) and make its first steps into the Canadian legal market, a…

"Largest ever" SDT fines upheld at High Court

The High Court has upheld a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) decision to fine a West End firm for misconduct after letting Portsmouth Football Club use its bank account while under winding up proceedings. Mayfair firm Fuglers and its two managing partners were hit with the largest-ever fines imposed by the SDT, for enabling the club…

Germany's Heuking sees turnover break through €100m for first time

German firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has reported a 9.3 per cent rise in turnover for the 2013 year, with revenues hitting €107.6m (£89m) – up from €98.4m in 2012. The results mark continued growth for the independent firm, which also reported turnover rises in 2012 (13 February 2013), 2011 (21 February 2012) and 2010…

Skadden rejigs management committee as Buck hands London bat to Trivedi

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has rejigged its management committee, with London managing partner Bruce Buck handing the bat to M&A partner Pranav Trivedi. Buck’s move was announced internally two weeks ago, ending a 25-year stint managing the City base after he founded the office in 1988. He remains the firm’s European managing partner….