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Norton Rose Fulbright moves into Brazil with Rio launch

Norton Rose Fulbright is set to open its third Latin American base in Rio de Janeiro with the hire of a senior in-house lawyer from BP. The firm has hired the assistant general counsel of BP’s general corporate arm, Andrew Haynes, to co-head the office. He will lead the project alongside Glenn Faass, who currently…

Freshfields trio launch arbitration boutique to challenge magic circle

The head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London arbitration group Constantine Partasides is leaving the firm to launch an arbitration boutique with former partner Jan Paulsson. Paris partner Georgios Petrochilos is also leaving the magic circle firm to work with Paulsson and Partasides. It is thought that at least three partners from other firms are also…

Baker & McKenzie opens in Myanmar

Baker & McKenzie has become the latest international firm to set foot in Myanmar with the opening of its Yangon office. The Yangon office will be led by infrastructure and corporate partner Chris Hughes, who has recently relocated to Yangon from the firm’s Sydney office. Bakers first tapped into the opening up Myanmar market in…

Dundas and CMS negotiate panel spots with banking clients ahead of merger

CMS and Dundas & Wilson are understood to be in talks with their shared clients over which partners will stay on their rosters after the two firms merge on 1 May 2014. Clydesdale Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds and the National Grid are negotiating with the firms over what shape the merged…

Dacheng overhauls management structure in latest leadership election

Chinese giant Dacheng has kicked-started an election process for a new leadership team under a new governance and management structure. Beijing-headquartered Dacheng, which is home to nearly 3,000 lawyers across 41 offices, is in the process of electing members for its top management line-up, which is made up of a 17-member partnership council, a five-member…

​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…