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Ex-OFAC Director Jumps to Morrison & Foerster

“I needed a firm with a global reach to match the global impact of U.S. economic sanctions,” said Morrison & Foerster partner John E. Smith on why he joined the firm. Read more about Mr. Smith’s decision to join MoFo and his career at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control…

Real Estate Team Joins Dechert in Dubai

Dechert LLP has strengthened its Middle East offering with the hires of real estate partner Stephen Kelly and national partner Sarah Mahood. – Mr. Kelly is a distinguished practitioner specializing in real estate development and hospitality, particularly within the Middle East, with experience in advising with respect to the full array of development, hospitality and…

Leading Product Liability and Mass Torts Team Joins Dechert

In one of its largest lateral team acquisitions to date, Dechert LLP has added a 29-strong team of one of the premier U.S. product liability and mass torts litigation groups, including three additional new partners, nine counsel and six associates. The new lawyers join market-leaders Sheila Birnbaum, Mark Cheffo and Douglas Fleming, III, who started…

Wayne Stansfield Named Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s Philadelphia Office

“Wayne is the ideal leader for Reed Smith’s Philadelphia office,” said Sandy Thomas, Reed Smith’s global managing partner. “He brings enthusiasm and energy to this new role, and has the confidence and respect of the management team and of lawyers and staff in the office. We look forward to having Wayne on the firm’s global…

Reed Smith Bolsters Finance and Fintech Capabilities – Adding Gerard Martin and Jeffrey Silberman in Chicago and New York

To fuel the continued growth of its Financial Industry Group, global law firm Reed Smith today announced that Gerard Martin and Jeffrey Silberman have joined the firm, both as Counsel. Gerard and Jeffrey represent two significant additions to areas of emphasis for the firm, finance and FinTech, respectively.

Travers Smith expands its Real Estate practice with new partner hire

Travers Smith LLP has announced today the recruitment of Alex Millar as a partner in its Real Estate practice. Alex joins the firm from Jones Day, where he was a partner for eight years. – Alex Millar has extensive experience representing clients in high-value commercial real estate transactions with a particular focus on development and…

Travers Smith hires new Chief Technology Officer

Travers Smith LLP has announced today the recruitment of Oliver Bethell as the firm’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Oliver joins the firm in September from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he led the team responsible for technology strategy and underlying IT architecture. – Oliver started his career at IBM before moving into project management in…

HFW continues Middle East expansion with senior partner hire

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has continued to expand its fast-growing Middle East practice with the hire of senior disputes partner James Harbridge. = James will join the firm’s Dubai office on 1 July from Trowers & Hamlins, where he headed its international dispute resolution and litigation department. – HFW now has 17 partners and…

HFW continues international expansion with senior Brussels partner hire

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has boosted its Brussels office with the hire of senior partner Emmanuel Roger France. – Emmanuel joins HFW from Fieldfisher, where he was a founding partner of the firm’s Brussels office and headed its local dispute resolution practice. – The move comes just days after HFW announced that Trowers &…

Ashurst set to expand Luxembourg law capability with new office opening

International law firm Ashurst today announces plans to launch a new office in Luxembourg, having now received Luxembourg Bar Association licence approval. – Partner Isabelle Lentz, head of the firm’s Luxembourg desk, will act as managing partner of the office, which is set to open in October this year. The firm’s Luxembourg desk was set…