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Ivory Coast Bar vows to pursue Orrick for 'breaching' bar rules

In the wake of Orrick’s launch in the Ivory Coast last month through the opening of affiliated Orrick RCI (20 October 2014), the Bar Association issued a declaration saying the move contravened its rules. Speaking to The Lawyer last week, association spokesperson and lawyer Chantal Bokola said the bar had taken the case to the…

Debevoise scores HSF Asia managing partner Johnson for Hong Kong

Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) litigation partner and Asia head Mark Johnson, a leading force in the Freehills merger, to its Hong Kong office. Johnson will join Debevoise as a litigation partner after 20 years at HSF. He was most recently Asia managing partner and was in charge of overseeing the…

ENSafrica expands into Namibia with 11-partner merger

Africa’s largest firm, ENSafrica, has merged with 11-partner Namibian firm Lorentz Angula, adding another two offices to its network. The merger took effect on 1 November. Lorentz Angula brings offices in the Namibian capital Windhoek as well as the coastal city of Swakopmund. The combined firm has plans to open soon in Walvis Bay, south…

Irwin Mitchell acquires Mayfair-based Berkeley Law

As well as the Mayfair headquarters, the acquisition includes a separate residential property and conveyancing business, Berkeley Hurrell in Kensington. Berkeley Law is believed to turn over between £3m and £4m per annum and specialises in private wealth advice for high-net-worth individuals both in the UK and abroad, such as international estate planning, trust advice,…

Osborne Clarke elects Berg to replace Beswick as UK managing partner

Osborne Clarke corporate and commercial head Ray Berg is set to become the firm’s new UK managing partner for a four-year term starting on 1 January 2015. He will step into the shoes of Simon Beswick, who is nearing the end of his third and final term after 12 years as Osborne Clarke UK managing…

Pinsent Masons widens lead at head of Aim rankings with 60 clients

Pinsent Masons has added a trio of new Aim clients, growing its total from 57 to 60 over the three months running to 7 October 2014. The rise came thanks to the addition of biotech company Abzena, China Nonferrous Gold and GTS Chemical Holdings to its Aim roster. It widens the gap between Pinsents and…

DLA Piper competition partner Pullen quits for Stephenson Harwood

Long-serving DLA Piper partner Mike Pullen has left the firm after 16 years to join Stephenson Harwood as a competition partner. Pullen, who is expected to take up his new role next Monday, was head of international trade at DLA Piper until shortly before leaving the firm in September. He joined DLA Piper in 1998…

Eversheds eyes Nordic economies as it merges with Helsinki firm

Eversheds has merged with Finnish full-service firm Juridia Bützow to form JB Eversheds. The move comes just over a year after Finland’s Bützow and Juridia merged to create a €28m (£23.5m) firm (1 October 2013). Eversheds has been working with legacy Bützow for seven years. Today Juridia Bützow has 165 staff and five offices across…

42 PLMJ lawyers recommended in Best Lawyers Portugal 2015

Partners Abel Mesquita and Pedro Sáragga Leal named “Best Lawyers of the Year” for their work in in employment and real estate. The US directory Best Lawyers has increased the number of PLMJ lawyers it recommends in various practice areas to 42. Litigation partner Rui Alves Pereira and energy and natural resources senior associate Ana…

Herbert Smith Freehills raids Ashurst’s Asia Pacific offices for two corporate partners

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired two corporate partners from Ashurst’s Australia and Japanese offices. Damien Roberts will be based in HSF’s Tokyo office, while Ian Williams will reside in Brisbane. Both will begin their roles at their new firm in early 2015. Roberts has been based in Tokyo since July 2011, specialising in M&A…