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Former Ashurst boss Geffen quits for Gibson Dunn

Former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen has resigned from the firm to join Los Angeles-headquartered Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He is to be joined at the US firm by fellow Ashurst corporate partner Mark Sperotto, thought to be one of the firm’s most profitable partners. Geffen’s move is the most high-profile trophy hire from a…

BLM merges with eight-partner Belfast firm to launch in Northern Ireland

BLM has announced it is to merge with Belfast firm Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors (CFS) on 30 November, adding eight partners and another 13 lawyers to its roster. The merger follows Berrymans Lace Mawer’s merger with Scottish firm HBM Sayers on 1 May this year and subsequent rebrand to BLM (1 May 2014). BLM already has…

Debevoise to convert Hong Kong office into local practice

Debevoise & Plimpton is set to operate its Hong Kong office as a local firm from 1 October, after bulking up its team in the last 12 months. The move will enable the firm to offer local Hong Kong advice, as well as international advice. Debevoise already has 12 lawyers who are admitted as Hong…

Slater & Gordon set to acquire Cardiff-based Leo Abse & Cohen

Slater & Gordon is in the final stages of a deal to acquire Cardiff-based trade union firm Leo Abse & Cohen, The Lawyer can reveal. The deal comes hot on the heels of Slater & Gordon’s tie-up with Flint Bishop’s Derby-based Injured Patient Claims arm earlier this month (8 September 2014). Sources suggest the Cardiff…

Addleshaws exits mount as corporate crime chief Hargreaves quits for KWMSJB

Addleshaw Goddard’s head of fraud, regulatory and corporate crime has become the latest partner to exit the firm, resurfacing at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB). Hargreaves spent 20 years at Addleshaws, where he specialised in civil fraud and asset tracing. He also headed up the firm’s West Africa practice group, building connections with…

Luther's global turnover up 12 per cent as German revenue breaks through €100m

German firm Luther has reported a 12.4 per cent rise in revenue for the 2013/14 financial year, with domestic turnover breaking through the €100m barrier for the first time. The firm reported total revenue of €114m (£89.6m) for the last financial year, a rise of 12.4 per cent from 2012/13 when Luther produced a global…

Residence permits for employees in international companies

The Civil Registry and Migration Department has announced the implementation of a modern and simplified process of third country nationals who are already employed or wish to be employed at international companies, i.e. companies where the majority of shares of which are held by third country nationals. The new procedure shall apply as of 25…

Tesco calls in Freshfields to investigate overstated first-half profits

Tesco has appointed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to scrutinise its first-half profits, which were overstated by £250m. It has been reported that Tesco became aware of the issue when a whistleblower alerted its general counsel, Adrian Morris, last week. Morris then informed CEO Dave Lewis, who has turned to Freshfields and accountancy firm Deloittes to investigate…

Clyde & Co formalises Riyadh association

Clyde & Co has obtained formal approval from the authorities in Saudi Arabia to launch a co-owned joint venture with its Riyadh alliance firm. Clyde & Co originally entered Saudi Arabia via its association with Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily Law Office in 2009 (27 April 2009). The Riyadh office consists of two partners and 11 permanent fee-earning…

DLA Piper loses India co-head to Squire Patton Boggs

DLA Piper’s co-head for its India group Biswajit Chatterjee is to join Squire Patton Boggs in a similar Singapore-based role alongside London partner Dharmendra Nair. Chatterjee joined Squires’ Singapore office earlier this week. He specialises in corporate finance, capital markets, private equity and M&A transactions in Asia with a particular focus on India, Indonesia, Thailand…