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Eversheds and Veale Wasbrough Vizards among firms on new LUPC framework

The London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) has appointed seven firms to its legal services framework following the closure of a competitive tender process. The full line-up is Eversheds, Farrer & Co, Michelmores, Mills & Reeve, Muckle, SGH Martineau and Veale Wasbrough Vizards. The framework went live on 1 September and will run until 31 August…

Squire Patton Boggs picks up Sidley's last German partner

Squire Patton Boggs has hired Sidley Austin partner Jens Rinze, three months after Sidley confirmed it was closing down its German practice. Rinze, a capital markets specialist, joins Squire Patton Boggs in Frankfurt. He was previously the last remaining partner at Sidley in Germany. The office closed down after a number of partner departures prompted…

Greenberg Traurig Maher lands Slaughter and May partner to spearhead UK tax practice

Greenberg Traurig’s London office, Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM), has hired Slaughter and May tax partner Graham Iversen in a high-profile lateral move in a bid to enhance its tax capability. Iversen resigned from Slaughters last month and is joining GTM in November as head of UK tax. He joined Slaughters in 1990 and made partner…

Howard Kennedy set to drop FSI in rebrand and office move

Just over 18 months after the merger between Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent, HowardKennedyFSI (HKFSI) is set to return to Howard Kennedy in a major rebrand next month. Co-managing partner Paul Millet confirmed that there have been discussions regarding the branding, but declined to comment on the firm’s new name. However sources indicate that…

Allen & Overy set to launch in South Africa with senior Bowmans hires

Allen & Overy (A&O) is understood to be preparing for a launch in South Africa, with the hire of a team from local firm Bowman Gilfillan led by banking head Lionel Shawe. Shawe, whose last day at Bowman Gilfillan is today (29 August), is thought to be taking a team of up to seven partners…

Mishcon revamps international strategy following Jardim's exit

Mishcon de Reya has named partner Adam Rose as its new international development head following the departure of international development director Rita Jardim. Rose’s appointment comes with the creation of a raft of new international leadership roles. Jardim has exited the firm to set up Portugese law firm, Mayer Jardim, two years after moving over…

Allen & Overy matches Freshfields, retaining 82 per cent of trainees

Allen & Overy (A&O) will keep on 82 per cent of its autumn 2014 qualifying trainees, matching Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s rate but failing to top the high retention at Linklaters. The firm will keep on 41 of its 50 trainees. Of those 50, 46 applied for a position and 43 offers were made. The firm’s…

Baker & McKenzie chooses Belfast for second global services centre

Baker & McKenzie is to open a global services centre in Belfast, the firm’s second following its centre in Manila which it launched in 2000. The firm has begun recruiting staff and securing premises for the new centre which is set to open for business next month. Bakers’ global director of operations Jason Marty is…

Funds boutique MJ Hudson launches in Hong Kong amidst three-strong promos round

Asset management and funds boutique MJ Hudson has launched in Hong Kong, creating the firm’s third office alongside London and Jersey. The office will be led by new lateral partner hire Simon Fraser, who has joined MJ Hudson from Ogier where he headed its private client offering since 2002. Prior to joining Ogier he spent…

Clyde & Co hires Singapore aviation team from Kennedys

Clyde & Co has hired a Singapore-based aviation team from Kennedys including legacy Gates & Partners big-hitter David Johnston. Asia-Pacific focused aviation liability and insurance partner Johnston joined Clydes as a partner shortly after his departure from Kennedys in mid-July. He joins Clyde & Co along with three lawyers, one of whom was a partner…