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Milbank plays catch-up in London with two partners made up

Milbank has announced the results of its 2015 promotions round, with the firm set to increase organic growth in London with two partner appointments. The firm promoted a total of nine associates, effective on 1 January 2015. Of those, two were promoted in London – corporate, commercial, IT and outsourcing lawyer Joel Harrison and leveraged…

Addleshaws distances itself from Ablyazov litigation

Addleshaw Goddard has distanced itself from the long-running litigation between Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank and its former chair Mukhtar Ablyazov, saying it came off the record in October. The firm’s decision to step away from the case coincides with a hiatus in proceedings while it is established who will fund the disclosure exercise ordered in…

Linklaters co-US managing partner Norton stands down early

It has emerged that Linklaters’ US co-managing partner Jeff Norton stepped down from his post nine months early, leaving Conrad Tenaglia as sole US managing partner. New York-based Norton and Tenaglia succeeded Larry Byrne and Nick Rees in the managing partner role in 2011, after both completed a four-year term (16 May 2011). Norton was…

Pepeliaev Group to open two offices in Russia to target Asian market

Russian firm Pepeliaev Group is set to launch two new offices in Russia’s far east to home in on Asian markets following a reduction in Western investment. The firm will open offices in Vladivostok, which borders Korea, and Yuzhnosakhalinsk, which lies close to Japan, at the beginning of the New Year, marking a geographic and…

Simmons adds Edwards Wildman partner in Hong Kong

Simmons & Simmons has picked up Edwards Wildman Palmer insurance partner Martin Lister in Hong Kong. Lister had been at Edwards Wildman for nine years and specialises in international insurance, regulatory and corporate matters in Asia. His departure comes ahead of Edwards Wildman’s anticipated tie-up with Locke Lord in a $675m merger deal confirmed by…

Ince & Co picks new management team as senior partner Wilson steps down

Ince & Co’s international senior partner James Wilson is to step down in January 2015 after two terms in office in favour of Hamburg managing partner Jan Heuvels. Heuvels, who is also the firm’s European head of insurance, will relocate to London. He will be responsible for the overall running of the firm, which has…

39 Essex Street expands Singapore presence with 20 Essex Street barrister

39 Essex Street has expanded its presence in Singapore with 20 Essex Street member Ben Olbourne. The barrister is the second permanent member to be stationed in the jurisdiction since the set launched the international base in 2012 at the same time as One Essex Court. Currently Rashda Rana is the set’s only member based…

Olswang and BLP arbitration chiefs depart for the bar

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) arbitration head Nicholas Fletcher QC has left the firm to join 4 New Square and Olswang’s arbitration chief Andrew Aglionby has also left for a career at the bar. Fletcher is set to join 4 New Square as an independent arbitrator on 1 December 2014, five years after joining BLP from…

Morgan Lewis in talks with key Bingham partners ahead of merger deadline

Morgan Lewis is understood to have negotiated agreements with a number of key Bingham McCutchen partners to ensure they are part of the mooted merger between the two US firms, which is set to conclude today (7 November). The negotiations are understood to have been key to the success of the possible tie-up. Sources close…

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…