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Paul Hastings picks up White & Case technology and IP head

Paul Hastings’ London office has hired White & Case’s former IP and technology London head and global data privacy and cyber security chair Ashley Winton. Winton will join Paul Hastings as a corporate partner, but will focus his practice on the technology sector. He was previously a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and worked…

Edwards Wildman left rudderless in London as management switches stateside

Edward Wildman Palmer’s London head Nick Bolter no longer has a formal stake in managing the firm’s City base. It is understood that management of the firm’s London office has been temporarily placed into the hands of Edwards Wildman’s former managing partner Walter Reed, who headed up the firm between 2008 and 2012. Sources suggest…

Clyde & Co opens in Brisbane with three partners from Sparke Helmore

Clyde & Co has picked up three partners from Australian firm Sparke Helmore in Brisbane to open its fourth office in the country. Clydes’ Brisbane office will be led by former Sparkes partner Matthew Pokarier, who is joining the firm with insurance partners Maxine Tills and Jacinta Long. It is not yet known whether the…

Latham and Bakers’ Saudi associates take key roles on $6bn National Commercial Bank IPO

Latham & Watkins and Baker & McKenzie’s association firms in Saudi Arabia have won key roles advising on the IPO of the country’s largest lender, the National Commercial Bank (NCB). The $6bn (£3.7bn) flotation is the largest-ever listing in the Arab world, and potentially the second largest globally in 2014 following Alibaba’s $25bn IPO in…

US firms now dominate London mid-tier, UK200 shows

The largest US firms are now so entrenched in the UK legal market that they are collectively generating over £2bn annually and are major players in the 100 firms bringing in the most revenue from the UK. New research carried out for the first time for The Lawyer’s UK200 2014, released today (27 October 2014),…

Baker & McKenzie turns to Corrs for Aussie corporate hire

Baker & McKenzie has bolstered its Melbourne office with the addition of a partner from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Corporate lawyer Peter Ickeringill, who was previously Asia Pacific general counsel of the Daily Mail and General Trust Group, has been a partner at Corrs since 2007. He is the latest is a series of…

Drax to replace UK legal head after two-year gap

Drax is on the brink of appointing its first head of legal for two years in a move which could spark an in-house restructure. When former legal head Kavita Singh left the company for MRC Global in 2012 former general counsel and company secretary Philip Hudson decided not to replace the role, instead promoting two…

Keystone Law sells £3.15m stake to private equity house

Dispersed firm Keystone Law has received a £3.15m cash injection from private equity house Root Capital in return for a 35 per cent stake in the firm’s shares. Root was founded by investor Simon Phillips in 2003. The funds are provided by Phillips, fellow Root founder Mike Danson and an institutional investor. Phillips will hold…

Bird & Bird to merge with Aussie ally Truman Hoyle

Bird & Bird is to merge with its Australian alliance partner Truman Hoyle a year and a half after signing a co-operation agreement with the TMT firm. The deal, which is due to go live on 3 November, will gift Bird & Bird eight partners in Sydney, with Truman Hoyle managing partner Shane Barber taking…

Fried Frank continues to grow with Orrick’s London tax head Thornton

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has made its second major hire in a week, appointing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London tax chief Nick Thornton. The move marks a return to Fried Frank for Thornton, who was formerly a senior associate at the firm before quitting to join Orrick’s London base in 2010. During his…