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Linklaters’ South African ally boosts energy team with hires from Bond Dickinson and PetroSA

Linklaters’ South African ally Webber Wentzel has made a raft of partner hires to strengthen its oil and gas team, picking up lawyers including Bond Dickinson partner Kenny Paton. The firm has recruited four partners in response to a growing need for oil and gas work in the region. Owen Tobias and Candice Gabriel join…

Clifford Chance wins Carlyle role following departure of client partner Ihenacho

Clifford Chance and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are among the firms advising on the Carlyle Group’s $1.93bn buyout of Tyco International’s South Korean fire protection and security unit. Clifford Chance’s instruction for Carlyle is significant given the departure of one of its remaining contacts at the firm, in the form of corporate partner Kem Ihenacho’s…

PwC acquires Canadian immigration firm

  PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has acquired Toronto-based immigration law firm Bomza Law Group. The 37-strong firm will be known as PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law and run as an affiliation with PwC’s accountancy business. The firm deals with US immigration law in Canada and is led by founder and managing partner Janet Bomza, alongside two senior immigration lawyers…

Bircham Dyson Bell strengthens private client with Ambrose Appelbe merger

Bircham Dyson Bell is to merge with four-partner private client boutique Ambrose Appelbe, adding around £2m to its top line. The Lincoln’s Inn firm will move to Bircham Dyson Bell’s Victoria offices on 1 April, when the merger takes effect. All four of Ambrose Appelbe’s partners – family specialists Lisa Bolgar Smith and Terrence Trainor,…

Eversheds secures multi-million pound fixed-fee IATA deal

Eversheds has secured a multi-million pound contract with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline trade association, rolling out its existing mandate to include Europe, North Asia and Asia Pacific. The extended contract gives Eversheds sole responsibility for IATA’s legal project management in 158 countries, adding 93 countries to the initial remit. Eversheds secured…

BLP real estate team defects to DLA Piper

A trio of partners have quit Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) to join DLA Piper, in the latest in a stream of departures from the firm. Real estate finance head Laurence Rogers, corporate tax partner Neville Wright and real estate partner Richard Hopkinson-Woolley have all jumped ship for DLA Piper’s real estate team. The exits follow…

DLA Piper’s global revenue creeps up to $2.48bn

DLA Piper’s global revenue inched up by 1.7 per cent for the 2013 calendar year, rising to $2.48bn (£1.56bn). The results follow an increase of more than 8 per cent between 2011 and 2012, to $2.44bn (£1.55bn) (7 February 2013). Having stayed relatively static in 2012, revenue per lawyer increased 3.3 per cent from $605,000…

Squire Sanders in merger talks with Patton Boggs

Squire Sanders has confirmed that it is in early stage merger talks with Patton Boggs, the Washington law and lobbying firm. Squire Sanders is by some distance the larger of the two US firms. It has around 1,300 lawyers and 39 offices around the world and has recently embarked on a hiring spree, particularly in…

BLP and ULaw launch international LLM

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) will require all its future trainees to sit an international LLM before joining the firm, with the course being updated yearly to reflect the firm’s changing profile. From this September, the top 20 firm will send each trainee cohort to the University of Law to study a bespoke version of its…

Bird & Bird launches in Korea via local alliance

Bird & Bird has signed a cooperation agreement with South Korean firm Hwang Mok Park, blazing a new trail for international firms to tap into the market. Bird & Bird (2Birds) has become the first international firm to tie-up with one of Korea’s top 10 firms by lawyer numbers, although the strategic alliance is on…